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UCLA Basketball: Recruit Watch

Each and every week we plan to take a look at multiple players from the Class of 2013 that have given UCLA an all-important commitment, and thus hopefully, shed some light on what each individual recently accomplished on the court for their respective high school team.

Think of this space as a proverbial one-stop shop for news and notes about the hardwood happenings for Bruins recruits when the spotlight is focused on them inside the gym. So without further ado, it's time to get down to business and check out who did what, and when.

Allerik Freeman, SG, Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep: With Bruins coach Ben Howland in attendance at his last game, Freeman scored 12 points and played well on the defensive end of the floor in a 65-45 victory over Las Vegas (CA) Bishop Gorman. The 6-foot-5 wing helped contain up-and-coming sophomore Stephen Zimmerman to eight points. It’s no secret that Howland preaches defense, and if Freeman buys into the head honcho’s well-known philosophy, he could find himself with an expanded role after arriving on campus in Westwood.

Zach LaVine, SG, Bothell (WA): The last time he hit the hardwood, LaVine (pictured) scored a season-high 37 points in a 73-46 victory over Woodinville (WA). Had the game been somewhat closer, he likely would have played extended minutes in the second half and topped the 40-point plateau. The offensive outburst shouldn’t come as major surprise given the fact the 6-2 playmaker scored 36 points in the last encounter between the two schools. LaVine is averaging close to 30 points per game this season and his ability to create shots for himself could prove beneficial to the Bruins in the near future.

Noah Allen, SF, Salinas (CA) Palma: He suffered a fractured right wrist on his shooting hand, the right, in late December and is on the road to recovery. In the meantime, Allen is wearing a protective cast, as a precautionary measure of course. The device removed in three weeks, possibly at some point during the first week of February, if all goes according to plan and there are no setbacks. Prior to the injury, the 6-6 forward was averaging 24 points, 12 rebounds and close to four assists per game.

Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky

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