2021 four star Will McClendon has committed to play his college basketball at UCLA. McClendon is a 6’3″ shooting guard who can also play as the lead guard, although his point guard skills will need improvement if he is going to be more of the lead ball handler going forward. Primarily a scorer, he can slash to the basket and is very effective in transition, and he shown that he is capable of passing the ball at a high level at times. His defensive abilities might be the best part of his game, where he has been used to guard multiple positions from the opposing point guards to bigger wing players. He should be able to make an immediate impact scoring the ball and defending on the perimeter but there is definitely room to grow in his game, especially if he takes on point guard duties.
McClendon is ranked #41 by Rivals, #77 by 247 Sports, and #82 by ESPN in the class of 2021. He chose the Bruins over Arizona, Mississippi, and Arizona State with offers from many other programs. He is not considered to be a candidate for a one and done campaign at UCLA at this point, but he absolutely has the talent to make an impact as a freshman.