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Four-star center becomes UCLA’s third 2016 commitment

Steve Alford

Steve Alford


Having already received verbal commitments from guards Lonzo Ball and Kobe Paras, UCLA is off to a good start when it comes to its 2016 recruiting class. Late Thursday night Steve Alford and his staff landed a third commitment in the class, as 6-foot-10 center Ike Anigbogu has decided to become a Bruin.

News of Anigbogu’s commitment was announced by his coach with the Compton Magic grassroots program.

Anigbogu’s made strides in his game throughout his junior season at Centennial HS in Corona, California, and he’s regarded as one of the top prospects in California. Anigbogu has been most often praised for his abilities as a rebounder and defender, and in adidas Gauntlet play he’s averaging 5.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game.

Anigbogu, who also held offers from programs such as Arizona, Vanderbilt, SMU and Arizona State, received offers from UCLA, Arizona and Vanderbilt earlier this month. With Tony Parker having one season of eligibility remaining, Anigbogu’s commitment helps UCLA account for that eventual personnel loss.

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.