UCLA Looking at 6-10 Nigerian

Frank Ben-Eze, the 6-10, 230-pound senior playing at Arlington (Virg.) Bishop O'Connell, committed to Harvard last fall but then de-committed a month ago, and he now has many schools showing interest in him, including UCLA...

UCLA is recruiting Frank Ben-Eze, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound post player out of Arlington (Virg.) Bishop O'Connell. Ben-Eze had committed to Harvard, but then de-committed in early March.

Ben-Eze is reportedly very strong physically, being a good rebounder and shot-blocker, which is what you can assume has attracted UCLA, but is still raw, having only played organized basketball for five years.

Having the academics to get into Harvard is, of course, also very attractive to UCLA.

Being a native of Nigeria, Ben-Eze has been living with a host family for two years while attending Bishop O'Donnell.

UCLA, you would assume, would also think it could use its African connection with Alfred Aboya and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute to be able to help recruit Ben-Eze.

We've heard from east coast sources that Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Davidson are recruiting him. Stanford was involved before Trent Johnson resigned as the Cardinal coach to take the LSU job. Before Ben-Eze committed to Harvard, Virginia and Marquette were seriously involved.

UCLA, to our knowledge, has not offered Ben-Eze yet.

UCLA coaches will go out to see him during the current April evaluation period, and then UCLA could get an official visit from the Nigerian native.


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