Monday Musings

Here are a few observations and links from the UCLA sports weekend:

- Freshman Tyler Honeycutt said he is, if not completely healthy, close to being so. The Sylmar native was limited by back problems in the summer and then suffered a stress reaction in his right tibia during the preseason. Honeycutt has bounced back well, though, starting the Bruins' last five games. The 6-foot, 7-inch Honeycutt gives coach Ben Howland length at the small forward position -- something he did not have in a lineup that featured senior Michael Roll (6-foot-5) at the three and sophomore Jerime Anderson (6-foot-2) playing the point. Honeycutt's six rebounds per game lead the Bruins.

- Meanwhile, Anderson was not in uniform for either of UCLA's games against the Washington schools over the weekend while nursing a hip injury. The sophomore guard from Anaheim has been sidelined a number of times this season with groin issues and was benched on Jan. 6 for missing a rehabilitation appointment, which led to a starting spot for Honeycutt. It will be interesting to see when Anderson -- a conventional point guard with average scoring skills -- is back to full-strength.

- For those of you who missed it, Diamond Leung of ESPN's College Basketball Nation Blog wrote a fine piece on Howland following the Bruins' win over Washington last Thursday. Click here for the link.

- Football coach Rick Neueheisel hosted another batch of recruits over the weekend. The Orange County Register has a compilation of players who have verbally committed to UCLA that is worth looking at. Through his official Twitter account (@CoachNeuheisel) Sunday, Neuheisel said, "65 degrees and sunny (in January), quality NFL playoffs on TV and enjoying it with my boys. And its recruiting season! What a great day!" National signing day is just over a week away (Wednesday, Feb. 3).

- The No. 10 UCLA men's volleyball team upset No. 2 Cal State Northridge at the Matadome on Friday night. Top-ranked women's gymnastics fell to Stanford on Sunday, while coach Nikki Caldwell's women's basketball team swept the Washington schools on the road.