Jaylen Hands helps UCLA continue to build a wall around Southern California

With the commitment of Jaylen Hands, the UCLA Bruins continue their momentum in Southern California recruiting.

With the commitment of Jaylen Hands, UCLA has continued its successful run of recruiting, as the Bruins have built a wall around Southern California in recent months.

Hands, a 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard from San Diego Balboa Prep, committed to the Bruins on Wednesday. The rising junior is Scout's 21st ranked prospect in 2017 and 3rd rated point guard.

With the commitment of Hands, UCLA's streak of landing its top targets in Southern California continues.

In Steve Alford and staff's first two recruiting classes - 2014 and 2015 - the Bruins landed one player in Southern California each in Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday, with the rest of the Bruins recruits coming from outside of the region.

Starting in 2016, the Bruins focused much more on Southern California and the results have been clear.

UCLA has Scout's 2nd ranked recruiting class in 2016, with three local commitments - five-star point guard Lonzo Ball, Top 50 center Ike Anigbogu and four-star wing Kobe Paras.

Ball, from Chino Hills (Calif.), Anigbogu, from Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Paras, from Los Angeles Cathedral, are all talented guys from the Bruins' backyard.

In 2017, UCLA has gotten an early jump on another successful class with more local prospects. Four-star center Jalen Hill is Anigbogu's teammate at Centennial, while three-star small forward LiAngelo Ball - Lonzo's younger brother - is also at Chino Hills.

Add five-star point guard Jaylen Hands to the mix and you once again have a terrific core of local prospects.

The Bruins may not be done in 2017, especially locally. Multiple sources believe that UCLA is the team to beat for Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon power forward Cody Riley, while Alford and staff are also targeting San Diego Cathedral Catholic center Brandon McCoy, both Top 30 prospects.

Regardless of who else UCLA lands in 2017, the group of Lonzo Ball, Anigbogu, Paras, Hill, LiAngelo Ball and, now, Hands gives the Bruins two high level classes in a row filled with Southern California guys and sets the program up nicely for the future.


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