August 3, 2010

Hoops Update: Post July Evaluation - Part II

In part two our series of post July evaluation will take a look at prospects that the Bruins are looking at the wing guard and wing forward positions.

More than anything else, UCLA is looking for athletic ability at the wing guard position. The coaching staff would like to find the next Aaron Afflalo and find him fast. Fortunately, the 2011 class offers a couple of players who can potentially fill that role. The list is not nearly as long as the point guard list, but the opportunity is there for the program to meet its goals.

1. Norman Powell (6-3) San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln.

By now everyone knows about Powell. He exploded on the scene last March in leading his high school team to a state championship. He has continued to improve since then to the point where many have him rated as a Top 40 recruit. In reality, believes Powell could be even better than that. His athleticism is off the charts and his skill level continues to get better and better. Some have compared him to Russell Westbrook or Aaron Afflalo. Although those comparisons may not be totally valid, Powell is a very special player. He is a streaky shooter and needs to be a little more consistent, but we are just splitting hairs here. He has suffered from a minor injury this summer and has not always performed at his highest level.

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