UCLA’s coaching change continues to reset the school’s current recruiting class as four-star safety Cam’ron Jones, three-star linebacker Kolin Demens and three-star running back Lentivone Lesane all announced they have decommitted from UCLA on Monday.
Jones, viewed as a key part of UCLA’s 2018 recruiting class because he was an out-of-state catch for defensive backs coach Demetrice Martin, recently hosted Mississippi coaches at his family’s home in Mansfield, Texas. He has been committed to the Bruins since April, but also has offers from Oklahoma, Colorado, Baylor and Texas Tech.
LaVar Ball: “He’s not transferring to another school,” he told ESPN. “The plan is now to get Gelo ready for the NBA Draft.” The plan was always for LiAngelo to spend one season at UCLA and then leave, regardless of whether he was projected to be drafted.
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.
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.
UCLA got the first part of its new offensive line group for the 2018 recruiting class on Sunday as three-star offensive lineman Alec Anderson flipped his commitment from Washington State to the Bruins.
Anderson, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle from Etiwanda High, told the Daily Bulletin that he was worried about Washington State head coach Mike Leach‘s job status in Pullman as Leach was connected with several high-profile coaching vacancies last week.