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Okwarabizie, Thomas Even Holiday? UCLA bringing in another 2017 high school prospect is unlikely, and we've heard almost completely off the table. The inside word on Ali was that he was slow to pick up offensive concepts. His pro-potential athleticism and strength are something Goloman just can't provide, and UCLA will need it matching up against the more elite teams, like Arizona. Mar 24 (Neutral), UCLA (31-5) Loss vs. Kentucky, 75-86. The hope would be he could take on the opposing team's best scorer, and give Holiday some relief. Having Wilkes and Ali as its wings absolutely gives UCLA many different types of looks offensively, being able to go bigger or smaller. Clarke, Daniel Olsen, Justin Nov 24 (Neutral), UCLA (5-0) Win vs. Portland, 99-77, 6. Peters, Bryant If Welsh, Riley, Goloman or Hill are in foul trouble, or injured, Olesinski will pick up those minutes, but he's a power forward all the way, both offensively and defensively, so it's tough to project him getting too many minutes at the five, and Riley and Goloman will suck up just about all of the minutes at the 4. It's pretty common for injuries that impact a critical player on the roster to happen, and the last few seasons of UCLA basketball have spoiled UCLA fans -- or made them forget that good depth is primarily intended to soften the blow of a season-impacting injury. On December 22, 2017, UCLA announced that the other two suspended players, Riley and Hill, would remain suspended for the whole season, but would be allowed to rejoin practices and team activities on December 26. Lonzo Ball is a special, once-in-a-decade type of player who brought a kind of magic to the offensive side of the floor. He's decently quick laterally, not blazing, however, and he'll have that built-in freshman deficit defensively, of course. Ceja, Ty Hadley, Daniel Feb 4 @ Washington, UCLA (21-3) Win vs. Washington, 107-66, 25. The point guard rotation is excellent with Holiday and Hands, no question. The question then, is: Who runs the point guard spot primarily? It's not just a matter of taking anyone to fill the spot; there aren't any high school seniors out there remaining uncommitted that could come in and impact UCLA next season, so if the prime objective with that last scholarship is to bring in a prospect who could contribute in his freshman year it wouldn't be fulfilling that objective, and then taking up a ride in the next class, when UCLA could use it for someone more talented. It probably needs to be said again: Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh withdrawing their names from the NBA Draft and returning to UCLA pretty much provided UCLA a chance at a good season. This has not been the forte of this staff -- recruiting non-super-elite prospects and "keeping them warm" in case of a certain scenario. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost 65–58 in the First Four to St. Bonaventure for the Bonnies' first tournament win in 48 years. Offensively he was the third or fourth option on the court last season, but we'd expect that to change next season, perhaps getting more of the offense to run through him. We've seen UCLA when it's had to play mostly zone, and it's not a very appealing thing. Don't expect the flawless execution you saw from a Lonzo-Ball-run offense. All rights reserved. It was the first time in UCLA's history that they had been relegated to a First Four play-in game. During the season, UCLA was invited and participated in the Wooden Legacy in Anaheim, California. Nov 20, UCLA (4-0) Win vs. Cal State Long Beach, 114-77, 5. They advanced to the semifinals of the Pac-12 Women's Tournament where they lost to Oregon. Riley, Aaron His biggest area that could use some improving was mostly being stronger and more aggressive, which impacts his defense. The more interchangeable positions on the team are shooting guard and small forward, not point guard and shooting guard. NCAA Tournament: It's been pointed out numerous times that Holiday isn't a true point guard and can sometimes be careless with the ball and in his decision-making. Cuellar, Matt The Bruins opened their new practice facility, the Mo Ostin Basketball Center. We think that Holiday and Hands will be the starters in the backcourt. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Jan 8, UCLA (16-1) Win vs. Stanford, 89-75, 18. Molnar, Kyle Wilkes, Gyorgy But Holiday and Hands do give you two guards on the court at the same time who are capable of taking their man off the dribble -- to score or dish. Gadsby, Garrett Then there were other times when he forced it, on both offense and defense, especially when he first entered the game. The official 2017 Baseball Roster for the UC Los Angeles Bruins. Alford, Doug Riley is by far the more talented player, but raw, both offensively and defensively. The 6-7 incoming recruit is athletic, with a good body and long arms, but is raw in his skills and technique. Holiday's issues, really, are consistency and maturity; we saw him last season play some great games, where he was under control and very effective, picking his lanes prudently and making strong passes. 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They lost to Mississippi State in the Elite Eight. Jan 12 @ Colorado, UCLA (17-1) Win vs. Colorado, 104-89, 19. In these cases, the average was taken. Hands, Chris

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