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The School of the Big Men, UCLA Nabs4 Big Time Big Men

Kareem-Abdul Jabba. Bill Walton. Kevin Love.

Three names amongst dozens that will forever live in UCLA Bruin history. While the big man in the NBA may be a dying trend, the Bruins have built a program that has featured some of the best big men in the history of basketball and with their 2014 class of recruits the Bruins are looking to continue their big man pedigree.

 

The Bruins nabbed four solid recruits in their 2014 recruiting class, all of which happen to be 6’8 and above: Gyorgy Goloman is a 6'10, 200 pound power forward out of Sagemont high school in Weston Florida, fellow recruit Kevon Looney is a 6'9  220 pound recruit out of  Milwaukee-Hamilton high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and  Los Angeles California native Thomas Welsh out of Loyola  is choosing to stay home and stands at 7'0 and 240 pounds. Jonah Bolden (who is committed but not signed is a 6'8 195 pound small forward out of Findlay Prep in Henderson Nevada.

 

Goloman is a throwback big man who is fundamentally sound and moves his feet extremely well. That, combined with a consistent mid-range jumper gives the Bruins somebody that can truly flourish in the right system. Goloman is also a solid rebounder along with being a solid rim protector.Goloman is in the same mold of current Los Angeles Laker Chris Kamen having a vast skill set and he is money from 17ft and in. Kevon Looney is a scorer. A pure cold-blooded, ice in the veins scorer who can pull up from anywhere on the court and with his length he is able to get his shot off whenever he sees fit. He also has the quickness and athleticism to drive the lane and get to the basket as well. While Looney may be a step slower than his NBA comparison Kevin Durant, they both have that natural smoothness to their games that allows them to dominate while making it look easy. Welsh is another retro big man that possess both soft hands and the ability to move his feet very well. Welsh is a decent rebounder but will need to bulk up to avoid getting pushed around due to his smaller frame. Welsh has the same skill set of former Lakers big man Andrew Bynum and catches the ball effortlessly and is a willing passer. Last but certainly not least the “small guy” Bolden who stands at 6’8 and has all of the skills that a coach could want in a small forward. Bolden’s years playing in the Australian basketball system shows in his game with his perfect combination of size and speed. Bolden is almost an exact replica of a young and healthy Grant Hill.

 

Bruins Coach Steve Alford has a lot of talent coming into his program, some of which would normally go straight to the pros are now going to be on his roster. UCLA is seemingly going to continue the tradition of big men with these four young men coming into town next season.