This afternoon, UCLA Basketball picked up not one, but two commitments for the 2019 recruiting class.
The first recruit to commit today was 4-star recruit Jaime Jacquez, Jr. from Adolfo Camarillo HS in Camarillo, CA. Jacquez made his choice known on Twitter this afternoon.
I’d like to announce that I am verbally committed to UCLA! pic.twitter.com/qaRvCqBEja— Jaime Jaquez Jr (@jaquez_jr) May 8, 2018
UCLA beat out Michigan, Southern Cal, Utah, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, among others, to land Jaquez.
He is ranked 47th in the ESPN 60 list of top basketball recruits for the 2019 recruiting class.
Here are Jaquez’s highlights from Session 2 of the EYBL, courtesy of Courtside Films.
While 247Sports lists Jaquez as a small forward, ESPN has him listed as a shooting guard. So, on one hand, Jaquez could play guard and, on the other, he could play small forward.
Several hours after Jaquez committed, UCLA picked up another commitment for 2019. This time, it was from small forward Jake Kyman from Santa Margarita Catholic HS in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Like Jaquez, Kyman also made his announcement on Twitter.
UCLA COMMIT pic.twitter.com/1kE8pWiBkS— Jake Kyman (@jakekyman13) May 9, 2018
Kyman does seem to be considered to be a small forward by the recruiting services as both 247Sports and ESPN have him listed as one.
Here is a highlight video of a game between Santa Margarita Catholic versus Mira Costa, courtesy of Beach City Hoops.
While we can sit around all day and debate what the commitment of these two young men means or doesn’t mean for the future of UCLA basketball or how Steve Alford will use or mis-use them (if he’s still head coach in 2019-20), the thing to keep in mind is that these two young men decided today that they want to be a part of the tradition of UCLA basketball.
And, for that, welcome to Westwood, Jaime and Jake!