Though he won’t graduate from high school for a couple more years, four-star center Jalen Hill already knows where he wants to play his college ball. The 6-foot-9 big man out of Centennial High School in Corona, California, near Riverside and about 47 miles outside of Los Angeles, has committed to UCLA. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported Hill’s decision.
Hill also announced his decision on his personal Twitter page.
UCLA has gotten itself quite a recruit, as Hill had also received offers from SMU, Arizona State, California and Oregon, among others. Though he won’t suit up for another two seasons, Hill is bound to play a great role in the Bruins’ fast-paced system. He just won a gold medal with Team USA’s U16 team, and that experience will be welcome on a UCLA squad that continues to work towards a championship year after year. Also joining Hill in UCLA’s class of 2017 is wing LiAngelo Ball, also from California.
UCLA has gone 50-23 (23-13 Pac-12) in two seasons under Steve Alford and has made consecutive Sweet Sixteens, plus a Pac-12 Championship in 2014.
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