– Jordan Adams is hitting on all cylinders heading down the late stretch of the season. The sophomore guard lit up the Huskies for a career-high 31 points in UCLA’s 91-82 win — a total that could have easily been higher if not for a second-half bout with cramps.
Adams scored 10 of UCLA’s first 14 points to set the pace early, and established the offense by earning trips to the line. He also exited a good portion of the second half and didn’t score in the final eight minutes, but his last six points came when the Bruins only led by one point.
UCLA’s most natural scorer hitting his stride in March obviously bodes well for a team that’s angling for a top-five tournament seed. His free throw rate has dropped to 20th in the conference compared to 13th last season, but he his nine free throw attempts were his highest since Dec. 7. Continue reading →
Four-star safety Budda Baker announced his decision to commit to Washington this evening, picking the Huskies over UCLA on Seattle TV station KING 5.
Baker, who is close to UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, is the top-rated recruit out of Washington and No. 10 at his position nationally. The Bellevue High standout cited his family as a main reason for sticking close to home, and was accompanied by relatives in the KING 5 studio.
The Bruins have four-star prospects Jaleel Wadood and Adarius Pickett committed in in this year’s secondary class, as well as three-star cornerback Denzel Fisher.
Four-star safety Budda Baker has decommitted from Oregon, opening up the possibility that UCLA adds another defensive back to its 2014 class.
Baker had Washington and the Bruins as his two other finalists before announcing for the Ducks last month. He played with UCLA linebacker Myles Jack at Bellevue High, and actually helped Jack with his pass coverage last summer. Continue reading →
Steve Sarkisian’s departure for USC had left the Huskies’ top spot open, giving Mora a chance to return to his alma mater and take what he had once called his “dream job.”
Practicality overwhelmed sentiment, however, and the 52-year-old opted to stay with the program he has touted as a budding national contender. The extension will keep him through the 2019 season. Continue reading →
Echoing earliercomments from his teammates, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley said today that he isn’t worried about coach Jim Mora potentially going to Washington.
“I’m not concerned at all, to be honest,” he told sports radio host Jim Rome. “I haven’t really heard too much. Obviously, there’s so much talk about it right now. But I’m not concerned about it at all. I know Coach Mora. I love him to death. Obviously, he loves UCLA. He loves the players. We love him. We’re not really worried or anything like that about him leaving.”
Of course, it would have been surprising if Hundley or other Bruins had said otherwise, but they at least backed up the tone Mora set with his post-USC press conference. Earlier reports that Mora was in Seattle were unfounded. Continue reading →
USC’s hire of Steve Sarkisian has already opened up speculation that Washington is gunning for UCLA’s Jim Mora. I broke down all the reasons he has to stay in Los Angeles in the Daily News, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll list both sides now.
The case for UW: Alma mater, better facilities (including a new, on-campus stadium). The case for UCLA: Two-year foundation already built, natural recruiting advantages, family settling in (son at Claremont McKenna, father in Palm Springs), weather, not having to coach against Myles Jack.
As for the murmurs placing him in Seattle today, well … one Jim Mora definitely was.
Myles Jack talked more about playing running back, as well as the about the increased attention he gets on the UCLA campus. For the record, he prefers interceptions to touchdowns, even if he has four more of the latter this season.
He was also asked about any animosity he has towards Washington. The Bellevue High grad drew a 15-yard penalty for this, and also gestured toward the Huskies’ sideline.
“I don’t know how to answer that the correct way,” Jack said. “I guess you could say the feeling’s mutual between us.”