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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    Hope he enjoys being the smaller American version of Arvydas Sabonis.
    You are seriously trippin', dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbruin152 View Post
    You are seriously trippin', dude.
    Sean May with far superior passing skills then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    Sean May with far superior passing skills then.
    At the bottom end maybe, but that's still 12+7 a game before May got hurt.

    I prefer a less defensively-savvy Elton Brand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    Some booster needs to pay Collison, Westbrook, and Love some money to stay. It's what USC does

    Seriously, none of those 3 are going to be awesome pros. Westbrook has the best chance and he has serious holes in his game.

    The press is an intriguing idea, but you need athletic big men who can cover a lot of ground to play a full court press. Don't know if UCLA has the big men for that.

    Also the guy at UCLA who decided not to put the full court press on James Harden and settle for Chance Stansback should be slapped around a bit. There's no reason for the best player in SoCal to leave the state. I'm sure we compensated Harden well for coming out to the desert, but still.
    I agree, 'SC is a tad fishy.

    Athletic big men? How about no big men at all? Unless you consider Luc and Keefe at the 4 and 5 to be the answer.

    There was reportedly concern that a Harden recruitment would affect commitments in this incoming class. So we'll see if that trade-off was worthwhile. FWIW, I think the Bruins were well aware how good Harden was, and it was never a choice between Stanback and Harden as much as it was a present vs. future needs decision.

    The Bruins targeted guards for '08, knowing they'd be getting thin, and they pretty much nailed every target including Larry Drew, Jr. They offered, he (his dad) hedged, and they took Jerime Anderson instead (which looks like a good move in retrospect) leaving no scholies for Drew, who then got an offer from UNC.

    Next class, the primary target is big men, and they've been offering top prospect big men across the country (with little success at this point). They're going to have a ridiculous number of scholarships, and with lots of holes they may be forced to use many of them despite the class imbalances it may perpetuate.

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    Mata-Real is done. Gonna miss him.

    And according to Tracy Pierson at Scout.com...

    ... Love is gone...
    ... Collison has planned all year to leave...
    ... Westbrook is currently leaning toward leaving...
    ... Mbah-a-Moute and Shipp are both considering putting their names in (sans agents)...
    ... Aboya may leave a year of eligibility behind because he's done academically with his degree...
    ... Dragovic is considering going back to Europe, but there's pressure for him to finish his education...

    And here's how the scholarship situation looks:

    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Pierson
    If everyone returned to UCLA next season, UCLA would be one over the NCAA-allowed 13 scholarships. If, say, Love, Collison and Westbrook left, UCLA would then have two scholarships available for the 2008-2009 season.

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    ASUCruz, I may have been wrong about Harden. I've read lately that the Bruins were in fact LATE in recruiting him. Not sure that meant there was a choice to be made between him and Stanback, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolvie View Post
    ASUCruz, I may have been wrong about Harden. I've read lately that the Bruins were in fact LATE in recruiting him. Not sure that meant there was a choice to be made between him and Stanback, however.
    One thing to keep in mind. Getting Harden, possibly gets you Renardo Sidney! I can't believe ASU is in play with that kid. I highly doubt we get him, but just to be mentioned as a possibility is absolutely nuts for a squad that was barely getting 3 star recruits 4 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    One thing to keep in mind. Getting Harden, possibly gets you Renardo Sidney! I can't believe ASU is in play with that kid. I highly doubt we get him, but just to be mentioned as a possibility is absolutely nuts for a squad that was barely getting 3 star recruits 4 years ago.
    Now Sidney, THAT is a WHOLE 'nother situation.

    UCLA has shown "interest" for as long as anyone, but they've consciously NOT offered him ever.

    Sidney is the best big man in the West, in our backyard, and we have a serious need... and we haven't offered him and probably won't.

    Like OJ Mayo and other big name recruits who don't get offers from big name schools, it raises some eyebrows. AFAIK, no major schools have offered Sidney to date.

    The rumor is that the Sidney family might be looking for some incentives.

    Perhaps worse than that, this kid has character issues that are well-advertised. Doesn't play hard, not well-conditioned, allowed by his dad/coach to be a prima donna on his team, acts out on the court.

    I don't want UCLA to get Renardo Sidney. And right now, Howland's staff is reportedly only slightly more interested than before and still unlikely to offer, barring some major changes on Sidney's end.

    Howland has been very picky at UCLA. This guy doesn't "fit."
    Last edited by Wolvie; April 7th, 2008 at 11:40 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbruin152 View Post
    Tracy Pierson was right on the money.

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