Elite Recruits Put Pressure on UCLA, Howland

Elite Recruits Put Pressure on UCLA, Howland

When top-ranked prep forward Shabazz Muhammad announced he would be joining two other top-50 recruits at UCLA next season, the Bruins were instantly transformed from mediocrity to meteor.

But can Ben Howland maintain the burn?

It's the best Bruins recruiting haul since Kevin Love showed up on campus five years ago. It gives UCLA its best chance at a national championship since the Bruins played in the actual game more than six years ago. It's a great day for a coach whose tenure has been marked by recent recruiting mistakes that have led to team turmoil.

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