Sagemont senior guard Prince Ali verbally committed to UCLA on Saturday, picking the Bruins three months after de-committing from UConn.
Ali, a four-star recruit rated No. 44 overall in the nation in the ESPN 100, declared his decision with this tweet: “I’m excited to announce that I’ve committed to UCLA! Proud to be a Bruin! Thanks to my family, coaches and friends for all the support!”
Later, the New York City native posted, “From the Bronx to California!! Still got ways to go to achieve my ultimate goal!!”
Just before boarding a flight Sunday from Chicago, where he attended the Nike Global Challenge, Ali texted the Sun Sentinel that he chose UCLA because “it was the perfect fit on and off the court.”
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing, who averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists as Broward County’s Class 5A-4A-3A-2A Boys Basketball Player of the Year for state champion Sagemont last season, told ESPN.com on Saturday that UCLA “will give me the chance to cover the opposing team’s best player. I am competitive and look forward to that challenge.”