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Rothstein: 2017 forward Cody Riley to commit to UCLA

March 02 2016: UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford directs his players during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire)
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2017 four-star power forward Cody Riley is expected to announce his commitment to the UCLA Bruins on Friday afternoon, a source told FanRag Sports and Today’s U.

Riley is considered a top-50 recruit in the 2017 class.

A Chatsworth, California product, Riley was heavily recruited by the USC Trojans, Kansas Jayhawks, Connecticut Huskies, Oklahoma Sooners, and several other prominent Division I programs before deciding to stick close to home and play for the Bruins.

This is a relatively monumental get for UCLA coach Steve Alford. Even prior to Riley’s commitment, the Bruins were bringing in an awe-inspiring 2017 class. According to 247Sports, without even factoring in the forward’s decision, UCLA was ranked as having the sixth best class in the nation for 2017.

Riley joins other top talents such as top-100 prospects Jaylen Hands and Jalen Hill, as well as three-star standout Liangelo Ball.

The Bruins are coming off a 15-17 2015-16 basketball season. Prior to that, UCLA went to the NCAA Tournament for three straight years between the Alford and Ben Howland tenures.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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