UCLA signs Lonzo Ball, Ike Anigbogu and Kobe Paras to 2016 class

The UCLA men’s basketball team officially added Lonzo Ball, Ike Anigbogu and Kobe Paras to its 2016 class on Wednesday, securing what should be the Pac-12’s most impressive recruiting haul.

Ball is a five-star point guard who is considered one of the nation’s top 2016 prospects at any position. The 6-foot-5 star from Chino Hills signed and delivered his letter of intent to the Bruins almost two years after he first committed in January 2014.

“Lonzo is a tremendous scorer, passer and defender who has displayed great athleticism, instincts and size,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “Our coaching staff is excited to see what he can do in our program, and we know that he’s going to have a special career at UCLA.”

Anigbogu, a four-star center whom Alford said has “an NBA body,” and Paras, a three-star shooting guard, have also sent in their letters of intent.

Those three recruits combine to give UCLA the most highly regarded recruiting class in the conference, one that is ranked fourth in the country by Rivals and sixth by Scout.

The Bruins could also add five-star power forward T.J. Leaf, who will announce his decision on Thursday afternoon on ESPN. He is deciding between UCLA, San Diego State and Oregon.

Updated at 2:39 p.m. to reflect Lonzo Ball’s signing. Updated at 4 p.m. with comments from head coach Steve Alford.

  • MPPBruin

    My prediction is that this will be a an average year, but we’ll have some fun along the way. Years will get progressively better by the time Thomas Welsh’s class are seniors. The future is bright.

    • EncinitasBruin

      Agree. Just hope we can hang onto some of these guys for more than a year or two, at least!

      • UCLA owns LA Football

        The NCAA and NBA should adopt the collegiate baseball model for basketball players.

      • KW

        It will not turn out as well as you dreamers think given Caillou and his dad.