Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Versatile guard Prince Ali has committed to play for UCLA after opening his doors for recruitment last May, setting aside his previous bind with UConn.
Ali played for the The Sagemont School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
He is an all-around guard who can play on both sides of the floor and can excellently finish on the break.
The 6-foot-4 scorer tweeted, “I’m excited to announce that I’ve committed to UCLA! Proud to be a Bruin! Thanks to my family, coaches and friends for all the support!”
Ali believes UCLA is a perfect fit for him, also seeing himself becoming a major defensive option.
“I am competitive and look forward to that challenge,” he added.
Ali expressed his admiration for Bruins coach, Steve Alford, “I like Coach [Steve] Alford because he is an up-front guy, he tells me what I do well and what I need to do better.”
“He didn’t sugarcoat anything in the process,” he shared.
Before selecting UCLA, Ali received offers from Connecticut (decommitting last May), Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, and Nebraska.
Ali’s addition provides depth to the team’s backcourt as he joins elite playmakers Aaron Holiday, Lonzo Ball, and Derryck Thornton.
Sagemont Coach Aaron Ross shared his thoughts about his former star’s decision.
“I am thrilled about the choice of Prince Ali to UCLA because it’s a great match between style of play and coach personality,” he stated.
Ross also believes that UCLA’s fast paced offense and Alford’s coaching will best suit Ali and his game.