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Former UCLA Forward Jonah Bolden Selected 36th by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Draft

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Bolden never played with Lonzo Ball or TJ Leaf, but he is still the third UCLA Bruin selected in this year’s NBA Draft.

NCAA Basketball: McNeese State at UCLA Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

With the 36th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers have selected Jonah Bolden, Forward, UCLA.

Bolden played only one season at UCLA due to NCAA eligibility issues out of high school, which forced him to sit out a season. It was widely speculated last summer that the reason Bolden opted to leave UCLA and turn pro after last year’s NBA Draft. It was certainly a strange series of events.

The end result was that Bolden played the season professionally in Europe where he tore up the Adriatic League in Serbia.

Now, Bolden will head to Philadelphia as a result of being selected by the Sixers.

Like Zach Lavine, Bolden now becomes another former Bruin that left the school under Steve Alford and he could join Lavine as the subject of debates among Bruin fans for years to come because of it. But, that’s for another day.

Bolden is now the answer to the future trivia question about who was the 100th UCLA Bruin to be drafted in the NBA Common Draft Era.

Tonight, we offer congratulations to Jonah! Once a Bruin, always a Bruin.


Go Bruins!