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UCLA basketball: Bruins receive commitment from top prospect Jordan Adams

June 20, 2011 |  4:20 pm

UCLA Korey McCray is paying quick dividends for UCLA. Two weeks after hiring the former club team coach as an assistant under Ben Howland, the Bruins on Monday received a commitment from Jordan Adams, a highly touted small forward who starred on McCray's club team.

And Adams may not be the last player with ties to the Atlanta Celtics headed to Westwood.

"I want 'Shaq' Goodwin to come with me," Adams said during his announcement, referring to William Goodwin, a former Celtics teammate who is among the top power forward prospects in the country.

The commitment of Adams, a Georgia native who will be a senior next season at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy, could signal the beginning of a breakthrough for UCLA in its national recruiting efforts. The Bruins had whiffed in recent years on most of their top-level targets from outside the West region.

The 6-foot-5 Adams, listed as a four-star recruit by, picked UCLA over Memphis, Miami (Fla.) and Georgia. Bruins coaches cannot comment on prospects until they sign binding letters of intent in November.


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