On Monday, 6-foot-5, 205-pound Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy small forward Jordan Adams announced his commitment to UCLA, officially putting the Bruins on the board in 2012.
Ranked as Scout.com's 54th overall prospect, Adams gives the Bruins a nice start to the 2012 class.
"Adams' biggest strength is his ability to shoot the ball from three," says Scout.com national basketball recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "He has a fairly quick trigger and range that extends well past the stripe."
Not only does Adams' commitment give the Bruins a Top 100 prospect at a position of need in 2012, but it also gives immediate credibility to head coach Ben Howland's hiring of Korey McCray, who he hired from the Atlanta Celtics AAU program to join his coaching staff.
With Adams on board, UCLA will work towards completing what could be a very successful 2012 class.
At point guard, UCLA could be the team to beat for Houston Second Baptist's L.J. Rose, Scout.com's 6th rated point guard prospect in 2012. The Bruins also recently offered Richmond (Calif.) Salesian point guard Dominic Artis and figure to have a legitimate chance to land him as well.
Either point guard would give UCLA a talented passer that one would expect to be a fixture in the Bruins' rotation for the years to come.
Should Rose and Artis fall through, UCLA could move in the direction of Bakersfield (Calif.) combo guard Tyrone Wallace or Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol combo guard Calaen Robinson.
Adams gives the Bruins one piece for the wing but UCLA has other important targets, none bigger than Las Vegas Bishop Gorman small forward Shabazz Muhammad, Scout.com's 3rd rated 2012 prospect.
UCLA has long been considered the leader for Muhammad and landing the five-star prospect would give the Bruins' arguably the most dangerous offensive weapon in high school basketball.
The Bruins are also recruiting Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal small forward Arnaud Moto, who is considered pretty wide open but with UCLA's recent success with players from Cameroon, you'd think the Bruins will have a chance.
A teammate of Adams at Oak Hill Academy, UCLA is involved with D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, who at one time was committed to Xavier but is now down to five schools, with UCLA having made the cut after hosting the five-star prospect on an unofficial visit. The Bruins have a chance in this one but distance is an obstacle that will have to be overcome.
UCLA has had a scholarship offer to Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wing Xavier Johnson for quite some time, but he doesn't appear close to making a decision.
At power forward, the McCray connection has made UCLA an option for Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb power forward William Goodwin, Scout.com's 12th rated prospect in the class.
Another longtime target is Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd power forward Brandon Ashley, who UCLA is in the picture with but could also be considered a longshot. However, there's no telling what the potential addition of Artis could do for the Bruins' chances.
The Bruins are in the running for Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony power forward Kyle Anderson, a versatile player who some feel could end up at a different position other than the four.
If Goodwin, Ashley and Anderson don't end up at UCLA, Howland could very well end up moving in the direction of a local kid in North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake power forward Zena Edosomwan, a candidate to make his debut in Scout.com's Top 100 the next time rankings are updated.
Another possibility at the four is one of Ashley's teammates at Bishop O'Dowd in Richard Longrus, who the Bruins have been recruiting for over a year.
At center, UCLA got an early start in the recruitment of Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial center Robert Upshaw, Scout.com's 8th rated prospect at the position. Upshaw is wide open at this point and it wouldn't be a surprise if he waited until the spring before making a decision.
UCLA would like one player at each position but that could change if the Bruins are able to land a couple more players that couldn't be turned down, such as Muhammad and Moto for example. If the Bruins could get Artis and Rose, they could opt to pass on a power forward this class.
If UCLA gives out five scholarships the Bruins would be two over the limit, but with expected attrition that shouldn't be an issue.
What's next for Bruins?
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