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Three-star small forward commits to UCF

Donnie Jones

Donnie Jones


Having already landed one wing prospect in the Class of 2016, UCF landed a second Tuesday night as Indiana native Brachen Hazen announced that he’ll play his college basketball for head coach Donnie Jones.

“Proud to say that I’ve committed to the University of Central Florida! Thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me this long,” Hazen said via Twitter, and he joins guard/forward Clayton Hughes in UCF’s 2016 recruiting class to date. Hazen also held offers from programs such as Ball State, Clemson, Creighton, Illinois State, Maryland, Richmond and Valparaiso.

“Brachen Hazen is an intriguing combo forward pickup for UCF as he brings athleticism and a developing skill set to the position,” NBC Sports recruiting insider Scott Phillips said of the newest Knight. “A bouncy player who plays in attack mode, once Hazen improves his perimeter jumper he could be a tough player to guard in the American.”

The 6-foot-8 Hazen was an Indiana Large School All-State selection after his junior season at Columbia City HS. Hazen played for the Spiece Indy Heat program on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, averaging 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

UCF doesn’t have a senior on the wing on this season’s roster, and point guard Daiquan Walker is the team’s lone senior on the perimeter as a whole. Among the players who will have eligibility remaining when Hazen and Hughes arrive on campus are current juniors Matt Williams and Tanksley Efianayi, sophomores Adonis Henriquez and A.J. Davis, and freshman Chance McSpadden.