Tag Archives: UCLA
By Michael Almonte,
There is a new leader at UCLA this season in new head coach Steve Alford as he looks to revitalize one of the most storied college basketball programs in the nation. Having not lived up to huge expectations a season ago, the Bruins fired coach Ben Howland and hired Alford.
By Michael Almonte,
The UCLA Bruins have a new head coach in Steve Alford and one of his top guns this upcoming season will be sophomore Kyle Anderson. The 6’9 forward/guard averaged 9.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.9 blocks in 35 games last season.
By Julianne Collie
Shabazz Muhammad has quite easily taken the title of most controversial player in the 2013 draft. With the draft only weeks away, that is not a title any player wants to hold. Once thought to be a sure lottery pick, Muhammad’s stock is now quickly on the decline, and there are a number of factors that could have possibly contributed to the player’s sudden fall from grace.
The former UCLA small guard dominated the high school courts and was even thought to be a number one overall draft pick following the 2011-2012 season. However, after a rather poor freshman year performance that culminated in a disappointing first round exit in the NCAA tournament, some question whether or not Muhammad will be a lottery pick at all.
Many people attribute Muhammad’s declining draft stock to his selfish attitude on the court. Muhammad is a true scorer, but does little to get the rest of his team involved. General managers are not looking for someone who can simply score a bunch of points; they want a player who can also make a meaningful impact on the entire team.
By Michael Almonte
Mark Lyons, 6’1, Senior, Guard, Arizona Wildcats
Senior Mark Lyons is hoping to end his college basketball career with a great finish down the stretch in the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournament. Lyons has helped the No. 11 Wildcats to a 23-5 record and 11-5 mark in conference play. Lyons is averaging 15.2 points, 3.1 assists, shooting 42% from the field and 84% from the free-throw line in 28 games. Lyons has 23 games scoring in double-figures and produced six 20-point games, in which the Wildcats are 5-1 in those games. After the missing the big dance in 2012, the Wildcats are poised for a deep run in March looking to make the Final Four for the first time since 2001.