Men's Basketball Signs Three Standouts to NLIs
LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men's basketball program has received signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) from high school seniors Dylan Andrews, Amari Bailey and Adem Bona during the early signing period, as announced on Wednesday by Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men's Head Basketball Coach.
All three players have been ranked as top-40 recruits in their high school class by multiple national recruiting services.
Bailey, a 6-foot-3 guard at Sierra Canyon High School, has been ranked as a consensus top-five player in the nation. Rivals.com and 247Sports.com (composite) have tabbed Bailey as the No. 2-ranked player in the country. He averaged 29.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists in an abbreviated season for Sierra Canyon last spring, securing CIF Southern Section Open Division Player of the Year honors.
"We believe that Amari has become the best high school player in the nation," Cronin said. "Amari is an elite talent with a remarkable combination of size, skill and drive. He has worked unbelievably hard to improve throughout his high school career. He is a great young man, both on and off the court, with a tremendous attitude and is a relentless competitor. We can't wait for him to join the Bruins in Westwood."
Bona, a 6-foot-10 center at Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.), has been ranked as high as No. 9, nationally, in the 247Sports.com "Top247" index. He has also been listed as the No. 2-ranked player in the state of California by 247Sports.com. ESPN.com has ranked Bona was the No. 17 player in his high school class.
"Adem has established himself as a quick, athletic big man with the best motor I have ever seen in a recruit," Cronin said. "He gives it his all on every play. Adem can change the game with his athleticism on both sides of the floor. His personality can light up a room, and we know he will be a fantastic teammate and difference-maker. We are very excited that Adem will be headed to Westwood."
Andrews, a 6-foot-3 guard at Compass Prep School in Arizona, grew up in Los Angeles and has been ranked as high as No. 31, nationally, in the 247Sports.com "Top247" rankings. He spent his first three years of high school at Windward School (Los Angeles), earning first-team All-CIF Southern Section honors as a junior in 2019-20. During his sophomore season, Andrews secured MaxPreps All-America accolades.
"Dylan is a great playmaker with good size and skill. He can facilitate, knows how to make a play and score," Cronin said. "He's a high-character young man who can lead a team and has won big his entire career. He is a competitor and a winner who has always wanted to join the Bruins – and to me, that says it all. Our entire program is thrilled that Dylan is staying home with us."
Andrews, Bailey and Bona will enroll as freshmen at UCLA for the 2022-23 academic year.