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RECRUITING / JEFF FELLENZER : As Senior Season Nears, Glendora's Murray Narrows Field

August 26, 1993|JEFF FELLENZER

Add UCLA: The Bruins are trying to get an official recruiting visit from promising 6-11, 250-center Todd MacCulloch of Winnipeg, Canada. MacCulloch was impressive with his play at last month's Basketball Congress International tournament in Tempe, Ariz. He has good hands, runs well and can shoot. Notre Dame is considered the leader for MacCulloch, who also plans to visit Nebraska and Washington; his family owns property in the Seattle area. Connecticut and Washington State are also hoping for visits. UCLA is also seeking a visit from 6-9 forward Maceo Baston of Dallas. Baston is expected to visit Nevada Las Vegas (the leader), Kentucky, Michigan and Arizona State. (Sun Devil guard Stevin Smith attended Baston's high school, H.G. Spruce). UCLA and Oklahoma State are competing for Baston's final official visit.

Coach George Raveling confirmed that the only non-guard USC is recruiting is 6-6 forward Tremaine Fowlkes of Crenshaw High. Raveling tried to get a visit from 6-10 center-forward Raef LaFrentz of Monona, Iowa, who most coaches and scouts consider the top overall prospect in the high school class of '94. LaFrentz was once considered a certainty to sign with Iowa, but Kansas and Missouri are making inroads.

More hoops: Mike Carson, a 6-11 center from Chino Don Lugo, is leaning toward Arizona State over Oregon and Utah . . . The finalists for 5-8 point guard Tommie Davis of Fremont High: USC, Arizona, Providence, Boston College and Houston. Arizona State has stopped recruiting Davis, although his mother reportedly plans to move to Phoenix. Sun Devil Coach Bill Frieder prefers 5-10 Prince Fowler of Las Vegas Western, who is planning trips to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Arizona State, Miami and UNLV. Arizona and Duke are still hoping to secure in-home visits. . . Besides Henderson, Cameron Murray and Jelani Gardner, other California players invited to attend the Nike top 40 weekend: Toby Bailey (Loyola High), Rick Price (Gardena Serra), Miles Simon (Santa Ana Mater Dei), Tim Young (Santa Cruz) and freshman Schea Cotton (Bellflower St. John Bosco). . . . Duke and Stanford are favored by 6-4 guard Trajan Langdon of Anchorage, Alaska, who has already made two unofficial visits to the Duke campus. However, Langdon's father, Steve, a professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, has three degrees from Stanford.

Huntington Beach High forward Tony Gonzalez (6-6, 225), one of the country's outstanding two-sport prep athletes, is planning to sign a football letter of intent in February so that he can play both football and basketball as a college freshman. Football players who sign basketball letters of intent, such as USC freshman guard Stais Boseman, are not allowed to play football as freshmen. Arizona is considered the favorite over Arizona State, Washington, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Florida State. Although USC and UCLA are still recruiting him for both sports, Gonzalez seems almost certain to leave Southern California.

Recent unwritten commitments: 6-8 forward Andrae Patterson of Abilene, Tex., to Indiana, and 6-5 swingman Mark Young of Baton Rouge, La., to Louisiana State.

Football news: Former Dorsey High wide receiver Antonio Carrion, who had signed with San Diego State, failed to qualify academically and probably will enroll at a community college. The Aztecs also lost freshman running back-defensive back Z-Ukoni Hodges from Pasadena Blair. Hodges left the team for "personal reasons," according to an Aztec spokesman. Former Pasadena Muir linebacker Derek Norman, who was a non-qualifier, will attend the school under terms of Prop. 48. . . Add Prop. 48s: Tyron Gunn, an All-City Section defensive lineman from Washington High, has enrolled at Fresno State, along with running back Woody Green of Portland, who had signed with Oregon in February.

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