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The Rundown: July 17

Early signs point to Lonzo Ball being able to carry his success at UCLA into the NBA. The point guard has been playing very well at the NBA Summer League following his freshman year as a Bruin. (Jintak Han/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Melissa Zhang, Ryan Smith, and David Gottlieb

July 16, 2017 9:47 pm

Football
Melissa Zhang, assistant Sports editor

Several individuals on the UCLA football team were recently named to different award watch lists for their efforts on the field.

The Football Writers Association of America recognized rising redshirt senior Scott Quessenberry as a contender for this year’s Outland Trophy for the nation’s best interior lineman. Quessenberry was also named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, another award presented to outstanding college centers.

Rising redshirt junior Austin Roberts was chosen for the John Mackey Award watch list, which is given to a notable college tight end. Rising senior linebacker Kenny Young was named to the Chuck Bednarik Award, designated for the College Defensive Player of the Year, after starting in all 12 games last season.

Rising junior quarterback Josh Rosen was named to the Maxwell Award’s watchlist for College Player of the Year and rising senior Jaleel Wadood is on the watch list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, an award presented to the best defensive back in college football.

These awards will be presented live at the Home Depot College Football Awards on December 7.

Men’s basketball
Ryan Smith, assistant Sports editor

The NBA marched on with summer league tournament play last week and former UCLA guard Lonzo Ball continues to steal the show.

In the round of 32, the All-American put together his best performance of the summer. He torched Philadelphia for 36 points to go along with 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. The Lakers won the game in the final seconds.

Ball went on to post his second triple-double of the summer league in a winning effort against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the round of 16, recording 16 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.

On Saturday night, the Lakers took on the Brooklyn Nets in the round of 8 and Ball continued to exert his dominance. He came up short of his third triple-double of the summer, collecting 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Lakers played their semifinal matchup against the Dallas Mavericks and Ball posted solid numbers despite leaving the game with an injury. He scored 16 points and dished out 10 assists en route to a 108-98 victory to advance to the tournament championship.

For the summer, Ball is averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Baseball
David Gottlieb, Sports editor

Following series wins over Chinese Taipei and Cuba, UCLA baseball coach John Savage and the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team are locked in a series with Japan.

Bruin right hander Jon Olsen is on the team. He fired three scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a game against the Futures Baseball League All-Star team.

“Olsen’s doing good,” Savage said. “He gave up some hits and runs early, his first or second outing, and then he’s been really amazing since. … Having this experience has been really good for Jon and his development.”

Savage said that Olsen’s fastball is sitting in the low 90s. His curveball has been good and he is continuing to work on his slider and change, Savage added. He has struck out 14 with no walks in just under nine innings of work.

International competition has shown Savage and Olsen different styles of play. Savage said Japan had a lot of runners and a lot of left-handed hitters with impressive arms, and Cuba was a little more right-handed and had strength.

“Those teams contrast in style quite a bit,” Savage said.

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Melissa Zhang | Alumna
Zhang joined the Bruin as a sophomore in 2015 and contributed until she graduated in 2018. She was an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the women's water polo, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's volleyball, and cross country beats.
Zhang joined the Bruin as a sophomore in 2015 and contributed until she graduated in 2018. She was an assistant Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year and spent time on the women's water polo, women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's volleyball, and cross country beats.
Ryan Smith | Sports senior staff
Smith is currently a Sports senior staff writer on the football and men's basketball beats. He was the 2018-2019 Sports editor and an assistant Sports editor in 2017-2018. Smith was previously on the women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
Smith is currently a Sports senior staff writer on the football and men's basketball beats. He was the 2018-2019 Sports editor and an assistant Sports editor in 2017-2018. Smith was previously on the women's basketball, men's water polo, baseball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
David Gottlieb | Alumnus
Gottlieb joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was the Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2016-2017 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
Gottlieb joined the Bruin as a freshman in 2014 and contributed until he graduated in 2018. He was the Sports editor for the 2017-2018 academic year, an assistant Sports editor for the 2016-2017 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, baseball, softball, women's volleyball, men's golf and women's golf beats.
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