Saturday, April 22, 2017

UCLA lands pledge from 2018 guard David Singleton

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2018 guard David Singleton just verbally committed to Steve Alford, UCLA.

2018 guard David Singleton verbally committed to UCLA on Thursday, he announced. 
Singleton, a four-star recruit out of Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery, picked the Bruins over interest from a host of west coast schools, including Gonzaga, UNLV, Arizona among others. 
"I liked the style of play and I liked the fact I'll be able to stay home," Singleton told Scout. "I felt like family every time I visited their school and and I felt this will be the best situation for me."
Singleton picked up an offer from UCLA on Tuesday and committed less than 48 hours later, choosing to stay at home in Los Angeles.
"Being at home for school definitely made a big impact on my decision," Singleton said.
The UCLA campus and staff were also impressive to Singleton.

"The staff really values you as a player and a person," he said. "I also like how the campus is high in both basketball and academics."
The 6-foot-4 guard is ranked No. 58 overall and as the No. 10 shooting guard in the 2018 class.
"David Singleton is one of the top scorers on the West Coast," Scout analyst Josh Gershon said. "He's a 6-4 shooting guard who can fill it up from all three levels."
"One of the best aspects of Singleton's game is his consistency; he gets his points every time out and usually at an efficient rate," Gershon added. "Not just a scorer, Singleton also can handle and pass it, while he changes speeds well and can play in either the half court or transition."
Fresh off landing the No. 2 recruiting class in 2017, Singleton is the first commitment of the 2018 class.  

UCLA promotes Tyus Edney to fill coaching staff vacancy

Former UCLA point guard Tyus Edney was promoted to assistant coach for the Bruins. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

The biggest cheers for UCLA’s basketball coaching staff during pregame introductions next season may very well be for an assistant.
Former Bruins star Tyus Edney has been promoted from his role as director of operations to fill the vacancy created by the departure of assistant coach Ed Schilling, who left to join Archie Miller’s new staff at Indiana. Edney’s mad full-court dash with 4.8 seconds left for a buzzer-beating layup against Missouri in the 1995 NCAA tournament remains one of the most iconic plays in school history. UCLA went on to win the national title that year.
“I’m appreciative of the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with the program that has given me so much,” Edney said in a statement released by the school. “I will do everything that I can to help us perform at the highest level.”
Edney, 44, had served as director of operations for seven seasons after the end of a playing career that included parts of four seasons in the NBA and more than a decade competing internationally.
“He will be a tremendous asset to our program as an assistant coach,” UCLA Coach Steve Alford said in a statement, “and we’re very confident that he’s going to significantly impact our team in every aspect.”
Several Bruins players said last season they considered Edney an inspiration and often sought him out for advice. Point guard Lonzo Ball even re-created Edney’s buzzer-beating play for a video posted on Twitter.
“Any time you have somebody this close to your program that won a national championship,” shooting guard Bryce Alford said during the season, “you’ve got to pick his brain.”
Kory Barnett, who had served as the program’s director of player development and scouting, will replace Edney as the director of operations.

UCLA's Ike Anigbogu picks an agent and is headed for the NBA draft


Ike Anigbogu presumably wasn’t trying to be ironic when he wore a UCLA basketball shirt in a photo that was posted on Twitter on Thursday. The Bruins center smiled as he stood next to NBA agent Jason Glushon, whose agency, Glushon Sports Management, welcomed Anigbogu into its clientele with the tweet, effectively ending his career as a Bruin.

Anigbogu becomes the third UCLA freshman to have hired an agent ahead of the NBA draft, joining Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf. Glushon also represents New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, a former Bruin.
While Ball and Leaf are widely projected as first-round selections, there is no such consensus on where Anigbogu could be taken. One mock draft board predicts he will be go No. 18 overall, but another foresees him going No. 37, which would be early in the second round.
The 6-foot-10 Anigbogu is largely coveted because of his physical presence and potential as an elite defender. His modest averages of 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 13 minutes per game last season are not representative of his massive upside.
UCLA Coach Steve Alford seemed to acknowledge that Anigbogu would be leaving even before he hired an agent, saying earlier this month that “he certainly has my support in making the jump to the NBA. We’re really going to miss him.”
The Bruins are still waiting to find out whether junior center Thomas Welsh and sophomore guard Aaron Holiday will return next season after having declared for the draft without hiring an agent. They have until May 24 to withdraw from draft consideration.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alford, Hamilton Set for Portsmouth Invitational 2017

Bryce will be playing for Sales System, Isaac for Roger Brown's Restaurant :-) 

Alford and Hamilton started in 104 games for UCLA over the past three seasons.

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LOS ANGELES – UCLA senior guards Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton will compete in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va., from April 12-15.
For 65 consecutive years, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament has invited 64 of the nation's top college basketball seniors to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament played in front of NBA scouts.
Complete rosters for this season's tournament were announced April 10. The tournament's schedule and rosters can be viewed by visiting
Alford averaged 15.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, starting all 36 contests, for the Bruins during his senior season. He set the school's single-season record for most three-pointers made (116) and ranked second in the Pac-12 in three-point percentage (43.0).
Hamilton registered 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as a senior, starting all 36 contests alongside Alford. Hamilton and Alford each scored in double figures in 28 of the team's 36 games.
In fact, Alford and Hamilton have started in each of the Bruins' last 104 games – every game the previous three seasons.
Alford concluded his collegiate career ranking No. 5 on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,922 career points. In addition, he set the school's career record for most made three-pointers (326). Alford capped his UCLA career ranking No. 6 on the all-time assist list (537) and No. 7 in career free throw percentage (.825).
Hamilton finished his collegiate career with 1,426 points in three seasons, currently ranking No. 25 on the school's all-time scoring list.
Alford and Hamilton each tied the school's single-game record for most made three-point field goals. Alford shot 9 for 14 from three-point range in a win at Colorado (Jan. 12, 2017), while Hamilton made 9 of 14 three-pointers in the Bruins' home victory over Arizona State the following week (Jan. 19, 2017).
The duo of senior guards helped UCLA post a 31-5 overall record in 2016-17, including a 15-3 mark in Pac-12 play. The Bruins advanced to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons after having won a school record-tying 28 regular-season games.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LaMelo Ball vs Jaylen Hands! Battle of Future UCLA Point Guards at The Battlezone!

from Ballislife West 

Catching up with Jaylen Hands

2017 videos on the San Diego native. Thanks to the original posters on You Tube!!!

Thomas Welsh. Stuff you can do with math.

Thomas Welsh from Pac-12 Networks
"Watch UCLA basketball center and Economics major Thomas Welsh explain how math is a universal language that helps him excel on and off the court."