Friday, September 20, 2013
Notebook: Bruins host big visitor
By Dave Telep
Truth? It’s not a big campus visited weekend. Take a look at the pedestrian football schedule and you’ll see what I mean. However, there are a few stragglers on campus this weekend, some of which are crucial to a few programs this year and next.
Big one on campus for UCLA There’s a good chance center Thomas Welsh is that big man many aren’t familiar with. Actually, that’s not his fault because all this entire future ESPN 100 player did since last spring was improve. The word on the street is that despite national options, he’s going to stay on the left coast. California’s in there but UCLA, where he’s visiting this weekend, could be in even stronger position.
Buckeyes have a nice crowd They aren’t bragging -- they’re just that good. Ohio State’s football team will be on the field, but its basketball coach has work to do, too. Top 10 junior Carlton Bragg – a national-level recruit -- makes his way from Cleveland to Columbus. He’s a key target for Thad Matta in 2015 following a blow up summer. Sophomore Tyus Battle will be at USA Basketball Camp in October, but he’s squeezing in one last unofficial visit. Matt Moyer, Kyle Guy and Seth Towns round out Ohio State’s five-man list of visitors.
Is Winslow Gator bait? Billy Donovan has a reunion on tap for the weekend. Last summer, Donovan coached Justise Winslow on the U19 team. This weekend, the coach gets to visit with Winslow once again. His official visit to Gainesville will be watched by some of the powers including Kansas, Duke and Arizona. As for the little guy in Winslow’s ear all weekend? That’s Chris Chiozza, the Memphis point guard who committed to the Gators in the spring.
Indiana on a point guard search For the last four seasons, Tom Crean’s deployed a shooter at point guard in the form of Jordan Hulls. If things go well this weekend Crean could have another speed guy alongside Yogi Ferrell in 2014-15, as fast-rising Lourawls Nairn makes his way from the Kansas City area for his official visit.
Pitino No. 2 looking for No. 1 The Minnesota Golden Gophers are looking for that first commitment from the Class of 2014. Richard Pitino’s set high standards for the class and the Gophers have targeted their share of prime prospects. Two players in their wheelhouse will be on campus for official visits this weekend in ESPN 100 guard Riley LaChance and power forward Josh Martin.
Pack-ed in for Clemson game The Clemson-NC State football didn’t turn out the way Wolfpack fans would have liked but we think two prime underclassmen made the trip to see Thursday night’s loss. Sophomore Edrice Adebayo and ESPN Top 20 sophomore Brandon Ingram were scheduled to be in Raleigh for the Thursday evening tussle.
Bama hosts friendlies Anthony Grant won’t have to work too hard this weekend. He’ll have three recruits on campus, all of whom have committed. Junior small forward Brandon Austin is in Tuscaloosa and will be flanked by senior pledges Riley Norris and Justin Coleman. If the Crimson Tide was looking to beef up their 3-point attack, then they accomplished their mission because every committed senior, including Devin Mitchell, can stroke it.
Fresno State trying to get a pair of wins The best football game of the weekend could be Boise State at Fresno State. The Mountain West football powers clash with Fresno’s national reputation and conference title hopes on the line. Hoops coach Rodney Terry will take this opportunity to show his program off to younger players, as junior Cameron Walker and sophomore Collin Slater scored primo seats to the game.