UCLA basketball: Matt Carlino commits to UCLA


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Matt Carlino, a 6-foot-2 shooting guard from Bloomington (Ind.) South High, said he has committed to play at UCLA. Carlino, who is a junior at South, will graduate a year early and enroll at UCLA. He visited the campus last week and said, “It’s probably the best campus around. I love the coaches and the guys on the team.”

Carlino said that Bruins Coach Ben Howland talked to him about leaving high school a year earlier. Carlino was held back in second grade after coming down with mononucleosis. He has the necessary credits to graduate and will enroll at UCLA in June.


“Coach Howland brought it up and I thought about,” Carlino said. “UCLA has a lot of good players coming back and some good players coming in. This was an opportunity I had to take.”

Carlino, who averaged 13 points and five assists last season, was also being recruited by Butler, California, Nevada Las Vegas and Florida. He previously committed to Indiana, but changed his mind in March.

--Chris Foster