UCLA released its schedule Tuesday and it is highlighted by a game against Duke on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden.
The matchup will pit two storied programs that have won a total of 15 national championships, 11 for UCLA and four for Duke.
The game will allow New Jersey forward Kyle Anderson to play close to home for a second straight year. Last season, UCLA played in the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.
In all, UCLA will play non-conference games against four teams that finished the 2012-13 regular season with an RPI of better than 80, Duke (1), Missouri (42), Alabama (64) and Weber State (78). To read more of this story, click here
Wanaah Bail, a 6-foot-9 forward from Houston, Texas, signed a grant-in-aid with UCLA, the school announced.
Bail’s eligibility to compete in the 2013-14 season is undetermined. UCLA will continue to work through the process to determine his status for the upcoming season.
Bail was ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 28 player at his position and the No. 115 overall player in the high school class of 2012. He graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 2012, where he was a two-year varsity letterwinner playing for head coach Luke Lucky.
He was enrolled at Texas Tech for the first summer school semester last season before leaving because he reportedly “couldn’t deal” with former Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie. To read more of this story, click here
Ron Holmes, the father of one-and-done UCLA star Shabazz Muhammad, was indicted Thursday on federal bank fraud and conspiracy charges, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The indictment states that Holmes and his partners obtained “mortgage loans by fraudulent means to buy houses,” from 2006 to 2009.
The U.S. attorney’s office is seeking to recover $2.5 million from Holmes. Shabazz, 20, played one year at UCLA before declaring for the NBA draft. UCLA recruited him while he played for Bishop Gorman High School. Rashad [Muhammad], 18, who also played for Bishop Gorman, will attend San Jose State on a basketball scholarship in the fall. To read more of this story, click here
Isaiah Briscoe has added two more high-major offers.
The 6-foot-3 2015 St. Benedict’s Prep guard picked up offers from UCLA and Florida State, George Briscoe told SNY.tv.
“UCLA, when they come calling you definitely have to listen and weigh your options, absolutely,” Isaiah’s father told SNY.tv. “We definitely plan on making a visit to the West Coast. We definitely want to visit UCLA.”
He added that Florida State had offered about a week ago. To read more of this story, click here
By DAVE SPAHN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
CHICAGO – The past college basketball season and ensuing months certainly could have gone better for Shabazz Muhammad.
First, the NCAA ruled Muhammad ineligible for the season just days before UCLA’s first game for receiving improper benefits. The ruling was voided after three games, but the cloud of an NCAA suspension still hovered over his head.
Next, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Muhammad failed to reach the lofty, arguably unrealistic expectations placed on him during his collegiate tenure. He quickly slid down from the top of draft boards and is currently projected at No. 10 on DraftExpress.com.
Then, reports began to leak about Muhammad being a full year older than originally To read more of this story, click here
Former UCLA pledge Allerik Freeman has re-opened his recruitment
“Yes,” Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon told SNY.tv. “I think Al just wants to exercise all due dilegence in making this major life decision.”
Freeman initially pledged to former UCLA coach Ben Howland, who has since been fired and replaced by Steve Alford.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Findlay Prep initially chose the Bruins over Ohio State, Villanova, Kansas and Duke.
UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class now includes small forward Noah Allen and guards Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford, Steve’s son.
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In news that can’t surprise anyone, UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad will enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
Once a Top 5 pick on DraftExpress.com, Muhammad currently sits at No. 9 in its Mock Draft.
Muhammad led the Bruins with 17.9 points per game as a freshman in 2012-13, securing first-team All-Pac-12 Conference honors in addition to being named Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Las Vegas helped lead UCLA to a 25-10 record, the Pac-12 regular-season title, a runner-up finish in the Pac-12 Tournament and an NCAA Tournament berth.
“I am so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at UCLA and will always be proud to be a Bruin,” Muhammad said. “From a young age, I have dreamed of playing in the NBA, and I believe that this is the right time for me to move to the next level.
“I have had an unbelievable experience at UCLA and am eternally grateful to my teammates, my coaches and the program’s support staff for helping me become a better person and basketball player during my time in Westwood. It has been an honor and a privilege to play for coach Ben Howland.”
Fellow freshmen Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams are expected to remain at UCLA, while Tony Parker is weighing his options.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Steve Alford-to-UCLA news was coming fast and furious to UCLA’s current players and recruits on Saturday, but Rysheed Jordan is still considering the Bruins after the coaching change.
“Yeah, he’s still considering them,” Philly Vaux Roberts coach Jamie Ross told SNY.tv, before adding, “I didn’t even know that Steve Alford got named.”
Ross said he would “talk to ‘Sheed about it and we’ll let you know. He still is considering them.”
The 6-4 Jordan is also mulling St. John’s and Temple and will announce April 15.
Jordan has already taken an official to UCLA while Ben Howland was coach. Any visit he takes now would have to be unofficial. To read more of this story, click here
WASHINGTON, D.C. — UCLA freshman Tony Parker is hoping to meet with new Bruins coach Steve Alford and remains uncertain about his future, his father told SNY.tv Saturday.
After UCLA had initially targeted VCU’s Shaka Smart and Butler’s Brad Stevens, Alford agreed to a seven-year deal worth $2.6 annually, according to CBSSports.com. The former Indiana star signed a 10-year deal with New Mexico on March 20.
“I don’t know if we’re going to meet with him or he’s going to meet with us, or if he would entertain it,” Virgil Parker said by phone. “I haven’t heard anything from them. I haven’t heard from the athletic director, I haven’t heard from anyone.” To read more of this story, click here
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kyle Anderson Jr. “does not have plans” to enter the NBA Draft and will return to UCLA for his sophomore season, his father said Friday.
“Kyle does not have plans to declare on April 10 as an underclassmen and at this time is returning to UCLA,” Kyle Anderson Sr. told SNY.tv in a text message sent to several outlets.
The former St. Anthony star is not on any NBA Draft boards, and at least one veteran NBA scout believes he is making the right move.
“He did the right thing 100 percent,” the scout told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here