Here is the fifth set:
What type of pro-potential do you see in the current crop of Bruins heading into the NBA draft?
I don’t understand. Do you mean the incoming recruiting class, or the players who were drafted Thursday?
Among college sports rivalries, where do you think UCLA-USC ranks in terms of animosity between the fans?
I’m not sure because I cover UCLA, so I know how they feel. In talking to ‘SC fans, I don’t get the sense they care nearly as much about UCLA as UCLA fans do about ‘SC fans. And I have no idea what Duke-North Carolina is like on a daily basis, ditto for Oklahoma-Texas or Auburn-Alabama, ect.
I have yet to read that Brandon Warner has actually enrolled or signed with NMSU or any other university. Is UCLA still trying to win him back, or has that ship sailed?
No, UCLA has moved on. He can only sign scholarship papers with New Mexico State, but he said he will enroll in early July, when the second session of summer school begins there.
I think I’m behind, who is Cassius March?
He is a highly-rated defensive tackle from Oaks Christian who is being recruited by all the big programs.
I’m only asking this because I’m too excited about today’s result. Frankly, I’d ask anyone who knows anything about soccer really. Anyway, what do you think about the US team now? One game, yes. But it was a huge game. Huge result.
It was a great, great result, and the effort was tremendous. And the effort needs to be at that level all the time. The U.S. game plan was tremendous, but it also took two fortunate bounces for the U.S. to score both of its goals. Technically, other countries remain light years ahead of the U.S. since the U.S. doesn’t have anyone who can create a goal out of nothing. Still, a tremendous game and effort. I hope they show well against Brazil.
Is there significant concern that Williams, Maka and Abele will abandon UCLA and go to a university where they would be allowed to enroll immediately without any further coursework?
No, because all three want to be at UCLA, all three remain signed by UCLA (and will be until August camp begins and they are not enrolled) and none are so far away academically it is impossible. I am hearing Abele and Williams are likely to get qualified and Maka is a little more of a long shot but he could enter UCLA in January 2010.
Do you think USC has a shot in H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks in repeating as Pac-10 Tournament Champions?
Yup. If seven or eight other programs drop basketball or boycott the Pac-10 tourney.
Is it fair to say that UCLA’s FB recruiting for this year is going to be largely (more than most years) dependant on the results on the field?
I think that is the best way to put it. Recruits are going to get to the point of not believing any more unless the results are there.