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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Video: Josh Rosen, Mike Fafaul, Devon Modster, Eldridge Massington

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Quarterback Mike Fafaul (12) fires a pass during individual drills at practice. Photo by Brittany Murray/Staff Photographer

Today was the start of the “game week” schedule, so, again, no more official practice reports. But here is a story for today about four Bruins who, I thought, helped their cases during training camp.

There’s a sidebar coming HERE about Mike Fafaul and his decision to stick it out in Westwood.

Here are videos from today’s practice of Josh Rosen, Fafaul, Devon Modster and Eldridge Massington:

Rosen talks about his training camp, this receivers and how he learned the playbook.


Fafaul talks about returning for his fifth year at UCLA, how the new offense has helped him and what he sees from the freshmen quarterbacks. You’ll unfortunately hear an extremely loud helicopter flying overhead in one part, thus drowning out Fafaul’s answer to a question about the receivers. Here’s what he said there: “I think they’re fantastic. They’ve had a great camp, all of them. To have Ishmael Adams on the offensive side of the ball is amazing. He had a terrific spring. Alex Van Dyke is really stepping up, Jordan Lasley, Eldridge Massington, they’re all playing phenomenal, I think.”


Devon Modster talks about learning the playbook, how the UCLA offense differs from what he’s run in the past and how Rosen helps him on the field.


Eldridge Massington talks about smoothing out the kinks in the offense, what each quarterback’s style is and how many people have asked him for tickets to UCLA’s season opener in his home state of Texas.

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UCLA lands quarterback commit for class of 2017

2017 quarterback Austin Burton flipped his commitment from Boston College to UCLA on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound pro-style QB is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN, and a two-star according to 247Sports.

Burton is UCLA’s first quarterback commit in the class of 2017 and eighth commit overall. The Bruins were targeting San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears, but he committed to Duke earlier this month.

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UCLA athletes win nine medals at Rio Olympics

UCLA athletes took home nine medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, which wrapped up Sunday.

Incoming freshman Madison Kocian won gold in the women’s gymnastics team event while also claiming an individual silver medal on the uneven bars.

In women’s water polo, KK Clark, Rachel Fattal, Sami Hill, Courtney Mathewson and Maddie Musselman helped Team USA to the gold medal, while former Bruin Adam Krikorian coached the team. 

Jessie Fleming won a bronze in women’s soccer with Team Canada. Karsta Lowe also claimed a bronze in women’s volleyball with Team USA, which was coached by former Bruin Karch Kiraly.

UCLA men’s volleyball head coach John Speraw guided the U.S. men’s volleyball team to a bronze medal with fellow Bruins Andrea Becker and Erik Sullivan on the staff.

 

 

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Training camp wrap up

Josh Rosen listens to quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo during practice. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Sun/SCNG)

Josh Rosen listens to quarterbacks coach Marques Tuiasosopo during practice. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher/The Sun/SCNG)

That’s a wrap from San Bernardino. The Bruins head back to Westwood and start the “game week” schedule Monday.

For those wondering, there’s no update on Mique Juarez. He missed his eighth straight day of practice Saturday with an excused absence.

Here are all the links from the San Bernardino edition of training camp. For week 1 items, click here. Continue reading

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