Aug 17, 2014 11:13 AM EDT
Prince Ali has committed to UCLA for the class of 2015.
Ali is considered one of the best playmakers in the class and can play both point guard and shooting guard.
"Perfect fit both offensively and defensively. They will give me the chance to cover the opposing team's best player," said Ali, the No. 44 overall player in the ESPN 100. "I am competitive and look forward to that challenge.
"I like Coach [Steve] Alford because he is an up-front guy, he tells me what I do well and what I need to do better. He didn't sugarcoat anything in the process."
Jun 25, 2014 6:42 PM EDT
Mention the name Zach LaVine and some of the words you are most likely to hear are dunk, athleticism and explosiveness.
LaVine, who left UCLA after just one season and is projected as a late-Lottery pick, says the public obsession with his athleticism is relatively new. He was the Washington state player of the year as a senior at Bothell High School, averaging 28.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
"People just started noticing my athleticism this year. It’s crazy,” LaVine said Wednesday. "In high school I averaged 25-30 points per game from my sophomore to senior year, so they didn’t really recognize that stuff. They knew I could get up and dunk, but when college hit those dunk and mixtapes started showing up and people think I’m just this freak athlete. I know there’s more to my game than that. I showed all aspects of it during workouts.”
LaVine said he worked out for nearly a dozen teams, including everyone picking six to seventeen except for the Philadelphia 76ers.
"That’s the one team I didn’t work out for there,” he told the media. "I didn’t have time; I had to come up here. I think I had an interview with them [at the combine] and it went well.”
Apr 27, 2014 10:19 AM EDT
Jordan Adams has changed his mind to leave UCLA for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Adams averaged 17.4 points per game last season.
Adams had initially decided to remain at UCLA for his junior season.
Apr 17, 2014 2:23 PM EDT
Jordan Adams will return to UCLA for his junior season.
Adams contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.4 points per game.
The Bruins also return Norman Powell, Bryce Alford and Tony Parker, will add Isaac Hamilton and three Top 100 big men: Kevon Looney, Thomas Welsh and Jonah Bolden.
Apr 02, 2014 1:23 PM EDT
Kyle Anderson elicits divisive opinions from NBA scouts due to his unique skill-set at 6'9.
Anderson almost certainly will need to be given playing time with the ball in his hands to maximize his abilities.
"I think he goes somewhere between 10-35," writes Chad Ford. "That's the widest range I have for any player in the draft."
Mar 28, 2014 3:49 PM EDT
Kyle Anderson will leave UCLA to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.
“Kyle is totally prepared mentally to come out,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv earlier this season. “He knows he’ll have to get adjusted to the rigors and physicality of the NBA but mentally he’s always been a little more mature than the average age he’s at.
“His approach to the game right now is that of a person who knows this is going to be my job, this is going to be my livelihood.”
Anderson is currently projected by DraftExpress as the 19th overall pick.
Mar 28, 2014 11:51 AM EDT
Zach LaVine will leave UCLA for the 2014 NBA Draft after just one season in Westwood.
LaVine's father Paul told the Los Angeles Daily News that NBA scouts and personnel believe he will be better off long-term by declaring now.
“They love him,” Paul said. “They’re picturing him at 22.”
LaVine's camp believes he should have been entrusted to handle the ball more with the second unit.
Steve Alford instead groomed his son Bryce as the point guard.
DraftExpress currently has LaVine as the 30th overall pick in their latest mock draft.
Mar 16, 2014 9:50 PM EDT
UCLA defeated Arizona by a final score of 75-71 to win the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Tournament.
Kyle Anderson was named Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Nick Johnson, Aaron Gordon, Joseph Young, Askia Booker and Chasson Randle.
Mar 10, 2014 4:24 PM EDT
Nick Johnson of Arizona has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Johnson was joined on the All-Pac-12 First Team by Aaron Gordon, Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Jahii Carson, Justin Cobbs, Dwight Powell, Chasson Randle, Josh Scott and Delon Wright.
Gordon was also named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
On the All-Pac-12 Second Team are Jordan Bachynski, T.J. McConnell, Roberto Nelson, C.J. Wilcox and Joseph Young.
Bachynski was also named Defensive Player of the Year.
Joining Gordon on the All-Freshman Team are Bryce Alford, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Zach Lavine and Nigel Williams-Goss.
Dec 22, 2013 4:57 PM EST
Zach LaVine has made an instant impact at UCLA in his freshman season, averaging 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in 26.1 minutes.
LaVine's highlight reel dunks have helped him get attention nationally.
LaVine's athleticism and scoring ability, along with the possibility of him being able to play point guard in the NBA has him rising up draft boards.
"I think he has the potential to be a lottery pick," says Chad Ford, who thinks LaVine will go in the top 10. "Just talking to NBA scouts and GMs, he has all the tools that you would look for in a young player. When you talk about an intriguing combination of size for position, athleticism and then a skill set that he possesses, it's pretty unique."
LaVine is drawing comparisons to Russell Westbrook as both attended UCLA and played shooting guard collegiately.
LaVine will consider leaving UCLA after the season.
"That's my ultimate goal, is to get to the NBA," said LaVine. "With the one-and-done, I don't know about that yet. I feel like anyone would consider it. It's going to be a decision me and my family make at the end of the year."
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Jonah Bolden is an athletic, 6'8 power forward that also was offered by Indiana, USC, Louisville and SMU.
Justise Winslow, a 6'5 small forward out of St. John's School in Houston, is ranked 14th overall in the class of 2014.
Gyorgy Goloman originally from Hungary and also received interest from Davidson, Richmond and New Mexico.
Joshua Smith was granted a "Seasons of Competition" waiver for the 12-13 season in which he appeared in six games for UCLA.
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