After a disappointing fifth-place finish in a weak Pac-12 Conference, the UCLA men’s basketball team missed the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. Once again, the Bruin faithful have clamored for the removal of Ben Howland from the head coaching position. Added to the mess, the Bruins were placed underneath the national microscope by a recent Sports Illustrated article that documented irregularities inside the program.
Still, Howland is poised to bring in a top recruiting class next fall, with F Kyle Anderson and G Jordan Adams already committed, and F Shabazz Muhammad and C Tony Parker strongly considering coming to Westwood. The university is anticipating the opening of the refurbished Pauley Pavilion next year, and the athletic department needs a competitive basketball team to be the focal point of their celebration.
Here are the reasons why UCLA’s recruiting is in the tank: