UCLA’s Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton and Tony Parker talked about the start of the 2015-16 season, and what they’ve focused on improving during their offseason.
Two months ago, Steve Alford left open the possibility of taking his son Bryce off scholarship.
“We haven’t talked about that,” the UCLA men’s basketball coach said in June. “But obviously, that’s something that we can do.”
And something that appears to be an increasingly likely possibility. According to Scout.com, the Bruins are willing to make point guard Bryce Alford a walk-on in 2016-17 to make room for five-star power forward T.J. Leaf — who decommitted from Arizona on Thursday. Continue reading
UCLA men’s basketball held its year-end banquet last night. Here’s the list of awards the team handed out.
Norman Powell, Sr., G, 6-4, 215
John Wooden Award (most valuable player)
Kevon Looney, Fr., F, 6-9, 220
Seymour Armond Memorial Award (most valuable freshman)
Gerald A. Finerman Award (rebounding leader)
Tony Parker, Jr., F/C, 6-9, 260
Player Improvement Award Continue reading
UPDATE: Kevon Looney is close to choosing his representation, according to RealGM, and has plans to declare for the NBA draft.
Kevon Looney has not yet announced whether or not he will leave UCLA and declare for the NBA draft, but head coach Steve Alford doesn’t think the wait will last much longer.
“I think it’ll probably be a quicker decision versus something that’s going to be drawn out,” Alford said.
Although the 6-foot-9 freshman forward left the door open for a return to school last week, it’s difficult to imagine him turning down a chance to become a lottery pick this June. Continue reading
UCLA arrived in Houston last night, and shot around for about an hour or so this morning at NRG Stadium. Formerly known as Reliant Stadium, the football venue can seat up to 80,000 people — absolutely dwarfing any other place the Bruins have played this season.
Will that set-up affect how players shoot?
“You get to go out there and you see how big the stadium is,” said point guard Bryce Alford. “The scoreboard is huge. The court is elevated. All that stuff. It’s what you dream of when you’re a kid, playing in a venue like this. …
“You got to get used to the shooting. It’s definitely different, but they’ve done a great job of making the background darker. There’s black (canvas) behind both hoops. So, I don’t think it will be too much different than shooting in a normal gym.”
In case you missed anything, here’s a roundup of our UCLA-Gonzaga coverage so far this week: Continue reading