It’s been a dry stretch recently for the storied UCLA Basketball program, missing the NCAA tournament two of the last four years and not making it past the second round in the two times they did reach the NCAAs. Which means their status as a preseason Top-10 squad, ranked as high as second by some outlets such as Sporting News, would seem to make little sense.
Except it does.
Why? The incoming four-man class can flat-out ball. Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker (no, not that one) and Jordan Adams are all Top-100 players in their class. Muhammad and Anderson will be in the NBA soon enough, and the pair is the main reason that UCLA’s incoming class is considered the nation’s best.
Jordan Adams is talented enough to play a role in the 2012-13 season, but the other three’s performances in the upcoming season will be the difference between a quick NCAA tourney appearance or earning their One Shining Moment.
Here’s what to expect from UCLA’s highly-talented and even higher-touted freshman trio.