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

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