UCLA added to its top-five recruiting class on Friday, as top-50 prospect Cody Riley committed to the Bruins.
Riley chose Steve Alford's program over Kansas, USC, Oklahoma and Connecticut. He visited Kansas and USC in September, then took his final official visit to UCLA last weekend. The Bruins had long been considered the favorite for Riley, as they had been among the first schools involved in his recruitment and remained highly interested the past couple of years.
Riley, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California, is ranked No. 45 in the ESPN 100. He does most of his work around the basket and on the offensive glass and averaged 13.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for the Phoenix Phamily on the Nike EYBL circuit this past spring and summer.
UCLA had the No. 5-ranked recruiting class in the initial ESPN rankings on Wednesday, and Riley will solidify that position. Alford now has three ESPN 100 prospects in his 2017 class, with Riley joining point guard Jaylen Hands (No. 31) and power forward Jalen Hill (No. 50), along with three-star small forward Li Angelo Ball. If UCLA does finish in the top 10 for 2017, it will mark the fourth time in the past six years that the Bruins have had a top-10 recruiting class.
The Bruins have two seniors in Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford, as well as two potential one-and-done freshmen in Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf, so the reinforcements might be necessary in the 2017-18 season.
UCLA is also still involved with a sizable group of five-star prospects, including Gary Trent Jr. (No. 8), Brian Bowen (No. 13) and Kris Wilkes (No. 14), as well as four-star Charles O'Bannon Jr. (No. 35), the son of the former UCLA great.