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Bluiett is bound for UCLA

Trevon Bluiett committed to UCLA on Monday.

It's official: Steve Alford has received his first commitment as coach at UCLA. The new head honcho secured a pledge from Trevon Bluiett on Monday and the senior from Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor picked the Bruins despite having offers from a handful of other programs.

Sources confirmed that the 6-foot-6 and 185-pound small forward will be heading to Westwood in the near future. UCLA, in fact, appeared to have a legitimate chance to land Bluiett ever since Alford hired his former coach, Ed Schilling, as member of the coaching staff for the Bruins.

Given the circumstances, schools from all over the country did not stop trying to recruit Bluiett. Before making up his mind, he had more than 20 scholarships on the table. Michigan was once thought to be a potential destination. Arizona, Indiana and Louisville were others in the mix.

The added attention was worthy, mind you. Bluiett, after all, is the nation's No. 11 player at his position in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and the country's No. 45 individual overall.

That said, he figures to be welcomed with open arms at UCLA. Especially by Alford, who can now boast about landing his first all-important commitment at the helm of the program.

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