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UCLA missed on its last major target of 2015 when five-star wing Jaylen Brown struck the school off his list, but the Bruins’ next class looks to be in better shape.
Center Ike Anigbogu became the third member of UCLA’s 2016 class, verbally committing on Thursday night. Ranked a four-star recruit by Scout.com and three stars by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-9 big man was a defensive force for Corona Centennial this past season.
Scout.com also ranks Anigbogu as one of the top five centers in the west, and one of the top 15 nationally in his class.
He joins top point guard Lonzo Ball and Kobe Paras as the Bruins’ 2016 commitments.
Ike Anigbogu is a huge commitment for #UCLA. Elite defender/shot blocker/rebounder who is making significant strides offensively.
UCLA’s Norman Powell defends Byron Wesley during the Bruins’ Sweet 16 loss to Gonzaga on March 27. Powell had 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks to end his career at Houston’s NRG Stadium. (Tom Pennington/Getty)
UCLA men’s basketball held its year-end banquet last night. Here’s the list of awards the team handed out.
Norman Powell, Sr., G, 6-4, 215
John Wooden Award (most valuable player)
Kevon Looney, Fr., F, 6-9, 220
Seymour Armond Memorial Award (most valuable freshman)
Gerald A. Finerman Award (rebounding leader)
This is one of the few indications of Brown’s future, which the Georgia native has kept close to his vest throughout his recruitment. Ranked the top overall recruit in 2015 by Scout.com, and No. 2 by Rivals, Brown announced eight finalists earlier this month.
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi said last Tuesday that Brown’s destination “could be be Cal or it could be Michigan,” but Brown said a day later that he had not cut his list.
UCLA’s incoming recruiting haul currently consists of four-star guards Aaron Holiday and Prince Ali, three-star forward Alex Olesinski, and JUCO transfer big man Ikenna Okwarabizie.
Bill Roth spent nearly three decades at Virginia Tech, but left Blacksburg to become UCLA’s new play-by-play announcer this week. After the Bruins’ practice on April 23, he talked about why he decided to make the move, when he knew about the possibility, and some of his career influences.