UCLA Basketball: Cori Close lands Canadian 4-star forward Brynn Masikewich

The UCLA basketball women’s team received a commitment from Canadian U17 national player Brynn Masikewich for the 2019 recruiting class.

The 2019 recruiting class is looking very good for UCLA basketball head coach Cori Close as she added her third commitment on Wednesday. The Bruins received their first frontcourt pledge as Calgary, Alberta native Brynn Masikewich is on her way to Westwood.

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Close has been doing a bang up job on the recruiting trail as the 2019 class looks to be one of the best in her tenure.

UCLA has already received commitments from two 5-star point guards who are among the 25 best according to Prospects Nation as Texan Jaden Owens and local California prospect Charisma Osborne will be in blue and gold the season after next. The Bruins bring in two talented backcourt players, but now add some height to their arsenal.

So who is Masikewich?

The 6-3 forward is one hell of a low post threat that can play on both ends of the court. Last season she helped her school, Lincoln Prep, win the Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association championship but was also one of the featured players on the Canadian National U17 team.

On the offensive side, Masikewich is a very versatile weapon. She can play the low post as well as pop out to the perimeter for buckets. Under the basket, she can assert her will by grabbing offensive boards leading to points on putbacks. She also has a sweet stroke and quick release which gives her a deadly shot from the outside.

But if that wasn’t enough, she is also a threat on the defensive side of the ball. She is strong, she has length and she has good positioning. This allows her to get in the face of her opponents and often causes them to change their shot. She also has the ability to send the outlet pass down court, similar to former Bruin Kevin Love.

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Overall, she should develop into a solid ballplayer at UCLA and will help the Bruins be a frontcourt threat for seasons to come. Welcome to Westwood, Brynn!