UCLA forward Noah Allen had surgery for three fractures below his left eye this afternoon, coach Steve Alford said. The freshman suffered the injury in the last 34 seconds of Tuesday’s win over Oakland. There is currently no timetable for his return.
The 6-foot-6 wing played 11 minutes against the Golden Grizzlies, logging four points and five rebounds. He hit both his free throws after getting hit.
Senior forward Travis Wear is still on track for a potential Monday return against Sacramento State. He had an appendectomy on Oct. 28.
Freshman forward Wanaah Bail (knee) is projected to be out another 10-14 days.
UCLA has officially signed five-star forward Kevon Looney, one of the gems of the 2014 class.
“Kevon is one of the best players in the country in this class,” coach Steve Alford said in a statement. “He is extremely skilled and versatile. Most importantly, he’s a winner.”
The Bruins also inked Hungarian native Gyorgy Goloman, a little-known forward also sought by Davidson, Richmond and New Mexico. Alford’s statement called him “one of the best passing big men we have seen in years.”
Looney sent his national letter of intent to UCLA this morning, while Goloman did the same yesterday.
UCLA women’s basketball also signed its first-ever No. 1 recruiting class Continue reading
Q: For basketball, the early signing period starts this Wednesday. Any update since five-star forward Kevon Looney verballed?
A: Hungarian big man Gyorgy Goloman officially signed his letter of intent today, and Looney is expected to send his in Thursday morning. Four-star 7-footer Thomas Welsh will decide between Cal, Stanford and UCLA any day now. Justise Winslow might also make a decision by Nov. 20.
Q: How big of a blow and an impact did losing left tackle Torian White and running back Jordon James have on the team and our offense? Continue reading
UCLA moved to 2-0 Tuesday night, easily dispatching Oakland University 91-60. The Bruins ended the first half on a 27-9 run, then stretched out another 18-2 run midway through the second half.
Sophomore center Tony Parker set new career highs with 21 points and 12 rebounds, crushing his previous bests of 12 and five. After playing just 20 minutes due to foul trouble in last week’s season opener, he said he made an emphasis to keep his hands up. He also added three blocks through 34 minutes.
“I just try to do my dirty work early,” he said of his offensive performance. “Get in position early. … It was hard to box me out. I just kept crashing.”
Norman Powell also had a nice game, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He flushed in a pair of impressive alley-oops, both assisted by freshman Bryce Alford.
“If you throw the ball up near the rim, I’ll go get it,” the junior guard said. “I’ll finish it for you 9 out of 10 times.”
UCLA sophomores Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson both made the John R. Wooden Award watch list Tuesday, the latest iteration of a relatively meaningless preseason hype ritual.
Two past Bruins have taken home the prize, given each year to the top player in college basketball: Marques Johnson as the inaugural winner in 1977, and Ed O’Bannon in 1995. Continue reading
UCLA opened the season with a narrow 72-67 win over Drexel, sprinkling some good moments of transition offense in with uneven defense. Coach Steve Alford was generally positive afterward, and maintained that the problems he saw were very fixable.
“You either win that opener or you lose that opener,” he said, “and winning the opener feels a lot better than losing.”
Some notes and quotes from the game:
1. Kyle Anderson looks very comfortable at point guard. Continue reading
Another exhibition game, another 30-point win. Lifted by a pair of strong sophomore showings Monday night, UCLA easily dispatched Cal State San Marcos, 109-79.
Kyle Anderson, entrusted with more ball-handling duties his second year, stuffed the box score: 22 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. He also hit both his attempts from beyond the arc, where he struggled a year ago with a 21.1 percent conversion rate. Continue reading
The limbo ended, but not in the way UCLA had hoped.
Five-star guard Isaac Hamilton’s appeal to play immediately has been denied, the school announced Thursday. The former St. John Bosco standout will sit out the 2013-14 season and play the following year as a sophomore.
Originally signed with UTEP, Hamilton broke his national letter of intent and instead enrolled at UCLA. He loses a year of eligibility for reneging on his NLI, but is allowed to continue practicing with the team. Continue reading
UCLA pulled off its first major coup of the Steve Alford era on Halloween, landing five-star power forward Kevon Looney.
Not only is the Milwaukee native rated the No. 13 player in the country by Rivals.com, he also fulfills a major need for the Bruins. Last season, UCLA had the worst rebounding margin in the Pac-12.
The 6-foot-9 power forward should start immediately when he arrives for the 2014-15 season. Continue reading
UCLA was ranked No. 22 in the country in the first Associated Press poll, slotted as the third-best team in the conference.
The Bruins beat Cal State San Bernardino, 96-66, in a home exhibition Wednesday night, but allowed 14 offensive rebounds and made just one of their 12 3-point attempts. They play a second exhibition on Monday against Cal State San Marcos, and open their season against Drexel on Nov. 8.
Arizona paced the Pac-12 at No. 6 in the AP poll. Oregon was ranked 19th. Colorado, Arizona State, Washington and Stanford also received votes.
Kentucky beat Michigan State for the No. 1 spot, taking 27 first-place votes to the Spartans’ 22. The Wildcats finished out of the poll last season, then lost in the NIT to Robert Morris.
Louisville and Duke also received first-place votes.
See the full poll after the jump: Continue reading