Former UCLA commit Kobe Paras picks Creighton

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.

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UCLA finishes up Pac-12 Media Days

Here are some more scenes from UCLA’s time at Pac-12 Media Days.

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Links: Pac-12 Media Days wrap up

UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott speaks with the media at Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA offensive tackle Conor McDermott speaks with the media at Pac-12 Media Day. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

Here are lots and lots of links for both days of Pac-12 Media Days and information on all 12 teams:

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UCLA football excited to get out of San Bernardino

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

UCLA Head Coach Jim Mora. Coaches and athletes from each team in the PAC-12 pose for a group photo. The schools were invited to speak at the 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days at the Loews Hollywood Hotel In Hollywood, CA. July 15, 2016. (Photo by John McCoy/So Cal News Group)

The UCLA football team wrapped up Pac-12 Media Days on Friday looking forward to fall camp. For linebacker Jayon Brown, there’s one more reason than usual to be excited.

Unlike in past years, the Bruins will only be spending one week in San Bernardino instead of two. Head coach Jim Mora scheduled the first week of camp on UCLA’s campus before spending the final week at Cal State San Bernardino.

“That’s lovely,” Brown said of getting to stay in Westwood for a week of camp. “Everybody on the team I know is hyped up for that. The ‘Dino is hot and it’s dry and it’s not a lovely place. Sorry for all the people out there in the I.E.” Continue reading

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UCLA basketball likely to be without Prince Ali to start season

UCLA shooting guard Prince Ali had surgery on his left meniscus Friday, according to the school’s athletic department, and isn’t likely to be ready for the season opener Nov. 11. The 6-foot-3 sophomore suffered the injury July 8 playing basketball in open gym.

Ali was a key reserve last season, but an increase in his role this coming season wasn’t a certainty given the arrival of Naismith High School Player of the year, freshman point guard Lonzo Ball.

Ali, a four-star recruit from Weston, Fl., averaged 3.9 points in 11.8 minutes per game as a freshman. The speculation is that Ball’s arrival will shift Bryce Alford from point guard to shooting guard. Ali was likely to serve as Alford’s primary backup. Continue reading

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