Norman Powell named UCLA’s MVP at basketball banquet

UCLA's Norman Powell defends Byron Wesley during the Bruins' Sweet 16 loss to Gonzaga on March 27. Powell had 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks to end his career at Houston's NRG Stadium. (Tom Pennington/Getty)

UCLA’s Norman Powell defends Byron Wesley during the Bruins’ Sweet 16 loss to Gonzaga on March 27. Powell had 16 points, five rebounds and three blocks to end his career at Houston’s NRG Stadium. (Tom Pennington/Getty)

UCLA men’s basketball held its year-end banquet last night. Here’s the list of awards the team handed out.

Norman Powell, Sr., G, 6-4, 215
John Wooden Award (most valuable player)

Kevon Looney, Fr., F, 6-9, 220
Seymour Armond Memorial Award (most valuable freshman)
Gerald A. Finerman Award (rebounding leader)

Tony Parker, Jr., F/C, 6-9, 260
Player Improvement Award Continue reading

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Q&A: Post-spring camp edition — 4/26/15 Answers

Q: Does UCLA “look” the part of a top-10, top-15 preseason team even with a new QB? Outside of the two-deep on the defensive line and QB, this appears to be the deepest and most experienced Bruin team in recent memory and certainly under Jim Mora’s regime.

A: I’d put them in the preseason top 15 without much hesitation. There just aren’t a lot of other good teams in the country that lost as little as UCLA did through the offseason, and the quarterback situation looked promising enough through spring.

Q: If the competition between Josh Rosen and Asiantii Woulard is close, do you think that they’d give the nod to Woulard with the intention of redshirting Rosen and giving him another year to develop? Considering that we could burn his redshirt at anytime and we have yet to see Woulard in actual game action, I think this is the best course of action. Your thoughts?

A: If it’s close, at least trying Woulard out in the first game could be a good option for the reasons that you mentioned. But until Woulard came on through the second half of spring, the competition didn’t look that close.

Q: Considering all the talent UCLA has returning on offense, it would seem like a good idea to go with the game manager/safe bet at which would be Jerry Neuheisel? Redshirt Rosen? Would Asiantii Woulard transfer if he doesn’t win the starting job?

A: I don’t think starting Jerry Neuheisel full-time is a good option, even with all the experience UCLA has on offense. While he’s very comfortable with the offensive scheme, his lack of arm strength would severely limit the team if opponents can scout that look through the course of the season. Continue reading

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UCLA receiver Devin Lucien transfers to Arizona State

Receiver Devin Lucien, who left UCLA right before spring camp, has decided to transfer to Arizona State.

On track to graduate this summer, Lucien will be able to play immediately. Once a four-star recruit in 2011, the former Crespi Carmelite star never became a consistent player in Westwood.

Despite teasing crowds with his athleticism through multiple offseasons, Lucien struggled to break out into a primary roll through three seasons at UCLA. He left Los Angeles totaling 752 receiving yards and four touchdowns, but caught for fewer yards in 2014 (225) than he did the season prior (339).

After UCLA’s Alamo Bowl win over Kansas State in January, he expressed discontent about his role on the team.

The Bruins host the Sun Devils on Oct. 3.

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Jim Mora: Brett Hundley will be a second-round NFL draft pick

UCLA head coach Jim Mora thinks that Brett Hundley will be a second-round pick in this week’s NFL draft, and also has a few destinations in mind for his former quarterback.

On the Rich Eisen Show, Mora said that Hundley — who started 40 games for the Bruins and set numerous records — could be bound for the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, or perhaps the St. Louis Rams. Continue reading

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UCLA student volunteers to be hit by linebacker Myles Jack

Danny Siegel is running to join UCLA’s student government. Along the way, Danny Siegel came up with the best/worst idea ever: take a hit from Myles Jack.

Currently campaigning to be a USAC general representative, Siegel — 5-foot-8, 160 pounds — decided the best way to get his name out there was to film himself getting obliterated by someone more than 70 pounds heavier.

See the results in the video above.

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