Up until last month, Noah Allen had been one of the prime commitments for Harvard and head coach Tommy Amaker.
After parting ways with the Crimson, Allen reopened his recruitment. However, with his senior season at Palma H.S. (CA) on the horizon, another decision has now been made. This time in favor of UCLA.
The 6-foot-6 wing becomes the third commitment for head coach Ben Howland from the class of 2013 and his first since Allerick Freeman, who pledged in favor of the Bruins back on Sep. 8. In addition to the pair, UCLA also holds a commitment from Washington-native, Zach LeVine.
“I am blessed for this opportunity, and I will come in and work every day with something to prove and a chip on my shoulder,” Allen told Josh Gershon of Scout.com.
Numerous schools had recently been becoming more and more involved with Allen and his recruitment, so for the Bruins to pick up his commitments holds dividends for both parties. Visits to both Northwestern and Washington State, the two assumed favorites, were made, but in the end the Bruins made the lasting impression that Allen was looking for.
Allen took an official visit to Westwood this past weekend, walking away with enough confidence to make a decision.
While all three commitments for next season play the perimeter, Howland will be in search of piecing together another impressive recruiting class for a second straight year. For this upcoming season, a highly-touted group is set to hit the court. However, heralded freshman Shabazz Muhammad, has yet to be cleared to play by the NCAA.
During his time on the AAU circuit, Allen ran with the Bay Area Hoosiers.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse