Bothell point guard Zach LaVine, the state’s top prospect in the Class of 2013, gave a verbal commitment to UCLA Wednesday.
“It just seemed like the best fit,” LaVine said. “It’s a home away from home for me. It just seemed like the right time.”
The 6-foot-3 standout, who plays AAU basketball with Friends of Hoop, is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and was rated the 21st point guard in the country by ESPN.com.
“It’s what he’s comfortable with,” Cougars coach Ron Bollinger said. “It’s a good decision, because he’s going to be the one who goes and plays. That’s his school. If he’s comfortable with it, it’s a good decision.”
LaVine also had offers from Washington, Gonzaga, Louisville and Texas among others.
“I said I was going to make my decision in August,” he said. “I guess I surprised a lot of people, but it just felt like the right time to do it.”
As a junior last season, he led the Cougars to the Class 4A state playoffs, averaging more than 23 points per game.
He is the second local basketball player to commit to the Bruins over the past few years, joining former Kentwood center Joshua Smith.
“It feels really good, because this is the place I want to be at,” LaVine said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Here is the feature I wrote about LaVine before the start of his junior season. Click here.