Power forward Wanaah Bail to visit UCLA

Steve Alford may finally land a prospect other than his son Bryce.

Save for four-star guard Allerik Freeman’s de-commitment, UCLA’s new head coach has generated little news in 2013 recruiting over his first two months on the job. That could change soon with 6-foot-8 forward Wanaah Bail.

A three-star prospect in 2012, the Bahamas native will officially visit the Bruins on Wednesday and Thursday according to multiple recruiting sites. Listed at 210 pounds, the former Texas Tech signee could immediately provide much-needed depth to the UCLA frontcourt.

Bail had committed to the Red Raiders in 2012, but left after briefly enrolling in summer school. CBS Sports reported that then-head coach Billy Gillispie’s mistreatment of players was the main reason the forward left, but academic issues were also rumored. Texas Tech reportedly released him from his NLI.

ESPN’s scouting report praises the lefty’s athleticism and ability to defend both forward spots, but needs to become a more consistent offensive threat. UCLA assistant Ed Schilling also coached him in the past at adidas Nations.

According to 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer, Bail will visit USC on Friday and Saturday, and Miami next weekend.

  • Hank

    I can’t tell. Is this good news?

  • RoycePowell

    Thanks to our genius AD, Dan Guerrero, the UCLA Men’s basketball program is now relegated to recruiting in the “leftover” arena…and Dan clearly knows about “leftovers”…..

    • Jonathan Taylor

      funny part is.. his leftovers still got further in the tourney than we did lately… So, i’ma give him a chance..

      • RoycePowell

        True, we have to give Alford a chance…no doubt.

        • Jonathan Taylor

          Plus most left overs are 4 year starters which usually win now a days…

  • barry1817

    when a coach comes in after the recruiting period for that year is basically over, you don’t get players in the ESPN top 100 because they are all committed.

    The success of a new coach is to be judged by his first year on equal footing to recruit.

    • RoycePowell

      Good point…it’ll be next the 2014 class that Coach Alford will have to make an impact with.

  • dgfan

    Steve Alford will do good at UCLA. What he did for New Mexico was great. That program was in terrible shape when he took over. His ability to be a disciplinarian and relate to his players and parents is great. He runs a tight ship. Give him the chance to prove himself.