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2010 Commit Kendall William Opts Out, New Recruiting Options Emerge For Coach Howland

WWL broke the news about UCLA's 2010 commit Kendal Williams opening up his recruitment:

According to sources close to the situation, Kendall Williams, a 6-3 senior out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., decided to explore other options after being a UCLA recruit for over two years.

Williams indicated that he felt UCLA wasn't a good fit anymore for various reasons which he declined to discuss.

As Dohn noted on this blog this wasn't much of a surprise for anyone who follows Ben Ball recruiting very closely:

It comes as little surprise as Williams didn't develop as much as UCLA hoped he would. It means the Bruins are in the hunt for a point guard for the 2010 class.
I saw Williams play during UCLA's camp last month, and his level of play came into question, Also, his on-court antics were wearing thin with folks at the camp.

More on Kendall after jump.

WWL notes he will have other options:

"Kendall is a solid mid-to-high major prospect who can swing between both guard positions with equal aplomb," he said. "His jump shot is consistent out to the stripe and he is quite bouncy when elevating in the paint area.

"He has a done a much better job of manning the point guard position this spring and summer, but he can still improve his decision making and fundamentals as he sometimes leaves his feet while passing."

Williams has a new list of schools he will be working from.

"Although he's just been put back on the recruiting market, a number of schools have shown interest including San Francisco, Washington State, Washington, Stanford, and Cal-Berkeley," Francisco noted. "If Williams doesn't sign in November, look for him to be one of the more heavily pursued prospects in the west coast during his senior campaign."

So good luck to him.

As for UCLA, it also means Coach Howland is going to be able to scout other recruits (in addition to locked up Tyler Lamb and Josh Smith who UCLA is in the hunt for) for one or two more spots (depending on roster moves this coming season) in our basketball program such as Ray McCallum (Beverly Hills, Mich./Detroit Country), Trey Zigler (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mt. Pleasant Sr. HS) and Trevor Releford (Kansas City, Mo./Bishop).

Either way I am not all that worried about it. We are in good hands with Coach Howland.