UCLA Basketball: Forward Noah Allen Picks the Bruins
Noah Allen, a 6'6" small forward from Salinas, Calif., committed to the UCLA Bruins Tuesday, according to Josh Gershon of Scout.com.
He later confirmed his commitment via Twitter saying, "Committed to be a UCLA Bruin! Can't wait to get down to Westwood an put in this work."
Allen made his decision after making an official visit to UCLA over the weekend.
"I am blessed for this opportunity and I will come in and work everyday with something to prove and a chip on my shoulder," Allen told Gershon about his commitment.
Allen had committed to Harvard over the summer, but decommitted after have concerns about financial aid last month.
“My family can’t afford 60 grand a year, and that’s what the financial aid people told us it would cost,” Allen told Jacob Feldman of TheCrimson.com. “It broke my heart. I really wanted to go to Harvard, but the numbers didn’t add up.”
Allen is considered the 48th-best small forward and the 220th-best player in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com. He had offers from Washington State, Colorado, Northwestern, San Diego State and several other Division I schools.
ESPN.com says of the 3-star prospect, "Allen is a smooth wing-type who has a lengthy frame with very long arms and he can score in a variety of ways. He gets great lift on his pull-up jump shot and can slash his way to the rim as well."
Allen will likely not be an immediate help for UCLA, but he has a lot of upside and over time could develop into a very good college basketball player.
Allen averaged almost 15 points a game last year as a junior at Palma High School; he averaged 23 or more points in six of his last eight games.
Before today, ESPN.com ranked UCLA as having the 22nd-best recruiting class for 2013.
The Bruins are making a late push for 5-star shooting guard Isaac Hamilton to close out their 2013 class. Hamilton, who is from Bellflower, Calif., recently added UCLA to his final list.
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