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 youngerbrothers 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.
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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 →
UCLA officially broke ground on both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center this afternoon. Here’s a bit of footage to make you feel like you were right in the middle of the festivities.
Jim Mora thanked the Wasserman family for its contributions:
A virtual tour of what the football facility should look like:
A virtual tour of what the basketball facility should look like:
Both are projected for completion by around fall 2017.
UCLA point guard Bryce Alford, the son of head coach Steve Alford, could be taken off scholarship as a senior in 2016-17. (David Stephenson/AP)
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 →