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.
LaMelo Ball has verbally committed to the UCLA men’s basketball team. LaMelo Ball is 5-foot-10 and 13 years old.
In the latest development in the strange world of recruiting, the youngest Ball brother decided on Friday to follow in the footsteps of his two older siblings. Before even playing in his first game for Chino Hills High School, he accepted an offer to become a Bruin.
If both verbal commitments hold through the next two years, the UCLA men’s basketball team could be relying heavily on the Ball brothers.
Three-star shooting guard LiAngelo Ball decided to become a Bruin on Tuesday, becoming the first member of the program’s 2017 class. He follows his brother, five-star point guard Lonzo Ball, a 2016 prospect who verbally committed to UCLA in January 2014.
Both currently play for Chino Hills High, where The elder Ball was recently named the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin’s Player of the Year. LiAngelo, who averaged 20.1 points and 3.5 rebounds, earned a spot on the all-area first team. A third brother, LaMelo, will join them in the 2015-16 season.
Four-star guard Aaron Holiday, rated the No. 2 point guard in the class of 2015, has committed to the Bruins according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-1 Campbell Hall standout is an exceptional athlete who can score in bunches, recently dropping a 26-point fourth quarter on Viewpoint.