UCLA Basketball Is Back! The Bruins Have Their First Official Practice of the Season


UCLA Basketball began practice today for the 2015-16 season. I do not know about you, but with the Bruins having their biggest roster under Steve Alford, I cannot wait for the season to begin!

After a summer of Vine teasers, the UCLA Basketball team is now officially practicing in preparation for the 2015-16 season. Things got started today as the Bruins began preparations for the coming season’s campaign which will have the most scholarship players on the roster since Head Coach Steve Alford took over the program more than two years ago.

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The Bruins will start the preseason off on Friday, October 30 in an exhibition game against Cal State Los Angeles. Two weeks later, the UCLA Basketball team officially gets their season under way as they welcome Monmouth to Pauley Pavilion on October 13.

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This season will be full of big time contests as the Bruins have stacked their schedule with college basketball powerhouses.

This year, UCLA will battle Kentucky, Gonzaga, North Carolina and will participate in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in which they will meet UNLV in the first round and possibly meet up with Kansas, St. John’s and/or Indiana. Needless to say, the Bruins have a lot of work to prepare for.

This season, the Bruins will be lead by core veterans Tony Parker, Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton and will be supported by underclassmen Noah Allen, Gyorgy Goloman and Thomas Welsh.

The Bruins also welcome five new Bruins who will help with depth this year as Prince Ali, Jonah Bolden, Aaron Holiday, Ikeena Okwarabizie and Alex Olesinki thicken up the roster. Bolden was expected to play last season, but due to transfer ineligibility, he was forced to push back his UCLA Basketball debut to this season.

After two decent seasons that ended in Sweet Sixteen appearances, the Bruins are looking to not only improve this year, but also get back to elite status. All of that begins today. Go Bruins!

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