Goloman Pledges to UCLA

Gyorgy Goloman, a 6-foot-9 native of Hungary, committed to Steve Alford and his staff just a day after returning home from his official visit...

Heading into his official visit to UCLA, Gyorgy Goloman had a pretty good idea that he wanted to play his college basketball for Steve Alford.

Goloman's official visit this past weekend just affirmed his decision, according to Weston (Fla.) Sagemont School coach Adam Ross.

"They really made an incredible effort to recruit him and to show G.G. exactly how he fits in and why UCLA is a great fit for him and his development," Ross told Scout.com. "He saw opportunity to be part of coach Alford's first recruiting class and start to build it and be kind of the first building block of what he's going to build there."

"Everyone could see right away that he has a very clear vision of what UCLA basketball is going to be," Ross added. "G.G. really wanted to be apart that."

Goloman also took an official visit to Davidson. New Mexico, Richmond and others were also involved in his recruitment.

"I am so happy to have the opportunity to attend UCLA and play for Coach Alford and Coach Schilling," Goloman told Scout.com. "My mom was able to come from Hungary for my official visit this weekend and she is very excited for me."

"I visited Davidson last weekend and loved it there also. Coach McKillop is a great coach and Davidson is a great school. This was a difficult decision but I really liked UCLA's campus and the players on the team. I felt very comfortable there. My education is very important to me and UCLA is one of the best schools in America. Los Angeles is pretty great too."

UCLA prioritized Goloman and they made that clear by visiting him at his school as many times as they could.

"They used their maximum number of allowed visits to our school," Ross said. "They were here quite a bit. Coach Aflord came three different times. He did an in-home visit and really made G.G. a priority. More than that, he saw the opportunity to get an education at UCLA. That really separated them."

According to Ross, Ed Schilling, who was the lead assistant in the Goloman recruitment, was an important factor in the decision.

"It's one of the pillars of college basketball," Ross said about UCLA. "All of that stuff really played into his decision. He really hit it off with coach Alford and Ed Schilling on their staff. He really felt like coach Schilling, who has the reputation as one of the premier skill development guys as a coach in the country, could really help him."

Goloman is UCLA's first verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class.


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