**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
Kevon Looney, the 6-foot-8 power forward from Milwaukee Hamilton, gave UCLA a treat and five other schools a trick on Halloween.
In a press conference delayed two hours by some school bureaucracy, Looney picked UCLA over Duke, Florida, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. According to Rob Hernandez, UCLA edged out Tennessee in the final analysis.
“California was a great place, UCLA was a great campus, the most beautiful campus I’ve ever seen,” Looney says in the above video. “Coach [Steve] Alford, great coach. On the visit, I seen their team, I seen how they bought in to the system, him being new there. They got a great style of play out there, I can fit in. I like his vision he had for me.”
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Gyorgy Goloman, a 6-foot-10 center from The Sagemont (FL) School, has committed to UCLA, head coach Adam Ross confirmed to SNY.tv.
A native of Hungary who is the captain of the Hungarian U18 team, Goloman is entering his first season at Sagemont.
Goloman committed Sunday afternoon, and also had offers from Davidson, New Mexico and Portland, among others.
“He’s incredibly skilled,” Ross told SNY.tv. “He’s 6-10, long, lanky post player, can really, really pass the ball. Can really pass the ball. To read more of this story, click here
Kyle Anderson on Tuesday was named to the 2013-14 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, which is a pretty nice way for the Fairview, N.J., native to begin his sophomore season at UCLA.
“It’s pretty cool,” Anderson told SNY.tv by phone. “It’s a list of a bunch of other good players so to see my name up with them is pretty cool.”
The Bob Cousy Award is presented annually to the nation’s top point guard by the Basketball Hall of Fame, yet the 6-foot-9 Anderson spent part of his freshman season playing out of position at the 4 under former coach Ben Howland. To read more of this story, click here
Trevon Bluiett has decommitted from UCLA, as reported by the Indianapolis Star.
“I think the distance part of it played a factor,” Bluiett’s father, Reynardo Bluiett, told the paper. “When he sat down and thought about it, I think the distance from home was hard for him.”
The 6-foot-6 Bluiett is ranked No. 46 nationally by Rivals and committed to UCLA last month over Arizona, Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Xavier.
UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached him at Indianapolis (IN) Park Tudor before joining head coach Steve Alford’s staff.
Renardo Bluiett said it was unclear what schools his son would consider going forward.
“We haven’t got that far yet,” he said.
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Isaac Hamilton has officially signed with UCLA, but won’t play until next season.
A graduate of St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, Calif.) in 2013, Hamilton began his fall quarter classes and signed a scholarship offer from UCLA on Thursday. He was admitted to the school earlier this month.
“We are very excited to welcome Isaac to the Bruin family,” head coach Steve Alford said. “He comes from a great family, a strong high school program here in Los Angeles and he had an exceptional career as a McDonald’s All-American; an honor that encompasses skill, academics and character. Isaac is a big, versatile guard and will fit well with our system of play. We are excited he is a Bruin today.” To read more of this story, click here
Isaac Hamilton will be a huge addition for coach Steve Alford and UCLA beginning in 2014, his former high school coach told SNY.tv.
“He has been admitted academically but he has not committed yet. If (he goes) he will be a great addition because he can play the one and the two,” Los Angeles (CA) St. John Bosco coach Derrick Taylor told SNY.tv. “He’s just a scoring machine.
“And he’s a crazy good teammate who will never cause a problem. He’s the greatest, most versatile person you could imagine.”
According to BruinSportsReport, the 6-foot-4 Hamilton was admitted to UCLA and will enroll in 2014. To read more of this story, click here
After taking a weekend visit to UCLA, Park Tudor (Ind.) wing Trevon Bluiett has committed to the Bruins, according to ESPN.com.
“I loved the campus and Coach [Steve] Alford and his staff made me feel welcome and comfortable as soon as I stepped on campus,” Bluiett told ESPN.com.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing who averaged 27.8 points last season also considered Arizona, Butler, Indiana, Michigan, Purdue and Xavier.
UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached him at Park Tudor before joining Alford’s staff. To read more of this story, click here
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