Jonah Bolden practiced for the first time in front of Los Angeles media on Tuesday, providing a glimpse at the type of player that could have changed the arc of UCLA’s season.
A four-star recruit, the 6-foot-10 wing was ruled ineligible to play this season, but this week the NCAA cleared him to begin practicing. Bolden said that he had been able to get individual training with assistant coach with Ed Schilling over the past few months. He described those as being tailored for his frame and body type, name-dropping Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as a pro comparison.
Added head coach Steve Alford: “He’s a big guard, or he can play a stretch four and really do a lot of things helping both bigs and guards.”
Jonah Bolden was cleared to practice with UCLA this week, four months after being ruled ineligible to play this season by the NCAA.
Today, the four-star wing spoke to reporters for the first time, touching on what he’s been working on in his game and what he sees in his future.
Asked if he’s considering entering the NBA draft over returning to UCLA next season, the 6-foot-9 Bolden said: “Most definitely, my goal is to get to the NBA, but my main priority right now is here at UCLA.”
Talented true freshman Jonah Bolden has been cleared to practice with the UCLA men’s basketball team, giving the Bruins a bit of help as they try to shake off seven losses in their last 10 games.
A four-star small forward, Bolden will remain ineligible to compete in games this season. The NCAA had ruled the 6-foot-9 recruit a partial qualifier back in September, with the troubles rooted in his transfer from Australia to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.
It's official, I'm eligible … Man it's gonna be great to get back with squad helping them prep to get these W's !! #UCLA#BruinsNation
For the second time in four days, the Bruins lost a player expected to contribute immediately during Steve Alford’s second season. As first reported by the Coloradoan, potential graduate transfer guard Jon Octeus has been denied admission to UCLA.
Octeus had averaged 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a junior at Colorado State last season, and had intended to play his final season with the Bruins.
Four-star forward Jonah Bolden signed a national letter of intent with UCLA on Wednesday, officially giving the Bruins the fourth commitment in their 2014 class.
The versatile 6-foot-9 Australian verbally committed in December, and will fill out a frontcourt that should improve despite the graduation of David and Travis Wear. Bolden spent the fall semester at Las Vegas Findlay Prep, then led Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) to the National Prep Championship.
“We are thrilled to add a player of Jonah’s caliber to our program,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “Not only is he a talented young man, but he’s also very coachable, has great character and will immediately add to our team’s depth.
He joins a haul that already includes five-star forward Kevon Looney, four-star center Thomas Welsh and three-star forward Gyorgy Goloman — all of whom inked their letters during the November signing period. UCLA’s class is ranked seventh in the country by Scout.com.
The second NLI signing period started today, and ends on May 21.
UCLA’s biggest hole next year looks to be shrinking quickly. This morning, the Bruins landed four-star forward Jonah Bolden, an Australian native playing this season at Findlay Prep. Continue reading →