Friday, April 25, 2014

Brother Martin guard Jordan Cornish granted release from Tennessee after denial, will open recruitment

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on April 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM, updated April 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM

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In lieu of the coaching change at Tennessee, Brother Martin guard Jordan Cornish has asked for and been granted his release from his national letter of intent that he signed in November according to his mother.

Former Tennessee Coach Cuonzo Martin left the Volunteers last week to take the head coaching position at California on April 15.  

Cornish initially asked for his release on Monday night but was denied before Tennessee ultimately relented. Per the conditions of his release, the 6-foot-6 swingman is not allowed to sign with any other SEC program.

UCLA, Oregon, Wake Forest, Nebraska, and Southern Methodist are among the schools that have contacted Cornish and said they still have availability in their 2014 classes.

Cornish, who fought through several minor injuries throughout the season, averaged 20.9 points per game in leading the Crusaders to the regional round of the Class 5A playoffs. | The Times-Picayune will have more to come on this situation as new information becomes available.

Thanks to RFeder for the heads up on BZ!

UCLA Basketball Signs Jonah Bolden to National Letter of Intent

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Release: Wednesday 04/16/2014
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Steve Alford has compiled an incoming class ranked No. 10 by

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s basketball program has received a signed National Letter of Intent from Jonah Bolden during the spring signing period, it was announced today by head coach Steve Alford.
Bolden, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound guard/forward from Sydney, Australia, joins 6-foot-9 forward Kevon Looney, 7-foot center Thomas Welsh and 6-foot-10 forward Gyorgy Goloman in committing to the Bruins.
“We are thrilled to add a player of Jonah’s caliber to our program,” Alford said. “Not only is he a talented young man, but he’s also very coachable, has great character and will immediately add to our team’s depth. Bringing in Kevon, Thomas, Gyorgy and now Jonah, and I think you have to include Isaac Hamilton in this group after his year off, it’s safe to say we are excited about this group.”
Bolden, rated the No. 31 player in his class by, led Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) to the National Prep Championship this season. In addition, he helped guide Brewster to the NEPSAC Class AAA title in a 68-63 win against New Hampton (N.H.). Bolden is also rated the No. 62 player in his class by, No. 69 by, and has been listed as the No. 6 power forward by
Prior to enrolling at Brewster Academy, Bolden attended school in Australia and competed at the Australian National U18 Junior Championships. Playing for New South Wales (NSW) Metro, Bolden led his squad by averaging 18 points and 13 rebounds per game in the July 2013 tournament.

UCLA's Kyle Anderson Declares for NBA Draft

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Release: Wednesday 04/16/2014
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LOS ANGELES – UCLA men’s basketball sophomore Kyle Anderson has elected to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
Anderson secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named a third-team Associated Press All-America selection as a sophomore in 2013-14. He averaged closer to a triple-double than any player in the nation, registering 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Anderson helped lead UCLA to a 28-9 overall record and the program’s first Pac-12 Tournament title and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance since 2008.
“I want to thank everyone at UCLA for all they have done for me,” said Anderson. “My two years at UCLA were two of the best years of my life. It was a tough decision to make with my family since our last game, but I have decided to enter my name into the NBA Draft. I will still continue to embrace the UCLA community, and I hope they will do the same with me.
“I would also like to thank Coach Alford for everything he has done for both the team and me this year in so little time. Coach Alford worked hard at getting to know all of us from the outset and created a family atmosphere that was fun to be a part of. He helped me develop as a leader on and off the court, and I appreciate him giving me every opportunity to succeed.”
Anderson became the first player in Pac-12 history to record at least 200 rebounds and 200 assists in the same season. He finished his sophomore year having logged 527 points, 315 rebounds and 233 assists, becoming the fourth player in school history to have logged at least one triple-double. Anderson’s total of 233 assists ranks third on the school’s single-season list.
“We are all very happy for Kyle, who has a terrific opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “I know I speak for all of our coaches and players when I say his efforts here at UCLA were greatly appreciated. I’ve said time and again that Kyle was the best point guard in the country this past season. He had a tremendous year, helping lead us to the Sweet 16 and a Pac-12 Tournament championship. I firmly believe Kyle will have a long and productive NBA career and everyone involved with UCLA basketball wishes him the best.”
A 6-foot-9 guard from Fairview, N.J., Anderson played in 71 games (70 starts) for UCLA over two seasons, guiding the Bruins to the 2013 Pac-12 regular-season title, the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament championship and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. He averaged 12.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two seasons, shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range.
Anderson’s shooting percentage greatly improved during his sophomore season. His overall field goal percentage increased from 41.6 percent as a freshman to 48.0 percent as a sophomore, while his three-point field goal percentage jumped from 21.1 percent to 48.3 percent.
As a sophomore, Anderson led the Pac-12 with 16 double-doubles. He also finished the season as the Pac-12’s only player to rank in the conference’s top five in assists per game (1st, 6.5), rebounds (3rd, 8.8) and steals (3rd, 1.8) while ranking 13th in scoring (14.6 ppg).
The 2014 NBA Draft will begin at 4 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, June 26 in New York City.

UCLA's Zach LaVine Declares for NBA Draft

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Release: Wednesday 04/16/2014
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LOS ANGELES – UCLA men’s basketball freshman Zach LaVine has elected to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.
LaVine captured Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in 2013-14, helping lead UCLA to a 28-9 overall record and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance and Pac-12 Tournament title since 2008. The 6-foot-5 guard from Seattle averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for the Bruins.
“I am excited to announce that I will be declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft,” LaVine said. “I first and foremost want to thank my family for all their support in helping me through this journey to achieve my dream of playing in the NBA. I also want to thank my coaches, UCLA, my teammates and all of the fans. I will forever be proud to call myself a Bruin and will never forget the memories that were made here. I truly can’t wait for this next chapter in my life, and again thank everyone for all their support.”
LaVine shot 44.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range for the Bruins, playing in all 37 games. LaVine’s 48 three-point field goals are the second-most by any freshman in school history. He ranked fourth among all Pac-12 freshmen in scoring and three-point field goal percentage.
“It has been exciting to see Zach develop from the time he first set foot on campus at UCLA to where he is today,” UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. “Zach has only begun to scratch the surface of his potential and has an extremely bright future ahead of him. It has been a pleasure to watch him grow both as a basketball player and person this past year, and I look forward to watching Zach play in the NBA for many years to come.”
LaVine scored in double figures in 17 games, including nine of his first 10 contests. He earned All-Tournament Team honors at the 2013 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational after having averaged 19.5 points in two games at Orleans Arena. LaVine scored a season-high 21 points against Nevada on Nov. 28, and he grabbed a season-high eight rebounds against Oregon on Feb. 27.
In UCLA’s 91-82 win at Washington on March 6, LaVine scored 11 of the Bruins’ final 14 points to help UCLA pull away with a crucial conference road win.
The 2014 NBA Draft will begin at 4 p.m. (PT) on Thursday, June 26 in New York City.