Over the past couple of decades, UCLA’s basketball program has earned a reputation for its strong guard play. Notably, the program has nurtured talents like Baron Davis, Jordan Farmar, Arron Afflalo, Jrue Holiday, Russell Westbrook, Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams, Darren Collison, Norman Powell, and Lonzo Ball. A majority of these stellar guards, barring a few, have their roots firmly grounded in Southern California. While Coach Mick Cronin has explored international avenues for talent, it’s undeniable that the Southern California region remains UCLA’s prime recruiting hub.
Recent years have seen UCLA’s resurgence under Cronin’s guidance, thanks to a core lineup dominated by Southern California natives. Players like Jaime Jaquez Jr., Johnny Juzang, David Singleton, and Jaylen Clark have propelled UCLA back into the elite tier of college basketball. The Bruins are renowned for nurturing local prospects, and their attention is now fixed on 2026 PG Brandon McCoy.
Brandon McCoy: A Rising Star from Bellflower, California
Hailing from Bellflower, California, Brandon McCoy is a rising prospect from St. John Bosco High School. Standing tall at 6’3″, McCoy’s basketball journey is just beginning, with college years ahead of him. In a recent interview with Jamie Shaw of on3.com, McCoy shared his perspective on recruitment. Unlike some, he is more focused on honing his skills than engaging in constant conversations with eager college coaches.
“I’m getting a lot of offers already. Right now, I have around ten — Michigan, USC, Rutgers, Cal, Washington, UCLA, Louisville, Oregon, and Arizona State, are the ones who have offered.”
– Brandon McCoy (told to Jamie Shaw of on3.com)
UCLA’s Warm Embrace and Interesting Prospects
Brandon McCoy’s recruitment reveals intriguing connections with UCLA. Notably, his profile on 247Sports indicates a ‘warm’ interest in UCLA, setting it apart from other schools categorized as ‘cool.’ Furthermore, Tracy Pierson of BruinReportOnline reported that McCoy recently paid an unofficial visit to UCLA, signaling mutual interest.
“I’ll want to play for a coach that will take me and let me do what I can do and keep improving with that. I know I’m going to have to play in a system if I play for a great coach, but I want to have a little bit of freedom in that system.”
– McCoy via on3.com
McCoy’s skills on the court are undoubtedly impressive, especially given his age. He displays agility in dribbling, excels as a rim finisher, and possesses a mature understanding of the game. What’s even more exciting is that McCoy has yet to reach his physical peak, indicating room for growth and development. His slim frame suggests potential for added strength and weight.
A Rising Guard Quartet from Los Angeles
Brandon McCoy stands among the finest guard prospects in his class nationally. He forms part of a distinguished quartet of 2026 recruits from Los Angeles. Alongside him are Jason Crowe, Alijah Arenas (son of Gilbert), and Tajh Ariza (son of Trevor). As the story unfolds, UCLA’s legacy of nurturing exceptional guard talents continues, and Brandon McCoy appears poised to carry on that tradition.