The group, which includes three Olympians and a combined 17 national championships, will be inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame on Oct. 20 and honored during halftime of UCLA’s game against Oregon at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 21.
Jones-Drew left UCLA in 2005 with school records in career and single-season all-purpose yards, touchdowns in a game, single-game rushing yards and single-season punt returns for touchdowns. His punt return average of 28.5 yards in 2005 is still the NCAA record. During his NFL career, he rushed for 1,000-yards three times, including a league-leading 1,606 in 2011.
Ball learned of the stroke during a UCLA practice when he received a text message from a relative. His father, LaVar Ball, was upset with the relative because he was waiting to tell Lonzo about his mother’s condition in person that evening at his brothers’ basketball game.
Lonzo said he sees his mother four or five times a week and her condition is improving.
“She can’t really talk right now, but I mean, she definitely, she knows what we’re saying,” Lonzo said. “She smiles all the time, so that’s a good thing.”
LaVar Ball, 49, was attending to his wife at home and didn’t make the trip to Memphis, Tenn., for UCLA’s loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinal, Lonzo’s last collegiate game before declaring for the NBA draft.
The program is taking steps to avoid the same fate next season, officially announcing a home-and-home series with Cincinnati on Thursday. UCLA will host the Bearcats Dec. 16 next season and play at Cincinnati in 2018.
“With Cincinnati, you’re talking about a program that has advanced to the last seven NCAA Tournaments and gave us all we could handle in that tournament last March,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “This will be a great matchup for college basketball fans in southern California, and I know that our players will be up for the challenge.”
The football team’s multi-year score of 971 is tied for sixth in the Pac-12. UCLA’s 2015-16 score of 973 improved 10 points from the previous year. Coach Jim Mora earns a total of $70,000 in incentives for the football team’s single-year APR score of 970 or higher, according to his contract.
The men’s basketball team’s multi-year score dipped 12 points after it scored a 907 for the 2015-16 season, by far the lowest for any UCLA team this year. UCLA’s 950 multi-year score is the second-lowest among Pac-12 men’s basketball teams, ahead of only Oregon State’s 945.
UCLA’s six teams that earned perfect multi-year scores: men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, women’s water polo, women’s golf, women’s cross country and women’s beach volleyball.
APR is a measure of academic retention and eligibility. Each scholarship athlete is awarded a point for returning to school and another for being academically eligible. The total for a team is divided by the possible points and multiplied by 1000. Teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 to compete in postseason play.