UCLA Basketball: Another Recruiting Strikeout

Streeter Lecka

It's been a bad stretch for Alford and UCLA Basketball since Jordan Adams changed his mind about the Draft back on April 27. Danuel House is the latest Adams replacement to turn Alford down.

Another one of Steve Alford's wing targets chose to go elsewhere. House, a transfer  from Houston and  rated #31 by Scout, visited UCLA three weeks ago.  You should be familiar with this name as I've mentioned him several times.  While it wasn't clear that he would be eligible next year, Alford was desperate for a wing after both Zach LaVine and Jordan Adams declared for the draft, and Norman Powell became the only returning starter.  I write about the bleak outlook for next year here.

Why is Texas A&M more appealing than UCLA and Alford who came calling with significant minutes to offer at the 2?

Let's take stock of what's happened with wing recruiting in just the last five weeks?

  1. Chris Varidel, transfer from Florida Gulf/Chaminade, picked Alabama after visiting UCLA.
  2. Elijah Stewart, four-star decommit from LMU, commits to USC.
  3. Namon Wright, decommit from Missouri, and UCLA target since the Spring of 2013, recommits to Missouri.
  4. Eron Harris, transfer from West Virginia, after visiting UCLA, announced his top three, and it didn't include the Bruins.

That's five wings that managed to resist Alford's charms.  The icing on the cake will be when Daniel Hamilton shows up to register at UConn in September.

I wrote here about the spin coming out of the regime.  The official leakers may eventually tell us that there was no serious interest in these transfers,  that UCLA and Alford are "swinging for the fences' and these candidates, who all visited, were not  "UCLA level".

The regime believes they have plausible deniability. This part really bothers me. We could always count on some word from the LA Times, ESPN LA, Zagsblog or a tidbit from the paid Bruin sites before. No more. There are certainly more subscriber/shills on some of the paid sites, but good information and answers to the hard questions from the coach are hard to come by.

Don't get me started on the point guard position again.

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