UCLA PLAYER NOTES
– Bryce Alford (career average of 13.6 ppg) ranks No. 5 on UCLA’s all-time scoring list (1,909 points). In addition, he has become UCLA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (326), having eclipsed Jason Kapono’s total of 317.
– Lonzo Ball (14.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 7.6 apg) has established UCLA’s single-season assists record (266), surpassing a mark of 256 set by Larry Drew II (2012-13). Ball is one of 15 finalists on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award.
– TJ Leaf (16.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.5 apg) is one of just three players in the Pac-12 – along with Stanford’s Reid Travis and Utah’s Kyle Kuzma – to rank among the league’s top 10 leaders in both scoring and rebounding.
– Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf are UCLA’s first freshmen to earn first-team All-Pac-12 acclaim since Shabazz Muhammad in 2013. Other UCLA freshmen in the 2000s to accomplish that feat are Kevin Love (2008) and Jason Kapono (2000).
– Senior guards Bryce Alford (15.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Isaac Hamilton (14.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg) have both started in each of UCLA’s last 103 games – that’s every game since the start of UCLA’s 2014-15 campaign.
– Named the nation’s “Best Sixth Man” earlier this month by BleacherReport.com, sophomore Aaron Holiday (12.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.4 apg) has scored in double figures in 24 games, coming off the bench in all 35 contests.
– One of six UCLA players who has averaged in double-figure scoring, junior Thomas Welsh (10.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg) has recorded nine double-doubles (three in Pac-12 play) and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in FG percentage (58.5%).
Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton and TJ Leaf have scored at least 32 points in a game this season, with all three performances taking place in Pac-12 play. Alford had a career-high 37 points at Colorado (Jan. 12), Hamilton recorded a season-high 33 versus Arizona State (Jan. 19) and Leaf had 32 at Washington State (Feb. 1). In all, six Bruins – including Lonzo Ball, Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday – have scored at least 20 points in one game this year.
Lonzo Ball has established UCLA’s new single-season assist record (currently at 266), having eclipsed the mark of 256 set by Larry Drew II as a senior in 2012-13. Ball currently ranks third on the Pac-12’s single-season assists lists, behind Ahlon Lewis (294) and Jason Kidd (272). In addition, Ball has already set the Pac-12 and UCLA freshman assist records. He totaled a season-high 14 assists against Washington State on March 4, moving past Gary Patyon’s previous Pac-12 freshman record of 229, set during the 1986-87 season at Oregon State.