UCLA, NC State, Florida State, Texas A&M, others keep local talent at home

UCLA won a commitment this week from Jaylen Hands, the outstanding junior guard in California. The Bruins have recruited very well recently on their home turf, underscoring the importance of schools accumulating homegrown talent.

That said, in addition to the Bruins, what's another program that comes to mind that is doing a great job securing local talent?

That’s the question we posed to our national analysts this week:

Rob Harrington: I’ve been extremely impressed by Florida State. The Seminoles already have landed elite forward Jonathan Isaac and top-100 swingman Trent Forrest from the senior class, and in the 2015 cycle the Seminoles inked McDonald’s All-American wing Dwayne Bacon. The ACC has become extremely challenging with the introduction of schools such as Louisville and Syracuse, and the Seminoles now will fare better on a talent-to-talent basis compared to the rest of the league.

Speaking of the ACC, like Evan I’d keep an eye on NC State. The Wolfpack hold a pledge from Dennis Smith and remain the favorite for big-time forward Edrice Adebayo as well.

Evan Daniels: Billy Kennedy and his staff at Texas A&M have done a great job keeping local players home. In their 2015 class, they reeled in four players from the state of Texas. In 2016 they have J.J. Caldwell, a four-star point guard out of Houston headed their way, plus Robert Williams. Although Williams goes to high school in Louisiana, he plays for a Houston based AAU team.

Although they only have one commitment in 2016, North Carolina State is really zoning in on the state of North Carolina. They already have elite point guard prospect Dennis Smith on board and are considered a frontrunner for five-star big man Edrice Adebayo.

Brian Snow: I think you have to look to Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers. Ryan and his staff have always done a good job within the state, and again they seem to be securing quality pledges. The class of 2016 in the state wasn't up to its usual level, so Ryan looked outside the borders, but in 2015 he landed Brevin Pritzl, and already in 2017 he has a commitment from Kobe King.

With a good run of talent in Wisconsin in both 2017 and 2018, look for the Badgers to continue to roll up quality in-state recruits.

Josh GershonWashington is one of the best programs in the country when it comes to keeping players home. In 2015 alone, the Huskies landed Dejounte Murray, Marquese Chriss, David Crisp, Matisse Thybulle and Dominic Green, all from the Seattle area.

Washington isn't going to keep everyone — 2016 wing Keith Smith is headed to Oregon and 2016 forward Jalen McDaniels is committed to San Diego State — but over Lorenzo Romar's tenure at Washington, he's proven that he's always going to be very tough to beat for local talent.

Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Josh Gershon and Rob Harrington contributed to this article


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