Lonzo Ball works out for Lakers, sits down with team brass

Lonzo Ball at the LA Lakers training facility in El Segundo where he went through a workout and spoke to reporters afterward. (Photo by Brad Graverson/SCNG)

Lonzo Ball’s long-awaited workout for the Lakers wasn’t limited to the basketball court on Wednesday. Tuesday night, the former UCLA point guard had dinner with Lakers coach Luke Walton, GM Rob Pelinka and President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson.

After his 75-minute workout at the Lakers practice facility – followed by an interesting session with the media – Ball was whisked off to a lunch date with Lakers owners Jeanie, Joey and Jesse Buss.

Ball’s private workout included “typical stuff” on the court, but he had a few eyebrow-raising things to say afterward. As for his infamous father, LaVar, Lonzo said he was ensured at dinner that Lakers brass is far from worried.

“They said they love him,” Lonzo said. “That’s about it.”

LaVar Ball wasn’t present at the workout or at dinner Tuesday night in Venice. Neither were any of the current Lakers players.

READ: Lonzo Ball downplays criticism of LaVar, highlights leadership qualities 

Perhaps the most interesting thing Ball had to say indirectly referenced D’Angelo Russell, the team’s current point guard. Continue reading “Lonzo Ball works out for Lakers, sits down with team brass” »

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UCLA loses commitment from safety Jhevon Hill

UCLA lost its longest-committed player for the 2018 recruiting class Wednesday as Jhevon Hill backed out of his verbal pledge to the Bruins.

When the three-star safety from Cajon High in San Bernardino committed to UCLA on March 8, he wrote on Twitter that UCLA was his “childhood ream school.” However, he has since pulled in offers from Arizona and Arizona State. He also has Pac-12 offers from Utah, Cal and Washington State.

The Bruins have two safeties for their 2018 class and both are four-star prospects: Stephan Blaylock (St. John Bosco) and Cam’ron Jones (Mansfield High in Texas). UCLA didn’t sign any safeties in its deep 2017 defensive back group.

UCLA’s nine remaining commits:

  • ATH Isaiah Johnson
  • DL Aaron Maldonado
  • OL Blake McDonald
  • S Cam’ron Jones
  • WR Kyle Phillips
  • RB AJ Carter
  • QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson
  • S Stephan Blaylock
  • DL Niti Liu
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UCLA lands commitment from 3-star defensive lineman

UCLA landed its second defensive lineman for it’s 2018 recruiting class on Tuesday as three-star defensive tackle Niti Liu announced his verbal commitment to the Bruins on Twitter.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound prospect from Sacramento’s Grant Union High is the No. 10-ranked defensive tackle in the West and No. 6 in California, according to Scout.com.

He also had offers from Arizona, Colorado State and Fresno State. UCLA was the first school to offer him.

Bishop Amat’s Aaron Maldonado is UCLA’s other defensive line commit for the 2018 class. Liu brings UCLA’s group to 10:

Other UCLA verbal commits: Continue reading “UCLA lands commitment from 3-star defensive lineman” »

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UCLA scheduled to take podium on first day of Pac-12 Media Days

UCLA head coach Jim Mora speaks to reporters during NCAA college Pac-12 Football Media Days, Thursday, July 30, 2015, in Burbank, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

The Pac-12 released its schedule for next month’s Pac-12 Media Days and it has UCLA set to take the main stage at 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26 at Hollywood and Highland.

Head coach Jim Mora and two to-be-announced players will represent the Bruins during the two-day event.

UCLA hasn’t released its summer training camp schedule yet, but it should be starting very close to the Media Days as the end of two-a-day practices meant adding an extra week to training camp. The Bruins started camp in the second week of August last year.

Here’s the full Media Days schedule:
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Former UCLA football players at NFL OTAs

Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack is in line to take the starting middle linebacker role for the Jacksonville Jaguars in his second season in the NFL. (Rick Wilson/AP Photos)

Myles Jack has always been celebrated as a jack of all trades. His rare athletic ability allows him to roam freely between positions, but as the former UCLA Bruin is entering his second year in the NFL, Jack is starting to find his steady home.

During organized team activities with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jack has taken up the starting middle linebacker role. He told reporters it was a “relief” to have one position instead of bouncing between all three linebacker roles like last year.

“It’s definitely been great because now I know exactly what I’m doing and I can focus these next couple months exactly on what I’m doing,” Jack told ESPN late last month.

While relieved to find his role on the team, Jack told reporters he was nervous about the change because it meant displacing Paul Posluszny. Jack felt uncomfortable approaching the 10-year veteran, but has been receiving advice from Posluszny on how to play the position.

“Poz is such a professional,” Jack told the Florida Times-Union. “He was like OK, lets get it right. If this is what it takes to win, this is what we’re going to do.”

Links from the past few weeks on some other former Bruins going through OTAs:

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