2016 point guard Lonzo Ball wrapped up his recruitment almost before it began, committing to UCLA and Steve Alford during his sophomore year of high school. It's a rarity for a guard of Ball's level (No. 3 point guard in the country) to commit that early, but according to the five-star, it's a commitment that's going to stick.
"I'm completely solid," Ball said. "I chose UCLA because it's close to home, I like the coaches, and I felt really comfortable when I went up to campus. I don't know if I'll take more visits to other schools, but I know this was the best fit for me."
Ball grew up a fan of the Bruins, saying that he used to watch the teams led by Darren Collison, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Love. He said his relationship with the new coaching staff helped to push him to Westwood even more.
"It started off with Coach Grace, just getting to know him and hearing what he had to say," Ball said. "Then I've gotten to go up to campus to meet with Coach Alford and the rest of the staff, and that's been pretty cool."
Ball, who claims to have grown almost two inches in the past year, says that he's now about 6'6 in shoes (and he's probably within an inch or so of that). He's a tough one to evaluate because Ball's AAU team (Big Ballers) plays an unorthodox brand of basketball, with Ball frequently kicking the ball up court just after the inbounds pass and rarely ever running a half-court offense. Still, his court vision is very impressive, and some of the passes he makes are truly eye-opening. He's a pretty good athlete as well, and has good ball skills.
The UCLA staff, which likes big guards, has told Ball they plan to use him primarily as a point guard.
"They just want me to come in and make plays with the ball," Ball said. "Kind of like how they used Kyle Anderson this year, on the ball and all over the court. It sounds really good to me."
Ball said he hasn't really gotten started recruiting anyone else for UCLA, since he's still a couple years away from arriving on campus. He did say that UCLA's recruiting over the next two years likely will not affect his commitment status one way or another.
Ball's Solid to UCLA
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