Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Wear twins land at UCLA

Ben Howland has added two more McDonald's all-americans to his roster at UCLA as the Wear twins both signed grant-in-aid papers.

Its a nice pickup for Howland, who has lost a few players during the off-season. J'Mison Morgan, a top 25 recruit coming out of high school, was never able to crack the UCLA rotation and decided to transfer to Baylor for his final two years of eligibility. Mike Moser followed in the footsteps of Chace Stanback and moved on to UNLV after a disappointing freshman season.

One of the questions many people are going to ask is how good the Wears can really be. They are versatile, 6'10" forwards who are going to have a year to improve their game. Ask Wesley Johnson or Ekpe Udoh if that year off helps you.

But also keep in mind that the Wears only managed to play a combined 20.8 mpg last season. While I'm fully aware that North Carolina's front court was jam packed, that was still a team that went to the NIT and dealt with a couple of major injuries to Ed Davis and Tyler Zeller. It will be interesting to see if the Wears simply add depth in Westwood, or if they can develop into stars.

One of the most interesting parts of following college basketball during the offseason is watching how rosters develop.

If you remember, the Wears left UNC in somewhat surprising fashion a few weeks back. With Ed Davis going pro and Deon Thompson graduating, it left Roy Williams with just two big men on his roster.

UNC pursued a couple of options since then, but yesterday they landed former Alabama big man Justin Knox. Knox, who will be eligible immediately after graduating from Alabama in three years, isn't a star by any stretch of the imagination (he averaged just 6.3 ppg for the Crimson Tide), but he will provide the Heels with some much needed front court depth.

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