5-star hoops prodigy Amari Bailey introduced on Wednesday night time that he has dedicated to Mick Cronin and UCLA, giving the Bruins their first main piece within the 2022 cycle and Cronin his third five-star verbal dedication since taking up this system in 2019. Bailey selected the Bruins over gives from Alabama, Kansas and DePaul.
A top-five expertise within the 2022 class rated within the 247Sports Composite because the No. 3 participant total and the No. 1 participant on the capturing guard place, Bailey’s choice marks a full circle for him. He initially dedicated to UCLA early in his recruitment course of in 2018 below Steve Alford however backed away from that pledge in 2019 shortly after Cronin was plucked from Cincinnati to take over in Westwood.
That Cronin and Co. had been in a position to win him again over speaks volumes to the draw of UCLA and in addition to the drive they have been as a workers. Final season, they landed a dedication from the top-rated level guard prospect within the nation in Daishen Nix, who backed out within the remaining hour to signal with the G League. In addition they have a five-star on the best way subsequent season in California native Peyton Watson.
“UCLA was at all times the place I needed to be on and off the court docket, simply my life-style and who I’m as an individual, I really feel prefer it suited UCLA greatest,” Bailey instructed the LA Instances‘ Ben Bolch on why he selected UCLA for a second time.
UCLA has two gamers dedicated for 2021 in Watson and four-star guard Will McClendon, a tiny class that’s to be anticipated from a roster that proper now could be comparatively younger. By the point Bailey arrives in 2022, the Bruins might be welcoming in a blue-chipper to an aged roster that might push for supremacy within the Pac-12.
On the season, they’re 14-5 total and trailing solely USC within the convention regular-season title race.