With No Head Coach, How Will This Affect UCLA Recruiting?
Former UCLA head coach Ben Howland was fired from his dream job on Sunday and made his exit from the job on Monday by holding a press conference at Pauley Pavilion. With less than a month to go until April 17, which is the first day recruits can sign to a school, how will this firing affect the recruits that are considering the Bruins and the recruits that have already signed?
The main issue comes with the recruitment of No. 5 ranked point guard Rysheed Jordan. Jordan has not committed to any school yet and has received offers from UCLA, St. Johns and Temple. Jordan averaged 25.9 points per game in his senior season at Roberts Vaux High School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Kamal Yard, Jordan’s AAU coach, told Dave Telep of ESPN, “He’s keeping UCLA on his list. It wasn’t so much Ben Howland (that attracted him to UCLA) as it was the tradition and culture at UCLA. He thinks they’re going to hire a big-time head coach.”
The Bruins have already signed two ESPN 100 guards in Zach LeVine and Allerik Freeman. LeVine told Scout.com about his disappointment in the firing of Howland. Freeman has received offers from the likes of Kansas, Ohio State and Duke. Bruins fans will hope that these two will hold to their commitments and stay at UCLA.
UCLA may have to land a big time coach to keep all of these recruits in Los Angeles. I am not saying that this will be the only aspect of keeping the recruits happy, but getting a coach with a good track record will show these players that the Bruins want to make a smooth transition.
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