UCLA finishes second in 2014-15 Directors’ Cup standings

UCLA finished second in the latest Directors’ Cup standings, its highest placement in seven years.

The Bruins were behind only Stanford, which has won the award 21 straight times — missing out only when the inaugural trophy went to North Carolina in 1994. UCLA edged out USC for second place with 1,236 points to the Trojans’ 1,209.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero will receive a $30,000 bonus as a result — half for finishing in the top 10 percent of Division I schools, and half for finishing in the top 10. Through Guerrero’s 13-year tenure in Westwood, UCLA has missed the top 10 only twice (2008-09 and 2010-11).

This marks the first time the Bruins have finished second since 2007-08, the third of three straight years as the nation’s No. 2. They have placed top-three in three of the past four years.

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NCAA proposal could allow NBA draft entrants to return to school

Next year, college basketball players could have more leeway in their NBA draft decisions.

According to ESPN, the NCAA men’s basketball committee sponsored a proposal on Wednesday that will allow early entrants to return to school even after declaring their intentions to go pro.

The new system would allow underclassmen who are exploring their options to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago without losing their college eligibility, though they will not be allowed to sign with an agent. The proposal, which could be approved in January, was a coordinated effort with the NBA. Continue reading

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Justin Combs thanks Diddy after alleged kettlebell fight at UCLA

I thank God for having a father that's always there for me.. Love you pops!

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Justin Combs is standing by his father, Sean “Diddy” Combs, after the latter was arrested at UCLA on Monday for allegedly assaulting a UCLA football assistant with a kettlebell.

Combs posted a picture of himself and Diddy on Instagram today with the caption: “I thank God for having a father that’s always there for me.. Love you pops!” The redshirt junior is a reserve cornerback who has appeared in just seven games over the past two seasons.

Here are all the details of Diddy’s alleged assault on Bruins’ strength coach Sal Alosi.

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Punter Bailey Raborn commits to UCLA’s 2016 class

Punter Bailey Raborn committed to UCLA’s 2016 class on Tuesday morning, completing what could be the Bruins’ special teams trio of the future.

Ranked No. 2 at his position by Chris Sailer Kicking, the Louisiana native committed soon after receiving his offer. He participated in UCLA’s specialist camp at Spaulding Field last Thursday.

Raborn’s commitment follows that of kicker JJ Molson, who announced for the Bruins earlier this month, and longsnapper Johnny Den Bleyker, who did so in March.

UCLA is entering the 2015 season with senior punter Matt Mengel, a last-minute JUCO transfer who was eighth in the conference at 40.2 yards per punt. He punted 59 times last fall, sending seven at least 50 yards and placing 20 inside the 20-yard line.

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Where will UCLA’s Kevon Looney be picked in the NBA draft?

Kevon Looney is among the 19 players who accepted invites to Thursday’s NBA draft. How long will his green-room wait last?

Once considered a near-certain lottery pick, many mock drafts have since dropped the former UCLA forward to borderline top-20 status.

Pac-12 Networks analyst Don MacLean, a former Bruin, isn’t among the detractors.

“Ten years from now, I think Kevon Looney may be the best player from this year’s draft coming out of the Pac-12,” MacLean said. “I really like him. You just don’t see guys with the length, the rebounding, the instincts. … The way he was used at UCLA, you didn’t see the entire package.”

MacLean’s projection is optimistic, but not all that outlandish. After all, the only other Pac-12 product with lottery potential is Arizona’s Stanley Johnson — a strong defender who likely won’t turn into an elite scorer.

But many questions surround Looney’s draft stock as well, some of them not helped by the Bruins’ game plan. Continue reading

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