Things are looking up for UCLA and Bruins Head Coach Ben Howland with the recruitment of Jordan Adams. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Welcome Jordan Adams! Jordan Adams is the newest Bruin. Jordan is a 4 star small forward recruit out of Georgia via Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, also known as "Mater Dei East." First on Jordan: "Adams can hit the mid range jumper and open three after he displayed the ability to move well without the ball. Adams also made some good passes when he drew multiple defenders." See some of that here.
The thing I like about Jordan is he is offensively developed. A lot of kids today cannot hit the mid-range jumper in high school. They drive, dunk or shoot threes. Adams is one of the more offensively skilled recruits UCLA has had in a while. And something tells me that Ben Howland can teach the kid defense.
Jordan Adams' voice is here. But Jordan Adams is much more than just a very good four star recruit. He is a very good early get from outside the West recruiting region for UCLA. He is the first of what may be one of the best classes for UCLA in a longtime.
More on that after the jump.
While Bobo Morgan was highly rated, he was a last minute second chance recruit that arguably was not properly vetted by UCLA. The last true 4 star recruit from out of the Pac-10 for UCLA was Alfred Aboya. AA2 was obviously a key part of the Bruin family.
While critics will say this was tied to new UCLA assistant coach Kevin McCray, the reality is it is the beginning of what could be a great recruiting class and a sign that UCLA is back as a national force on the recruiting front. As Scout writes in a story not behind a firewall:
The UCLA Bruins are looking for a huge recruiting class in 2012, and things got started off on the right path with their first commitment. In a tough recruiting battle, UCLA was able to secure the pledge of four-star wing Jordan Adams.
"I chose UCLA because of their tradition and history," Adams told Scout.com. "I think it is a good fit for me."
Welcome Jordan Adams! As Adams said in his announcement speech: "I want Shaq Goodwin and Shabazz to come with me." With Jordan and others, UCLA could be on their way to adding to that tradition.
UPDATE (N): Cool video highlights of Jordan Adams here:
And interview of him at Adidas Nation about a year ago:
Welcome to Westwood Jordan. GO BRUINS.