UCLA Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of Bruins' 2013 Recruiting Class

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UCLA Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of Bruins' 2013 Recruiting Class
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Assuming Shabazz Muhammad goes—though he should stay—and assuming Kyle Anderson stays—as he definitely should not go—UCLA still brings back a puissant squadron of scorers and one fantastic facilitator in Anderson.  

If Anderson stays—which he should given all he needs to improve with his jump shot, both in the mid-range and outside—and plays a point forward, which is his natural position, then the Bruins are better set at the distribution spot than it may seem with point guard Larry Drew II graduating. 

The Bruins have a nice set of perimeter players with Anderson a stretch three, Jordan Adams a strong shooter and natural scorer and Norman Powell as an energy reserve and explosive option off the bench. But they will likely have to replace Muhammad's 18.5 points per game on the wing if he leaves for the NBA as most analysts expect him to. 

UCLA could use a true point guard, and the team would like a big body ready to go on the inside to put a poultice on the rebounding wounds the Bruins have been collecting for most of the season.

Tony Parker must have a spring and summer full of achievement and improvement, training his feet and getting his feel for the big-time college game, or UCLA could be soft in the middle with the Wear twins coming back as the main force around the rim if another big is not tracked down in recruiting. But Parker very well could become a key contributor in his second season. 

With those needs in mind an evaluation of UCLA's 2013 recruiting class follows.    

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