UCLA Basketball preseason rankings for the 2024-25 season and more

Many publications have UCLA ranked in the top 25 as July brings the Bruins one month closer to the start of the season. Here is also a look at the 2024-25 UCLA roster.
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Here is a look at where UCLA basketball is ranked in the various preseason rankings as we are in the month of July.

UCLA Bruins' Men's Basketball roster for the 2024-2025 season breakdown and overview.

Core Returning Players:
• Dylan Andrews (Guard) - He led UCLA in scoring per game with an average of 12.9 points and additionally averaged a team-high 3.7 assists as a sophomore. He also average a team-high 35.2 minutes per game for the Bruins last season.
• Lazar Stefanovic (Guard/Forward) - In his junior year for UCLA, he started all 33 games for the Bruins. Last season, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.
• Aday Mara (Center) – At 7’3, he looks to provide much more for the Bruins in his sophomore season. Last season, in 28 games, he averaged 3.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, with eight of those being starts for UCLA last season. He also had a total of 20 blocked shots as a true freshman.
• Sebastian Mack (Guard) – He made 30 starts as a freshman and averaged 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in all 33 games for UCLA last season. He was in the top six in the Pac-12 in terms of made free throws and in the top five in the conference in terms of free throw attempts last season. He was also selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2024.
• Brandon Williams (Forward) – Like Mara, he looks to contribute substantially more for UCLA as a true sophomore this season. He scored a season-high 13 points in a victory over Arizona State in January and he also scored 11 points in a victory last December at Oregon State.
• Devin Williams (Forward) – He only played in 10 games last season as a true freshman but he looks to contribute more for the Bruins for the 2024-25 season.
Impactful Transfers:
• Skyy Clark (Guard) – He averaged 13.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists last season from Louisville and he made 41.2% of his shots from the field and shot 35.3% from the three-point range last season. He will more than likely be the starting point guard to start the season for the Bruins.
• Eric Dailey Jr. (Forward) - Averaged 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists and shot 49.6% from the field for Oklahoma State last season. He will help replace the production lost from Adem Bona, who was drafted in the NBA Draft by the 76ers.
• Tyler Bilodeau (Forward) – He put up 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, and his shooting percentage of 53.3% from the field and 34.5% from beyond the three-point line last season for Oregon State will help the Bruin's offense this season
• Dominic Harris (Guard) – He averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game and he shot 42.9% from the field and shot an impressive 44.8% from beyond the arc last season for Loyola Marymount. His three-point shooting will help UCLA shoot better from three-point range where they struggled last season shooting from beyond the arc.
• Kobe Johnson (Guard/Forward) – Made 40.4% of his field goal attempts and 31.3% of his three-pointers for USC last season. Pac-12 all-defensive team member last season.
• William Kyle III (Forward) – He put up13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while shooting 62.3% from the field last season for South Dakota State

• Eric Freeny (Guard) – He is a four-star recruit and a Corona, California native. An interesting fact is that Devin Williams and he were teammates at Centennial High School. Some Bruins were pleasantly surprised that Williams didn’t enter the transfer portal as he played few minutes last season but his playing with his former high school teammate Freeny helps further solidify Mick Cronin’s commitment to bringing and keeping California players at UCLA via the high school ranks.
• Trent Perry (Guard) – He is also a four-star recruit, and he is also a McDonald’s All-American who originally committed to USC before the Trojans coaching change. He is also a State of California recruit from Studio City, CA.
• Christian Horry (Guard) - Walk-on, son of NBA legend Robert Horry.

This roster rebuild addresses the need for more scoring and athleticism compared to the previous season. The incoming transfers bring valuable experience, while the freshmen add depth and potential. Coach Cronin will look to returning players like Andrews and Mack for leadership as the new group of players gel. With a strong foundation and exciting newcomers, the Bruins are shaping up to be a competitive and potential championship team in the upcoming season, especially with their move to the Big Ten Conference.

Here is a look at where UCLA basketball in ranked in the way too early college basketball top 25 preseason rankings for the 2024-25 season.

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