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UCLA Hoops Recruiting Closing in on Top Class

Oct. 28 -- The start of the hoops early signing period is coming up and UCLA, which already hads the #3-ranked recruiting class in the nation for 2017, is trying to finish it off with one more elite recruit...

The early basketball signing period begins Nov. 9th, and UCLA is trying to finish off an excellent 2017 recruiting class.

As of right now, UCLA has four commitment:  point guard Jaylen Hands, ranked #27 in the nation; power forward Cody Riley, ranked #30; the nation’s #87-ranked prospect, center Jalen Hill, and three-star small forward LiAngelo Ball.

The class nationally is ranked #3, as is.

And UCLA isn’t done. 

It’s still in the market for a wing, which would fill out the class perfectly and fulfill a big need on the roster.

With just 12 days left until the basketball early signing period begins, it’s the home stretch, and UCLA is trying to bring it home.

Prospects remaining on UCLA’s 2017 recruiting board:

Kris Wilkes, 6-8 small forward, ranked 18th nationally

For a long time it was thought UCLA wasn’t a serious option for Wilkes, until he officially visited Sept. 24th. Since then the feeling from many close to the recruitment is that UCLA leads Illinois and hometime Indiana. Midwest recruiting expert Brian Snow recently wrote an in-depth analysis of Wilkes’ recruitment here on the BRO Premium Hoops board.

Gary Trent, 6-5 shooting guard, ranked 12th nationally

All sources close to Trent have maintained that Duke leads for him.  It’s down to Duke, UCLA and Michigan State. He’s officially visited UCLA and Duke and goes off to East Lansing this weekend.  UCLA coaches visited Trent a few days ago at his high school.

Brian Bowen, 6-7 small forward, ranked 20th nationally

Bowen will officially visit Arizona this weekend and then go straight to UCLA for his official there the beginning of next week.  He’ll almost certainly not make a commitment in the early signing period and wait until spring.  The feeling is that UCLA is probably third here.

Chuck O'Bannon Jr.., ranked 82nd nationally

The son of former Bruin great Charles O’Bannon, his recruitment is a bit of a curious one. He’s probably leaning to USC as of right now (blasphemy!), and he visits North Carolina State this weekend. If USC, too, got a commitment from another small wing type before O’Bannon decides the Trojans wouldn’t have a spot for him. 

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