After more than five months of flailing around on the recruiting trail, Steve Alford finally got his first high profile commitment as the head coach of UCLA. Trevon Bluiett, a 4 star SG from Indiana just committed to UCLA announcing it on his Twitter account:
Bluiett made his commitment after taking an official recruiting trip this weekend (I am guessing Alford needs to send Coach Mora and his staff some extra thank you notes for that enjoyable season opening blowout win).
The 6-6 SG from Tudor High (Indiana) has no connection to California. But just like Tony Parker and Jordan Adams he took the plunge from another part of the country because UCLA head coach hired one of his former (high school) coach. From ESPN:
"I loved the campus and Coach [Steve] Alford and his staff made me feel welcome and comfortable as soon as I stepped on campus," Bluiett told ESPN.com. [...]
Bluett is ranked 41st in the country by ESPN.com and is a big, strong scoring wing who can make shots from beyond the arc and also get to the basket and finish.
Alford hired Blueitt's former high school coach, Ed Schilling.
So far Alford's recruiting strategery is not looking any different than what we saw from Howland in his last year's in Westwood when he brought in Kory McCray to attract guys like Jordan Adams and Tony Parker who had no connections to UCLA .
In any event, you can check out some highlights on Bluiett here:
So welcome to Trevon - commitment number 1 for class of 2014, which still doesn't have any elite point guard (or high profile recruits from Southern California) to resurrect the foundation of stale and listless UCLA program.