I know I’ve blogged numerous times about Kevin Prince arriving at UCLA for August training camp, as long as the school has a scholarship to offer. Here is what Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel said about it.
“I would say I would do it in a heartbeat if I had the scholarship,” Neuheisel said. “I’m looking through the numbers, and right now the priority is to get offensive linemen, and so I can’t say he’s definitely coming.”
As I’ve written about lately, I’m hearing UCLA expects to have a scholarship available for Prince.
A few weeks ago, while I was on vacation, there was quite a bit of chatter about UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel using the (USC assistant) Brandon Carroll walk-on video in recruiting against the Trojans.
In talking to my sources, they did not think Neuheisel used the video, or pointed it out to recruits, nor did Neuheisel tell his assistants to use the video to shed unfavorable light on the Trojans.
That said, the sources did not know if any of UCLA’s assistants used the video to recruit negatively against USC.
Joe Abunassar, who runs Abunassar Impact Basketball and is training Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, said UCLA will get a much better offensive player if Mbah a Moute returns for his senior season.
“With Luc, it’s footwork, being square (to the basket) and a lot of repetition,” Abunassar said. “If he can knock down shots, he becomes a really dangerous pro player because he’s got the long arms, can defend, has the body, he’s smart.
“We’re working out four or five hours a day shooting the ball, and confidence comes from that. …The UCLA coaches, they’re thrilled with Luc putting the work in because they’re supportive of Luc, and if he does come back, he’s a better player anyway. It’s a win-win.”
Here is the story I wrote for today’s paper on Kevin Love readying for the NBA draft, and a sidebar I wrote on Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
Love said his plans for watching the NBA are undetermined, but he knows what he wants to do.
“I’m hoping to be in New York,” he said. “The NBA invites you, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be there. It’s an experience. It’s something you watching when you’re young.”
From my understanding, UCLA is still waiting for J’mision Morgan’s signed scholarship papers. Once signed and returned, it binds UCLA to Morgan, but Morgan remains free to change his mind and go to another school until attends his first class at UCLA.
One thing I kept forgetting to post from the weekend was how UCLA signee Kevin Prince, the quarterback out of Crespi High, was a huge hit at the Steve Clarkson event in Santa Barbara.
In talking to a few people about Prince’s performance, they said he looked the best out of the quarterbacks in attendance.
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said injured quarterback Patrick Cowan will wait until August to have the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee repaired, but Neuheisel added he hoped Cowan would still want to be around the program in the fall despite being out for the season.
“I’m hopeful that he’ll come back and be hungry enough to be a student assistant for us,” Neuheisel said. “That’s one of those things where you’re not sure how a student is going to handle (not being able) to play and still be around it. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Cowan was UCLA’s starter until late in spring practice, when he injured his knee during a non-contact drill in the next to last practice.