Tyler Honeycutt only lasted 24 games in the NBA after a two-year stint at UCLA, but he’s still — as Ben Howland would say — making money playing basketball. The former All-Pac-10 selection signed with Ironi Nes Ziona in the Israeli Super League last August, and made SportsCenter by dunking over four people during the all-star contest.
Head coach Steve Alford, after the Bruins forced double overtime without their two best players: “I don’t know if I’ve been more proud of a basketball team during a regular season game.”
Pauley Pavilion nearly saw a miracle.
With 1:01 left on the game clock, UCLA was down seven points and missing its two best players.
The Bruins clawed their way through 11 more minutes, eventually falling 87-83 to Oregon in double overtime. Along the way, they left fans with arguably the most memorable game of the season.
Three hours before the 8 p.m. tipoff, the team had announced the suspensions of point guard Kyle Anderson and leading scorer Jordan Adams.
With little time the prepare, UCLA (21-7, 10-5) went almost the entire first half without an inside bucket and walked into the locker room in a 12-point hole.
No matter. With 1.2 seconds left in regulation, David Wear snuck behind the Ducks’ defense and streaked upcourt for a wide-open three. He caught an inbounds pass from his twin brother, Travis, and drilled a shot from some 30 feet away. Continue reading
UCLA’s already slim chances at catching Arizona for the Pac-12 lead may have just disappeared.
The team suspended leading scorers Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson one game each for a violation of team rules. They will sit out when the Bruins tip off against Oregon at 8 p.m. tonight. The pair combines to average 32.1 points — over a third of the squad’s total output — as well as 14.2 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 4.6 steals.
The Ducks have the conference’s second-highest scoring offense behind UCLA, and lost their prior matchup in Eugene by just two points. With four games left in the regular season, the Bruins sit 2.5 games behind the Wildcats for first place.
Likely in line for their first career starts are freshman guards Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford. LaVine scored 14 points at Stanford last Saturday, his first double-digit effort in nearly a month, while Alford has averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists in his last eight games.
Kyle Anderson made another cut for a national award on Thursday morning, becoming one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
The UCLA point guard is one of two representatives from the Pac-12, joining Arizona guard Nick Johnson. Anderson and UConn’s Shabazz Napier are the only finalists to also make the midseason watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Bob Cousy Awards. Napier is averaging 17.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists to Anderson’s 14.9, 8.6, and 6.9.
See the full list of Robertson Trophy finalists below. Continue reading
Former UCLA football star Kenny Washington will be honored today at Lincoln High, as his prep alma mater dedicates a square in his name in northeast Los Angeles.
Washington was the Bruins’ first All-American in football, and his No. 13 jersey was the first to be retired by the team. He broke an unofficially segregated NFL in 1946, signing a contract with the Los Angeles Rams to break a 13-year color barrier. Lincoln High’s auditorium will host a retrospective ceremony at 10 a.m., with the square dedication starting at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of North Broadway and Lincoln Park Avenue.
UCLA will hold 14 spring football practices at Spaulding Field, starting on April 1 at 7 a.m. and ending on April 24. All practices are open to the public.
The Bruins’ “Spring Showcase” will take place on April 26 at 5 p.m., though a location has not yet been set. See the full schedule below. Continue reading
UCLA big man Tony Parker’s 13-point outing at Stanford last Saturday was his best offensive showing in nearly a month. It also included just one foul — his first game with less than two since Nov. 24. It’s part of a small but not insignificant trend.
Through his first seven Pac-12 games as a sophomore, Parker committed 9.26 fouls per 40 minutes. Continue reading
Linebacker Anthony Barr
6’5, 255 lbs, 33 1/2″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands
Barr ran his 40-yard dash in 4.66 and 4.63 seconds on his two tries — not bad times by any means, but hardly close to the 4.46 he claimed last summer.
Far better was his 6.82-second three-cone drill, the third-best time among linebackers. That number may be a better measure of his pro potential anyway; rarely will a defender be asked to chase someone 40 yards, but short-area quickness and agility is crucial on nearly every play. He only mustered 15 bench reps, though players with longer arms usually don’t perform as well.
Right now, Barr’s top competition to be the first linebacker taken is Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, who has put up similar numbers at the NFL Combine.
“Barr’s a little bit longer,” NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said. “I think (Mack is) more ready to play today.”
Offensive guard Xavier Su’a-Filo
6’4, 307 lbs, 33 3/8″ arms, 9 3/8″ hands
Su’a-Filo has been one of the NFL Combine’s risers, climbing up to what could be a first-round selection in May. Continue reading