2010 USC TROJANS SIGNING DAY CLASS
Total Signings:18 Top150 Signings: 10 Five-star commits:2 Four-star:13
|Robert Woods||87||WR #1||WR||6-1||180||Junipero Serra H.S. (CA)|
|Markeith Ambles||83||WR #4||WR||6-2||185||Henry County H.S. (GA)|
|Xavier Grimble||83||TE #1||TE||6-5||241||Bishop Gorman H.S. (NV)|
|D.J. Morgan||83||ATH #7||ATH||5-10||175||Woodland Hills-Taft H.S. (CA)|
|Kyle Prater||82||WR #9||WR||6-5||200||Proviso West H.S. (IL)|
|Jesse Scroggins||82||QB #2||QB||6-2||189||Lakewood H.S. (CA)|
|George Uko||81||DT #5||DT||6-4||299||Don Antonio Lugo H.S. (CA)|
|Demetrius Wright||81||CB #6||CB||6-1||185||Corona Senior H.S. (CA)|
|Patrick Hall||81||LQ||ATH||6-1||185||Saint Bonaventure H.S. (CA)|
|Dillon Baxter||81||ATH #12||ATH||5-11||190||Mission Bay H.S. (CA)|
|Nickell Robey||80||CB #13||CB||5-8||160||Frostproof H.S. (FL)|
|Christian Thomas||80||TE #8||TE||6-3||234||Highland H.S. (CA)|
|Randall Telfer||80||TE #10||TE||6-4||215||Rancho Cucamonga H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Brown||80||ATH #21||ATH||5-10||176||Henry J. Kaiser H.S. (CA)|
|Giovanni Di Poalo||77||OG #38||OG||6-4||260||Saint Bonaventure H.S. (CA)|
|Glen Stanley||OLB||6-2||240||Ocala, FL||Eastern Arizona College|
2010 UCLA BRUINS SIGNING DAY CLASS
Total Signings:22 Top 150 Signings:6 Four-star commits:9 Three-star:13
|Owamagbe Odighizuwa||84||DE #2||DE||6-3||235||David Douglas H.S. (OR)|
|Jordon James||83||RB #5||RB||5-10||188||Corona Senior H.S. (CA)|
|Malcolm Jones||81||RB #8||RB||6-1||217||Oaks Christian H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Barr||81||ATH #11||ATH||6-4||223||Loyola H.S. (CA)|
|Dietrich Riley||81||S #10||S||6-1||196||Saint Francis H.S. (CA)|
|Aramide Olaniyan||81||OLB #13||OLB||6-2||200||Woodberry Forest School (VA)|
|Kip Smith||80||K #2||K||6-0||200||Legacy H.S. (CO)|
|Josh Shirley||79||OLB #19||OLB||6-3||210||Henry J. Kaiser H.S. (CA)|
|Tevin McDonald||79||S #18||S||5-11||180||Edison H.S. (CA)|
|Chris Ward||79||OG #15||OG||6-4||285||Mater Dei H.S. (CA)|
|Cassius Marsh||79||DT #33||DT||6-4||290||Oaks Christian H.S. (CA)|
|Paul Richardson||78||WR #67||WR||6-1||180||Junipero Serra H.S. (CA)|
|Anthony Jefferson||77||S #48||S||6-1||172||Cathedral H.S. (CA)|
|Kody Innes||77||OT #43||OT||6-4||270||Saguaro H.S. (AZ)|
|Eric Kendrick||77||OLB #47||OLB||6-1||205||Hoover H.S. (CA)|
|Jordan Zumwalt||76||ILB #26||ILB||6-4||215||Edison H.S. (CA)|
|Sealii Epenesa||76||DT #79||DT||6-2||300||Iolani School (HI)|
|Derrick Bryant||76||DE #91||DE||6-4||230||Brookhaven H.S. (OH)|
|Shaquille Richardson||75||CB #73||CB||6-1||170||Los Alamitos H.S. (CA)|
|Wesley Flowers||75||DT #88||DT||6-4||250||Edison H.S. (CA)|
|John Young||73||TE #69||TE||6-3||252||Loyola H.S. (CA)|
|Wade Yandall||73||OT #137||OT||6-4||294||Carson H.S. (CA)|
Kudos to Ramona Shelbourne on her new gig for EspnLosAngles.com, espousing on the inconsisent, difficult-to-read play of both the USC and UCLA hoops squads.
That said, folks back in the Tri-Valley of Eastern Washington are disappointed reading about the upstart Bruins defeating the Cougars, 74-62. Again, the continued scrappy play of Mustafa Abdul-Hamid provided a constant spark. The Bruins are now one game out of first place – and two games out of last – in the Pac-10 conference standings. The conference Champion will get a bid, but will that champ be the only team from the Pac-10 to make the tourney?
I’m telling you, how can you not harken back to this guy during times such as these:
Oh yeah, that’s right.
I will tell you this, however, Kevin O’Neill is doing a helluva job in obscurity (and sanctionville) after the implosion of last year’s Trojan squad. I’ll bet even this guy is proud:
Bytheway Dodger fans – have you checked out Dylan Hernandez’s Twitter yet?
As far as the Angels are concerned, an unemotional goodbye is in order for strangely estranged Native Son Gary Matthews Jr., traded unceremoniously for Brian Stokes, another California kid. Matthews never really fit under Arte’s regime; always the fourth outfielder, sort of in a Juan Pierre-esque fashion – Matthews definitely is good enough to play centerfield wherever he wants, but his hitting just hasn’t been the same since the suspiciously successful 2006 year he had with the Rangers. The HGH accusations didn’t sit too well at home, nor with the Angels’ brass.
Also I keep saying it – don’t sleep on the Kings this year. NHL pundit Jason Sapir says they still may be too young, but with inspirational wins such as the 3-2 comeback over the Red Wings becoming commonplace, don’t be surprised if they ride young goalie Jonathan Quick to a deep run in the Playoffs. With five Olympians, the squad is immensely talented. And well coached. Even with the rift between negative18er Jack Johnson and stud GM Dean Lombardi, the Kings are playing well, and holding on to the seventh seed in the West.
The already disappointing UCLA Bruin hoops season (2-4, including losses to Long Beach St. & Cal-St Fullerton, with Kansas & Mississippi St. next on the agenda) just became more difficult, as the FireBenHowland watch officially began with Super Sophomore Drew Gordon’s Transfer.
Howland’s failure as Coach, at least in corralling big-name talent within the confines of his program, has been evident for the past two years – which, yes, did follow three consecutive Final Four appearances. The problem is NOT with Howland’s ability to coach. He’s a fine coach; a phenomenal coach, even.
Ben Howland says: I guess you can say UCLA is an “elite” program.
The fact is, though – he is not a UCLA coach; the Bruin program sustained elite status through the decades with athletic, heady players buying into variations of a run-n-gun theme, from Wooden to Harrick to yes, Steve Lavin. What Bruin fans – and Bruin hoopsters – are accustomed to is filling seats at Pauley due to exciting, high-flying basketball befitting of their Blue Chip recruit status.
And yes, Howland can recruit his ass off; he’s had top-five classes during four of the past six years. Howland can also coach. He turned Northern Arizona (who?!?) and Pittsburgh into stronger-than-anyone-ever-expected programs, and he revitalized Westwood with the recent string of successes. That said, his successes came at a price – who can forget UCLA’s plodding, defensively smothering, arduous, grind-it-out playing style that served them so well during the Afflalo/Farmar/Shipp/Matt/Mbah-a-Moute Days? That style of ball does not land Howland any points with the top crop of phenoms that comes out of the L.A. playgrounds each year. And you can completely forget about grabbing the talent on the East Coast.
The “kids these days” don’t want to learn Howland’s trademark “aggressive man-to-man defense” so much as they want to be freed up to run, shoot, score on their way to a one-and-done “career” in NCAA basketball. There’s a reason Studio City’s Jrue Holiday was labeled a disappointment as a Bruin and ended up leaving after one season – he did NOT want to play this kind of basketball. Kevin Love, too – though he bought into Howland’s style, and was a true beast/monster in every regard, one season was enough. “If I want to work more on defense than my growth as a person, student & ballplayer, I’ll go to the NBA” seems to be a mantra, which brings us back to Drew Gordon. He left, simply because he was sick of being hindered by a coach that seems to believe that defense is the only way to win ballgames. “With the talent that’s on the UCLA team,” Gordon’s father, Ed, said, “there’s absolutely no reason for that to happen.”
Even more important, the younger Gordon felt like a bad fit in UCLA’s measured style of play. “His athleticism always has shined more in an up-and-down tempo,” his father said. “That’s not exactly what the UCLA system is about.”
Drew Gordon: Athletic as hell, and note Ben Howland in the background actually looking annoyed that one of his players would leap out of the gym.
The onus may not be fully on Howland, as BruinReportOnline provided some valuable insight into the transfer.
” He had a history of outbursts — against coaches in which he would argue vociferously, and against players. A source says that he was involved in three fights with his teammates, and Howland had warned him that there was no further tolerance of it.
When he was a high school prospect, we had heard quite a bit about him, about how he could be a difficult personality and tough to coach. When we learned that he had committed to UCLA we were particularly surprised, since we didn’t think he was a good fit for Howland’s program. The fact that he picked UCLA and Howland gave us a little hope that, perhaps, he recognized what he needed to make himself a better player.
Now, I’m not saying that Howland is a saint in all this. The way he coaches and runs his program, a player like Gordon was going to be naturally problematic. Perhaps there’s another coach out there that would be able to work with Gordon, adapt to his idiosyncracies, and get the most out of him.”
And that’s what this is about – adapting to the players that will come to your school. UCLA can get recruits even if Bozo the Clown is coaching in Westwood. It’s also about adapting to the times; at a second-tier program with second-tier recruits, defense may be the ONLY way to win games. Once you’re in prime time, though – it’s time to fly. And that’s what UCLA baskeball is and should be about.
Now will Ben Howland get fired? Of course not – he’s a great man and again, a spectacular coach. He’s just NOT the right coach for UCLA.
For the record, the Bruins won the first three matchups during my years in Westwood, the tail end of eight in a row total (1991 – 1998).
Uncle Ricky Neuheisel will continue his drive take the town from Uncle Pete. Nelson Rosario, Kevin Prince, Jonathan Franklin and Lake Balboa Birmingham‘s Milton Knox will solidify UCLA’s future on the offensive side, and Brian Price & Alterraun Verner will shut down Matt Barkley and the misused stable of backs in the McKnight/Gable-less USC backfield. For the record, I like Carroll quite a bit but his handling of the QB position from the anger at the departure of Mark Sanchez to the unbridled, cloying, hyperbolic praise for his current Superfrosh has left the first real question mark of his otherwise outstanding tenure.
Regardless, UCLA’s momentum will shine stronger than the Trojan might can handle. The city capital will once again be situated between Bel-Air and Brentwood. The Bruins will win, Los Angelinos. The Bruins WILL win.
29 – 28
Good to see the College Pranks are still taken seriously by some spirited students:
WESTWOOD — Someone has vandalized UCLA’s beloved bruin bear statue ahead of Saturday’s football game against rival USC.
The vandals cut through a protective tarp and dumped red and yellow paint on the mascot, which is poised in the center of the Westwood campus. Suspiciously, USC’s colors are cardinal and gold.
Workers were seen attempting to remove the paint Wednesday morning. It was not immediately known what time the vandals did the dirty work.
The bruin statue was protected with an anti-paint coating for situations such as this.
Over at the University of Southern California, students were seen camping out by the Tommy Trojan statue, which was wrapped in duct tape or plastic to protect it from such an attack.
The Trojans and the Bruins face off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum.
The College Hoops season is underway, but somebody forgot to tell the UCLA Bruins that it’s not preseason anymore.
As exciting as it was to open the season at 9pm PST as the kickoff game for ESPN’s 24 Hours of Madness. . .well that’s about how dull & boring the Bruin offense looked. Missing their first seven shots (and going scoreless for more than three minutes), the Bruins looked competitively underwhelmed for the contest, losing in double-overtime versus the Big West contending Titans of Fullerton. The shooting of Dragovic (2 for 14) and Lee (7 of 23) was horrendous, and the only bright spot, really, was Nelson Reeves scoring 11 off the bench. Really ugly game, and though there are widespread injuries throughout the roster, this season does not beckon well for Howland and his overrated recruiting classes.
Here’s the Bruin box from last night. Prit-tee sorry, guys. Just like the plans for the Pauley renovation, but that’s a whole other story.
|Drew Gordon, F-C||38||5-12||0-0||0-2||6||8||1||0||2||1||4||10|
|Nikola Dragovic, F||40||2-14||1-9||0-0||1||14||2||1||2||3||2||5|
|Malcolm Lee, G||38||7-23||1-8||2-3||4||7||4||2||0||1||4||17|
|Jerime Anderson, G||40||1-11||0-3||1-3||1||2||3||2||0||3||0||3|
|Michael Roll, G||49||6-15||3-8||2-3||0||3||5||2||0||0||2||17|
|Mike Moser, F||1||0-0||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|Reeves Nelson, F||12||4-6||0-0||3-5||4||6||0||0||1||1||2||11|
|James Keefe, F||32||1-3||0-1||0-1||2||9||4||0||0||1||1||2|