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Hungarian big man Gyorgy Goloman commits to UCLA

UPDATE:   

Class of 2014 power forward Gyorgy Goloman has committed to UCLA. Goloman, a Hungarian native, is set to play his first year of high school basketball in the states this year for Sagemont Upper School in Weston, Florida, just a forty-five minute drive from Miami. Goloman, 6'10, 200 lbs, is rated three stars on both scouthoops.com and 247sports, while being unranked on both Rivals and ESPN.com. The reason for the discrepancy has to do with Goloman's recent transition to the states. It wouldn't be surprising to see him ranked three stars or better by all four recruiting services after he gets enough publicity. He received offers from Davidson, New Mexico, Portland, and Richmond before choosing UCLA. 

ANALYSIS:

After a woefully unsuccessful Ben Howland tenure at UCLA, fans of the storied program are yearning for the good ole days. First year Bruins Head Coach Steve Alford will need to recruit well if he hopes to put the program back on top. Landing Gyorgy Goloman is a crucial first step towards that goal. Goloman is an under the radar prospect because of his foreign background. It seems like it would be hard to be "under the radar" if you're being recruited by UCLA, but that's the case with Goloman. At 6'10, 200 lbs, Goloman is grossly undersized for the power forward position, and he will need to get into the weight room immediately after stepping on campus in order to beef up. The Hungarian native exhibits excellent footwork in the post and soft touch around the basket. The only thing that's holding him back is his thin frame. Goloman will be able to use his gargantuan arms to disrupt shots at the rim and pull down double digit boards most nights. He can also step out and knock down 10-15 feet jump shots, which adds another dimension to his game that will make him difficult to guard. The Bruins are an incredibly young team, but they could use some depth in a thin frontcourt, making the Goloman pickup all the more valuable for coach Alford. 

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Evan Daniels