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By Bill Seals
Sports Reporter 

UCLA Bruins men's basketball adds three Transfers

 

April 18, 2024

The UCLA men's basketball team officially announced the addition of three players to the 2024-2025 roster through the transfer portal and the UCLA head coach Mick Cronin officially announced the addition of combo guard Skyy Clark, power forward Eric Dailey Jr., and wing player Kobe Johnson.

"We are excited to be adding Skyy, Eric and Kobe to our program," Cronin said. "We are familiar with all three of these young men, and they are going to be important players for our team. Our staff had recruited Skyy when he was in high school, and we know he's a dynamic guard who can score and distribute the ball. Eric is a big guard, built in the Jaime Jaquez Jr. mold. He can rebound like a big, but he is a young man with guard skills in a big, strong body. Kobe has made really strong strides in each of his three years in college, showing that he can be an impact player. He is a smart and tenacious athlete, especially on the defensive end, but he also provides versatility as a scorer and distributor. We will lean on the experience of all three players, and we are looking forward to getting them on campus."

Clark played last season at Louisville, leading the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game. Clark shot 35% from the three-point line and added 3.0 assists per game. Clark was a highly recruited guard in high school who grew up in Los Angeles. Clark has two years of eligibility left.

Dailey, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward was a four-star recruit in 2023 who spent his freshman season at Oklahoma State. Dailey averaged 9.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 minutes per game. Dailey shot 49.6% from the field and 33% from the three-point line. He has three years of eligibility left.

The 6-foot-6 Johnson has spent the past three seasons with the cross-town USC Trojans. He is a two-time Pac-12 All-Defense selection. In the 2023-2024 season, Johnson averaged 10.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, 3.3 assists per game, and 2.2 steals per game.

The three transfers have elevated the Bruins to the No.1 ranking in the 247sports.com transfer rankings. The addition Clark, Dailey, and Johnson will help improve the shooting, improve the athleticism of the team, and improve the team defensively.

The Bruins lost reserve guard Will McClendon to the transfer portal, as well as reserve guard Jan Vide, who has landed at LMU. McClendon has not decided on a school at this point in time. The Bruins also lost reserve guard Ilane Fibleuil from France to the transfer portal. He has not decided on his next step forward yet.

The Bruins also lost their star power forward Adem Bona to the NBA. Bona was the Defensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12 and a first-team All-Pac-12 selection. He will be missed. But the Bruins have a couple of scholarships still available, and they are getting plenty of interest from quality transfers and recruits. The UCLA brand and name has served them well this spring.

 

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