UCLA received two national letters of intent for its 2018 men’s basketball recruiting class Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Guard David Singleton, from Torrance Bishop Montgomery, and center Kenneth Nwuba, from Huntington Prep in West Virginia, officially signed with the Bruins. They are expected to be guard Jules Bernard, who participated in a signing day ceremony at the Windward School on Wednesday. UCLA has not officially announced his signing yet. The early signing period lasts until Nov. 15.
The three-man class is ranked 16th in the nation and second in the Pac-12, according to Scout.com. Bernard and Singleton are both four-star recruits and Nwuba is a three-star prospect.
UCLA’s recruiting class continues to shrink as offensive lineman Blake McDonald backed out of his pledge on Sunday.
The three-star offensive tackle committed on April 8 and was one of the first members of UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class. McDonald is now the second offensive lineman to decommit this week, following junior college prospect Jason Dickson, who backed out Oct. 30. UCLA has also lost a trio of three-star defensive backs: Dayven Coleman, Ken Montgomery and Kendrick Torain.
UCLA has 19 commits left for the 2018 class, and with the new early signing period, can sign them to National Letters of Intent as early as Dec. 20.
Four-star safety Cam’ron Jones, who committed to the Bruins on April 16, weighed in on the recent slew of decommits:
5 commits de-committed within two weeks whats going on…
UCLA’s over-sized 2018 recruiting class lost another pledge Tuesday as Florida-based cornerback Ken Montgomery Jr. announced his decommitment.
Montgomery gave his verbal commitment to the Bruins on July 27, one of five recruits to commit within five days this summer. At the time, he chose UCLA over Washington State, Oregon, Alabama, Oregon State and USC and is slated to visit Oklahoma next month.
The Tampa, Fla., native was a three-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout and a four-star prospect according to ESPN. He is UCLA’s second decommitment in as many days after junior college offensive linemanJason Dickson backed out Monday.
The Bruins still have five defensive backs in their 22-man 2018 class, headlined by Stephan Blaylock (St. John Bosco) and Olaijah Griffin (Mission Viejo), a pair of four-star recruits from Southern California. UCLA also has defensive back commitments from Cam’ron Jones, a four-star safety, Dayven Coleman and Kendrick Torian Jr.
Junior college offensive lineman Jason Dickson announced his decommitment from UCLA on Monday via Twitter. The 6-foot-7, 295-pound offensive tackle for Diablo Valley College also has Pac-12 offers from Colorado, Arizona and Arizona State.
The Bruins still have 23 known verbal commitments for the class of 2018, including four three-star offensive linemen: Chris Bleich, Blake McDonald, Trey Stratford and Marco Brewer.