Earlier today, Jules Bernard, a 4-star shooting guard out of Windward High School, announced his commitment to the Bruins via a video announcement courtesy of BallerVisions.
Bernard chose the Bruins out of a final 5 which included USC, Miami, Oregon, and Kansas.
Bernard is listed at 6’ 6” with a weight of 190 pounds. The shooting guard is the 46th ranked player in the 2018 recruiting class according to 247Sports’s Composite rankings, which also lists him as the 6th best shooting guard in the country and 6th best California recruit.
Reading over a few scouting profiles of Bernard, the common theme that scouts love about him is his length and finishing ability. Bernard has the size to play the 2 and 3 comfortably, similar to how Isaac Hamilton was used the past few years. He also possesses a great deal of body control, which allows him to finish at the rim with consistency. Bernard is a fantastic rebounder who isn’t afraid to mix it up for boards, and he does possess a solid midrange jumper, which gives him more options when attacking with the ball.
If you’re looking for an area to grow, it would be his outside shooting, particularly from distance. Bernard only shot 20% from 3 for the Compton Magic this summer, and considering the style of play UCLA seems to have shifted toward, you would like to see that number rise into the high 30s, but the fundamentals are there, and he does have some room to grow.
Of course, you may have just noticed that I said the words Compton Magic, because Jules Bernard is just the latest in the recent pipeline of Compton Magic players to end up at UCLA, following the footsteps of players like TJ Leaf, Ike Anigbogu, Jaylen Hands, and Jalen Hill. The Compton Magic have been a fertile pipeline for the Bruins under Steve Alford, one that doesn’t look to be changing even after the switch to Under Armour.
Overall, this was an important pickup for Steve Alford and the Bruins. Bernard is a high-level player at a position that could get dicey in a few years, considering that there are only 3 guards on the roster at the moment, and at least one of them (Aaron Holiday) will likely be gone after next season.
Here is a highlight package again courtesy of BallerVisions:
Welcome to Westwood, Jules!