One of the top prospects from within the class of 2014 announced his decision on Monday afternoon, as 6-foot-5 small forward Trevon Bluiett popped for the UCLA Bruins and first year head coach Steve Alford.
Alford, who took over the Bruins’ program for Ben Howland this past spring, is facing the pressure of putting UCLA basketball back on the national map where it belongs. Bluiett’s commitment here on Labor Day is the first step forward in doing just that.
Bluiett had been receiving tons of interest from some of the top college basketball programs in the country throughout his recruitment. An original native of Indianapolis, Bluiett was receiving high praise and was seen as a hot commodity within the Midwest. Alford’s ability to land the Park Tudor H.S. (IN) product says a lot about his start with the Bruins and a lot about Bluiett’s love for the Bruins’ program.
Bluiett becomes the first commitment for UCLA from the high school class of 2014, but surely more will follow. With one of the top names in the senior class now off the board, it will be interesting to see who will join Bluiett in Westwood down the line. The forward is rated as the 41st best prospect within the class of 2014 by ESPN, while Rivals lists him at No. 46.
Alford has a strong group of talent returning to UCLA next season, so the Bruins will be looking to make some instant improvements under their new head coach from day one. Bluiett will join the program prior to the start of the 2014-15 season.