Arizona’s loss is UCLA’s gain.

T.J. LeafIn August, forward T.J. Leaf announced he was decommitting from Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.

A rare swing and miss from Sean Miller.

Yesterday Leaf announced that he’s committed to Steve Alford and the UCLA Bruins.

This is a huge get for UCLA as the 5-star Leaf joins 5-star point guard Lonzo Ball, 4-star center Ike Anigbogu and 3-star wing Kobe Paras in it’s 2016 recruiting class.

Leaf, a 6-9 forward with a multitude of skills, vaults UCLA’s class into conversation as a top 3-5 class overall.

ESPN’s #13 player in the 2016 class, Leaf is the prototype for a modern day stretch 4.  He can shoot the ball from deep, put it on the ground and clean it off the glass.

Here’s what he had to say about picking UCLA during his announcement on ESPNU:

“I have a great relationship with coach [Steve] Alford and all the other coaches there,” Leaf said during his announcement on ESPNU. “Every time I go there, it just felt like home. I just did a lot of thinking and prayer about it, and I just feel like that’s where I’m supposed to be.”

Lead spent the summer playing with the Israeli national team at the U-18 European Championships.  He took home MVP honors for the tournament, averaging 16.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.


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