Scout has confirmed that Brandon Willis is heading back to UCLA. Tracy Pierson is usually VERY accurate and does a great job of confirming with his sources before posting a story. Here is the link to the headline, most of the story is behind firewall.
So now, we have heard from Jon Gold and Chris Foster, on Brandon's rumored return.
Tonight, Chris Foster's Tweet that Willis would unlikely get a waiver if he returned to UCLA, further ignites speculation.
CRN, might just be working on Admissions before making an announcement.
I don't know what has gone on in this kid's head, but such travels are certainly peculiar to say the least. Regardless, of the situations, If he left North Carolina because of his father's job and the apparent turmoil surrounding the program, then why return? Why not go to another school nearby? If his reason for leaving UCLA was solely based on his Grandmother, why leave so soon? Why not stick it out with the new administration and play the remainder of his Collegiate Career near his Grandmother? Is his Grandmother no longer ill? What is to say, that his Grandmother doesn't get ill again, or more ill, and he wants to leave again? I don't think there has ever been an NCAA player with such travels. Especially, before even playing a single down.
The only player I can think of is Luke Recker over 10 years ago, who transferred to and played for 3 different programs. First he left Indiana for Arizona, to get away from Bobby Knight, can't blame him there. Then he left Arizona to be closer to his GF who was in a devastating Car Accident and play for, ironically, Bobby Knight's protege, Steve Alford. Also, can't blame him there. However, at least Recker played at each of his stops. Willis hasn't played a single down for anybody.
I'm not trying to knock the kid, just that, I'm sure you can ALL agree, such travels would indicate a lack of commitment and focus. Maybe he's confused. No questioning his talent. I just wish he would have thought things through more clearly and stayed at UCLA, where he would be playing this Fall if he had. Regrettably, he now faces the potential prospect of having to sit out another year, or worse, not being able to get by Admissions. Imagine Rick Neuheisel and Co. selling this one to Moore Hall.
If he is truly committed to UCLA this time, and CRN and Co. can get him through admissions, then, I am all for it. He seems like a GREAT kid, albeit confused. However, if he is going to leave again at the first sight of adversity or get home sick again, then I say we are better off saving that Scholie for a truly committed Bruin.