Bryce Alford destined for top 5 on UCLA career scoring list

Bryce Alford is just 44 points from moving into fifth on UCLA’s career scoring list

Bryce Alford has long since carved out a place for himself in the UCLA record book. Now he’s just etching his name deeper.

The senior’s 26 points in UCLA’s blowout win against USC on Saturday moved him into seventh on UCLA’s all-time scoring list with 1,802. With four games left in the regular season in addition to any Pac-12 and NCAA tournament games, he is just 13 points behind Ed O’Bannon and 44 from surpassing Toby Bailey to move into the top five.

There are plenty of questions surrounding the coach’s son – and his father’s role in aiding totals that will land him among UCLA’s all-time greats – but he has managed to be consistently productive during all four years of his career. Should a guy who seemingly has little to no shot at the NBA have played ahead of current Minnesota Timberwolves 19-point per game scorer Zach LaVine during his lone season at UCLA? Should Alford be playing now ahead of defensively superior sophomore Aaron Holiday?

Alford said earlier this season he has learned to block out such noise. His detractors won’t like to hear that Alford has a decent chance to leave UCLA as the all-time leader in one significant offensive category.

The current Pac-12 leader in 3-point field goal percentage (46.1%) is 16 3-pointers from surpassing Jason Kapono to be UCLA’s all-time leader in made shots from beyond the arc. He holds the single-season record of 93 he set as a sophomore. Already with 88 this season, he’s on pace surpass his own mark.

The only player in program history to record 1,700 career points and 500 career assists will probably settle in behind Reggie Miller to finish his career fifth on the school’s prestigious career scoring list. But Miller and Kapono, who are tied for third with 2,095 career points, don’t appear to be in jeopardy. Even if UCLA played three games in the Pac-12 tournament and advanced to the championship game of the NCAA tournament, Alford would need to average 22.5 points over the 13-game span from now until April 3 to move into third on the career scoring list behind only Don MacLean and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Alford currently averages 16.2.

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  • JJBruin

    LaVine was not interested in playing at UCLA. He and Bryce started one game as freshmen and Bryce scored 30, I believe, while LaVine didn’t light the place up. You don’t get to pick your parents. Bryce should be evaluated in his own right. I believe he earned a starting spot as a Soph, Jr, and Sr. I don’t care if he ever plays in the NBA, he earned whatever scoring record he ends up with. We will miss his shooting ability next year.

    • JustOwns

      Well said.

  • TK Bruin

    Nice to see Bryce get some props as he has so often been disrespected.

  • tabguy2

    Side note: Kareem only played 3 years on varsity.

  • Brad Woolard

    If Bryce’s last name wasn’t Alford, this wouldn’t have been an article or a discussion. Kind of a shame. Give the kid the respect he’s earned.

  • j metaphor

    Haven’t heard from the Daddy ball doubters recently.
    Wonder where they went?

    • 88 Straight

      Bryce has made progress this year and is finally playing the proper position as a 2 guard. He has improved his shot selection not having the ball in his hands all the time. He is best off the ball as catch and shoot. His shooting percentage is up with less shot attempts. All good stats.

      On top of that, he is exerting more effort on the defensive side of the ball, along with the rest of the team and some changes by the coach. Because he is making progress, that does not mean that much of the criticism of the first 3 years was invalid, although misplaced, IMO. Bryce doesn’t make decisions of playing time and where he plays. I wish he had been a 2 guard the first 3 years and been coached to play better D. Those decisions are on the coach.

      However, there is no need to dwell on the past. It’s almost March and we all need to pull for a great run by the team.

      • Alford isn’t quick or tenacious enough to play good defense. Arizona will exploit him again. If his father doesn’t adjust, then nepotism might cost the Bruins the game.

        • 88 Straight

          Hamilton is really struggling and plays tentative. I’ve been a critic, but he plays with confidence.

    • gotroy22

      Kissy86er is still here.