The UCLA men's basketball team has been ranked No. 11 in the nation by The Sporting News in its collection of preseason top 25 teams, as announced on Tuesday.
The Bruins went 19-14 last season and finished in a fifth-place tie in the Pac-12 Conference, sporting an 11-7 mark in league action. UCLA returns two starters (David Wear, Travis Wear) from last year's team and welcomes a recruiting class ranked No. 1, nationally, by ESPN.com and No. 2 by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Other key returners for UCLA include juniors Joshua Smith and Tyler Lamb and sophomore Norman Powell, each of which played major minutes for the Bruins in 2011-12.
UCLA's talented incoming class features guards Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas, Nev.), Kyle Anderson (Fairview, N.J.) and Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, Ga.), along with forward/center Tony Parker (Lithonia, Ga.).
The Bruins open the 2012-13 season in New Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State on Friday, Nov. 9. The game will be televised nationally on Fox Sports Net and is scheduled for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
The Sporting News - Preseason Top 25
3. Ohio State
9. N.C. State
13. North Carolina
19. San Diego State
22. Michigan State
23. Murray State
24. Notre Dame
25. Virginia Commonwealth
Moore twice was named the Orange County Player of the Year and earned CIF and Gatorade State Player of the Year honors as a senior. During his senior year, he hit .406 with 23 RBI and 10 stolen bases while also pitching and going 12-1 with a 0.83 ERA in 67.1 innings pitched. In addition, he registered 71 strikeouts to just 22 walks during his senior season.
Over the summer, he was drafted in the 25th round by the New York Yankees but did not sign and chose to come to UCLA. He competed for the Wenatchee Applesox of the West Coast League, hitting .309 with 36 runs and 20 RBI while leading the Applesox to the West Coast League title.
PHOENIX - Former UCLA standout pitcher Trevor Bauer earned his first major league victory on Sunday afternoon, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-1, in his third major league start.
The native of Valencia, Calif., pitched six scoreless innings and scattered just two hits as Arizona pulled within four games of the first-place Dodgers in the National League West standings. Bauer (1-1) finished with six strikeouts and one walk, retiring the final 12 batters he faced.
Bauer, 21, became the second-youngest UCLA player to record a major league victory. Dick Conger secured his first major league win less than three weeks after turning 21 years old with the Detroit Tigers in 1940.
Bauer made his major league debut for Arizona at Atlanta's Turner Field on June 28 and did not earn a decision on that start. In that game, he became the second-youngest UCLA player to make his major league debut (Conger's major league debut came at 21 years, 19 days).
Bauer became UCLA's first-ever Golden Spikes Award winner in 2011 after going 13-2 with a 1.25 ERA and nation-leading 203 strikeouts in 136.2 innings. The native of Valencia, Calif., was selected third overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by Arizona.
Earlier this season, Bauer went 11-1 with a 2.23 ERA in 16 starts between double-A (Mobile) and triple-A (Reno) this season. Pitching for triple-A Reno, Bauer went 4-0 with a 2.82 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 22 walks in 44.2 innings (eight starts).
Bauer finished his three-year collegiate career with a 34-8 record and 2.36 ERA, having logged 460 strikeouts in 373.1 innings. He established himself as UCLA's career leader in victories (34), strikeouts (460) and innings (373.1). As a starting pitcher, he posted a 32-5 career record in 44 starts.
Former UCLA basketball player Jrue Holiday has been added to the 2012 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 6-11 against the 2012 USA Basketball Men's National Team during training camp in Las Vegas, Nev.
A three-year point guard with the Philadelphia 76ers, Holiday has become the 15th player USA Basketball has named to the USA Select squad. As a freshman at UCLA in 2008-09, Holiday averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game, starting all 35 games for the Bruins.
"In naming Jrue to our Select Team, we've added an athletic guard who can get to the rim and someone who is also a good 3-point shooter," said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. "Both of those skills will be invaluable in helping prepare out National Team for this summer."
Holiday, the 17th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, started for the 76ers in all 65 games in 2011-12 and averaged 13.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.6 steals. He shot 43.2 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from 3-point range and 78.3 percent from the foul line. In Philadelphia's 13 NBA playoff games in 2012, he averaged 15.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists while hitting 40.8 percent of his 3-point tries.
Holiday has two previous USA Basketball experiences. He was a member of the USA Junior National Select Team that rolled to a 98-78 win at the 2008 Nike Hoop Summit. Holiday registered 22 minutes as a starter in the game and finished with 13 points and five assists. One year earlier he was selected for the 2007 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival Blue Team that captured the silver medal.
Serving as co-head coaches of the USA Select Team are 2010 USA Basketball World Championship assistant coach Jay Triano and longtime Syracuse University assistant coach Mike Hopkins.
UCLA football players Jeff Baca and Johnathan Franklin visit children every week at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA. Fox Sports West came along during one of their recent weekly visits: