Scouting report on Top 25 UCLA commit T.J. Leaf

Nov. 13 -- UCLA landed Scout's 22nd ranked 2016 prospect in T.J. Leaf. Scout breaks down the five-star power forward's game...

UCLA landed one of the top prospects in the 2016 class on Thursday when T.J. Leaf announced his commitment to the Bruins.

Leaf is Scout’s 22nd ranked prospect in the country and someone who will be a versatile offensive threat in Westwood.

What kind of player is UCLA getting in Leaf?

The five-star prospect has a unique, almost European skill set for an American high school post. He has a true inside/out game and is willing to exploit mismatches when he has them on the perimeter or in the post.

Leaf has a narrow frame but from a skill perspective has a lot of the attributes you're looking for in a college four man.

As a shooter, Leaf is going to have to improve from three but is solid from midrange. He can take bigger defenders off the dribble and has nice touch inside. While he's just okay laterally, he is very bouncy off two feet and will aggressively try to finish above the rim.

Leaf is comfortable in the post, where he has pretty good footwork, hook shots with both hands, grabs offensive rebounds and has nice touch. He is a terrific passer and when he doesn't have anything on the drive, he's almost always under control and will find the open man.

On defense, he's best in the interior and while he's not a great athlete, his motor and instincts make him a capable shot blocker. He can grab the defensive board and start the break and is a good rebounder in general.

Like most college fours, he's probably not going to be a great defender, and will be best off defending the interior when he gets stronger.

Leaf plays hard and his versatility and talent make him one of the top prospects in the 2016 class.

Due to Leaf’s size, unique skill set, motor, feel and versatility, he has an extremely high floor and is a player who will likely have a very early impact at UCLA.


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