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.
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
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For anyone looking for something to do between now and UCLA’s tipoff against Gonzaga at 4:15 p.m. PT (CBS), here’s a roundup of relevant reading:
— Isaac Hamilton started the season on a bumpy path, but has rediscovered his “old man’s game” late in the season.
— UCLA assistant coach Ed Schilling once shot poorly in a football stadium, but he doesn’t think the same will hold for the Bruins at NRG Stadium.
— From the Spokesman-Review: The first person to ever hire Steve Alford as a coach explains how it happened.
— From Grantland: How Kyle Wiltjer turned himself into a star by leaving Kentucky.
— From Y! Sports: An oral history of UCLA’s 2006 comeback against Gonzaga.
— And last but not least … Bill Walton’s recent aMa on Reddit.
UCLA sophomore Isaac Hamilton talked about the team’s 92-75 win over UAB, what he said to try and motivate Tony Parker, and how it feels to be a part of a Sweet 16 run after sitting out last season.
UCLA coasted to a 96-70 win over USC in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals, as sophomore Isaac Hamilton scored a career-high 36 points — the most for any Bruin in a decade. Hamilton did this just four days after the death of his grandmother, Lucine.
“I said a little prayer,” he said. “I knew she was watching me above. I just came out and competed. I’m hoping she’s happy with the performance I had today.”