Five-star center Moses Brown commits to UCLA over Maryland

Five-star center and McDonald’s All American Moses Brown committed to UCLA on Monday, ending Maryland’s pursuit of the top-rated target on its recruiting board.

The 7-foot-2 Brown also had offers from Florida State and Georgetown, among other programs.

The No. 21 prospect in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings for the Class of 2018, Brown was considering Louisville and Arizona before the FBI announced its investigation into college basketball’s corruption scandal last fall. In September, after an official visit to College Park, Brown's father told reporters Maryland was the front-runner for the New York star.

But Brown’s recruitment dragged on, and the Bruins, who received Brown’s final official visit, emerged in recent weeks as the favorite.

With centers Michal Cekovsky and Sean Obi set to graduate and freshman Bruno Fernando a possible NBA draft early-entry candidate, the Terps have struggled to address their frontcourt needs entering next season. Forward recruit Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph) figures to play early and often, but Schnider Herard, a sophomore center for Mississippi State who announced his transfer to Maryland on Saturday, won't be eligible until after the fall semester next season.

With Brown’s pledge, Maryland turns its focus to senior point guard prospect Tyger Campbell. The undersized top-65 recruit had been considering DePaul, Purdue and the Terps, but he recently received an offer from Wisconsin and is also expected to take an official visit to UCLA this weekend.

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