Legion Now Looks at UCLA

Alex Legion, the athletic shooting guard who is the #33-ranked senior in the country, was given his release from his National Letter of Intent to Michigan and has re-opened his recruitment. Two different sources give us different lists of the schools he's considering, but UCLA is on both of them...

Editor's Note: With Arron Afflalo going to the NBA, UCLA has a scholarship available for next season.

Scout.com's Jeff Goodman filed the following story yesterday on Legion:

It won't take long for Alex Legion to become a hot commodity.

The smooth Michigan native, who spent this season at Oak Hill Academy (Va.), received his release from new coach John Beilein and the Wolverines on Monday afternoon.

"We have had several discussions with Alex and his family, and they have expressed an interest in opening his recruitment," Beilein said in a release. "We understand his situation and encouraged him to do so, giving Alex his unconditional release.

"We will continue to have dialogue with Alex and his family throughout this process. With his release he is now a prospect again and, due to NCAA compliance issues, we can have no further comment on the situation."

It's highly unlikely that Legion (Scout.com, No. 32) winds up playing in Ann Arbor.

"I feel that this was the best thing for me," said the 6-foot-4 shooting guard.

Legion said four schools that will likely be in the mix are UConn, UCLA, Kentucky and Kansas.

"It'll be one of those four," Legion said.

All four programs, especially if Brandon Rush elects to declare for the NBA Draft, have a need for Legion.

Legion would go in and battle for Arron Affalo's minutes at UCLA, he would fill a major need for Jim Calhoun in Storrs and would certainly upgrade the talent level in Lexington.

Legion was at Country Day (Mich.) for three years before opting to go to Oak Hill prior to this season. More Editor's Note: Kentuckysportsradio.com, reported this:

"Scout.com reported today that top national recruit and former Michigan commitment, Alex Legion has been let out of his LOI to Michigan at this point. I spoke just a moment ago with his father who told me that at this time, UConn, UCLA and Michigan are the top schools Alex is considering. When I asked about Kentucky he said, 'Well, Alex did mention them to me, but I am not sure. They may have an outside shot right now but those are the top three that I know of.'"

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