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Kyle Anderson MRI Indicates Torn Thumb Ligaments

Kyle Anderson underwent an MRI on his injured thumb Wednesday and was told that surgery is necessary.

“Dr. Urquhart says he has torn ligaments in his thumb and after reading the MRI and seeing the MRI he believes he needs surgery,” Kyle Anderson Sr. said. “We respect his opinion and judgment but are still going to have a second opinion.”

Anderson initially injured the thumb during a late-season practice and tweaked it again during a recent scrimmage for the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Tony Parker Commits To UCLA, Gives Bruins Top Recruiting Class

UCLA landed Tony Parker, giving the Bruins what will be the top recruiting class in the country.

Parker, a 6-foot-8, 280-pound center selected UCLA over Georgia, Kansas, Duke and Ohio State.

The Bruins also signed consensus No. 2-ranked Shabazz Muhammed and top-5 ranked Kyle Anderson, as well as highly touted small forward Jordan Adams.

Via ESPN.com

Tony Parker Expected To Commit To UCLA

Tony Parker will pick between UCLA, Georgia, Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Memphis on Monday.

Parker is widely expected join Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson with the Bruins.

Parker averaged 16.6 points and 11 rebounds this past season, as he led Atlanta Miller Grove to its fourth straight state championship.

Via Lawrence Journal World

Josiah Turner Considering Transfer To St. John's

Josiah Turner, once regarded as one of the top two point guards in the country, is considering transferring to St. John’s.

Turner is leaving Arizona after averaging 6.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his freshman season.

The 6-foot-3 guard will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Kyle Anderson To Have MRI, May Need Thumb Surgery

Kyle Anderson injured his left thumb in practice earlier this year and one specialist believes there may be ligament damage.

“He will have an MRI within the next day or so,” Anderson’s father, Kyle Anderson Sr. said. “He could possibly need surgery. I’m glad he was able to get through the all-star games.”

The UCLA signee could miss up to three months after surgery.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Likely Would Have Declared Early If Given Opportunity

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent four seasons at UCLA, winning three NCAA championships, before being selected with the first overall pick in the 1969 NBA draft.

Jabbar recounted his collegiate experience in a self-written column Thursday.

“When I left high school, I could not play professionally in the NBA,” Jabbar wrote. “It had a rule that prohibited me from playing until after the year that I would have graduated from college. For me to have played pro ball I would have had to play overseas or for the Harlem Globetrotters (which I never seriously considered, because college was my goal).

“I chose to go to UCLA, which had just won back-to-back NCAA championships. The rules of the NCAA stated that freshmen were ineligible to play varsity. My freshman team was very good, so good that we beat the varsity team in the season-opening freshman-varsity game. So to begin the 1965-66 season, the Bruins varsity was No. 1 in the country but No. 2 on campus. Coach John Wooden had an embarrassment of riches.

“When I finally got to play varsity, the Bruins went on to one of the greatest demonstrations of dominance college sports has ever seen. My team won the NCAA tourney for three consecutive years, and after I left they continued to dominate the game, winning four more consecutive titles and finally totaling 10 championships in 12 years. It's impossible to imagine this ever happening again.”

If the rules had allowed it, Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor) probably would have declared early for the NBA draft.

“The starting five (three freshmen and two sophomores) from this year's NCAA champion, the University of Kentucky, declared for the NBA draft this week,” Jabbar wrote. “I can't say that I would chose differently today. In that hypothetical vein, if I and my teammates from 1965 had been freshmen this year, the 2012 trophy would be headed home to Westwood. It's also likely, in that dream scenario, that Anthony Davis would not be the presumptive No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.”

Via ESPN.com

Anthony Bennett Cuts Washington From Final List

Anthony Bennett, a top-10 recruit, cut his list of possible college destinations to Florida, Kentucky, Oregon and UNLV.

“He’s definitely taken Washington off the list,” Mike George of CIA Bounce confirmed. “He’s down to four.”

Bennett plans to soon eliminate another school from consideration.

“He’ll take another [school] off by next week,” George said. “He’s only gonna’ visit three schools.”

Via ZagsBlog.com

Allerik Freeman Expands List To Include Duke, UCLA, Ohio State

Allerik Freeman has expanded his list of potential college destinations to include Duke, UCLA, and Ohio State.

“Like most kids he had a change of heart and added UCLA and Ohio State,” Freeman’s high school coach, Ty Baumgardner said.

“Just in the last couple of weeks, Duke has shown some interest. Coach [Chris] Collins and Al have had some communication through email. Word is Coach K is going to watch him this weekend.”

Freeman, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard out of Charlotte, NC., is also considering Villanova and Kansas.

Via ZagsBlog.com

Tony Parker Trims List To Five, Plans To Announce Next Week

Tony Parker has narrowed his focus down to Ohio State, Kansas, Duke, UCLA and Georgia.

Parker eliminated Memphis and Georgetown from consideration and plans to make his decision late next week.

“I haven’t worked out all of the details yet, but next week is the week,” said Parker. “I’m just ready to get it over with. It’s been a long process, and I’m ready for it to be over. I’m still weighing things out, but I gave myself 'til next week. That’s when it’s happening.”

Via Sporting News

Howland: Bruins Will Be 'More Aggressive Offensively' With Muhammad, Anderson

Ben Howland is excited to have one of the top incoming classes in the country.

Shabazz Muhammad, one of the country's top two high school basketball prospects, committed to UCLA on Wednesday night.

“He has a lot of special qualities,” Howland said of Muhammad. “He’s a great scorer, can really shoot the ball, gets to the line a lot because he’s so aggressive attacking the rim. He’s explosive. He’s 222-pound, 6-6, long, athletic, bouncy, just a really, really good player.”

Howland said the Bruins will look to capitalize on the skills of Muhammad and Kyle Anderson, another top-five recruit.

“We’ve got to be more aggressive offensively, attacking and really trying to get him out to where he can attack in the open court,” Howland said. “It’s not just Shabazz. One of the key factors is that we had already signed one of his close friends, Kyle Anderson, who is a great player, obviously, in his own right, a top-five player in the country. He has point guard skills, is a 6-8 point, really passes the ball. … You get a chance to see them playing together, it’s exciting.”

Via Sports Radio Interviews

Pacific-12 Conference Archives

Shabazz Muhammad's Father Denies Adidas Influence

Many insiders believe Shabazz Muhammad landed at UCLA because of its status as Adidas program.

Chris Obekpa Will Make Recruiting Visit To Oregon

Chris Obekpa is the top unsigned center in the class of 2012.

UCLA May Change Offense For Muhammad

UCLA may employ a modified offense featuring Shabazz Muhammad.

Josiah Turner Transferring From Arizona

Josiah Turner has decided to transfer from Arizona.

Muhammad Cites Comfort Level With Coach As Biggest Factor In Decision

Shabazz Muhammad said his college decision will come down to his comfort level with the coach.

Tony Parker Unlikely To Sign On April 11

Tony Parker is a top-30 recruit in the class of 2012.

Jared Cunningham Turning Pro

Jared Cunningham is considered a mid-to-late second round pick.

Matt Korcheck Commits To Arizona

Arizona has the top rated recruiting class in the country.

Colorado's Andre Roberson Sees Room For Improvement

Andre Roberson led the Pac-12 in rebounding as a sophomore small forward.

Anthony Bennett Considering Five Schools, Plans To Choose Next Month

Anthony Bennett expects to make his college decision next month.

Ohio State Reportedly Out Of Running For Tony Parker

Tony Parker is expected to announce his collegiate decision on April 11.

Anthony Bennett Growing Tired Of Recruiting Process, Anxious To Make Decision

The recruiting process is starting to wear on top-10 prospect Anthony Bennett.

Muhammad Embraces Possibility Of Reviving UCLA

Shabazz Muhammad is considering UCLA, Kentucky and Duke.

Terrence Ross Declares For Draft, Will Hire Agent

Terrence Ross averaged 25 points and 5.5 rebounds during the NIT tournament.
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