Former UCLA wide receiver Jordan Payton hosted his first-ever youth football camp this past weekend at his alma mater Oaks Christian High School. The Jordan Payton Youth Football Camp was a free football camp hosted by the recent NFL Draft pick. Payton, who went in the fifth round to the Cleveland Browns, invited several of his former UCLA teammates to help at the camp, including quarterback Josh Rosen and fellow receiver Eldridge Massington.
Ann Meyers Drysdale is extending her influence on UCLA basketball. Having been named Chair of Hoops for Youth, she’ll lead a program that enables underprivileged children who have likely never seen college basketball in person to attend UCLA basketball games.
Myers Drysdale, a member of the UCLA 1978 national championship team, went on to a prolific career as a broadcaster and member of the front office for the Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury. She was the first woman to receive a four-year athletic scholarship to UCLA.
“UCLA basketball is in my blood,” Meyers Drysdale said. “I know how magical it is to be part of the tradition of UCLA basketball and I want others to have the opportunity to experience that tradition first-hand as well.” Continue reading
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After leaving UCLA in June due to academics, Filipino shooting guard Kobe Paras will rebound at Creighton, he tweeted Sunday night.
Paras enrolled at UCLA as an incoming freshman, but was forced to withdraw during summer school after “academic conditions of his admission were not met,” the school said in a statement.
There was some controversy about why exactly Paras, who was an honors student and met all of the NCAA’s requirements, was denied admission. Cathedral High school’s principal told the L.A. Times “there was an SAT scoring issue,” but Paras’ father Benjie Paras and coach at Cathedral William Middlebrooks said they were shocked and surprised by the sudden denial of a full academic qualifier.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is well-regarded for his athleticism. He won the dunk contest at the 2013 and 2015 FIBA 3×3 Under-18 World Championships while competing for the Philippine national team.
Here are some more scenes from UCLA’s time at Pac-12 Media Days.
Here are lots and lots of links for both days of Pac-12 Media Days and information on all 12 teams:
- Our main UCLA notebook: Jim Mora on Tom Bradley and Josh Rosen
- Jayon Brown on San Bernardino: “The ‘Dino is hot and it’s dry and it’s not a lovely place.”
- Mora talks about new alternate jerseys
- Video: 14 minutes of Mora’s podium session and a complete transcript
- Video: Brown and Conor McDermott
- Video: Media Day recap on Facebook Live
- From the L.A. Times: Rosen steals the show at media day without even being there
- From the Ventura County Star: Mora talks about Ishmael Adams moving to offense and UCLA’s desire to make amends for the way last season ended