Former top recruit Lauren Betts commits to UCLA after freshman season at Stanford

Betts will join what appears to be a stacked UCLA team

Lauren Betts averaged less than 10 minutes per game last season at Stanford.
Lauren Betts averaged less than 10 minutes per game last season at Stanford. (John Todd/NCAA Photos/Getty Images)

Lauren Betts is headed to UCLA.

The former top-ranked recruit announced Tuesday on Instagram she committed to transfer to UCLA. Betts, who was the No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2022, opted to transfer from Stanford earlier this month following a disappointing freshman season.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 5.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 9.6 minutes per game last season with the Cardinal under coach Tara VanDerveer. Stanford, which went 29-6 and won a share of the Pac-12 regular season title, was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the second round by Ole Miss, despite earning a No. 1 seed.

Betts is the first top-ranked recruit to transfer since Elena Delle Donne opted to leave UConn for Delaware. She was eventually selected No. 2 overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft.

Betts will now get to team up with Kiki Rice in Westwood. Rice was the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, and she averaged 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 41% from the field last season with the Bruins. Senior guard Charisma Osborne, who was projected to be a first-round pick in the WNBA Draft, opted to return to UCLA for a fifth year. Guard Camryn Brown also will be back for another season, which gives UCLA four of its five starters from last season. The Bruins went 27-10 and fell in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to top-ranked South Carolina.

With Betts on board, the Bruins are sure to be strong contenders next season — both in the Pac-12, where they haven’t won a regular season conference title in more than two decades, and across the country.