UCLA Rankings Breakdown
The UCLA Bruins are looking to finish out a very impressive recruiting class for Steve Alford. So far the Bruins only have one commitment, but they are involved with some of the best in the country. Here is a look at how the UCLA targets faired in the recent rankings update. So far the only pledge for the Bruins is four-star Aaron Holiday. Holiday fell slightly from No. 29 to No. 35. During the summer Holiday is far more of a shot first guy than he is during the high school season, and there is some concern about his ability to really run a team full time, though he clearly has the scoring acumen and athleticism to be an impressive player who can play on the ball for stretches for the Bruins. The big news for UCLA fans is Jaylen Brown moving from No. 4 to No. 1 in the country. The decision was made that Brown is the best long term prospect. He is an absolute beast attacking the rim, is an elite athlete, and has developed on the perimeter. It was a close debate on No. 1, but we felt Brown was the best fit in a very balanced class. Three other UCLA targets are in the top 15. Ivan Rabb fell from No. 3 to No. 5, Stephen Zimmerman from No. 8 to No. 14, and Carlton Bragg stayed steady at No. 11. Rabb was an interesting case because his spring and summer didn’t match up to his high school production, though the benefit of the doubt was still given. Zimmerman had a solid, but inconsistent summer and fell some, and then Bragg was seen as being rated in the right spot with his unique combination of athleticism, size, and skill. Brandon Ingram only went up one spot from No. 26 to No. 25, but he did gain a star and is now a five-star prospect. Ingram has great size for a wing, and is a good athlete who can really score. His performance at the Adidas Unrivaled Camp was one of the best of the entire summer. The Bruins are also after several four-star prospects. Down low they like Chance Comanche who fell from No. 21 to No. 43, and lost a star. Comanche still has good skill and mobility for a post player, but he doesn’t rebound well enough and struggles to defend on the post. His lack of physicality led to the drop in status. On the wing the Bruins are also heavily pursuing Eric Davis, Prince Ali, Brandon Sampson, and Malik Beasley. Sampson and Beasley had virtually no change in their ranking and check in at No. 58 and No. 59 respectively. Davis fell from No. 32 to No. 44 while Ali went up from No. 47 to No. 37. Even with those moves, both Davis and Ali are seen as the same level prospect as they were before. UCLA has a lot of irons in the fire right now on the recruiting trail, and a good start with Holiday. Now they are looking to close things out in style and bring in one of the best classes in the country.
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