2015 Hoops Recruiting Update

NOV. 11 -- A day before the November Early Signing Period begins, UCLA is involved with many elite national prospects, but most of them don't intend to sign until spring...

With the Early Signing Period running from tomorrow (Wednesday) to Wednesday, the 19th, UCLA recruiting for 2015 is in an interesting situation, without too many possibilities of getting signed NLIs in the next week.

UCLA has two commitments, from two guards:

Aaron Holiday, 6-0 CG, North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall, #36 Overall, #5 PG
Prince Ali, 6-4 SG, Weston (Fla.) Sagemont Upper School, #38 Overall, #10 SG

Both guards officially visited UCLA last weekend.

2015 Prospects Remaining on UCLA’s Board:

Jaylen Brown, 6-6 SF, Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler, #1 Overall, #1 SF
Brown visited the weekend before, and reportedly the visit went well. Here’s the update we did after his UCLA visit. Indications are Brown will wait until spring to decide.

Ivan Rabb, 6-10 PF, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd, #5 Overall, #1 PF
Rabb is down to Arizona, California, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. He officially visited Kentucky and Kansas, and has been to Cal unofficially a few times. He has yet to schedule visits for Arizona or UCLA. The thought has always been Arizona was his leader, but Cal’s Cuonzo Martin is doing a very good job on him, and the recent trend is that he’s leaning to Cal. He has always said he’ll wait to commit until he feels right, but most observers believe he’ll wait until spring to decide.

Caleb Swanigan, 6-9 C, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead, #8 Overall, #4 C
He visited Kentucky the weekend of October 11th and then followed that with a trip to Arizona the very next weekend. Swanigan has said he wants to visit California in the near future as well. Other schools involved include Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, UCLA, Alabama and New Mexico. He intends to sign in spring.

Carlton Bragg, 6-9 PF, Cleveland (Ohio) Villa Angela-St. Joseph, #11 Overall, #3 PF
Carlton Bragg has had his list of schools down to four -- Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA. He visited Kansas and Kentucky in back-to-back weekends in October, and then intended to visit UCLA, but the trip fell through mostly because of academic issues with UCLA admissions. Bragg has since said he’s still interesting in UCLA and still intends to visit officially at a later date. There is some talk Bragg will visit this weekend, but we haven't confirmed it. He has visited UCLA unofficially in the past. He intends to visit Illinois, but doesn’t have the date set. Bragg recently said he wouldn’t sign early, but probably wouldn’t wait until spring to decide.

Stephen Zimmerman, 6-10 C, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, #14 Overall, #6 C
He visited Kansas for Late Night. Then was at Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. Following those trips, Zimmerman visited UCLA, then last weekend visited Arizona. North Carolina is also in the picture, but a date hasn’t been finalized. While he might be close to the end of his official visits, Zimmerman has indicated he’s not close to committing, and has said he won’t sign an NLI, which unnecessarily binds the prospect. The feeling is UCLA has a good chance here, and it could be between Kansas and UCLA.

Brandon Ingram, 6-8 SF, Kinston (North Carolina), #26 Overall, #6 SF
He was at Kansas for Late Night, Kentucky for Big Blue Madness and then visited UCLA the weekend of October 25th. Prior to that he took official visits to Duke and North Carolina, so he’s done with official visits, and he plans to unofficially visit North Carolina State. The feeling from people close to the recruitment is that it he’ll go to one of the in-state schools.

Tomorrow, on the first day of the Early Signing Period, UCLA will almost certainly receive signed NLIs from Holiday and Ali, and it would be surprising if any other NLIs came in.

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