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Basketball Recruiting

Breaking: UCLA lands five-star Peyton Watson

July 27, 2020

Another five-star junior is off the board.

Mick Cronin keeps California’s top-rated player Peyton Watson in the state, as he commits to UCLA, he told

“I chose UCLA because I’m the number one player in California and I feel like UCLA is the original blue blood. It’s hard to pass up an amazing school where my parents can see me play and have the support of my community behind me,” Watson said.

Watson chose the Bruins over Gonzaga, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, amongst others. He watched himself rise tons in the rankings including this time last year he was ranked in the late-30’s but now finds himself considered as a top-10 prospect.

He said that he made his decision after zooming with the staff last week, in addition, he accredited the work of Mick Cronin and the entire staff for being honest and real throughout the process: “Coach Cronin is super competitive just like me and he gets the best out of his players. He’s a straight shooter and 100% honest.”

This class has the potential to be a major class. Landing a top-10 prospect and now Watson says he will target Jaden Hardy, Nate Bittle, and Hunter Sallis.

**Story to be updated**

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