Center Isaiah Miranda includes UCLA men’s basketball in Top 8

One of the best big men in the country has already come out West to wrap up his high school career, and he could stay in the area for college.

Class of 2023 center Isaiah Miranda announced his top eight semifinalists on Friday night, and UCLA men’s basketball was shortlisted. USC, Oregon, Louisville, Georgetown, Texas, UConn and Rhode Island are the other programs that remain in contention for Miranda, a Rhode Islander who is set to play her senior year at the Southern California Academy (CA).

Miranda had previously received offers from Arizona State, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse, VCU, Virginia Tech and Washington, but those schools are out of the running for the moment.

Miranda has already visited several of the campuses on his shortlist and he stopped by Westwood in June.

Coming in at 7-foot-1, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island native has spent the past few years moving around the northeast before heading west. Miranda played her first year at Tolman High School (RI), then went to Phelps School (PA) for two years before returning to New England and enrolling at Commonwealth Academy (MA) in Springfield – the birthplace of basketball.

Miranda broke out at the 2021 Pangos All-American Camp in Las Vegas, and he shone on his Commonwealth debut later that year. Miranda made first team in all Zero Gravity Prep Classic tournaments proving he can shoot 3s from the dribble, slam home dunks and have enough jumps to see well over the edge.

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A few months later, Miranda was back at the 2022 Pangos All-American Camp, and he earned a spot on the All-Pangos 1st Team.

Associate head coach Darren Savino — a New Jersey native who held positions at St. John’s and Seton Hall before joining Mick Cronin at Murray State and Cincinnati — has strong ties to Northeast recruiting circles and Mid-Atlantic, and he played a major role in recruiting Miranda.

Miranda is a consensus four-star and top 40 prospect in the nation, and he was the No. 1 recruit in Massachusetts before transferring to the Southern California Academy. According to the 247Sports Composite, Miranda is ranked as the No. 5 center in the nation, the No. 9 player in California and the No. 33 rookie in his class.

UCLA has a commitment in its 2023 recruiting class, with four-star forward Devin Williams committing Aug. 28. decide to move forward after this upcoming season.

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