UCLA loses three more commits

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.

Bruin Report Online reported Monday that Martin would not be retained under new head coach Chip Kelly. Martin is one of the staff’s best recruiters and was key in reeling in top prospects like Darnay Holmes and four-star cornerback Elijah Gates last year. Continue reading “UCLA loses three more commits” »

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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.

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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:

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UCLA rebuilds OL class with three-star tackle Alec Anderson

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.

The Bruins lost a commitment from Trey Stratford on Sunday morning, who was the last of the five offensive linemen who had committed under Jim Mora to back away from UCLA. Anderson is Chip Kelly’s second commit after the new head coach also got a pledge from speedy running back Kazmeir Allen.

Anderson said he attended a camp at UCLA, but never officially received an offer from Mora’s staff. He was also considering Arizona State and Oregon State.

Anderson’s senior highlights:

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