Sunday, September 27, 2015

ESPN/AP: Clippers sign former UCLA star Luc Mbah a Moute on eve of training camp

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LOS ANGELES -- The Clippers have signed free-agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute and forward-center Nikoloz Tskitishvili.

Mbah a Moute averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 67 games for Philadelphia last season. His seven-year NBA career includes stints with MilwaukeeSacramentoMinnesota and the 76ers. Mbah a Moute returns to Los Angeles, where he helped UCLA make three consecutive Final Four appearances before being taken in the 2008 NBA draft by the Bucks.

Tskitishvili, 32, played for Champville in the Lebanese Basketball League last season. A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, he averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 172 career NBA games with DenverGolden State, Minnesota and Phoenix. Tskitishvili also played in Spain, Italy, Iran, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates in recent years.

Los Angeles announced the signings Friday, a day before opening training camp in Irvine.

Welcome home, Luc!!! Good luck with the Clips!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Welcome to UCLA, Jaylen Hands (PG 6-0 150; Chula Vista, CA) !!! Class of 2017

Jaylen Hands, No. 31 recruit in Class of 2017, commits to UCLA

Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff Writer

UCLA did its work early with the 2016 class, and the Bruins are doing the same in 2017.
They landed their third commitment in the junior class on Wednesday, as No. 31-ranked prospect Jaylen Hands pledged to UCLA.
"I knew that UCLA is where I wanted to go," Hands told
Hands, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Foothills Christian (Calif.), is the No. 6-ranked point guard in the 2017 class. Arizona, California and San Diego State were among the other schools involved with Hands, although UCLA made him a priority.
"I felt comfortable with the coaches," Hands said. "I love the campus, and I couldn't pass up the education and lineage of point guards they've sent to the league."
Hands joins fellow ESPN 60 prospect Jalen Hill and three-star wing LiAngelo Ball in coach Steve Alford's 2017 class. Alford has been able to focus on the younger class due to his early efforts with the 2016 class. Five-star point guard Lonzo Ball, ESPN 100 centerIke Anigbogu and three-star small forward Kobe Paras are all committed for next season, and each player was in the fold well before their senior seasons began.
Hands is also UCLA's latest connection to the Compton Magic AAU program, which produced Anigbogu, Paras and Hill.
"It's cool that we have players that go there, but it's mostly a personal decision for all of us," Hands said.
Hands averaged 11.0 points and 5.3 assists on the Adidas circuit in July.

Jaylen joins SF Li Angelo Ball and C Jalen Hill in the Class of 2017.

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