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Cassius Stanley is waiting to hear from new UCLA coach Mick Cronin

LONG BEACH, CA - MARCH 02: Sierra Canyon Trailblaizers Cassius Stanley (3) drives to the basket agai
Sierra Canyon’s Cassius Stanley drives to the basket against the Mater Dei Monarchs on March 2, 2018, in Long Beach.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Mick Cronin is scheduled to be introduced as UCLA’s new basketball coach on Wednesday in Westwood, and one of his first tasks might be to pick up the recruiting of standout guard Cassius Stanley of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon.

Stanley’s father, Jerome, said Tuesday his son has not eliminated any of the three finalists for his college choice. They are UCLA, Oregon and Kansas. But he said he has had no contact with UCLA coaches for several weeks and has never spoken with Cronin, who was at Cincinnati.

“I expect we will have a conversation out of respect for the program,” Jerome Stanley said. “That was the purpose of waiting.”

Stanley did not make an early commitment while waiting to see what would happen with UCLA’s program and others. He’s scheduled to make a college announcement on April 17, so UCLA would have to catch up quickly in the recruiting department.


Stanley has strong Los Angeles ties and could be an early test of Cronin’s recruiting skills.

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