Got some good news and sort of bad news (although I am not really all that shook up about it). Let's go with the good news and it has to do with Ben Ball great LMR. SBN blog the Ridiculous Upside posted about Team USA losing to Mexico in Pan Am games with this fun blurb:
Former UCLA fan-favorite Lorenzo Mata-Real scored 12 points, grabbed nine rebounds and swatted away four shots to lead Mexico while former D-League player Jovan Harris scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished four assists.
Now I can't recognize most of the players who were in "Team USA," but I don't really care. Just reading that blurb made me smile. Now on to some bad news. Well it's not really bad "news" since we knew this was coming: Dominic Artis is headed to Oregon. Now I understand some of you will not be very thrilled at this but I don't think Oregon did anything bad to land Artis. The more I read up on this situation, the more I can't really blame the Duck coaches for recruiting Artis tenaciously and letting him know that at UCLA he would have to share the ball with Kyle. You know all the hype about Anderson being the next Magic Johnson didn't help either.
Oregon coaches took advantage of the hype and leveraged it for the Ducks. Kudos to them. Hope the Bruin coaches up their game even more on the recruiting trail. We have been on the other end when Howland convinced Michael Roll to decommit from UCSB and commit to us. It is up to UCLA coaches to ensure we finish out our class - which still should be a great one - strong. Preferably the class should include a guard to address the back-court depth concerns in our program.
Speaking of our coaches, ICYMI here is the video of Coach Howland and LJ from last Friday's media day:
Coach Howland started his session by talking about going "big" this season. Most of the comments here are not a surprise because we have blogged the highlights in last few days but still fun to think about hoops. But there were couple of items to mark down that I don't think has been mentioned on BN yet:
- Howland is considering a basketball trip to China (OH BOY)
- Brendan Lane is graduating in 3 years in economics, which is awesome (econ. is actually a tough major from North Campus). This probably means that Lane will likely get a graduate degree just like former Bruin greats such as PAA and Donnie Edwards.
Let's bring back the Pac-12 championship in Westwood.