Two of the nation’s most coveted prospects both came to Westwood for the weekend.
Class of 2023 forward Ron Holland and guard Isaiah Collier both had official visits with UCLA men’s basketball on Saturday. Holland, of Duncanville (TX), and Collier, of Wheeler (GA), are both nationally ranked rookies who have already begun to narrow their options and put the Bruins at the top of their roster.
Holland recently announced his top eight on May 8, while Collier narrowed his field to seven in November. UCLA competes with Kentucky, Auburn, Texas, Arkansas, Houston, Memphis and the NBA G League in their pursuit of Holland and Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and USC to lure Collier.
Collier said this spring that his recruiting is open and that he will always take calls from other teams, but the Bruins are obviously in the running for his contract. Holland, on the other hand, said he was ready to cut things back and not “waste anyone’s time.”
The two rookies had individual and combined photo ops on the field and in the locker room at Pauley Pavilion, as they both shared on social media. Playmaker Tyger Campbell and guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. also took part in the photo op, joining the two uniformed prospects in the locker room as part of the visit.
Most of the photo ops held included UCLA’s 11 NCAA championship trophies, with the staff apparently selling the two rookies on both old and new.
Holland is a five-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports Composite. Holland ranks No. 1 in Texas, No. 3 among small forwards and No. 9 overall in his class.
Scroll to continue
The 6-foot-8 winger had 15.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a high school junior, leading Duncanville to a 35-1 record and the State of Texas in the process. For his career, Holland is a 59% shooter from the field, 32% from deep and 69% from the free throw line.
Collier is also a five-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-3 prospect is ranked No. 1 at Georgia, No. 3 among point guards and No. 15 overall in his category.
Following the end of the high school season, Collier joined Holland as one of 11 2023 attendees at the United States Junior Men’s National Team minicamp in New Orleans. Collier then joined The Skill Factory on the Nike EYBL Tour and established himself as one of the nation’s top passers and ground generals.
Collier visited the Trojans on Wednesday before heading to Westwood for the weekend, and he also made official visits to Alabama and Cincinnati.
UCLA currently has no commitments for its 2023 recruiting class, and notably lost four-star shooting guards Dusty Stromer and Rayvon Griffith to Gonzaga and Cincinnati, respectively, on May 1. Coach Mick Cronin and his team are not only staying on Holland and Collier, but also five-star shooter Ja’Kobe Walter and four-star forwards Andrej Stojakovic and Milan Momcilovic, among others.
With up to eight scholarships opening next offseason, the Bruins will need to start shutting down some of those rookies as soon as possible. Holland and Collier appear to be two of their board’s highest targets, and their visits over the weekend marked a major stepping stone in their respective recruitments.
Read more UCLA stories: UCLA Bruins on Sports Illustrated
Read more UCLA men’s basketball stories: UCLA Men’s Basketball on Sports Illustrated