UCLA links: Bruins move on without LiAngelo Ball

UCLA Men’s Basketball student-athlete LiAngelo Ball during a press conference at UCLA, Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The press conference was held to address Cody Riley, LiAngelo Ball, and Jalen Hill recent arrest and detention in China for shoplifting. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Steve Alford found out that LiAngelo Ball was planning to leave UCLA through media reports Monday afternoon. As of Tuesday afternoon, the UCLA head coach hasn’t spoken to Ball since and doesn’t plan to reach out. Alford has other things to worry about.

“It’s not anything I can control,” Alford said Tuesday before UCLA’s game against Montana on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. “So as far as looking for an adjective of how I’m feeling, I guess what I’m feeling is very excited about this group of guys out there and I’m moving forward and doing the best I can with the guys in my locker room.”

More on how the Bruins are planning to move on from Ball

Other links:

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

LaVar Ball reportedly pulling LiAngelo from UCLA

LaVar Ball is putting an end to his son LiAngelo Ball‘s indefinite suspension at UCLA by working to pull the freshman guard from the school, according to multiple reports.

Ball, along with Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, were suspended indefinitely while the school’s Office of Student Conduct investigates the shoplifting scandal that involved in all three of the freshmen being arrested in China last month. They were not allowed to practice, travel with the team or suit up for games during the suspension.

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page

UCLA links: Jaylen Hands leads Bruins to rout over Detroit Mercy

UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Hands (4) goes under the basket for a layup during the game between the Detroit Mercy Titans and the UCLA Bruins on December 03, 2017, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Dennis/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Jaylen Hands wasn’t close to 100 percent. He would never almost miss a dunk like he did in the first half against Detroit Mercy if he was at full strength.

But even with his explosiveness compromised by a left foot sprain, Hands had a career-high 23 points with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in UCLA’s 106-73 rout over Detroit Mercy on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

He came off the bench for the second straight game and gave the Bruins (7-1) an immediate lift, scoring 13 points in an eight-minute span during the first half. The one thing that frustrated him about the game was a dunk when he said he had to hang on the rim because he didn’t think he got enough height.

“No more of that,” he said. “That made me mad.”

More from UCLA’s blowout win

Other links from Sunday:

Share this post:Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on TumblrShare on LinkedInEmail this to someonePrint this page