WESTWOOD — In his first two years as UCLA’s basketball coach, Steve Alford has led the Bruins to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
Next year’s Bruins should again be contenders in the Pac 12 Conference, but it is the 2016-17 season that UCLA fans are anticipating.
Having already received verbal commitments from guards Kobe Paras of Cathedral High and Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills High, Alford and his staff landed a third commitment in the class, 6-foot-10 center Ike Anigbogu.
Anigbogu spent his junior year at Corona Centennial High, but he plays travel ball with the Compton Magic. His Magic coach announced Anigbogu’s verbal commitment.
Anigbogu also had offers from Arizona, Vanderbilt, SMU and Arizona State.
UCLA’s other front court players will all have eligibility remaining in 2016, with Tyler JC transfer Ikenna Okwarabzie, Gyorgy Goloman, Thomas Welsh and Jonah Bolden all being sophomores. Bolden, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA and wasn’t allowed to practice with the team until late January, can petition the NCAA for a fourth season of eligibility.