Bolden pledges to UCLA

Another top 50 prospect is headed to UCLA. Jonah Bolden, a 6-foot-8 PF, committed to Steve Alford and the Bruins, per sources.

Jonah Bolden is headed to UCLA.

Bolden,'s No. 30 overall recruit, committed to Steve Alford and his staff on Monday following his visit with the Bruins.

"I had told my dad in the hotel room just before I left and he was glad, but I had to catch a plane because I was late to the airport," Bolden explained. "My dad went to dinner with them and let them know. I talked to coach Grace and he was very excited."

While on UCLA's campus Sunday and Monday, Bolden was able to get a feel for campus and his future teammates.

"As soon as I got to campus I got a great vibe from the people, the students and the players and just how they approached me," Bolden said. "They weren't holding back."

"They were very approachable," he added. "They treated me like another teammate already. Just over a couple of days they became like family. I really like the coaches. I trust them and I really think they can help me develop however long I'm at UCLA."

Bolden, a four-star power forward, said after watching their practice that he sees himself fitting into their system.

"I really just loved it there," he said. "I wasn't able to see a game there, because they didn't have one scheduled, but I was able to watch them practice."

"I could see myself fitting in there with the way they run and the way they play and their system," he added. "Coach gives them a lot of freedom. I just felt like it was the right fit for me. The environment just felt like home."

To go with UCLA, USC, Indiana and SMU were heavily involved with Bolden, a native of Australia, who is finishing his high school career at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep. Bolden said Steve Alford and Davis Grace did a good job establishing a relationship with him.

"We built a relationship and the first thing [coach Alford] did was come out and see me personally at Findlay," Bolden said. "I met with him and we had a good talk. I didn't know him that well then, but we just established that relationship. Then after a couple of months we developed a stronger relationship and I gained his trust. Then coach Grace came to the first practice he was able to."

Bolden is the third top 50 recruit to commit to UCLA in the 2014 recruiting class, which ranks No. 7 overall in the class rankings.

Bolden joins five-star power forward Kevon Looney four-star center Thomas Welsh and three-star big man Gyorgy Golomon to make up their current class.

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