Hoops Recruiting Roundup: UCLA lands heralded prospect LaVine
News and notes after another busy week of Division-I basketball recruiting developments:
During the Pangos-All American Camp earlier this month, Bothell (Wash.) High's
Few, however, suspected it would happen so suddenly. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard committed to Ben Howland's program over Arizona, Cal and Washington, among others, on Wednesday night.
"It just came to me," said LaVine. "[I] had been planning to do it in August. But we decided to it because it felt right."
LaVine has the ability to play either the one- or two-guard and has boosted his stock since the beginning of the AAU camp circuit. He's well aware of UCLA's recent recruiting success (top prospects Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson pledged in the 2012 class), and he hopes to improve -- and be positioned to make an immediate impact -- before his arrival to campus in 2013.
"I can score, but I need to work on my fundamentals as a point guard," LaVine said. "I come with the mindset that I feel like I'm better than anyone I step on the court with."
During last weekend's NBPA Top 100 Camp, four-star
A candidate to make a move up from his current spot of No. 100 in the Rivals150, Harris should condense his lengthy candidate list now that he's taking visits. He hit LSU at the beginning of the month and will visit Arkansas on June 28 and TCU on June 29. He's also looking to visit Texas, which has begun recruiting him more intensely, on the 30th. He's planning to visit Marquette in July if time allows.
Harris wants to commit during the early signing period and plans to cut his list down after July. In addition to the school listed above, he has received interest of late from Alabama, Missouri, Kansas State, USC, Washington State, Texas Tech, Virginia, Gonzaga and Creighton.
Speaking of Creighton, the Jays have been on quite a run over the past three days.
On Monday they added three-star big man
Hegner is a thin, skilled big man who can run the floor and has excellent hands. Harris also has excellent skills and size at around 6-6 and boasts deep range on his jumper. Norton, the lesser known of the three, is a 5-10 point guard who is all about toughness and making the right play. After a recent unofficial visit to Omaha, Norton didn't see any reason to keep looking and was pretty straight forward about why he chose to end his recruitment early. "There aren't any other schools out there that I would rather go to," the Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge product told Rivals.com. "There was no point in waiting any longer to make the decision."
Like Hegner and Harris, Norton also sang the praises of the Creighton staff, fans and players.
"The coaches are amazing and I just felt it was a great place for me," said Norton. "The atmosphere is one of the best around averaging 16 thousand on gameday. It doesn't get much better than that."
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