Each and every week we plan to take a look at multiple players from the Class of 2013 that have given UCLA an all-important commitment, and hopefully, shed some light on what each individual recently accomplished on the court for their respective high school team.
Think of this space as a proverbial one-stop shop for news and notes about the hardwood happenings for Bruins recruits when the spotlight is focused on them inside the gym. So without further ado, it's time to get down to business and check out who did what, and when.
Allerik Freeman, SG, Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep: Leading the team with a 22 points per game average, Freeman returns to the floor on Jan. 5 against Troy (NY) Redemption Christian Academy after a 10-day layoff. Beyond that, a Jan. 7 showdown against Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman looms large. He figures to go head-to-head with fellow upperclassman Rashad Muhammad, the younger brother of UCLA standout freshman Shabazz Muhammad. Freeman could also be asked to switch and match-up against up-and-coming sophomore Stephen Zimmerman.
Zach LaVine, SG, Bothell (WA): He scored 33 points in the last game against Issaquah (WA) to increase his average to 28.6 this season. LaVine is currently in the midst of heated battle for the state’s scoring lead with Georgetown and Oregon target D.J. Fenner of Seattle (WA) Seattle Preparatory, who averages 29.1 per night. Given the fact LaVine is the focal part of the offense, chances are that he chases down his counterpart at some point very soon. On deck is Jan. 5 game against Post Falls (ID) and topping the 30-point plateau appears to be a foregone conclusion the next time he hits the hardwood.
Noah Allen, SF, Salinas (CA) Palma: With 19 points and 11 rebounds in his last game against Pacific Grove (CA), Allen extended his streak of finishing with at least a double-double to four games. Signs point to him duplicating the feat against San Bruno (CA) Capuchino on Jan. 4. Allen has also displayed the knack for finding open teammates and is averaging close to four assists. A relative unknown on the national recruiting scene, Allen could be on the verge of carving out a niche.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky