Check out the latest batch of weekly answers after the jump…
1) Are we the first basketball program to go to 3 final fours and have 3 losing seasons in the same decade, assuming we finish under 500 this year? – AnonymousI have no idea, but that’s a fantastic trivia question and I’ll try to track it down. Keep asking me until I figure it out.
2) Jon since the next recruiting class is going to small due to scholarship numbers, Who are the names we should know for 2010. – AnonymousUCLA has 24 offers out according to Scout.com, and here’s the list: http://ucla.scout.com/a.z?s=12&p=9&c=4&yr=2011. Given specific needs, I’d say keep an eye out for QBs Kyle Boehm, Marquise Williams and Cody Kessler, though I am very intrigued by Trevor Gretzky, who I’m hearing has a better ceiling than Nick Montana. UCLA is also very high on several wideouts, including Kasen Williams, Devon Blackmon, George Farmer and Victor Blackwell. Offensive and defensive line are obviously a priority, too.
3) Where are we with the renovation of Pauley? – BibsUCLA just awarded the contract to PCL Construction as the low bidder, and work is planned to begin on the exterior in March.
4) Do you think Dragovic should be coming off the bench to allow room for the future starters to start now? Have you seen Bruinsnation posts about it and do you agree or disagree? Should a guy who is the main poster on a fan site be shaping opinion about whether Dragovic is a good enough player to start? – AnonymousYes, Dragovic should absolutely be starting, but I’ve said for months that he needs a shorter leash. Some of the shots he takes are inexcusable, and while I believe Brendan Lane is nowhere near ready to start, those shots are enough to warrant a few minutes on the bench. I understand where Bruins Nation comes from, and I can imagine it being very frustrating as a fan. But Howland truly believes Dragovic gives UCLA the best chance to win NOW, and with the Pac-10 a jumbled mess, he only recently started to concede that Lane might need more development.
5) What are Coach Linn and J. Franklin working on to improve his fumble-itis? any ball drills or strickly weight room? – 909BruinSo much of that has to do with inner core strength and arm strength, so they’re working on that – biceps, triceps and lats. Many of Franklin’s fumbles have to do with the ball being ripped from his grasp, and this addresses it. I expect big things out of Franklin in 2010.