In a story entitled: “Teams on the outside looking in at Way-Too-Early Top 25” by ESPN, the UCLA section is entitled No reason to trust Steve Alford:
Since his arrival in 2013, coach Steve Alford has assembled multiple ranked recruiting classes. His 2018 class is ranked third by ESPN, the third consecutive top-five class for UCLA.
Seven Bruins have been drafted in the first round under Alford, yet UCLA has never won a Pac-12 regular-season title or advanced past the Sweet 16. That’s why we’re hesitant to include UCLA in our early top-25.