UCLA Has Upcoming Visits From Hands, Ingram, Zimmerman, Bragg & Brown

While there has been much chatter about visitors to Kansas and Kentucky for their Midnight Madness events, don’t sleep on UCLA.

The Bruins today (Tuesday) will host 6-foot 2017 Mater Dei (CA) point guard Jaylen Hands, a source confirmed to SNY.tv after Andrew Slater of 247Sports reported it.

Hands is also being courted by California, Memphis, San Diego, San Diego State, and USC, but the 247Sports crystal ball is 100 percent in favor of the Bruins.

Meantime, UCLA will host 2015 big men Brandon Ingram (pictured) and Stephen Zimmerman next weekend, and 2015s Carlton Bragg and Jaylen Brown Oct. 31. To read more of this story, click here

Bragg Plans UCLA Official After Home Visit With Alford

BraggCarlton Bragg is planning an official visit to UCLA for Oct. 31 following a home visit Saturday with head coach Steve Alford and assistant David Grace.

“We’re going to try to get down there for an official visit on the 31st,” Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor, told SNY.tv. “I think UCLA has a scrimmage then.”

Alford and Grace watched the 6-foot-8 Bragg out of Cleveland Villa-Angela St. Joseph work out and then met with Bragg, his mother, his uncle and Graves.

“Coach Alford stated that he loves Carlton’s progression from six months ago when he first saw him,” Graves said. “Coach Alford said that UCLA is the place for Carlton as far as style of play. They play an open offense up and down, which fits Carlton’s skillset. To read more of this story, click here

UCLA Freshman Jonah Bolden Ruled Ineligible

Highly touted UCLA freshman and native Australian Jonah Bolden was deemed ineligible by the NCAA for his freshman season, UCLA said Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Bolden can’t practice (for now) but will remain on scholarship all year. He can practice after the first quarter if he maintains a certain GPA, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

“The NCAA has ruled that UCLA freshman Jonah Bolden is a partial qualifier, and as such, will not be able to compete for the men’s basketball team this season,” UCLA said, according to ESPN.com. “The ruling allows for Bolden to continue on athletic scholarship.”

The issue for Bolden — who committed to UCLA last December — relates to the fact that his clock expired before he graduated high school in the United States. Bolden began last season at Findlay Prep before transferring and finishing up at Brewster (N.H.) Academy. To read more of this story, click here

Prince Ali to UCLA

Former UConn commit Prince Ali has committed to UCLA, he told SNY.tv by phone Saturday from the Nike Global Challenge.

“Yes,” the Bronx native said. “It’s the perfect fit.”

The 6-foot-4 combo guard from The Sagemont (FL) School is set to visit UCLA Aug. 31 and was set to visit Louisville in early September.

“He brings superior athleticism, offensive creativity and great competitiveness,” Sagemont school coach Adam Ross told SNY.tv.

Ali decommitted from UConn in May after choosing the Huskies over UCLA, Illinois and Georgetown, among others.

UCLA now has Ali and point guard Aaron Holiday in its 2015 class.

Expect the Bruins to focus on wings Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram going forward.

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UCLA Hosts Brown, Ingram, Maker

BrownFollowing the Adidas Nations event this week in California, UCLA benefitted by hosting a trio of bigtime recruits in Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram and Thon Maker.

“Coach Steve Alford is a real down to Earth,” the 6-foot-6 Brown told SNY.tv earlier this summer when he broke down his schools. “Coach [David] Grace is a real cool guy. Everything is great about that program and everything over there.”

Actually, a water main recently broke at UCLA, flooding Pauley Pavilion but Brown told NBCSports.com before the visit he wasn’t concerned.

“[The UCLA coaches] said that Pauley is down, but it’s alright,” Brown said. “Everybody is tweeting me like it’s going to have some type of effect on my decision or something. It’s not. It’s fine. To read more of this story, click here

UCLA’s Anderson and Lavine Declare for NBA Draft

Prairie View A&M at UCLAUCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson and freshman guard Zach LaVine both officially declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday.

Anderson’s plans to head to the NBA were previously reported by SNY.tv.

One veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv Anderson is “potentially” a lottery pick, while LaVine is considered “late first.”

DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot-9 Anderson at No. 17 on its Mock Draft, and the 6-5 LaVine at No. 28.

A former star at St. Anthony and Paterson Catholic in New Jersey, 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 To read more of this story, click here

UCLA’s Kyle Anderson to Declare for NBA Draft

 

Prairie View A&M at UCLAUCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson will declare for the NBA Draft, his father has told SNY.tv.

Following UCLA’s 79-68 loss to Florida in the Sweet 16, Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv he planned to sit down with his son to “figure things out.” Anderson went for 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the game.

“Kyle is totally prepared mentally to come out,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv earlier this season. “He knows he’ll have to get adjusted to the rigors and physicality of the NBA but mentally he’s always been a little more mature than the average age he’s at.

“His approach to the game right now is that of a person who knows this is going to be my job, this is going to be my livelihood.” To read more of this story, click here