UCLA Men's Basketball Welcomes Mac Etienne
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball program has added frontcourt standout Mac Etienne to the program beginning in the 2021 winter quarter, as announced on Monday by Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach.
Etienne, a 6-foot-10 center from Middletown, N.Y., has signed his grant-in-aid and is enrolled in UCLA's 2021 winter quarter. After starring at Suffield Academy (Suffield, Conn.) the past two years, he intends to redshirt the 2020-21 season. Etienne joins UCLA signees Will McClendon (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Peyton Watson (Long Beach, Calif.) in the Bruins' freshman class in 2021-22.
"We're very excited to add Mac Etienne to our program," Cronin said. "He's a high-character young man who has tremendous potential, and he's certainly going to be a big part of our team next season. He can be an impact player for us in the frontcourt, and he has really improved his game over the last year. With Mac, you're talking about a skilled post player with very good mobility and great size, standing at 6-foot-10."
Etienne has been ranked as high as No. 31 in the Class of 2021 top-100 rankings by 247Sports.com. He has been listed among the top 60 players, nationally, in his high school class by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com.
In addition, Etienne was rated the nation's No. 5 center in his high school class by 247Sports.com. He excelled as a sophomore and junior at Suffield Academy (Suffield, Conn.), competed for the Nike PSA Cardinals AAU program and was the top-ranked player in the state of Connecticut. He averaged 15 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks per game last season at Suffield Academy before being named the 2019-20 Gatorade Boys' Basketball Player of the Year in Connecticut.