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July 10, 2013With Ben Howland departing, and Steve Alford arriving, dozens of recruits have reopened their eyes to UCLA.
The poster boy for that fact is none other than 2016 power forward Trevor Stanback, a member of the Stanback family directly affected by Howland's Bruin regime.
Stanback, the brother of four-star 2007 SF Chace Stanback, said watching his brother sit the bench undeservedly for Howland jaded him to UCLA, and the Bruins weren't going to be on his list as long as Howland was there.
"My brother didn't get a lot of playing time and he played pretty well as soon as he got in," Trevor Stanback said. "I thought that if it happened to him, it's possible it could happen to me."
With Alford now running the UCLA coaching office, Trevor Stanback's view of UCLA has turned into a glowing one. And that's great news for the Bruins, because Stanback has some elite upside.
At 6 feet 10, 210 pounds as just a rising sophomore, Trevor Stanback already has offers from USC, UNLV and UConn. He's also already receiving interest from Alford's UCLA, and for the first time since his brother attended there, he's reciprocating that.
"It's a great school; I'd love to go there," Trevor Stanback said of UCLA. "My brother went there, but he transferred because he didn't like the coach. Hopefully the situation is better over there and I might be able to go there."
Trevor Stanback said he'll likely visit USC this summer, and will get out to a few UCLA games in the fall.
And if the Bruins eventually come with an offer, he might even end up there - something he couldn't have imagined a few months ago.
"The coach is good," Trevor Stanback said of Alford. "It's close to home and it's a really good school."