UCLA Prospects in the New Rankings

The big news is that UCLA's #1 target moved to the #1 spot in the nation. Here's a rundown on how all the UCLA prospects fared in the new Top 100 Ranking...

The UCLA Bruins have a chance to finish out their 2015 recruiting class in impressive fashion.

So far the Bruins only have one commitment, but they are involved with a good number of prospects in the most-recently updated Scout Top 100. Here is a look at how the UCLA targets fared in the recent rankings update.

Aaron Holiday
So far the only pledge for the Bruins is four-star Aaron Holiday, the 6-0 guard from North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Holiday fell slightly from No. 29 to No. 35. During the summer Holiday was far more of a shot-first guy than he was during the high school season, and there is some concern about his ability to really run a team full time as a point guard, though he clearly has the scoring acumen and athleticism to be an impressive player who can play on the ball for stretches for the Bruins.

The big news for UCLA fans is Jaylen Brown, the 6-6 small forward from Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, moving from No. 4 to No. 1 in the country. That move to #1 was based on Brown being the best long-term prospect. He is an absolute beast attacking the rim, is an elite athlete, and has developed on the perimeter. It was a close debate on No. 1, but at this time Brown was the best fit in a very balanced class.

Three other UCLA targets are in the top 15. Ivan Rabb, the 6-10 post from Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, fell from No. 3 to No. 5; Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman's 6-11 post prospect Stephen Zimmerman moved from No. 8 to No. 14; and the 6-8 Ohio power forward Carlton Bragg stayed steady at No. 11. Rabb was an interesting case because his spring and summer didn’t match up to his high school production, though he still is clearly an elite prospect. Zimmerman had a solid, but inconsistent summer and fell some, and then Bragg was seen as being rated in the right spot with his unique combination of athleticism, size, and skill.

Brandon Ingram, the 6-8 wing from North Carolina, only went up one spot from No. 26 to No. 25, but he did gain a star and is now a five-star prospect. Ingram has great size for a wing, and is a good athlete who can really score. His performance at the Adidas Unrivaled Camp was one of the best of the entire summer.

Prince Ali
The Bruins are also after several four-star prospects. The 6-11 center from Los Angeles (Calif.) Vie Park, Chance Comanche, fell from No. 21 to No. 43 and lost a star. Comanche still has good skill and mobility for a post player, but he doesn’t rebound well enough and struggles to defend on the post. His lack of physicality led to the drop in status.

On the wing the Bruins are also heavily pursuing 6-3 Michigan guard Eric Davis; 6-3 Florida guard Prince Ali, 6-4 Louisiana guard Brandon Sampson, and Malik Beasley, the 6-3 guard from Georgia.

Sampson and Beasley had virtually no change in their ranking and check in at No. 58 and No. 59 respectively. Davis fell from No. 32 to No. 44 while Ali went up from No. 47 to No. 37. Even with those moves, both Davis and Ali are seen as the same level prospect as they were before.

UCLA has a lot of irons in the fire right now on the recruiting trail, and a good start with Holiday. Now they are looking to close out the class and make it hopefully one of the elite groups in the country.

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