UCLA links: Men’s basketball cruises to win in Australia

UCLA coach Steve Alford said this year's Bruins don't respond as well to "mental pressure" as last year's team. (David Crane/Staff)

UCLA coach Steve Alford praised his three freshmen after the Bruins blew out Sydney University in their exhibition game Tuesday. (David Crane/Staff)

Freshmen starred for the UCLA men’s basketball team in its 123-76 exhibition blowout victory over Sydney University on Tuesday.

UCLA’s trio of freshmen had 46 combined points with TJ Leaf leading the way with a team-high 21. Ike Anigbogu had 16 and Lonzo Ball had nine. Leaf added nine rebounds and Anigbogu had eight boards. Ball had four assists, two steals and two blocks.

“They were outstanding, all three of them – Ike, Lonzo and TJ,” head coach Steve Alford told UCLABruins.com. “We know what they can do. They came here in their first exhibition game and all three played very well.”

UCLA seniors Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford had 18 and 17 points, respectively.

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UCLA adopts Clear Bag Policy at Rose Bowl, Pauley Pavilion

Example of bags allowed into the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion. (Twitter/@UCLAAthletics)

Example of bags allowed into the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion. (Twitter/@UCLAAthletics)

All UCLA football home games at the Rose Bowl and ticketed events at Pauley Pavilion this year will be subject to new security screening procedures, including a Clear Bag Policy, UCLA announced Friday.

Per the policy, only clear tote bags, plastic storage bags (similar to Ziploc bags), small clutches and diaper bags will be allowed in to home games.

Additionally, electronic screening will be used at all entry gates.

UCLA will send each season ticket account holder a souvenir plastic bag that complies with the new policy before the season starts. The school will also distribute clear bags outside of the stadium before the first and second games of the season.

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UCLA links: Lonzo Ball wants to bring ‘culture of winning to UCLA’

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men's basketball.  (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Incoming freshman Lonzo Ball will make an immediate impact on UCLA men’s basketball. (Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)

Football season is quickly approaching, but there is still some time for college basketball talk.

Here’s an interesting read on the Ball family from Slam Magazine. In it, incoming UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball says of starting his college career: “For me, I’m trying to bring back the culture of winning to UCLA.”

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UCLA links: Eddie Vanderdoes hang clean, Josh Rosen NFL.com rankings, UCLA Olympians

UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes looks ready to go. Coming off an ACL injury, he hit a 418-pound hang clean earlier this week. As teammate Jayon Brown said at Pac-12 Media Days, “big, bad Eddie” is back.

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Jonah Bolden curiously departs UCLA basketball team to turn pro

UCLA junior Jonah Bolden has decided forego his final two years of college basketball eligibility and play professionally this coming season. Bolden informed the coaching staff of his decision to leave the school after one season, the UCLA athletic department announced Tuesday.

Where the 6-foot-10 Australian-born guard/forward will play professionally is uncertain, but a return to his home country seems an obvious possibility.

UCLA is now without three players that were expected to be on the roster this year not including guard Prince Ali, who isn’t likely to return from meniscus surgery by the start of the season. Three-star recruit Kobe Paras mysteriously withdrew from UCLA in June after academic conditions of his admission weren’t met. Junior Noah Allen transferred to Hawaii in May and now Bolden is departing what was expected to be a deep roster considering incoming talent labeled head coach Steve Alford’s best recruiting class. Continue reading

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