Morgan now official

Jill Painter has reported that J’Mison Morgan, who originally signed with LSU to play basketball, attended his first summer school class at UCLA today, making his commitment to UCLA official.
Football players Kevin Prince and Kai Maiava (transfer from Colorado) attended their first summer school classes as well.
Juco OL Donovan Edwards committed to UCLA, but he has work to do in the classroom before he is academically eligible to attend UCLA. Sources say he doesn’t have the grades to get into UCLA right now.

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OT Sheller injured in ATV accident

Getting a report out of UCLA that redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Sean Sheller was injured Friday in an off-road accident while driving an ATV.
He injured his left knee and ankle. The severity of the injuries has yet to be determined.
When I know more, you will know more.

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Luc and the APR

Luc and Ben Howland talked about where Luc is academically on their conference calls this afternoon.
I saw some questions about it on other posts, so hopefully I can clear some of those questions up.
Luc said he is five or six classes shy of graduating. He said he could take those classes over the summer, some online, and be on target to graduate.
He was asked how his father responded to his decision to stay in the draft and Luc said: “He knew what I was going to do after last night anyway. He supports me whatever I did. His main thing has always been school. Schoolwise, I only have about five or six classes left to graduate. Some of those classes I can take online. That was the main thing with him. He was really happy with the fact that I’m really close to graduating.”
As for the APR, Howland said Luc is leaving UCLA on good academic terms. The APR will not be affected. What Howland seemed a little upset about was that because Luc is leaving early, he only has 11 players on scholarship. He can have 13.
If Alex Stepheson decides to come to UCLA, that would give him 12, but still one shy of the max.

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More on Mbah a Moute

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute started in three straight NCAA Final Fours in his career at UCLA. Only a handful of other basketball players can claim that.
He is the first since Andre Hutson and Charlie Bell of Michigan State (1999-2001) and the first Bruin to do it since Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes and Greg Lee (1972-74)
“After speaking to my family and going through the process, I feel like the time is right for me to take the next step in my basketball career and keep my name in the NBA Draft,” said Mbah a Moute. “I had the greatest time of my life at UCLA. Starting in three-straight Final Fours and winning three straight Pac-10 titles is something I’ll never forget. I will be a Bruin forever.”

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Mbah a Moute in the NBA draft

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has decided to remain in the NBA draft and will forgo his senior season at UCLA, coach Ben Howland said today.
“Luc had a great career at UCLA, and I’m really proud of everything he helped our team accomplish during his tenure as a player at UCLA,” Howland said. “He was the freshman of the year in the conference, won three Pac-10 titles and started in three Final Fours, but, more than anything, he is a winner.
“I’m sure he’ll continue to provide that great attitude and work ethic at the next level in the NBA,” Howland added. “I will always be grateful and appreciative of Luc. He’s an outstanding player and an even better person.”

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Mbah a Moute has made a decision

UCLA is holding a news conference at 3:30 to announce it.
I don’t want to even try to guess what his decision might be, but if UCLA is making an announcement, it most likely means he’s coming back to school.
That’s just going off how the Josh Shipp announcement was handled.

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Olympic hopefuls

Here are the UCLA athletes going to the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field in Eugene, Ore. The Trials begin June 27.

Tori Anthony (pole vault)
Ingrid Kantola (pole vault)
Nicole Leach (400m hurdles)
Krishna Curry (800m)
Greg Garza (discus)
Boldizsar Kocsor (hammer)
Kevin Craddock was expected to compete in the 110-meter hurdles, but after injuring his groin at NCAAs, he might not make it to Trials.
Freshman Cory Primm is still on the fence about competing in the 800.

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Mbah a Moute watch

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has until 9 p.m. Pacific time to make up his mind if he wants to stay in the NBA draft or return to UCLA.
Last check, he was having a workout with an NBA team today. He probably will take all the time that is allotted to him to make his decision.
As soon as I know something, you will know something.
Last week, coach Ben Howland said he expects Mbah a Moute to be a second-round pick if he stays in the draft and that he wants a guarantee from a team he will be picked. However, Howland said no team is going to give him that kind of guarantee. He will be too late of pick and there’s no telling who will be available as the draft comes to a close.

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Mike Powell leaves UCLA track staff

Mike Powell, the world record holder in the long jump and a two-time silver medalist in the OIympics, has decided to leave the UCLA track and field coaching staff. He was the jumps coach.
Powell is leaving UCLA to continue his involvement with the IAAF, the International Association of Athletics Federation, the international governing body for track and field. He will also continie to coach a number of professional athletes in jumps.
“I had a great experience the past few years and it was a hard decision for me to step down,” said Powell. “I made a lot of new friendships and renewed friendships from when I was a student-athlete at UCLA. I had a great group of kids to coach and I will always follow them and support them.
“I came to UCLA because I felt I could help the program out and I feel I was able to do that. I’m excited with where the jumps program is at and I look forward to seeing the next coach continue the success of this group.”

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Two more All-Americans

Darius Savage and Renee Williams earned All-American honors in track and field after the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
That gives the men five All-Americans in track and field and the women six. Savage was 11th in the discus at NCAAs and Williams was 14th in the triple jump.

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