Small Forward Marcus Adams Jr. Puts UCLA Men’s Basketball in Top 5

The red-hot class of 2024 prospect included the Bruins alongside Oregon, Syracuse, Mississippi State and Texas.

The Bruins are one of the teams still in contention for one of the fastest-rising recruits in the country.

Class of 2024 small forward Marcus Adams Jr. unveiled his top five finalists on Wednesday, and UCLA men’s basketball made the cut. Oregon, Syracuse, Mississippi State and Texas were the other programs to make the Narbonne High School (CA) product’s list.

Adams also had offers from Nebraska, Washington State, Nevada, New Mexico, UC Irvine, Pepperdine, UT Rio Grande Valley, Cal Baptist, Sam Houston and the University of Missouri, Kansas City, but those schools appear to be out of the running for his impending commitment.

According to an interview Adams had with Phenom Hoop Report, he will be announcing his commitment in roughly a month.

Of the five finalists, UCLA is actually the only one that hasn’t formally offered Adams to this point. Per 247Sports’ Bruin Report Online, however, the Bruins’ staff has been interested in Adams for some time.

Adams is fresh off an official visit to Syracuse, and he has also taken stops at Texas, USC and Oregon State. Although he has yet to take a formal visit to Westwood, Adams is from Los Angeles and told 247Sports that he has been to campus on several occasions.

The 6-foot-8 junior is currently averaging 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Narbonne, and he even had a 50-point, 21-rebound outing earlier this year.

Adams is set to join the Compton Magic when the AAU season begins in early April.

UCLA has secured commitments from several Compton Magic products over the past few cycles, with assistant coach Rod Palmer actually co-founding the program in 1993. Arron Afflalo, TJ Leaf, Ike Anigbogu, Jaylen Hands, Jalen Hill, Jules Bernard, Johnny Juzang, Jaylen Clark, Dylan Andrews and Devin Williams all suited up for the Magic.

Adams is a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports on On3, but he is not in Rivals or ESPN’s databases at the moment. 247Sports has Adams ranked as the No. 6 player in California, the No. 16 small forward in the country and the No. 61 overall prospect in his class.

There is a chance that Adams reclassifies to 2023 after the spring AAU season, but he has conveyed to multiple outlets that he has yet to make up his mind on the matter.

UCLA’s three-man 2023 recruiting class of power forward Devin Williams, power forward Brandon Williams and guard Sebastian Mack ranks No. 13 in the country and No. 3 in the Pac-12. The Bruins do not have a commit for the 2024 cycle.

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