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Johnny Juzang Declares For Draft, Could Still Return To UCLA

Apr 20, 2021 3:42 PM

Johnny Juzang is entering the 2021 NBA Draft but will maintain the ability to return to UCLA.

Juzang, the No. 50 prospect in the ESPN 100 NBA draft rankings, was named second-team All-Conference in the Pac-12 after a productive season in which he averaged 16 points and 4.1 rebounds for UCLA.

Juzang was one of the most improved players in the country after averaging just 2.9 points in 12 minutes per game as a freshman at Kentucky, leading him to transfer in the offseason to be closer to home.

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Top Prospect Amari Bailey Commits To UCLA

Feb 18, 2021 1:26 AM

Amari Bailey announced his commitment to UCLA on Wednesday.

The shooting guard is ranked No. 3 in ESPN's class of 2022.

"He's a clever ball handler who changes his speeds and direction with purpose when navigating a defense. He's somewhat underrated as a versatile backcourt defender who will rebound and start the fast break. He owns an on-court presence and offensive instincts that remind me of D'Angelo Russell," said ESPN's Paul Biancardi.

Bailey is also a candidate to reclassify into the class of 2021. 

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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.

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