November24, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford watches game action against the Chattanooga Mocs during the first half at Pauley Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA Basketball Recruiting: Bruins Get 4-Star Big Man, Jonah Bolden


The UCLA men’s basketball program and head coach Steve Alford are getting in on the #BruinRevolution! The Bruins have received their fourth commitment for next season from four-star recruit, Jonah Bolden. This is great for Alford as it is proving he is starting to get it done on the recruiting trail.

Bolden is an Australian Power Forward out of basketball factory, Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. The 6’8”, 190 lbs. four-star talent is the #6 PF in the nation that several top schools were after. Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana, all were denied the services of this big guy.

This kid can get around. He has the body of Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, but plays like Aaron Afflalo. Of course what has been seen of him are highlight videos and those are meant to make anyone look good, but this kid looks really good. Quick, agile and gets down the floor.

He joins an interesting cast of characters that instantly gives the Bruins depth in the frontcourt.

Kevin Looney, 5-star, 6’8”, 201 lbs., Power Forward

Thomas Welsh, 4-star, 7’0”, 245 lbs., Center

Gyorgy Goloman, 3-star, 6’9”, 200 lbs., Center

Looking at the roster for next year, the Bruins would have said good-bye to the Wear twins for their three years of service. That will be two spots opening up in the frontcourt. Tony Parker and Wanaah Bail will be the only big guys returning next year.

Now, here is the rub, that is six big men vying for spots for next season. Could their be tension leading to transfers or flipping commitment or is this part of Alford’s master plan?

Either way, I cannot wait for next season.

Mike W.R.

Twitter: @TheBigDisco

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