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Originally published June 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM | Page modified June 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM

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Bothell point guard Zach LaVine chooses Bruins

The 6-foot-3 LaVine, the state's top basketball prospect in the Class of 2013, committed to UCLA over Washington, Gonzaga, Louisville and Texas, among others.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Bothell High School point guard Zach LaVine, the state's top basketball prospect in the Class of 2013, gave a verbal commitment to UCLA Wednesday.

"It just seemed like the best fit," LaVine said. "It's a home away from home for me. It just seemed like the right time."

The 6-foot-3 standout, who plays AAU basketball with Friends of Hoop, is rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and was rated the No. 21 point guard in the country by ESPN.com.

LaVine also had offers from Washington, Gonzaga, Louisville and Texas, among others.

"It's what he's comfortable with," Bothell coach Ron Bollinger said. "It's a good decision, because he's going to be the one who goes and plays. That's his school. If he's comfortable with it, it's a good decision."

As a junior last season, he led the Cougars to the Class 4A state playoffs, averaging more than 23 points.

"I said I was going to make my decision in August," LaVine said. "I guess I surprised a lot of people, but it just felt like the right time to do it."

He is the second local basketball player to commit to the Bruins over the past few years, joining former Kentwood center Joshua Smith.

"It feels really good, because this is the place I want to be at," LaVine said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

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