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Class of 2023 7-footer Aaron Bradshaw includes UCLA men’s basketball in top 7

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After initially targeting one of the best big players in the country last summer, the 7-footer has taken the Bruins to the next stage of recruiting.

Class of 2023 center Aaron Bradshaw announced his top seven semifinalists on Monday, and UCLA men’s basketball was selected. Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Michigan, and the NBA G League are the other major competitors for the Camden (NJ) product.

Bradshaw has also received offers from DePaul, LSU, Kansas State, Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, TCU and Texas A&M. That makes the Bruins not only the only West Coast program to make Bradshaw’s top seven, but also the only one to send him an offer to start.

Bradshaw burst onto the scene with New Jersey Scholars Elite on the Nike EYBL Tour last spring, picking up four offers just during the third period live in June 2021. Coaching staff Mick Cronin sent one of those offers after watching him at Rider Team Camp, which has many of the Mid-Atlantic’s top prospects.

Since then, Bradshaw has continued to climb the recruiting ladder and he ended up making official visits to LSU and Oklahoma State in November, while also stopping by local options Seton Hall and Temple.

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In 30 appearances for Camden last season, Bradshaw averaged 8.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 0.7 steals per game. Bradshaw, who is 7 feet tall and weighs 210 pounds, posted five double-doubles as a junior and cleared over five blocks nine times.

Adjusting to NJ Scholars Elite again this spring, however, Bradshaw has proven to be more than a shot blocker. Bradshaw won the Nike EYBL Orlando Defensive MVP title in April averaging 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game, but showed his ability to hit perimeter shots at Southern Jam Fest and other major screening events.

Bradshaw is a five-star rookie, according to ESPN and the 247Sports Composite, while Rivals and On3 have him four stars. In the 247Sports Composite, Bradshaw is the No. 4 player in New Jersey, the No. 2 center in the nation and the No. 24 rookie overall in his class.

UCLA has five-star center Adem Bona joining the program as part of its 2022 recruiting class this fall, but Cronin currently has no 2023 commitments. There are several four- and five-star prospects who are strongly considering the Bruins or have them as finalists – namely point guard Isaiah Collier, shooter Ja’Kobe Walter, small forward Ron Holland, small forward Andrej Stojakovic, power forward KJ Evans and power forward Milan Momcilovic – but none of them are really great.

Bona could stick around for the 2023-24 season if he fails to do so, and Mac Etienne will be two years out of ACL surgery at this point. There will certainly be room in the rotation for someone with Bradshaw’s defensive prowess and drive, so he can manage to find himself a central role should he come to Westwood in the near future.

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