UCLA signee T.J. Leaf goes off on big stage

Jan. 19 -- UCLA signee and now McDonald's All-American T.J. Leaf lived up to his lofty status and ranking at the Hoop Hall Classic this past weekend...

Five-star recruit T.J. Leaf had one of the top performances of the Hoop Hall Classic, which was arguably the most talented-filled event of the high school season.

On opening night, the UCLA signee was extremely aggressive and efficient, going 13-for-18 from the field and scoring a team high 30 points, grabbing 10 boards and tossing out seven assists in a San Diego (Calif.) Foothills Christian win.

Foothills did a great job of getting Leaf, a 6-foot-10 power forward, the ball and he did an even better job of finishing off plays. Leaf, who is known for his offense, showed a versatile scoring package and despite defenders trying to rough him up and get physical, they couldn’t stop him.

Leaf is able to score with his back to the rim and did so many times. He flashed a right jump hook over his left shoulder multiple times, but also scored off face up drives and catch and shoot jump shots from three.

Leaf’s passing was also impressive, as he has good awareness in the post, sees the floor well and quickly and effectively responds to double teams.

Leaf, who ranks No. 22 overall in the 2016 class, should impact the Bruins from day one and is a big reason the Bruins boast a top five recruiting class.


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