UCLA head coach Steve Alford landed his first commitment of the class of 2014 when Trevon Bluiett (Indianapolis, Ind./Park Tudor) verbally committed to the Bruins on Sept.2. The 6-5 small forward was on campus for an official visit this weekend.
Bluiett, the 41st best prospect in the nation according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, is a big, strong wing who can score the basketball whether it is from beyond the arc or at the basket. He is a confident shooter who can score off the catch, coming off screens or off the bounce for a pull-up jumper.
It was believed that Michigan and UCLA had the inside track for Bluiett, who had previously paired his list to seven finalists. Purdue, Arizona, Xavier, Butler and Indiana were the other schools Bluiett was still considering. Bluiett had already visited Butler and Xavier and was a planning an upcoming official visit to Purdue.
Bluiett said that he chose UCLA because he “loved the campus and coach Alford” and that the UCLA staff made him comfortable as soon as he stepped on campus. Though it probably didn’t hurt that Alford hired Bluiett’s former high school coach , Ed Schilling, is on staff as an assistant coach.
Bluiett averaged averaged 27.8 points and nine rebounds last season.
Alford inherits a young but talented team from Ben Howland, who was fired after 10 years at the helm. The Bruins will lose four seniors from this year’s squad in identical twins David and Travis Wear. And it is possible that sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson will bolt for the NBA.
Quentin Snider (Louisville, Ky./ Ballard),ranked the 28th best prospect in the class of 2014 by ESPN, was also in Westwood for a campus visit this weekend.