May 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Incoming UCLA freshmen Bryce Alford and Zach LaVine have earned PARADE All-America Boys Basketball honors, as announced by the national magazine last weekend.
LaVine, a 6-foot-3 guard from Bothell, Wash., averaged 28.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as a senior at Bothell High School. He was named the state of Washington's "Mr. Basketball" by the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association in March 2013.
LaVine helped guide Bothell to a 21-5 overall record and 13-1 league mark in 2012-13. He was invited to participate in the inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., earlier this month.
Alford, a 6-foot-3 guard from Albuquerque, N.M., has accepted an offer of enrollment at UCLA and will join the Bruins' freshman class in 2013-14. The son of head coach Steve Alford, Bryce concluded his senior season at La Cueva High School having established the New Mexico state single-season scoring record with 1,050 points.
Bryce Alford earned 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year honors in New Mexico, secured Albuquerque Metro Player of the Year accolades as a junior and senior, and was named the New Mexico Hall of Fame's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. As a senior at La Cueva, he registered 37.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.6 steals per game in leading his team to a 22-6 overall record and appearance in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
This marks the second consecutive season in which at least two incoming UCLA men's basketball players had secured PARADE All-America acclaim. In May 2012, Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker were named to the 2012 PARADE All-America Team.