Bruins garner top Pac-12 hoops recruiting class

By Josh Gershon
West Coast Recruiting Analyst

UCLA sits atop the Pac-12 recruiting class rankings with their three-man class of Zach LaVine, Allerik Freeman and Noah Allen. Who else did well in the Pac-12 on the recruiting trail?

Best Class?

After putting together the Pac-12’s best recruiting class in 2012, UCLA is in position to repeat in 2013.

The Bruins have assembled a talented three-man class, which consists of a couple combo guards in Zach LaVine and Allerik Freeman, as well as small forward Noah Allen.

LaVine, from Bothell (Wash.), is a five-star prospect that headlines this class. A talented outside shooter, LaVine also has good size at 6-foot-3, long arms, athleticism and a pretty high basketball IQ. He has the chance to be a really good player for Ben Howland.

Freeman, from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, is a multi-talented and strong guard who can play on and off the ball and is a good athlete.

Allen comes from Salinas (Calif.) Palma and is a forward with a smooth shooting stroke who plays hard and is a bright kid.

UCLA still has three scholarships to give in the class, and amongst the Bruins’ top targets are Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco shooting guard Isaac Hamilton and Findlay Prep power forward Gavin Schilling.

Other Winners?

Still competing with UCLA for the Pac-12’s top class is Arizona, which currently has two 2013 commitments in Rondae Jefferson and Elliott Pitts.

Jefferson comes from Chester (Pa.) and is a big time athlete that can defend, get to the basket and pass it. Arizona had a huge need at small forward heading into 2013, and the Wildcats scored big with Jefferson.

Pitts is also a good pickup for Arizona, as he’s a respectable shooter at about 6-foot-5 with a high basketball IQ. UA also has offers out to elite power forward Aaron Gordon and developing center Kameron Rooks.

California has put together a very respectable class, led by elite small forward Jabari Bird. Jordan Mathews should also be nice player for the Golden Bears.

Washington has a couple talented Top 100 prospects committed in Darin Johnson and Nigel Williams-Goss, while Stanford’s guard depth will get a big boost in twin guards Marcus Allen and Malcolm Allen.

How did the Pac-12 stack up?

Last year the Pac-12 was ranked second of the big six schools in the early signing period. This time around, the Pac-12 ranks No. 6.

Currently there are three Pac-12 schools rated in’s 2013 top 25 recruiting class rankings.

Schools in the Pac-12 are expected to sign three five-star prospects on Wednesday, as well as six four-stars and 18 three-star recruits.