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2016 five-star forward TJ Leaf commits to UCLA

Leaf committed on ESPN's Signing Day Special.

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UCLA's class of 2016 has been solidified as top 10 in the country as 2016 five-star forward TJ Leaf has decided to stay local and play for the Bruins.

Leaf announced his decision on ESPN's Basketball Signing Day Special.

Today's decision ends a long recruiting journey for Leaf. Originally an Arizona commit, he decommitted from the Wildcats over the summer after, apparently, having a disagreement with Sean Miller while playing for the USA U-19 team.

Ever since Leaf reopened his recruitment, Steve Alford and the Bruins have been considered the favorite. San Diego State and Oregon were the other two schools in Leaf's final three, per his AAU coach.

Below is what ESPN recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi has to say about TJ Leaf,

"Leaf is a highly skilled power forward with finishing ability in the paint, using his soft touch at the rim, making him a major scoring threat in the paint and from the high post taking his defender off the bounce. He is also a very underrated passer. As a result, his versatility and skills make him a matchup headache for opponents."

Leaf joins five-star point guard Lonzo Ball, four-star center Ike Anigbogu, and three-star forward Kobe Paras as UCLA's 2016 recruiting class. Combine that with a top 25 class of 2015, and the Bruins are set for long-term success.

Below is TJ Leaf's summer highlight video. Enjoy him while you can, Bruin fans, because he seems destined for the next level as soon as possible.