UCLA Basketball got a huge commitment from a 2016 big man late last night. Four-star center Ike Anigbogu has given his pledge to the Bruins which could not come at a better time for UCLA as they missed out on two big recruits in the last week as Stephen Zimmerman committed to UNLV over the Bruins and the nation’s top-rated prospect Jaylen Brown cut the Bruins from his top five.
This commitment has head coach Steve Alford and the Bruins bouncing back in recruiting, figuratively, after missing on those two big recruits.
Though the Bruins will have some questions about their roster going into the 2015-16 season, the following year looks to be a big one for UCLA.
The 6’9″, 225 lbs. product out of Corona Centennial High School is the first commitment the Bruins have gotten by a big man for 2016. Anigbogu is currently the #2 rated center in California (per Bruin report Online). As for some of his talents, he is a rebounding machine, a fantastic shot blocker that can dominate inside defensively.
Anigbogu’s commitment comes at the perfect time as he will be expected to come in and contribute almost immediately as the Bruins could be thin in the front court. He will come in a year after Tony Parker‘s senior season and could back up Thomas Welsh. It has also been said that forward Jonah Bolden, who was ineligible to play this past season, could be a one-and-done and leave before Anigbogu gets to Westwood.
This is the third commitment for the 2016 class as UCLA basketball has already received commitments from 3-star shooting guard
and 4-star point guard
, the #1 PG in the west. Though we will have to wait a year, 2016-17 is looking to be very good for UCLA basketball.