Highly Rated Recruit Joining Team Shows UCLA Bruins Will Still Be Relevant

By Trevor Lowry
UCLA Bruins
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I still think that the UCLA Bruins shouldn’t have fired Ben Howland, but that argument is long over. With that said, UCLA landing a highly rated recruit shows that it will stay relevant in college basketball.

Trevon Bluiett will be joining the team in the 2014-15 season. He is a four-star recruit and ranked No. 41 in the class of 2014, according to ESPN.

He may not be a five-star, but he is still one of the highest rated recruits in the nation.

UCLA has always been a hot spot in college basketball and that will not change just because Howland is no longer the head coach. Howland did one heck of a job at recruiting and he did have a lot of success at this program. Now it is time for Steve Alford to take the reins and he is doing a great job so far.

He inherits some very talented players such as Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams. The Bruins are getting nowhere near the hype that they got last season, but they still have enough talent to compete in the Pac-12. Who knows, they may even go on a deep run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Whether the case, Bluiett joining is a sign of great things to come for this program. Not like it needed a good sign or anything since this is one of the best basketball programs in the history of college basketball. Still, I am sure it feels pretty good to land a talented player like Bluiett.

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