UCLA loses out on two basketball recruits: Ray McCallum and Trey Zeigler


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Wednesday’s first day for high school basketball players to sign a letter of intent did not go well for UCLA Coach Ben Howland, who lost out on two prospects from Michigan. Both ended up deciding to play for programs coached by their fathers.

Point guard Ray McCallum from Detroit Country Day announced he would sign with Detroit, whose coach is Ray McCallum Sr. Shooting guard Trey Zeigler from Mt. Pleasant chose Central Michigan, whose coach is Ernie Zeigler, a former UCLA assistant.

Both were prime targets for Howland, who signed center Josh Smith from Kentwood, Wa., and guard Tyler Lamb from Santa Ana Mater Dei last November and is expected to sign this week guard Lazeric Jones from John A. Logan Junior College in Illinois.

After losing out on McCallum and Zeigler, UCLA could take another look at unsigned Compton Centennial guard Deonte Burton.

In other recruiting news, guard Brandon Knight, the Gatorade national player of the year from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest, announced he had chosen Kentucky as his college choice.


-- Eric Sondheimer