wishful thinking for the bruins(espn insider)

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wishful thinking for the bruins(espn insider)

here is an article i came across today basically stating that the ucla bruins are currently the favorites to land 2012's #5 overall prospect Kyle ANdersen from St Anthony's in NJ and might very well land one of his best frineds in #1 overall 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad in a sort of package deal. I obviously post this as a hopeful Bruin fan but also to quiet some of that talk about Arizona dominating the recruiting scene out west. Bruins will finish ahead of Zona this coming season and they will be the better program for the forseeable future as well. Anyone disagree?

UPDATE: According to a website that follows UCLA basketball and recruiting,, Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony) may actually be favoring the Bruins at this moment.

"While sources have told us that Anderson is leaning toward UCLA right now, he will still go through with his Florida visit (on Sept. 16) at the very least before making a decision," wrote AK Murthy. "However, UCLA appears to be in the lead and is hoping that Anderson is the first of the big dominoes to fall in their 2012 class."

But how about the swirling rumors that Shabazz Muhammad and Anderson will both commit to the Bruins? Anderson spoke to Scout's Evan Daniels and while the wing confirms he and Muhammad are close, the guard's decision will not affect what school Anderson ultimately chooses.


The rumors have been swirling for months now about the possibility of both Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman) and Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J./St. Anthony) playing at UCLA. Could all the talk be closer to becoming a reality?

"We're thinking about it a lot," Anderson told late Friday. "I mean, we're thinking about it. I don't know how far it will go, but there's definitely a possibility it could happen."

Many recruiting experts have felt that Muhammad -- ESPNU's top ranked recruit in 2012 -- has been a UCLA lean for some time, but getting his signature remains far from a done deal with Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and hometown UNLV still heavily in pursuit.

The No. 5 ranked recruit in 2012, Anderson, at least on paper, would seem to be an even tougher get for Howland. He's a New Jersey native whose best two positions are small forward and point guard, two spots that UCLA already has commitments from in 2012. But Anderson is taking his second unofficial visit to Westwood on Tuesday, and still could choose the Bruins over Saint John's, Seton Hall, Florida and Georgetown.

- Joe Kaiser

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