Four-star Allerick Freeman decommits from UCLA

More than three weeks after the hiring of new head coach Steve Alford, four-star shooting guard Allerik Freeman has decided to re-open recruiting.

Freeman signed a letter of intent during the early recruiting period, but will be granted a release since UCLA went through a coaching change. ESPN’s Dave Telep first reported the news.

The 6-foot-4 Findlay Prep product is rated as Scout.com’s 15th-best shooting guard, but may have seen minutes at the one spot after the departure of senior Larry Drew II. The Bruins’ remaining guard rotation now consists of returners Jordan Adams and Norman Powell, as well as incoming freshmen Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford — none of whom are true point guards. Point forward Kyle Anderson might slide in as well.

Freeman, ranked 62nd in the country by Scout.com and 81st by Rivals.com, is now the country’s top uncommitted recruit after No. 1 Andrew Wiggins. UCLA will likely look to the junior colleges or other transfers for potential replacements.

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  • FreeShabazz

    Can’t wait to hear Trojan Mark’s explanation blaming Howland for this some how.

  • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

    Don’t blame him.

  • Mark

    He recruited someone who didn’t really care about Ucla. Good riddance.

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      maybe ucla didnt care about him?

    • http://twitter.com/FatBooster Joe Blow

      That’s a lot of recruits.

  • Sam C

    Man this doesn’t help. First we lose that pg to Lavin and now this. Juco transfer? Little late in the game for 2013 isn’t it?

  • Hank

    CRRAAPPPPP!

  • Mike

    Meh, we need post players! This still hurts but I can’t blame him.

  • Marc

    Steve hasn’t coached a game yet, but, boy is UCLA off to a flying start under him.

    Oh, wait! Wha?….

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Levy/1091577549 Barry Levy

      Marc, since Alford arrived Powell has decided to stay, Parker has decided to stay and Anderson a fence sitter is staying. After getting a program that was in shambles, shouldn’t Alford get the same honeymoon that Howland go in his first year. A losing year, and then a second year getting bounced from NCAA tournament early.

      • Marc

        He’s inheriting a lot more talent than Ben Howland had when he got to UCLA. Alford needs to win early.

        UCLA should do fine this year and things had better not turn south. This is basketball; fortunes can turn in one season. No excuses.

  • Mark

    calm down there are plenty of players. We have the Wear twins and everyone’s darling Parker up front. Time for Parker to put up or shut up.

    Jordan Adams is supposed to be a type of point forward, right? I see him running the show if he’s to flourish to his potential. There’s more in Powell’s tank than Howland could adequately utilize. And just look at Michigan–freshman can blossom into good players by the time February and March roll around.