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November 10, 2011 at 6:04 AM

Report: Landen Lucas takes trip to Kansas

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The Huskies are hoping to hear from Portland-area recruit Landen Lucas this weekend and believed they had a 1-in-4 chance at landing the 6 foot 10, 240-pound forward/center.
However, another school has entered the race … Kansas.
According to Scout.com’s Inna Lazarev, Lucas will take an official trip to Lawrence, Kansas today. The Jayhawks were among the top seven schools on Lucas’ list, but he eliminated them when he cut it appeared they would land Kaleb Tarczewski, the nation’s No. 1 rated center.
However, Tarczewski signed with Arizona yesterday and Kansas has recently made a hard run at Lucas. He’s also considering California, Stanford and Tennessee.
After missing on DeMarquise Johnson, who signed with Washington State, the Huskies are reportedly recruiting Marcel White, a 6-6 shooting guard from Florida. He’s a three-star recruit, according to Rivals and is not rated by ESPN and Scout.


THURSDAY MORNING LINKS AND NOTES:
— Washington State coach Ken Bone collected three LOIs Wednesday, but expected another one before Friday. The Cougars signed Oakland forward Richard Longrus, Jr., Spokane forward Brett Boese and Johnson. Canadian big man Richard Peters is expected fax his letter this week.
Bone had a simple and somewhat desperate message to recruits that was very effective.
“Our message to all of them was we not only want you here in a uniform, we really need you to be successful,” he said. “We need you to be able to come in and contribute on and off the court for us to be successful. I believe these kids get that.”
Bone compared Longrus to former UW standout Bobby Jones.
“If Richard can give us what Bobby Jones gave Washington, then he’ll end up being a NBA player like Bobby was,” Bone said. “That’s a good comparison. I think Bobby was quicker and a little more aggressive. But skill wise at this point Richard is right there where Bobby was when he came in in 2002 as a freshman.”
After signing four players, WSU will have a scholarship available. Bone plans to give it one of the walk-ons on the team.
— Arizona received three of four letter of intents from recruits who gave it a verbal commitment. Brandon Ashley, Gabe York and Tarczewski faxed in their LOIs, while Grant Jerrett is expected to make his commitment official Monday.
— Second-year Colorado coach Tad Boyle assembled a top 25 class and the best collection of recruits in school history.
— Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins signed three players who comprise his best class during his four-year tenure with the Cardinal.
— UCLA didn’t get everyone it wanted, but the Bruins signed five-star forward Kyle Anderson and four-star wing Jordan Adams to a class rated among the top 15 in the nation.
— USC signed two and the Trojans aren’t done.
— Arizona State signed three local recruits.
— Oregon State signed two players and it’s waiting on one who is expected to sign Thursday.
— California signs two recruits.
— Highly touted Utah forward Jordan Loveridge highlights a three-man recruiting class for the Utes.
— Not all of the letter of intents have been returned, but that didn’t stop Scout from ranking the 2012 classes in the Pac-12. Here’s the list.
1. Arizona
2. UCLA
3. Colorado
4. Stanford
5. Oregon
6. Cal
7. Washington State
8. USC
9. Utah
10. Oregon State
11. Arizona State
12. Washington*
*UW is the only conference school without a verbal commitment.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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