If that's the case, get Ben Howland some shades because things are looking pretty bright in Westwood.

After missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, the UCLA basketball team continued its impressive offseason haul by picking up the commitment of Scout.com's No. 20-ranked prospect, Tony Parker of Miller Grove High in Lithonia, Ga., on Monday.

The 6-foot-9 Parker announced his intentions in front of a packed audience in a 45-minute ceremony and chose the Bruins over Ohio State, Georgia and Duke.

Parker became the fourth member of a monster recruiting class for Howland and joined No. 2-ranked Shabazz Muhammad, No. 4 Kyle Anderson and No. 76 Jordan Adams, enough to secure UCLA either the No. 1 or No. 2 ranking from most top recruiting services.

"It is icing on the cake today to have Tony Parker join this recruiting class," Howland said. "He is a great player that has an unbelievable work ethic.

"I'm so excited for our program to have a quality big man like Tony join our team and Bruin family. "

Parker will be in a crowded frontcourt that includes returning juniors Joshua Smith, Anthony Stover and David and Travis Wear, but Howland insisted he would battle for playing time early.

With a backcourt that returns Tyler Lamb and Norman Powell and adds North Carolina transfer Larry Drew Jr., the Bruins could jump into the preseason top 10.

"(Parker) is going to come in and compete right away for a starting position," Howland said. "This thing is wide open. We have 11 on scholarship and each position will be contested. He's competing for major minutes right away as a freshman."

Parker's commitment comes on the heels of Muhammad's selection of the Bruins over Kentucky and Duke, and he's now the second signee largely credited to assistant coach Korey McCray.

Parker and Adams played on McCray's Atlanta Celtics AAU team, and Howland gave McCray, whom he hired before last season, his due.

"No question, Korey McCray has done an incredible job recruiting both Jordan Adams and Tony Parker from his home state," Howland said. "Were he not on staff we wouldn't have gotten either one of those kids."

Howland highlighted the foursome's winning ways in high school as the group combined to go 128-13 last season. Adams led Oak Hill Academy to a 44-0 record, Muhammad guided Bishop Gorman to a Nevada state title, Anderson went 65-0 in his final two seasons at famed St. Anthony's in New Jersey and Parker became the first player to win four Georgia state championships. He also took home the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's "Mr. Basketball" honors this past season.

Howland knows with the star-studded lineup comes increased expectations. He almost sounds relieved they're back.

"What's the alternative to that?" Howland said. "That's my answer to that. These are the kinds of problems we want to have. High expectations, we have those anyway.
"We've failed to meet the high expectations we've had for this program two of the last three years."