#15 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POWER FORWARD
HIGH SCHOOL: FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN IN CALIFORNIA
CHOSE UCLA OVER: KANSAS, ARIZONA, AMONG MANY OTHERS
NBA COMPARISON: HENRY ELLENSON FROM MARQUETTE/ ENTERING 2016 NBA DRAFT
PLAYER SUMMARY: UCLA Head Steve Alford had a disappointing season, missing the NCAA tournament and rumors about that his job might be in jeopardy. Luckily, he has landed 2 of the top 15 players in the high school class of 2016. One was Point Guard Lonzo Ball. The other, T.J. Leaf, a Power Forward who should step right into the starting line-up for the Bruins next season and provide a front-court presence that was missing this past season.
When watching film on Leaf, I see a player who should make UCLA immediate better. He can play inside and outside. He shows good athletic ability for a 6’10” player and a very good mid-range game. He is very aggressive when attacking the rim, which should make Steve Alford a happy man. Toughness was something UCLA was lacking last season.
Leaf already has an advanced low-post game, sporting a nice little jump-hook with both hands. Like former UCLA star Kevin Love, he is an excellent passer. He is a good rebounder for the high school level, however will need to improve when he gets to UCLA.
Leaf will need to hit the weight room once he steps on campus. He will need to improve his lateral quickness, although it isn’t bad for a 6’10 PF. He fancies himself as a true inside/out player and will need to improve his 3-point shooting in order to add another element to his game.
T.J. Leaf is a player we really like. He has a unique skill set for a PF and look for him to have a very big impact for the Bruins next year. Leaf and top PG prospect Lonzo Ball are 2 players Alford needed and should bring UCLA back to the upper echelon of the PAC-12.
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