UCLA Basketball Recruiting: Top 2014 Targets for Steve Alford

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UCLA Basketball Recruiting: Top 2014 Targets for Steve Alford
Stanley Johnson, courtesy of 247 Sports

Alright Steve Alford, it's time to get to work. 

The lifeblood of any elite program is recruiting. Without the "Jimmys and Joes," it makes things exponentially harder to win on a consistent basis. 

In the case of UCLA, the current roster has talent. However, it's not dispersed in the most ideal way.

There is a glut of shooting guards on the roster, and the team is currently void of a true point guard and a true post player. Additionally, overall depth and athleticism is lacking. 

It's imperative that Alford and his staff reestablishes recruiting roots in Southern California; former head man Ben Howland wasn't the most liked person among the major AAU programs in the state.

As a result, it forced Howland to put more of an emphasis on recruiting nationally. Howland's tendencies also turned off a vast majority of local elite prospects in the past few seasons. 

Here's a look at some of the top 2014 prospects that Alford needs to target out on the left coast. 

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