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

For Shabazz Muhammad, Life in the NBA Means Carrying a Jonas Brothers Backpack and Biding His Time

**UPDATED 1/5/14 — The Minnesota Timberwolves today assigned Shabazz Muhammad to the Iowa Energy, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. At one point, Muhammad was ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2012 and was considered a future potential No. 1 draft pick.**

NEW YORK — Shabazz Muhammad has traded in his Gucci backpack for a Jonas Brothers backpack.

As Kevin Martin and several of Muhammad’s Minnesota Timberwolves teammates spoke with reporters Sunday night following the team’s 109-100 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Muhammad quietly slipped out of the visitors locker room with a pink Jonas Brothers backpack slung over his shoulder.

He’s no longer the high school superstar he once was at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School, when he was considered one of the top two prospects in the Class of 2012. No longer the one-and-done phenom who was spotted wearing a $1,000 Gucci backpack this past January at UCLA. To read more of this story, click here