UCLA Basketball: Bruins targeting four-star guard Hickman

UCLA Basketball has begun preparing for the upcoming season, however, after a lackluster 2020 recruiting class, the focus has shifted towards the Class of 2021, with the Bruins offering a four-star guard.

UCLA Basketball’s 2020 outlook and recruiting class took a huge hit with five-star guard Dashien Nix’s decision to nix UCLA for the G-League.

The Bruins’ 2020 class has just two commitments, a three-star and Johnny Juzang, a transfer from Kentucky.

The Class of 2020 was Cronin’s first shot at recruiting with the Bruins, and considering the fact that most of the work in the recruiting department for that class was done by Steve Alford and his staff, a down year in the recruiting circuit was expected.

Now the Bruins are onto the Class of 2021, which will be our first look at Cronin’s ability to bring highly-touted talent to UCLA. That process continued on Thursday when the Bruins offered four-star guard Nolan Hickman.

Hickman, a Washington state product, is ranked as the number 39 recruit and the fourth-ranked point guard in the country by 247 sports in the Class of 2021.

While Tyger Campbell is set to begin his second season as the starting point guard, another big season from Campbell could foster serious interest from the NBA, therefore Cronin and his staff are certainly set on bringing in his heir apparent.

Hickman has offers from Washington, Arizona, Kansas, and others, but UCLA could provide him with the best opportunity to win and play big minutes. No decision is expected from HIckman soon, but his recruiting will be a major storyline to follow.