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UCLA's Chris Smith Out For Season With Torn ACL

Jan 3, 2021 12:34 PM

UCLA senior Chris Smith tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the college basketball season.

Smith is currently ranked No. 79 on ESPN's 2021 draft rankings, and ranked No. 10 at the small forward position.

Smith averaged 12.6 points and 6.4 rebounds on the season. 

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Top-Ranked California Prospect Peyton Watson Commits To UCLA

Jul 28, 2020 1:06 AM

Peyton Watson announced his commitment to UCLA on Monday.

Watson is the top-ranked player in California, and is No. 25 in ESPN's top 100 for the class of 2021.

Watson chose UCLA over Gonzaga, Washington, Arizona, Oregon and Michigan.

"I'm the No. 1 player in California, and I feel like UCLA is the original blue blood. It's hard to pass up an amazing school where my parents can see me play and have the support of my community behind me," Watson told ESPN.

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Under Armour Reportedly Looking To End 15-Year, $280 Million Contract With UCLA

Jun 27, 2020 3:53 PM

Under Armour is reportedly attempting to end its 15-year, $280 million deal with UCLA.

"We are exploring all our options to resist Under Armour's actions. We remain committed to providing our hard-working staff and student-athletes with the footwear, apparel and equipment needed to train and compete at the highest level, as they -- and our loyal Bruin fans -- deserve," released the school in a statement.

The two sides agreed to the deal in May 2016.

It was the largest college apparel deal as of September 2019, according to Forbes. 


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UCLA Set To Hire Boston College Athletic Director Martin Jarmond

May 17, 2020 11:54 AM

Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond is close to signing a six-year deal to become the next athletic director at UCLA, sources told Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports.

Jarmond will replace Dan Guerrero at UCLA, who is retiring after 18 years. 

UCLA reportedly has a $19 million deficit in the athletic department from 2019.

Jarmond has earned a reputation as an energetic fund-raiser. He is credited with modernizing BC's athletic department's fundraising, including overseeing the launch of a $150 million digital campaign.

Pete Thamel/Yahoo! Sports

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Jalen Hill Withdraws From NBA Draft, Will Return To UCLA

May 3, 2020 12:47 PM

Jalen Hill withdrew his name from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to UCLA for his redshirt junior season.

Hill averaged 9.0 points and 6.9 rebounds last season.

Junior guard Chris Hill declared for the draft, but could also return to the team. 


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Daishen Nix Decommits From UCLA, Will Sign With G League Select Team

Apr 28, 2020 12:27 PM

Daishen Nix has decommitted from UCLA and will sign with the G League Select team.

Nix is a potential 2021 lottery pick.

Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd have already agreed to sign with the G League Select team.

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Johnny Juzang Commits To UCLA

Apr 10, 2020 1:33 AM

Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang announced his commitment to UCLA.

Juzang chose the Bruins over ArizonaNotre DameOregonTexas Tech and Villanova.

Juzang was ranked as the No. 30 prospect for the 2019 class. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 games as a freshman. 

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Chris Smith Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Apr 7, 2020 11:07 AM

Chris Smith is leaving UCLA after his junior season to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

"I'm 100% committed to the process and am excited to see what the future holds," Smith told ESPN.

Smith currently ranks as the No. 72 prospect in the class by ESPN.

Smith averaged 13.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Bruins and was named Pac-12 Most Improved Player and was also a first-team All-Pac-12 selection.

Smith is the youngest junior in the ESPN 100 as he enrolled at UCLA as a 17-year-old.

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