Adams verbally commits to UCLA

Jordan Adams, Scout.com’s No. 11-rated small forward in the class of 2012, just committed to UCLA on a live broadcast.

Adams, who played for new assistant coach Korey McCray’s Atlanta Celtics on the AAU circuit, becomes the Bruins’ first commitment of the class, and it’s a big one.

At 6-5, 215 pounds, he has a solid frame and is talented but raw on the offensive end, and he’ll probably end up as a shooting guard. The main knock on him right now is conditioning, but he’ll have a year to work at vaunted Oak Hill Academy, and he should be able to contribute to UCLA early as the Bruins lose both Lazeric Jones and Jerime Anderson from the backcourt.

Adams told Scout.com that he committed to UCLA “because of their tradition and history,” and added, “I think it’s a good fit for me.”

It seems that the hire of McCray is already paying off for the Bruins, as Adams told Scout.com: “He impacted me a lot because he was my trainer. He helped me with everything. Nobody would be recruiting me if it weren’t for him.”

Adams is the first in what could be a huge recruiting haul for Ben Howland and Co., and he gave a personal shout-out to many of the Bruins’ top recruits, asking for Shaq Goodwin, Shabazz Muhammad and L.J. Rose to join him in Westwood during his video announcement.

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  • BruinRogue

    Sounds like McCray’s making an immediate impact. Professional recruiter I guess. That’s excellent news. Now on to Goodwin and Rose.

  • Bruin4Life

    I don’t get it – -he is a forward, but projected as a possible shooting guard, and then you say that Jones and Anderson are leaving so he can fill their…point guard spot?

  • BruinFaithful

    SWEET!!!! Looks like the McCrary hire is already paying dividends already. As the years pass, hopefully he can maintain those ties. I would think it would become more difficult being 3k miles away.

    It also looks like BH is finally growing and learning that he has weaknesses and to let somebody else handle those by delegating. Hopefully he will also let somebody focus on the Offense so he can focus on Defense and the overall direction of the program. Thereby, truly becoming a CEO of the team.

  • BruinFreak

    Based on that video, I am very unimpressed. But at least he can shoot it from behind the arc. Looks like a flat footed 6’5 wing who doesn’t move well.
    But I trust in Howland!

  • Lifelong Bruin Fan

    Unfortunately I have similar sentiments as BruinFreak.

    In the video, Adams looks somewhat slow (against HS players) and not very athletic. His shot looks like it will go south in the college ranks when he goes up against tougher defense. Of course he has a lot of time to improve but not I’m not particularly excited about this commitment right now.

    Well hopefully Coach McCrary will help us land other big name recruits to get the buzz around UCLA going again.

  • anonymous

    Coach Howland has finally realized one of his weaknesses is recruiting. Two consensus number one national recruits and the success
    Darren Collison, Aaron Afflalo, Russell Westbrook, Jrue Holiday, Luc Richard Mbah Moute,Kevin Love, Joshua Smith, Jordan Farmar, Alfred Aboya, Michael Roll, Malcom Lee, Reeves Nelson, and Tyler Honeycutt have had at UCLA has finally caught up to him and allowed Coach Howland to realize what he’s been needing to improve.

  • glawson07

    Great get. Not every commit is going to jump out of the gym or be a freakish athlete, but this guy can for sure shoot the ball. He plays for Oak Hill, which typically faces stiffer competition and SHOOTS the ball well. Nice stroke…something the Bruins could really use. Josh Smith is going to suck the D into the paint constantly. Bruins need shooters who can get it done to keep opposing D honest.

  • Coach Thom

    anonymous makes a lot of sense….but I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it is.

  • anonymous

    I think what anonymous is trying to say is that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love,
    go a long way towards saying recruiting, as Bruin Faithful suggests, has long been a weakness of Ben Howland.

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