Etienne Heads to UCLA

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Etienne Heads to UCLA

Brewster Academy and PSA Cardinals big man Mac Etienne will be joining UCLA for the winter quarter, per a release earlier this week. 

Etienne committed to UCLA less than a month ago and will now make the move to join the Bruin program immediately. 

His decision is not unprecedented, especially in times like these. Former Putnam Science guard Hamidou Diallo left mid-way through his post-grad year to join Kentucky but red-shirted until the next fall. 

Etienne now plans to do the same and, accordingly, he will remain in the NERR rankings as part of the class of 2021. 

The 6-foot-10 big man is one of several high-profile national prospects to opt to head to college mid-way through the season, a trend that has become popular this year because of the unpredictability of the high school and prep school seasons due to the pandemic. 

"We're very excited to add Mac Etienne to our program," UCLA head coach Mick Cronin said. "He's a high-character young man who has tremendous potential, and he's certainly going to be a big part of our team next season. He can be an impact player for us in the frontcourt, and he has really improved his game over the last year. With Mac, you're talking about a skilled post player with very good mobility and great size, standing at 6-foot-10."