Despite all the (well-deserved) criticism of the hiring of UCLA hoops head coach Steve Alford, the new coach for Bruin basketball has finally landed his first commit of the 2014 class.
Trevon Bluiett, a four-star forward out of Indianapolis, IN, chose UCLA after a weekend trip to Westwood which reportedly left a huge positive impression on him.
Bluiett earned offers from at least a dozen other major basketball programs, including Louisville, Arizona, and Indiana, among others. Ultimately, Bluiett chose UCLA, and given that he’s in Indiana, we’re sure it’s not because of the location.
An interesting tidbit here is Bluiett’s hometown, primarily because Alford has created some sort of pipeline in his home state. That should’ve been expected since his roots matter, but it also bares mentioning that Alford has yet to receive a commitment from a local Los Angeles recruit. It’s still early (it is only September, after all), but consider that he was brought in (and Howland pushed out) to revitalize the local recruiting pipelines.
Either way, Bluiett’s clearly a solid player, and scouts see him as a starter at the collegiate level. At the same time, Bluiett’s a wing. If you’ve forgotten, the Bruins already have Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine, and Norman Powell on the roster, in addition to Kyle Anderson. While some of those players may be gone after the 2013 season, there’s still a chance at a serious logjam in 2014.
Skepticism and critique of Alford aside, UCLA badly needed a recruit to begin building its 2014 class, and Bluiett’s a good starting spot.