The 6-foot-3 LaVine, the state's top basketball prospect in the Class of 2013, committed to UCLA over Washington, Gonzaga, Louisville and Texas, among others.
Bothell High School point guard Zach LaVine, the state’s top basketball prospect in the Class of 2013, gave a verbal commitment to UCLA Wednesday.
“It just seemed like the best fit,” LaVine said. “It’s a home away from home for me. It just seemed like the right time.”
LaVine also had offers from Washington, Gonzaga, Louisville and Texas, among others.
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“It’s what he’s comfortable with,” Bothell coach Ron Bollinger said. “It’s a good decision, because he’s going to be the one who goes and plays. That’s his school. If he’s comfortable with it, it’s a good decision.”
As a junior last season, he led the Cougars to the Class 4A state playoffs, averaging more than 23 points.
“I said I was going to make my decision in August,” LaVine said. “I guess I surprised a lot of people, but it just felt like the right time to do it.”
He is the second local basketball player to commit to the Bruins over the past few years, joining former Kentwood center Joshua Smith.
“It feels really good, because this is the place I want to be at,” LaVine said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”