UCLA officially signs three-star forward Alex Olesinski

UCLA signed three-star forward Alex Olesinski to a national letter of intent today, officially bumping its 2015 recruiting class to three players.

The Bruins signed four-star guards Aaron Holiday and Prince Ali back in November’s early signing period. Olesinski projects as a stretch forward who can add depth to a team that recently lost reserve Wanaah Bail as an outbound transfer.

“Alex is a talented player who has very good size, a great understanding of the game, can really shoot the ball well and never takes a possession off,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “He has developed a reputation as an extremely hard worker, both on the court and in the classroom, and comes from a high school that has embraced a winning culture.”

Several top recruits in the country remain uncommitted, such as five-star forward Jaylen Brown and center Stephen Zimmerman, but many of them don’t seem in a rush to announce a decision even as the second signing period begins.

Some may even opt for grant-in-aid agreements over letters of intent — the former binds only the school, not the athlete — as more and more elite prospects realize that they have the clout to keep their options open.

Three-star forward Alex Olesinski commits to UCLA

Three-star forward Alex Olesinski has committed to UCLA, according to Scout.com, giving the Bruins the third member of their 2015 class. The team has already signed four-star guards Aaron Holiday and Prince Ali.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Olesinski is a New Mexico native who transferred to La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere for his final two seasons of high school basketball. He picked up offers from UCLA and UNLV in early February.

Olesinski’s older brother, Marek is a senior forward at Air Force who is second on the team with 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and also shoots 40.2 percent from 3-point range. His sister, Anna, runs cross country and track for Air Force.

Their parents, Marie and Jan, were members of the Polish national basketball and pentathlon teams, respectively.