Friday, May 29

Men’s basketball nets increased depth with additions to 2020 recruiting class

Mick Cronin’s first recruiting cycle ended in the same place it started – with Johnny Juzang. The newly hired coach met with the then-high school junior guard in April 2019 before he reclassified and committed to Kentucky. Read more...

Photo: Coach Mick Cronin led UCLA men’s basketball to a 19-12 record in his first season with the Bruins, breaking his nine-year streak of 20-plus wins. (Amy Dixon/Daily Bruin senior staff)


Scouting Report: Chris Smith

Chris Smith is hoping to take his talents to the NBA. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound junior wing is coming off a breakout season in which he notched career-highs in every major traditional box-score statistic, including 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.4 blocks per game. Read more...

Photo: Junior guard Chris Smith declared for the 2020 NBA Draft on April 7. Smith was named the Pac-12 Most Improved Player after leading UCLA men’s basketball with 13.1 points per game this season. (Liz Ketcham/Photo editor)


Guard Johnny Juzang to transfer from Kentucky to UCLA men’s basketball

One year ago, Johnny Juzang picked the Wildcats over the Bruins. Now, he’s coming home to trade in blue and white for blue and gold. Juzang is transferring from Kentucky to UCLA men’s basketball, he announced Thursday on Twitter. Read more...

Photo: Guard Johnny Juzang averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game with Kentucky in his freshman season. Juzang announced his decision to transfer to UCLA men’s basketball Thursday. (Courtesy of Michael Clubb/Kentucky Kernel Staff)


UCLA guard Chris Smith declares for 2020 NBA Draft after career season

Chris Smith will be testing the NBA waters after posting his best season yet. The junior guard for UCLA men’s basketball declared for the 2020 NBA Draft early Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported. Read more...

Photo: Guard Chris Smith led UCLA men’s basketball with 13.1 points per game this season – a career high for the junior. Smith reportedly entered the NBA Draft on Tuesday. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)


25 years later, former men’s basketball players reflect on their 1995 championship

Twenty-five years ago, Ed O’Bannon, Tyus Edney, Toby Bailey and the rest of the Bruins suited up for the 1995 national championship game in Seattle. Friday, they’ll be together again – albeit, not in person. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men’s basketball has won 11 NCAA championships, with its last coming in 1995 against Arkansas. The Bruins finished the regular season 32-1 and also won the Pac-10 regular season title. (Daily Bruin file photo)