UCLA men’s basketball landed a commitment from five-star power forward T.J. Leaf on Thursday, adding yet another top recruit to should be a top-five class.
“It just felt like home,” Leaf said on the ESPNU broadcast, pulling out a Bruin hat and shoe as he made his announcement.
The Foothills Christian and Compton Magic product is ranked one as the No. 15 prospect in 2016, and boasts a 6-foot-10, 205-pound frame that should fill out even more by the time he arrives on campus. Leaf originally committed to Arizona, but changed his mind and reopened his recruiting process in August.
The Bruins had offered Leaf a scholarship back in the summer of 2013.
“We connect really well,” Leaf said of UCLA coach Steve Alford. “I think we have really similar personalities. I just think he’s got a great basketball mind.”
UCLA has already signed a five-star point guard in Lonzo Ball to its 2016 class, as well as four-star center Ike Anigbogu and three-star wing Kobe Paras.