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 coach Steve Alford talked about the start of the Bruins’ 2015-16 season before the start of their first practice, touching on Jonah Bolden’s recovery from knee surgery, the team’s increased depth, and the possibility of playing big men Thomas Welsh and Tony Parker in the same lineup.
Nearly six months after parting ways with St. John’s, former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin has landed back on the West Coast.
The 51-year-old has joined the Pac-12 Networks as as a men’s basketball analyst. Lavin reached four Sweet Sixteens and an Elite Eight with the Bruins from 1997-2002, but never got the Red Storm past the NCAA Tournament’s round of 64.
Lavin had one year remaining on his six-year contract with St. John’s, but extension negotiations stalled this spring, leading the school to hire former star Chris Mullin. A source told the Arizona Republic that Lavin had strong interest in coaching at Arizona State, but the Sun Devils hired Buffalo’s Bobby Hurley.
The San Francisco native will join an on-air talent team that also includes Kevin O’Neill, Mike Montgomery, Don MacLean and Bill Walton.
“I have an inherent comfort level and familiarity with the Pac-12 Conference, having already spent 12 years coaching basketball at UCLA,” Lavin said in a statement. “That history makes returning to the Pac-12 as a broadcaster an ideal opportunity. I’m eager for the college basketball season to begin and look forward to contributing as an analyst on the Pac-12 Networks’ coverage.”
In the near future, UCLA will be set with a back-to-back pair of five-star point guards.
Jaylen Hands announced his commitment to the Bruins’ 2017 class today, making him the eventual successor to Lonzo Ball. The latter, who picked UCLA 18 months ago, headlines the team’s 2016 haul. Ball — whose two younger brothers are also future Bruins — has said publicly that he intends to be a “one and done” player, heading off to the NBA as soon as possible.
Thank You To Those Who Recruited Me. Me and My Family chose to further my Education and Basketball Career at UCLA. pic.twitter.com/l10wfF79tL
— Easy (@JHANDS08) September 16, 2015
Assuming those plans don’t change, Hands ensures that the UCLA offense will still have a capable backcourt leader. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound San Diego-area product is a high-upside prospect, and is ranked a top-25 recruit nationally by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He was one of 17 finalists for the 2015 USA Basketball U16 National Team, and measured out with a 6-foot-4 wingspan at training camp. Continue reading
The Pac-12 released tipoff times for conference play today, effectively finalizing the UCLA men’s basketball 2015-16 schedule. The Bruins also released tipoff times for their nonconference slate.
See the full schedule below: Continue reading