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4* Guard Prince Ali Commits to UCLA Basketball

Steve Alford picks up another guard.. not from California for the class of 2015.

Now I have two guards!
Now I have two guards!
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Make way... for Prince Ali...

Say hey... it's Prince Ali... (ok the Aladdin references end there.)

4 Star guard recruit Prince Ali has committed to UCLA:

Ali was originally committed to UConn but reopened his recruitment back in May, which was odd since Kevin Ollie had reaffirmed his commitment to UConn at that time. He picked UCLA over Louisville and Georgia Tech.  Why did he pick UCLA?  Courtesy of scout:

"He made me a priority," Ali said. "That stands out when a school makes you priority. Of all the shooting guards in the country, I was his number one priority."

"Coach Alford is a great person and he’s always been honest with me and he followed me all of July," he added. "That’s when I knew I was priority when he followed me around all of July."

You can check out his junior year mix tape here:

This commitment now gives UCLA two very very very good guard commits for the backcourt in 2015, both ranked in the top 50 with Aaron Holiday.

Ali doesn't sound like a diamond in the rough (ok I could not resist another Aladdin reference) as he is considered extremely athletic, he's a good shooter and he has improved his ball skills over the past year.

A few other thoughts:

Welcome to UCLA, young Prince.


(hopefully he won't take on 100 bad guys with swords.) (The students will have fun with this for a few years.)