Check out the latest batch of weekly answers…
1) Is Howland a little concerned that he hasn’t signed an elite guard or two this season? What is your preditions for the next season…more of the same as last year? – gerry4uclaI wouldn’t say concerned, but certainly he wanted McCallum or Ziegler very bad. It’s not easy to bring in a top-flight guard every year, and losing compounded things. But I highly doubt UCLA will have a season like last year again. Injuries at key times were devastating, team chemistry was low and certain players weren’t good…fits. Won’t happen again. They’re not Final Four-bound, but they’re a winning team.
2) Jon, wouldn’t you agree that the reason our offense has a hard time opening up holes is because our lineman are just not that good and are mediocre at best? The only real lineman that we have are Chris Ward, Stan Hasiak and Xaiver Su’a-Filo and only Stan will probably play this season. – CoronaRay
This is not a dominant line, but I do think you are downgrading some talented players. Jeff Baca is very good, Eddie Williams can be dominant at times, and I expect a lot from Micah Kia. A little on the pessimistic side, CoronaRay.
3) Anthony Stover said on his Twitter that he played with the team and some recruits over this past weekend. Any thoughts on who those recruits are? – Spencer
I think just Matt Carlino, who committed after the weekend.
4) In a previous post, you mentioned some disdain for athletes as people. what percentage of pro athletes are a-holes? what about college atheletes? does it vary by sport. thank you. – Anonymous
It’s not that there’s necessarily a high percentage of bad apples, but the ones who are bad, they’re the worst. In general, I have a very good relationship with most of the guys I cover, but I’ve dealt with some frustrating pro baseball players in my day.
5) On a scale of 1-10, what are the chances that UCLA signs a SF during the regular signing period / over the next month? – Spencer
I would be less surprised if they got a transfer. Make it a five.