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

Aaron Holiday to UCLA

Aaron Holiday, a 6-foot-1 junior point guard from Hollywood (CA) North Campbell, committed to UCLA on Monday, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

Holiday is the younger brother of former UCLA and current New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday.

According to the L.A. Times, Holiday averaged more than 30 points a game this season and has gone for 36, 39 and 42 points in his last three playoff games.

Head coach Steve Alford has made dramatic recruiting strides since taking over. His 2014 class includes bigs Jonah Bolden, Thomas Welsh, Kevon Looney and Gyorgy Goloman.

UCLA also has a pledge from 2016 point guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills, CA.

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UCLA Lands 2016 Point Guard Ball

UCLA landed its point guard of the future on Wednesday when 6-foot-5 Lonzo Ball, a four-star floor general in the Class of 2016 out of Chino Hills (Calif.), verbally committed to the Bruins.

Give assistant coach David Grace the assist on bringing Ball into coach Steve Alford’s program.

After attending UCLA’s 107-73 win over USC on Jan. 5, Ball called Grace on Wednesday to commit.

“We just sat back down after we did all the talking and stuff and they’re running the type of system that he’s accustomed to playing – up-tempo,” Lavar Ball, the player’s father, told  BruinSportsReport.com. “We’ve got a good relationship with the coach; I like his style as far as the way he talks to me in a relaxed mode. Not a super professional mode, saying everything that’s supposed to be right trying to get my son there.  To read more of this story, click here

UCLA Commit Bolden to Brewster Academy

As I previously reported on Twitter, UCLA pledge Jonah Bolden will finish up his high school career at Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

“Happy New Year! Excited to welcome #UCLA commit @Jonahbolden32 to the Brewster fam for ’14,” head coach Jason Smith Tweeted.

The 6-foot-9 Australian was at Findlay Prep for the fall semester but his high school clock expired and he’ll now finish up at perennial national power Brewster.

Bolden committed to UCLA last month and is a part of impressive class of bigs that includes 6-8  forward Kevon Looney6-10 center Gyorgy Goloman and 7-footer Thomas WelshThey have one scholarship left to use.

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Tyson Chandler, Steve Alford, Jabari Parker Talk Kyle Anderson’s Pro Prospects

NEW YORK — Much has been made about Kyle Anderson’s pro potential, with ESPN’s Chad Ford telling SNY.tv that the 6-foot-9 Anderson is “the most confusing player to project.”

But count Knicks center Tyson Chandler among those who think Anderson has a place in the NBA.

“He’s a big guy and I’m not for sure what position he would be in the league, I’m not sure he could play the point,” Chandler told SNY.tv exclusively after Anderson went for 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists in UCLA’s 80-63 loss to Duke at Madison Square Garden.

“But just like the kid out of Syracuse is showing, Michael Carter-Williams, showing that big guys can still play the point and still have a place in this league….It just depends on how [Anderson] continues to develop. He has a little time to develop.”

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UCLA’s Zach LaVine Flying Up Draft Boards

For all the talk about Jabari Parker’s talent and Kyle Anderson‘s homecoming entering Thursday’s Duke-UCLA game at Madison Square Garden, nobody is flying up NBA Draft boards quite like UCLA freshman Zach LaVine.

The Website NBADraft.net currently has the 6-foot-5, 180-pound Seattle native at No. 5 on its 2014 Mock Draft — ahead of Julius Randle, Dante Exum and Gary Harris.

Chad Ford of ESPN.com has LaVine at No. 10.

“I’m a big fan,” Ford told SNY.tv of LaVine. “I think he’s cooled off a little bit with his jump shot from where he’s started the season but that’s to be expected because he was shooting 60 percent. [He's currently shooting 59 percent from 2 and 47 percent from 3.] To read more of this story, click here

Now Playing the Point and Preparing for NBA, UCLA’s Anderson Returns Home to Face Duke

NEW YORK — Kyle Anderson came into UCLA as a highly touted point guard who might join his teammate Shabazz Muhammad in the one-and-done department.

But something happened on the way to that seemingly inevitable plan.

The 6-foot-9 Anderson spent his freshman season under former coach Ben Howland relegated to the wing and the power forward position while Larry Drew II ran the point.

While Howland was fired for failing to live up to UCLA’s lofty expectations despite an NCAA Tournament appearance, and Muhammad departed for the NBA, Anderson returned for his sophomore season under new coach Steve Alford. To read more of this story, click here

Jonah Bolden to UCLA, Coach Says He Can Be a Pro (UPDATED)

Australian small forward Jonah Bolden committed to UCLA during an official visit to campus that ended Monday.

The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep forward recently cut his list to six schools —  UCLA, Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, USC and SMU — but UCLA always appeared to have an inside track after assistant coach David Grace visited the Bolden family in Australia.

“Jonah was impressed with Coach [Steve] Alford and felt he would enjoy playing for him, particularly hearing he would play a small forward which is his natural position,” Bruce Bolden, the player’s father who visited UCLA with his son, told SNY.tv.
“He also liked UCLA’s playing style and felt it suited his skill set and he could fit in with the players. Plus, the coaching staff is very experienced in developing players for the pros.” To read more of this story, click here

UCLA Lands Welsh, Watches Winslow (UPDATED)

On a night when UCLA assistant coach David Grace watched Houston wing Justise Winslow play, the Bruins also landed a pledge from 7-footer Thomas Welsh.

Welsh, who averaged 12.6 points and 10.9 rebounds as a junior at Los Angeles Loyola, also reportedly considered Cal and Stanford. He is ranked No. 52 by Rivals in the Class of 2014.

“He felt that UCLA would help him to continue to develop as a player and person,” Loyola coach Jamal Adams told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here