UCLA and USC men’s basketball missed out on their chances to add another five-star prospect to their 2020 recruiting classes this week ahead of Wednesday’s national signing day.
Both were finalists for five-star Sierra Canyon guard Ziaire Williams, but saw the local star commit to Stanford on Sunday. Likewise, the Bruins and Trojans were contenders for the services of Mayfair guard Josh Christopher, but saw the blue-chip prospect commit to Arizona State on Monday.
These recruiting developments will leave the Bruins and Trojans with relatively quiet second signing periods for the 2020 cycle.
Back in November, UCLA and USC both signed their headliners. For the Bruins, that was five-star point guard Daishen Nix, the top-ranked point guard in the 2020 class according to 247Sports. Meanwhile, the Trojans signed Rancho Christian center Evan Mobley, the consensus top-rated recruit in the country.
Both schools will still sign one recruit this week, though neither as highly-touted as November’s additions.
UCLA is poised to sign Etiwanda shooting guard Jaylen Clark. The four-star prospect is tailor-made for head coach Mick Cronin. Clark is a renowned defender, known for his physicality on that end of the court and the length and athleticism to allow him to guard multiple positions at 6-foot-5.
On the other side of town, USC is adding San Gabriel Academy center Boubacar Coulibaly. He is considered a raw prospect, with the physical tools at 6-foot-10 to be a solid defender in the post. But Coulibaly will have time to develop at the next level as he plays behind Mobley.
UCLA and USC could afford quiet signing days after a busy month in the transfer market.
The Bruins only added one transfer, but it was perhaps the biggest name available: Former Kentucky small forward Johnny Juzang. The former Harvard Westlake standout saw limited minutes as a freshman with the Wildcats, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.3 minutes.
Juzang will need to redshirt for a season, but will return in 2021-22 with three years of eligibility left with the Bruins.
It was a busier month of recruiting for USC. Head coach Andy Enfield and his staff added four transfers, half of which will be immediately eligible next season.
The Trojans added two graduate transfers, Santa Clara guard Tahj Eaddy and Wofford forward Chevez Goodwin. Eaddy is known as a 3-point shooter, while Goodwin is a bruiser who should be a good compliment in the post for Mobley and his older brother Isaiah, both of which are more finesse bigs.
USC also has two transfers joining the team that will need to redshirt in the coming season. Former Utah Valley guard Isaiah White will have two years of eligibility remaining, while former Long Beach State center Joshua Morgan will have three after transferring following a freshman season in which he averaged 8.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.