Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA due to academics

Incoming freshman guard Kobe Paras has withdrawn from UCLA after academic conditions of his admission were not met, according to the school.

Paras, a 6-foot-6 guard who was admitted to the school upon condition, was a three-star recruit. He grew up in the Philippines, but spent his final two years of high school in L.A. He played his junior season at Cathedral High before playing his senior year for Middlebrooks Academy.

Paras attended Cathedral as a senior, but competed for Middlebrooks Academy, a team not within CIF regulations. According to the LA Times, a conflict between academic calendars in the Philippines and the United States would have exhausted Paras’ high school eligibility halfway through his senior season at Cathedral.

He’s is a star in within the Philippine national team and participated in the 2013 and 2015 FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Championships. He won the slam dunk competition both years.

Of the 2016 class, the Bruins still have guard Lonzo Ball, center Ike Anigbogo and forward T.J. Leaf.

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Athlon Sports: Kenny Walker, Jayon Brown are UCLA’s wild cards

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Kenny Walker (left) makes a catch during the Spring Showcase on Saturday, April 23. Photo by Michael Owen Baker.

Receiver Kenny Walker is a wild card for the UCLA offense, according to Athlon Sports, while linebacker Jayon Brown is the defense’s wild card.

I would agree with calling Walker a wild card on offense, especially after head coach Jim Mora spoke so highly of him after spring camp. Mora said Walker could be one of the biggest surprises in the country.

There are a lot of potential wild cards on defense outside of just Brown. Brown, one of the team’s defensive captains, had a great spring practice.

One of my personal wild cards would be Eddie Vanderdoes, and more specifically, Eddie Vanderdoes’ knee. How well he is able to recovery from surgery will be a big factor in how the defensive line does. Many are projecting a big year for the 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive lineman. He was named one of the nation’s top 101 players by Pro Football Focus and was a third-team All-American in Athlon Sports’ preseason list. However, all of that in contingent on his knee.

Who are your wild cards on offense and defense?

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UCLA links: Vanderdoes, Rosen, McKinley in nation’s top 101 players

Defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is out for the season after tearing his ACL in UCLA's 2015 season opener vs. Virginia. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

After tearing his ACL in UCLA’s 2015 season opener, defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes primed for a big year for the Bruins. (Rachel Luna/Staff)

Pro Football Focus ranked its top 101 college players in the nation and three Bruins made the cut. Topping the list for UCLA was defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes (No. 24), followed by quarterback Josh Rosen (No. 74) and defensive end Takkarist McKinley (No. 93).

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey claims the No. 1 spot.

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JUCO OL Ronald Rudd commits to UCLA

UCLA picked up its fifth commit in the 2017 class as junior college offensive lineman Ronald Rudd III tweeted his pledge to the Bruins on Monday morning.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive tackle from Chaffey College spoke to Rivals’ Edward Lewis about the commitment, saying he doesn’t plan to visit other schools now. He chose UCLA over Missouri, Louisville, Baylor and Arizona State, among others.

For the 2017 class, the Bruins also have verbal commitments from defensive ends Jaelan Phllips and Hunter Echols, offensive lineman Kanan Ray and defensive back Jeffrey Manning.

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UCLA links: Olympic champion chooses UCLA over Rio

Jordyn Wieber won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but will not compete for a spot in the 2016 Games. (By Bullit Marquez, AP)

Jordyn Wieber won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, but will not compete for a spot in the 2016 Games. (By Bullit Marquez, AP)

The Rio Olympics are coming up, but you won’t see gymnast Jordyn Wieber there.

Wieber, who helped Team USA win the gold medal in 2012, chose to continue managing the UCLA gymnastics team instead of pursuing another shot at Olympic gold.

She tells the Detroit Free Press about her decision and what it was about UCLA that stole her heart.

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