Thursday, April 9

Shareef O’Neal’s tattoos paint pictures of personal journey, allow self-expression

Shareef O’Neal doesn’t even know how many tattoos he has – all he can do is guess. The redshirt freshman forward – who announced his intentions to leave UCLA men’s basketball Wednesday night – said he thinks he’s gone to get a tattoo at least 30 times, and that he puts as much artistic thought into them as he can. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt freshman forward Shareef O’Neal has gone to get a tattoo over 30 times, each representing a corner of his personality. His favorite ink includes matching tattoos with teammates, past and present, homages to his dad, and album covers of his favorite artists. (MacKenzie Coffman/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Jason Harris tackles new domains with leadership learned from father and football

Jason Harris lived in one state for the first 22 years of his life. But his father, Al Harris, lived in seven before he even graduated high school. Read more...

Photo: Graduate transfer linebacker Jason Harris spent his entire life living in Illinois before transferring to UCLA in June. Harris was previously a three-year starter at Illinois State, where he racked up 105 tackles and 5.5 sacks across 32 career games. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Men’s soccer midfielder juggles multicultural influences on and off the field

When Germany found the back of the net seven times to beat Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Marcony Pimentel sat there crying. The junior midfielder for UCLA men’s soccer (6-9-3, 2-6-2 Pac-12) said he hadn’t cried for the Brazilian national team since he was a child. Read more...

Photo: Before arriving in Westwood for his first season with UCLA men’s soccer, junior midfielder Marcony Pimentel played soccer in two of the world’s largest soccer nations. Playing mostly on the streets in Brazil and then a formal academy setting in Germany, Pimentel learned about different aspects of the game from each nation, advancing his identity as a soccer player. (Kanishka Mehra/Assistant Photo editor, Nghi Nguyen/Daily Bruin).

Mick Cronin pressed play on his UCLA career, but put his movie-watching on pause

Ten minutes before Monday’s practice, Mick Cronin was on his phone. The first-year UCLA men’s basketball coach wasn’t drawing up plays or calling five-star recruits – he was checking showtimes for “The Irishman” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s basketball hired coach Mick Cronin in April, and he has only been able to go to the movies once since. Cronin has used his love for cinema to bond with his assistant coaches and confuse his players in practice. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)

Student-athlete siblings linked by golf tee up strong bond rather than rivalry

Seven-year-old Hidetoshi Yoshihara stepped foot on the practice course to prepare for his first golf tournament. His 3-year-old sister, Yuki Yoshihara, accompanied him to the course and watched intently. Read more...

Photo: Senior Hidetoshi Yoshihara and freshman Yuki Yoshihara grew up playing golf in Japan, under the instruction of their father – a professional instructor. The siblings went to the same high school and, as of this fall, both compete for UCLA men’s and women’s golf, respectively.(Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

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