UCLA will break ground on its new football and basketball practice facilities in August, less than two years after fundraising first began.
An official ceremony will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 for both the Wasserman Football Center and Mo Ostin Basketball Center, west of Spaulding Field and southwest of Pauley Pavilion. Football and basketball head coaches Jim Mora, Steve Alford and Cori Close will be present, as will donors Casey Wasserman and Mo Ostin.
UCLA’s new basketball practice facility, scheduled to break ground this fall, has been named after record executive Mo Ostin.
Ostin has pledged $10 million to the construction of the project, which is estimated to cost $30-40 million. His contribution makes up approximately two-thirds of the current fundraising tally. The Mo Ostin Basketball Center — to be located southwest of Pauley Pavilion — will host both the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball programs, and is designed by Kevin Daly Architects and AECOM.
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.
The UCLA women’s basketball team earned a No. 3 seed Monday afternoon in the Oklahoma City Region, and will open the NCAA tournament against No. 14 Stetson on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. It’s tied for the highest seed in program history, and has the Bruins — who missed March Madness last year — opening competition with a neutral site in Columbus, Ohio.
UCLA (25-7) should handle the Hatters (24-8) easily, and could meet six-seed Oklahoma after that. In November, the still-unranked Bruins pulled off an 86-80 road upset of the Sooners — then ranked No. 11 in the country. Guard Thea Lemberger, who sparked UCLA with 18 points in that game, is cleared to play after injuring her elbow over two weeks ago.
Full story here, as well as some photos from the Pavilion Club watch party.