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UCLA adds high-energy guard Prince Ali

The UCLA Bruins bolstered their frontcourt in the 2014 recruiting cycle, with four touted post players signing to play in Westwood. The 2015 class is shaping up as the opposite, as UCLA now has two top-50 backcourt players pledge, with Saturday’s addition of 6′-3″ Prince Ali of Sagemont (FL).

Ali, a former Connecticut pledge, will reunite with former Sagemont teammate Gyorgy Goloman, who was a member of the Bruins’ 2014 recruiting haul. Ali, Goloman and their teammates captured the 2014 Class 3A championship in Florida.

He joins local combo guard Aaron Holiday, as talents set for UCLA in 2015. Indiana, Michigan and others were in the mix to land Ali before he decided on UCLA.

Ali plays at breakneck speed, as a high-motor and energy player. He has no problem throwing athletic dunks down, and is a relatively complete player at his position, for his age. He could team nicely with Holiday down the line in the Bruins’ backcourt.

With defensive acumen and a versatile offensive game, Ali is more than just a member of the “All Name” team, he’s a legitimate all-around talent.

Neither Holiday or Ali are expected to be one-and-done talents, and could form a fearsome trio down the line with 2016 pledge Lonzo Ball, a top-25 national talent from Chino Hills (CA) already pledged.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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