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Posted On: 05/9/18 10:21 PM
ALISO VIEJO, Ca. – Tuesday afternoon proved quite productive for the UCLA basketball program.
The Bruins picked up a couple of commitments from standouts from the Southern California – and national – Class of 2019.
The first came from Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Camarillo) and the second, an hour or so later, came from another elite-caliber “wing” in 6-foot-7 Jake Kyman (Santa Margarita High in Orange County).
The commitments (the players came sign NCAA National Letters of Intent on the first Wednesday in November) puts the No.’s 2 (Jaquez) and 3 (Kyman) prospects in the Prep Hoops/SoCal ratings.
Kyman, a two-time all-CIF Southern Section Open Division selection, averaged 17 points per game this past season while surpassing percentages of 50, 40 and 90 from the field, free-throw line and arc, respectively.
Kyman, whose mother (Michelle) was a volleyball standout at UCLA, also gave strong consideration to USC, Colorado, LSU and UC Santa Barbara, among others.
Multiple programs that might have pursued him harder didn’t when it became apparent that the lure of the Bruins were going to be difficult to overcome.
Kyman, the leading scorer for the Dream Vision club program (which is unbeaten this spring on the adidas Gauntlet circuit), is as good a jump shooter as there is in the West region and is also an exceptional passer.
He’s capable of playing anywhere on the perimeter on the Bruins for the Bruins as soon as his freshman (2019-20) season in Westwood.
Santa Margarita Coach Jeff Reinert also has two other high-level Division I-prospects in the Class of 2019 in 6-8 Max Agbonkpolo and 6-11 Shenghze Li.