Roundup: Spring signees
It's not quite the November bonanza or February frenzy, but the spring signing period started yesterday and there was quite a bit of work done in the Conference of Champions. For starters, Arizona officially inked Aaron Gordon, the No. 4 recruit in the country according to ESPN. Can't beat his hops, five-star ranking, or the fact that he's from San Jose. One guy Gordon won't be playing with is Grant Jerrett, who has declared for the NBA Draft after playing one year in Tucson.
No signees for the Surgin' Sendeks, but Arizona State women's basketball landed a couple - Breanna Burton and Quinn Dornstauder.
Over in Berkeley, Kameron Rooks joined a heralded recruiting class. The 7-footer out of San Marcos was ranked the 22nd-best center in the nation by ESPN.
A couple of junior college transfers are on their way to Eugene, as Dana Altman inked Elgin Cook and Jalil Abdul-Bassit to the Ducks' men's basketball squad.
Out in Salt Lake City, Utah men's basketball is adding three for 2013-14 - Ahmad Fields, Kenneth Ogbe and Princeton Onwas.
There will be a couple more new guys in Seattle next year with Jahmel Taylor and junior college transfer Mike Anderson (not to be confused with former VCU Ram Mike Anderson or former Denver Bronco Mike Anderson) making their way to Washington.
One more fella is headed to the Palouse - Danny Lawhorn signed a national letter of intent with Washington State. He played his juco ball at San Jacinto College in Pasadena (Texas, not Cali).
On to non-signee stuff. This is a pretty cool thing for the ball coach at UCLA to publicly declare: Jim Mora says he would support gay athletes and coaches in his program in this video for the school's "You Can Play" campaign. Great message in the video, and that background music makes me wanna travel back in time 20 years and field grounders in a Tom Emanski instructional video.
The No. 2 Women of Troy will be invading Bruinville's pool for a crosstown splashdown with No. 4 UCLA Friday. When it comes to women's water polo, one of four teams is probably going to win the national championship every year, and they're all California Pac-12 schools.
Oregon State will be heading up north to Seattle this weekend for a series on the diamond with the Dawgs, and ace Matt Boyd will be focused on his homecoming. It's also a trip back home of sorts for Michael Conforto, Dylan Davis and Scott Schultz.
After missing most of this year with a stress fracture in her right leg, women's basketball hooper Lauren Higgins is looking at the bright side of her injury.
And a volleyball note to send us home - Stanford freshman middle blocker Inky Ajanaku will play on a Pac-12 All-Star team in China with 11 other players this coming June. Jiangsu came out this way in the fall; now it's time to return the favor on the volleyball front.