Zach LaVine Commits to UCLA

The talented 2013 guard, Zach LaVine, had been saying for sometime that UCLA was his leader, and he finalized it all Wednesday...

Zach LaVine, 6-3 SR PG/SG Bothell (Wash.) High, has made a verbal commitment to UCLA.

"I have family down there and I'm familiar with the area," said LaVine. "UCLA has always been my favorite since I was younger. I talked to my family and decided it was the right school for me."

LaVine said UCLA is recruiting him to play possibly either guard spot.

"Coach Howland said that if I keep growing, I might play any one of three positions," said LaVine. "But they're looking at me right now as a point guard and shooting guard. But I'll play wherever they want me to play."

The Bruins' guard legacy is something that appealed to LaVine.

"I hope I can be like Russell Westbrook and all the other great point guards who have come from UCLA," he said. "I feel like I can come in there, work hard and compete and I can bring a lot to the table.

"I bring scoring, athleticism and defense – I love to play defense – I feel like I can do a lot of things and hopefully I can step in and help them win a championship."

If a couple players return for their sophomore seasons, the Bruins would likely be the favorites to do just that.

"If Shabazz (Muhammad) and Kyle (Anderson) stay, we're going to be nasty, I'm not going to lie," LaVine said. "There will be a couple more big men in my recruiting class and then there will be another big class coming right behind me. We're going to be real nice."

LaVine said the other schools he seriously considered were Washington, Louisville, Gonzaga, Arizona and Washington State.

* Greg Hicks and Josh Gershon contributed to this report.

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