Nearly two months ago, head coach Jim Mora said that despite a few recruiting misses, he wasn’t backing away from “big fish.”
That goes for the schedule too. UCLA announced today that it will play a home-and-home series with LSU in 2021 and 2024, starting in the Rose Bowl before going to Baton Rouge three years later. Granted, Mora might not even be in Los Angeles by then — his contract extends through 2019 — but he’s clearly trying to set the Bruins up as a perennial power.
In the past six months, UCLA has also scheduled home-home series with Texas A&M (2016/2017), Oklahoma (2018/2019), and Michigan (2022/2023).
Here is the nonconference slate for the next decade (!), though several dates are still TBA:
Sept. 5 — Virginia
Sept. 12 — at UNLV
Sept. 19 — Nevada Continue reading
In his last season at UCLA, Kyle Anderson was the linchpin of one of college basketball’s most prolific offenses.
Now, he is the Bruins’ first Associated Press All-American since 2007-08. The sophomore made the list’s third team after averaging 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists — the closest to a triple double of player in the country. He improved on his freshman season in nearly every single area, most notably increasing his 3-point percentage from 21.1 to 48.3.
Six years ago, Kevin Love earned a first-team nod as a freshman, while point guard Darren Collison made the third team as a junior.
See the full AP All-America teams below: Continue reading
UCLA might lose more talent to the NBA draft.
Star point guard Kyle Anderson was long gone, and freshman Zach LaVine followed soon after the Bruins’ season ended.
According to 247Sports’ Neal Nieves, leading scorer Jordan Adams will also test his draft stock. The sophomore was seventh in the Pac-12 with 17.4 points per game, and first with a school-record 95 steals.
As long as he doesn’t hire an agent, Adams can still return for his junior season. Continue reading
After one season at UCLA, freshman guard Zach LaVine will declare for the NBA draft. Full story here.