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UCLA’s Ball Earns All-America Honors While Alford & Leaf Earn Pac-12 Honors

With the regular season complete, All-America and Pac-12 honors were announced today.

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Lonzo and Alford and Leaf! Oh, my!
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On Saturday, UCLA honored the team’s seniors as they played their final game at Pauley Pavilion against Washington State. Today, All-America and Pac-12 honors were announced.

At the top of the everyone’s list, freshman phenom Lonzo Ball was named to three All-America teams by NBC Sports, USA Today and the Sporting News. Ball was also earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors. He was also named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

He is the first Bruin freshman to win that since Shabazz Muhammad in 2013 and the first Bruin to win it outright since Kevin Love in 2008.

Joining Lonzo on the All-Pac-12 First Team are UCLA teammates Bryce Alford and TJ Leaf. Alford gelled in his new role as the Bruins’ shooting guard this season after playing point guard his first three seasons in Westwood. Alford leads the Pac-12 in three-point field goal percentage with 45.4% while Leaf is the Pac-12 Conference's leader in overall field goal percentage with 63.0%.

Thomas Welsh was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection and Ball and Aaron Holiday earned honorable mentions on the Pac-12's All-Defensive Team.

Go Bruins!