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Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:21 am
Edited on: September 20, 2011 10:48 am
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By Gary Parrish

You can blame it on underclassmen leaving early or on a recruiting lull.

Or on a combination of the two.

Either way, Ben Howland hasn't tasted a Sweet 16 since he made three consecutive Final Fours from 2006 to 2008, and many had started to wonder about his long-term viability at UCLA. Had his style of play run its course in Los Angeles? Could he still consistently recruit elite-level prospects? Was his hiring of a summer coach from the Atlanta Celtics program a sign that Howland was getting desperate?

Those are the questions basketball people spent July asking each other.

Now a new question must be asked: Is Howland suddenly in position to make a fourth Final Four?

That's how significant Kyle Anderson's commitment to the Bruins was late Monday. Not only did it give Howland a consensus top-five prospect from the Class of 2012, it also quieted critics and suggested UCLA's first season in what will be a renovated Pauley Pavilion could lead to Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

That's the site of the 2013 Final Four.

Pencil UCLA in for it if Howland next lures a commitment from Shabazz Muhammad -- a Las Vegas native and the top prospect in the Class of 2012 who, according to sources, is likely to choose the Bruins over Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UNLV. It should also be noted that Howland's assistant from the Atlanta Celtics (Korey McCray) has UCLA seriously involved with a pair of elite bigs from Georgia, specifically Tony Parker and Shaq Goodwin. Assuming the Bruins get just one of them, Howland could have a 2012-13 roster that looks like this:

G: Larry Drew
G: Shabazz Muhammad
F: Kyle Anderson (as primary ball-handler)
F: Reeves Nelson
C: Josh Smith

Key Reserves: David Wear, Travis Wear, Dominic Artis, Jordan Adams and Tony Parker/Shaq Goodwin.

That would be quite a collection of talent in Westwood.

Perhaps good enough to bring a 12th national championship to the school.
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Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

Also you all better add "Jordan Adams" to the list especially when it comes to scoring. He made 39 points in a game against "Shabazz" aau team this summer. He is completing his 2nd year at Oak Hill academy.  You might haven't heard of him yet, but you will. He is a quiet storm, and force. Plus he is good friends with Kyle Anderson,shabazz and the other top atlanta, Georgia recruits. Howland is going to developed his talent evenmore.




Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2011 11:52 am
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA


Rosetta200

shhh!  the adults are trying to talk.



Since: Nov 20, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 10:55 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

theorb13,
Your lack of basketball acumen shines brightly.  The Wears and Drew II are southern California kids who for their own personal reasons didn't adapt well to life in the south and wanted to come home.  They will not be relied upon to lead the Bruins as they were expected to lead the Tar Heels.  Have you seen the current and projected depths of UCLA's roster?  The Wears and Drew II will contribute, but most likely in reserve roles until they earn a starting position. 

Sincerely,
Bill Guthridge 



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:49 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

Also missing Stover and Lamb!



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

You also missed SG Norm Powell from this list...



Since: Sep 20, 2011
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

I just signed up and registered to make a HUGE point you and everyone seem to be missing......

There's a guy named Norman Powell that everyone seems to be forgetting about. Some say he's the next coming of a Westbrook and Powell has played with Shabazz in league ball before, so there's familiarity there and he's a baller.  You put those two together with Kyle Anderson, Reeves Nelson and Josh Smith, and we have a bench that could probably start for most colleges.  Not sure if he'll start, but he'll be in blue and gold this season. Just waiting for Shabazz.....



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

Congrats to UCLA.  If Zona can't have em, then keep them in the Pac 12.



Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

Even as a Wildcat, I'm happy to see UCLA succeed.  The Pac 12 needs both programs to be great and the signature schools on the west coast.  I'd be okay with UCLA landing Muhammad just so both schools are again Top 5 caliber.

Bruin fans should be concerned though with the new CBA during the lockout.  If high school are again allowed to go pro, I doubt Anderson or Muhammad put on a blue and gold jersey,



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 11:48 am
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

UCLA has to add those recruits and more just to try to keep up to what Sean Miller is doing in the Tucson. His "rebuilding" didn't take long and the recruiting classes at Arizona the next three years and beyond(I'm sure) are going to be great. Sean Miller has, (in such a short time) Arizona back on top in the west, just like the Dynasty in the Desert that Lute built. If Arizona lands any of the bigs they have on their radar they'll be in Atlanta next year, not UCLA. They will be the team to beat, if they aren't already.






Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 8:51 am
 

Anderson's commitment huge for Howland, UCLA

if you are relying on turnover jesus and the wheres to save your program, you are in big trouble.  there is a reason Huckleberry ran them off from unc.


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