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Morning run: Wrapping up some of the Pac-12 hoops signings

Unlike football, there is no one big day of national letter of intent signings in basketball. So when the spring signing period opened, there were only a handful of signings. For teams like Washington, which has two scholarships to fill, recruiting hasn't ended, it's still going strong.

But the Huskies did get Mark McLaughlin's NLI and announced the signing on Thursday. Here's my story from today's paper.  Above is an interview McLaughlin did with Softy Mahler on KJR.

So what's next? Well, the Huskies have two more scholarships to fill. Who they get to fill those spots remains to be seen.

Obviously, the big prize is power forward Anthony Bennett out of Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. He's probably the biggest unsigned recruit now that Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad have signed. But Washington isn't even mentioned the story.

The Huskies are looking at shooting guard Jordan Tebbutt, who is from Tualatin, Ore., but played this season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Tebbutt recently took a recruiting trip to Washington State.

They are also looking at small forward Victor Robbins out of Compton, shooting guard Darrick Wood of Washington DC and small forward William Howard, who is a native of France, playing at the New Hope Academy.

Let's go around the Pac-12 ...

Arizona: In the least surprising development of the offseason, Josiah Turner has decided to transfer from UA while Kyryl Natayazkho last left school to play professionally in Europe. ... Columnist Greg Hansen believes the defections makes the Wildcats better and offers a look into the past as to why. The Wildcats picked up Duquesne transfer T.J. McConnell, who will sit out next season. People know about coveted recruits Gabe York, Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett but they may not know about 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski out of New Hampshire, who will go from New England to the desert.

Cal: the Bears picked up a third recruit with the signing of hKalil Johnson out of Los Angeles. Cal can still add two more players with the transfer of Emerson Murray and Alex Rossi

Colorado: Tad Boyle added a sixth freshman signee in 6-3 point guad Eli Stalzer out of Mater Dei in Los Angeles. Boyle recruited and signed Stalzer's teammate Xavier Johnson, and the more he watched Mater Dei, the more he noticed Stalzer's ability.

Oregon: The Ducks added junior college shooting guard Devon Branch out of Cloud Community College

UCLA: The Bruins landed the top recruit in the country in shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad. ... There was a quite a buzz about the signing. CBS columnist Gary Parrish details how UCLA being an Adidas sponsored school played into Muhammad's decision. Columnist Bill Plaschke writes about the burden of UCLA's great recruiting class.

USC: The Trojans signed Fairfax High guard Brendyn Taylor.

Utah: The Utes signed 5-9 point guard Brandon Taylor out of LA. However, the Utes pulled their scholarship offer from Josh Hearlihy because of injury issues.

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