Ball Commits to UCLA

2016 Chino Hills (Calif.) point guard Lonzo Ball has committed to UCLA. Ball is one of the most talented prospects in the West in 2016...

Steve Alford made a splash on Tuesday, with 2016 guard Lonzo Ball verbally committing to Alford and his staff at UCLA.

Ball's father, Lavar, confirmed the news to

"Yes, he just made his commitment to UCLA," the elder Ball said. "UCLA is where he always wanted to play and the style they play fits his game."

Connecticut, Syracuse, Washington, USC and San Diego State were among the schools aggressively pursuing Ball, but, in the end, he wanted to play for the school he grew up following.

"Everything is more comfortable for him right here and this is best program on west cost," Ball said.

"He followed them growing up and most of the guards coming out of there are doing good for themselves and making a good living," he explained.

Ball, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, is one of the top sophomore guard prospects in the 2016 class. He's ranked No. 21 overall.

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