UCLA maintained its perfect record with a 95-79 win over Northwestern Friday night, closing out the Las Vegas Invitational.
Sophomore Kyle Anderson was named tournament MVP and nearly had his second career triple-double. The point guard finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals and a block. He also made both his 3-point attempts, chipping in to the Bruins’ absurd 13-of-16 rate from downtown. Continue reading
UCLA forward Wanaah Bail be available for the Bruins’ Thursday game against Nevada, coach Steve Alford said this morning. The freshman had knee surgery in late June, and finally practiced with full contact for the first time last week.
A former three-star prospect in 2012, Bail is an athletic big man who adds depth to the frontcourt and provides another option in UCLA’s transition offense.
Wanaah Bail (left knee injury) and could be back with the Bruins soon. UCLA coach Steve Alford said the forward has been practicing with the team, and that he would discuss the freshman’s status with a doctor after his postgame interview on Sunday night.
UCLA had a chance to work on its dunking skills, and Norman Powell had five of UCLA’s 10 slams in this 106-65 win over Chattanooga.
Powell’s windmill dunk was the highlight of the evening as were the 106 points. UCLA hadn’t scored more than 100 points in a non-exhibition game in five years. And that’s because defensive-minded Ben Howland was coach.
This was a new kind of UCLA look to be sure. Kyle Anderson nearly had another triple double with 17 points 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Jordan Adams scored a team-high 22 points, and Tony Parker had a career-best 14 rebounds.
The Bruins are 5-0 for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when they won their first seven games.
In an 81-70 win that looked more difficult than it should have, Kyle Anderson carved out his little piece of UCLA history.
The sophomore point guard dropped a triple-double on Morehead State, the first by a Bruin since Toby Bailey logged his on Dec. 18, 1995. Continue reading
Well, Andy Enfield has definitely made Los Angeles college basketball a lot more interesting.
Last month, the first-year USC coach quipped in practice that anyone who wanted to play slow could head to UCLA.
For the record, the Bruins are currently ranked 50th nationally in adjusted tempo, according to kenpom.com. The Trojans are 172nd.
A new profile in Men’s Journal featured more biting one-liners from the 44-year-old. Continue reading
Justise Winslow committed to Duke this afternoon, adding to 2014 recruiting class already ranked No. 1 in the nation. The five-star swingman is rated the No. 9 player in the country by Rivals.com.
The Blue Devils were regarded as the frontrunner heading into this afternoon, with UCLA making a late push this week as his second potential destination. The 6-foot-6 Winslow’s other finalists were Arizona, Florida and Texas A&M.
The Bruins secured a solid class during the early signing period with five-star forward Kevon Looney and four-star center Thomas Welsh, but the addition of Winslow would have pushed the haul to elite status.
Senior Travis Wear and freshman Wanaah Bail both returned to practice with contact Wednesday afternoon, giving UCLA an infusion of depth in its frontcourt.
Wear started 31 of 32 games last season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward had an appendectomy on Oct. 28, and has yet to play this season. He said he felt ready to return sooner, but doctors gave him a strict three-week recovery timetable. Continue reading
After a slow start, UCLA is starting to form a solid recruiting class under first-year head coach Steve Alford.
The latest addition is four-star center Thomas Welsh, a local 7-footer whose stock shot up this past summer. The Loyola High senior picked the Bruins over Stanford and Cal, and should help shore up a frontcourt that loses seniors Travis and David Wear. Continue reading
UCLA kept its record perfect with an 86-50 blowout of Sacramento State on Monday night, the Bruins’ largest winning margin through three games this season.
Guard Jordan Adams scored a game-high 21 points, hitting four of five attempts from 3-point range and scoring seven straight during one UCLA run. He also pocketed eight steals and four rebounds. Point guard Kyle Anderson had eight points and eight assists.
Senior forward Travis Wear remains day-to-day after having an appendectomy on Oct. 28. His twin brother David had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes.
Freshman Wanaah Bail (knee) is still sidelined, as is fellow first-year forward Noah Allen. The latter is out six weeks after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.