Yes we are having a hoops "Love Fest" on the Nation less than 40 days before the start of our football season. But who cares? As I have written multiple times already this is the biggest UCLA hoops recruiting commitment since the day Walton committed to Coach Wooden. Some early evening reports are in already.
The press conference video is available on BRO ($). Here is Jeff Goodman from Fox Sports:
"With all due respect to both coaches, Coach Howland is the best," Love said. "I've got a lot of love for him and can't wait to play for him. It was a very tough decision, but when it came down to it I wanted to stay close to my family and friends."
Howland has had plenty of big-time coaching experiences, notably reaching the national title game last April before losing to Florida. Still, Howland has never signed a player rated as high as Love.
Tuesday, Howland's four-year recruitment of the best big man in the class of 2007 paid off when the 6-9 Love announced he would go to UCLA, choosing the Bruins over North Carolina.
"He recruited me the longest, since eighth grade when he first got the job, and he ended up with me," said Love, who will return to his native Oregon (he's from Lake Oswego) during Pac-10 play in 2007-08. "When I told him he almost started crying he was so happy."
Photo via OregonLive.com
People across America's college basketball landscape (who follow the sport religiously (cough*UNC fans*cough)) are finding out how the sleeping giant is awake and roaring in Westwood. We dominated this sport under Wooden and Coach Howland is putting us in position to make our mark again.
If there are other articles on Love showing up online late this evening please share them in the comment thread. Will shift the BN gear back to football tomorrow. Enjoy the evening folks.