LaVine pledging now does UCLA a favor 

June, 21, 2012
UCLA’s Wednesday night commitment of point guard Zach LaVine (Bothell, Wash./Bothell) isn’t a surprise. The ESPN 100 member, ranked No. 98 (and rising), 'fessed up during the first week of June at the Pangos All-American Camp that UCLA was his leader.

Well, that didn’t take long. LaVine knew what he wanted and went after it. With upwards of 30 relatives in the L.A. area and a burgeoning affinity for the Bruins, the timing of the commitment is perfect. UCLA doesn’t have to traipse around the country “showing him love.” Instead, Ben Howland can periodically check up on LaVine and devote more of his time to other key targets.

“I knew they would be looking at other people in my class and I told them this is where I wanted to go,” LaVine said. “It’s a real relief and I’m really excited.”