The Big 12 and Pac-10 Conferences have announced the dates and matchups for the 2010 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series. The series will be in its fourth year after starting competition during the 2007-08 season.
The majority of the games are scheduled for December 2-5, with three taking place outside the four-day series window. The matchups mirror the ones that took place in the fall of 2009, with the road team from a year ago hosting this season.
JG: What led to the decision to switch from Indiana to UCLA?
Matt Carlino: “What led to my decision was going down there this past weekend – I already liked UCLA from when I was recruited before Indiana – and I checked out the campus, hung out with some of the guys, and just really love it there. I love the coaches – Coach Howland is a great coach – and I just thought it was a good situation. Here are a lot of good players coming in, a lot of good young players there. It was a good fit for me as a point guard, and how many guys Coach Howland has done a great job.”
JG: Word is you’re graduating early and enrolling in June?”
MC: “I’ll be leaving early, reclassifying 2010. I’m really looking forward to being on a good young team next year. Coach Howland was the one who initially brought it up to graduate early, and once he said that, I thought it was a really interesting idea. I felt like I could help. So did he. I thought it was a great opportunity, and I wasn’t going to pass up that opportunity.”
Matt Carlino, a premier PG from the class of 2011, has verbally committed to UCLA, I’ve been told. Carlino could graduate early and enroll this season, giving the Bruins an outside shooting option they currently lack.
I’ll try to get a hold of him today, but for now, here’s his profile: Carlino