UCLA Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Conference: Pac-12

Head Coach: Cori Close (11th season in 2021-22)

Official Bruins roster

Unofficial UCLA Women’s Basketball Scholarship Chart

Note: The NCAA has granted an extra year of eligibility to 2020-21 D-I winter sports athletes (including women’s basketball players). Programs will be allowed to exceed the 15-scholarship limit for the 2021-22 season only (and only for their own returning players). Until there is definitive word that a player will be taking advantage of this extra year, the WBB Blog scholarship charts will not reflect this extra eligibility.

Personnel Notes:

  • March 2021: Jada Williams (2023) commits to UCLA
  • April 2021: three 2022 prospects commit to UCLA—Londynn Jones, Elena Buenavida, and Paris Clark
  • April 2021: three grad transfers commit to UCLA—IImar’I Thomas (Cincinnati), Jaelynn Penn (Indiana), and Gina Conti (Wake Forest)
  • April 2021: Dominique Darius changes her name to Dominique Onu after getting married
  • April 2021: Marta Morales (2021) commits to UCLA
  • May 2021: Oregon transfer Angela Dugalić commits to UCLA (press release on all four transfer additions)
  • May 2021: Lina Sontag (2022) commits to UCLA
  • July 2021: Gabriela Jaquez (2022) commits to UCLA
  • September 2021: Marta Morales (2021 commit) is not listed on the team’s 2021-22 roster
  • September 2021: Christeen Iwuala (2022) commits to UCLA

2022 UCLA Women’s Basketball Commitments

Elena Buenavida, 5-9 G, Canary Islands, Spain [committed 4/9/2021]

Paris Clark, 5-10 CG, Long Island Lutheran HS (Brookville, NY) [committed 4/10/2021]

Christeen Iwuala, 6-3 C, San Antonio Reagan HS (TX) [offered September 2020; committed 9/21/2021]

Gabriela Jaquez, 6-0 W, Camarillo HS (CA) [offered July 2021; committed 7/30/2021]

Londynn Jones, 5-6 PG, Santiago HS (Corona, CA) [committed 4/3/2021; other finalists: Arizona, Cal, Duke, Harvard, LSU, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, and Stanford]

Lina Sontag, 6-3 W/F, Berlin, Germany [committed 5/19/2021]

2022 Targets

Kennedy Basham, 6-7 C, Phoenix PHH Prep (AZ) [offered July 2020; finalist, along with Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Louisville, and Oregon (February 2021)]

KK Bransford, 5-10 G, Mount Notre Dame HS (Cincinnati, OH) [finalist, along with Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, and Notre Dame (September 2021)]

Kiki Rice, 5-11 PG, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) [finalist, along with Arizona, Boston College, UConnDukeLouisvilleMarylandMichiganNorth Carolina, Stanford, and Yale (August 2020)]

Lexus Bargesser, 5-8 PG, Grass Lake HS (MI) [offered February 2021]

Shay Ciezki, 5-7 PG, St. Mary’s HS (Lancaster, NY)

Naya Ojukwu, 6-0 F, Mountain View HS (Meridian, ID)

Former Targets

Lauren Betts, 6-7 C, Grandview HS (Aurora, CO) [UCLA among ten finalists announced in July 2020; committed to Stanford, January 2021]

Amaya Bonner, 6-0 SG/W, Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland, CA) [offered August 2020; committed to Cal, May 2021]

Timea Gardiner, 6-1 F, Fremont HS (Plain City, UT) [offered July 2018; UCLA among three finalists announced in February 2021; committed to Oregon State, March 2021]

Aaliyah Gayles, 5-9 PG, Spring Valley HS (Las Vegas, NV) [UCLA among ten finalists announced in September 2020; committed to Southern Cal, November 2020]

Chance Gray, 5-9 PG, Lakota West HS (West Chester, OH) [UCLA among two finalists announced in July 2021; committed to Oregon, August 2021]

Jennah Isai, 6-0 W, Valley Vista HS (Surprise, AZ) [offered June 2020; committed to Oregon, June 2021]

Ndjakalenga Mwenentanda, 6-2 W, Washington HS (Sioux Falls, SD) [committed to Texas, August 2021]

Maya Nnaji, 6-3 F, Hopkins HS (Minnetonka, MN) [offered April 2020; UCLA among 13 finalists announced in October 2020; committed to Arizona, May 2021]

Paulina Paris, 5-8 PG, Saddle River Day School (NJ) [UCLA among eight finalists announced in January 2021; committed to Penn State, April 2021 (later decommitted and UCLA not among a new list of finalists)]

Ayanna Patterson, 6-3 W, Homestead HS (Fort Wayne, IN) [offered April 2020; UCLA among five finalists announced in March 2021; committed to UConn, March 2021]

Grace VanSlooten, 6-3 W/F, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) {before senior year, attended Toledo Notre Dame Academy (OH)} [offered June 2020; UCLA among ten finalists announced in November 2020; not among three finalists announced in September 2021]

See next page for 2023 commitments and targets for UCLA women’s basketball

Disclaimers: The roster information, offers, and commitments are all unofficial. Offers come and go, so some offers listed may no longer be on the table, and some offers are erroneously reported. In addition, the target lists are inevitably incomplete because offers are not publicly reported for many prospects.

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