July 30, 2012

Mailbag Monday

Editor's note: Three days a week, BSR Publisher Edward Lewis will answer some questions from fans about the Bruins in this weekly mailbag. Send questions to [email protected], @EdwardLewisBSR on Twitter, post questions on the message board or put questions on BSR's Facebook page.

BruinBrandon22: Could you shed some light on what happened with Keyante Green? Or, at the very least, could you give us your opinion on what happened?

I'm really not entirely too sure what exactly went down, although by speaking with Green, he sounded like it was almost solely because Purdue really, really, really wanted him, while UCLA just moderately wanted him.

In my opinion, I think what really happened was the Bruins took him because he wanted to come, but weren't necessarily all that high on him. If you look at his frame and his style of play, he really doesn't fit this Noel Mazzone offense and probably wasn't ever going to be a three-down back for this team like he projects to be at Purdue. He also was going to have a hard time finding playing time early with UCLA, as the Bruins are set to have a power back in Malcolm Jones for a year and Paul Perkins for a whole lot longer than that.

In the end, I think that's why UCLA cooled a bit on keeping in contact with him, and that's why he chose Purdue, telling me, "They were more interested than UCLA coaches."

Steven: With the evaluation periods over, do you think our 2013 point guard situation has gotten murkier or brighter?

I'm not so sure about brighter, but I think it's become much more clear. From the sounds of things, it appears Tyler Ennis, Rysheed Jordan and Roddy Peters are the top three targets at the position, with Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Wayne Selden and Allerik Freeman as guards who UCLA wouldn't mind putting at the one if it was able to lock them up.

Out of the six, Peters and maybe Rathan-Mayes appear to be the only ones legitimately interested in coming to UCLA. All six may very well take an official visit, which could obviously change things, but those two seem like the most viable options for UCLA at this point.

We also learned a bit more about West Coast point guards, with Brandon Randolph heading to Pepperdine and UCLA showing no interest whatsoever in London Perrantes. The Allen twins (Marcus and Malcolm) still could be options, but it doesn't look like either will break from the other at the next level.

Ben: Any under-the-radar kids you saw this weekend that UCLA should take a look at?

I actually didn't see too many that popped, although I really liked Tre'shaun Lexing. Thought he was a super athletic forward who could be a real steal if he can get his offensive game to improve.

Outside of Lexing, though, I really didn't see many other stud players that UCLA isn't already on. For the most part, it looks like UCLA is evaluating the talent really well - it just needs to start closing on some of it now.

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