Friday, November 18th, 2011

Power Programs Kansas, Kentucky, and UCLA score big on recruiting trail

Published on September 26, 2011 by Scott Shirley   ·   1 Comment

Time again for another recruiting report. I will keep this a weekly thing. There were three big commits this week. All these players I am updating on are the class of 2012 meaning they will be playing in college during the 2012-13 season.

Kyle Anderson (UCLA) – The Bruins came east to get one of the top players in the class of 2012. Anderson plays his high school basketball at one of the best programs out there St. Anthony’s in New Jersey. ranks Anderson a 5 star and the 2nd best small forward in the country. While Anderson is listed as a small forward, he is very skilled for his size; he can play all three-perimeter positions. The thing that stands out most about Anderson is his passing ability and court vision. He has an excellent mid range game, and can also finish inside with post moves. Anderson needs to improve his speed and quickness and he also needs to get stronger. Head coach Ben Howland had UCLA going to final fours right away, but they have struggled for UCLA teams in the last couple of years. Howland needs to keep bringing in top talent to return the Bruins were they belong. Right now the Bruins have one of the top recruiting classes for the class of 2012. Besides Anderson they also got commitments from John Adams and Dominic Artis.

Archie Goodwin (Kentucky)– What else is new, one of the nations best recruiters John Calipari is bringing in another top player. This is the Wildcats first commit for the class of 2012; Kentucky brought in the nation’s top recruiting class last season. ranks Goodwin as a 5 star and the 3rd best shooting guard in the country. Goodwin hails from the state of Arkansas. The first thing I like about Goodwin game is his competitiveness and the way he attacks the rim with no fear. His offensive game in one word is smooth he reminds me a lot of Joe Johnson. He has a pretty good handle, and has a nice stroke. Another thing that makes Goodwin a top player is how good of a defensive player he is. Goodwin needs to add some muscle in order to be ready for the college game; he also needs to be more consistent on his perimeter shot. Calipari will always have Kentucky in the national championship hunt every year, question is though can he keep his talented players from leaving to the NBA early.

Perry Ellis (Kansas)– Ellis decided to stay in state and play for Kansas; he plays high school basketball in Wichita. ranks Ellis as the 7th best power forward in the country. Ellis knows how to score the basketball. He has a solid mid range game to go along with very solid moves in the post. Ellis also runs the floor well which leads to easy baskets for him. He also gets the job done on the defense side of the ball. He needs to work on his ballhandling skills, and he needs to continue to get stronger. As long as head coach Bill Self is at Kansas they will always bring in top players.

Other notable commits

C Chad Rykhoek (Baylor)

SF Twymond Howard (UTEP)

PF Zack Auguste (Notre Dame)

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