Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • USC’s Chuck O’Bannon Jr. out for the season, to seek medical redshirt

    Orange County Register "USC sophomore guard Chuck O’Bannon Jr., who underwent surgery in November to repair a broken finger, will sit out the remainder of the season and seek a medical redshirt. O’Bannon has not played since appearing for 10 minutes in the Trojans’ season opener and had not..." January 16

  • Suspended USC basketball player Kevin Porter Jr. says he’ll remain with team

    Orange County Register "Kevin Porter Jr., a prospective lottery pick in the NBA draft, sought to squash speculation about his status with USC’s basketball team in a tweet on Monday. In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Porter indicated he would remain with the Trojans for the rest of the..." January 15

  • USC suspends Kevin Porter Jr. indefinitely

    Los Angeles Times "This long weekend in Oregon was supposed to be the moment this year’s USC Trojans finally became whole. Kevin Porter Jr. was returning to the lineup after a mysterious six-week recovery from a thigh bruise. His family made the trip down from Seattle to watch Porter, projected as..." January 14

  • How UCLA men’s basketball has changed with Murry Bartow

    Orange County Register "The seconds couldn’t tick off fast enough. The game had gotten out of hand long ago and toward the end of UCLA’s ugly 29-point loss to Cincinnati on Dec. 19, TV cameras caught a telling glimpse of UCLA’s bench. Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands hid his face behind his..." January 11

  • Warriors assistant Mike Brown discusses his connection to UCLA job

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Bob Myers played at UCLA from 1993 to 1997. He was a sophomore when the Bruins won the national championship in 1995. Nearly 25 years later, the Warriors' general manager is reportedly assisting UCLA athletic director, Dan Guerrero, in the school's search for its next..." January 10

  • Kevin Porter Jr. returns to practice for USC, nearing return

    Orange County Register "Kevin Porter Jr. returned to practice on Tuesday after missing seven weeks with a bruised thigh, a potential boost for a USC basketball team that has started 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in nine seasons. Porter will travel with the team Wednesday when the Trojans leave to..." January 09

  • Teams still high on Oregon freshman Bol despite broken foot

    The Score "Though his electric season has come to an abrupt end, Oregon center Bol Bol's draft stock does not appear to be in jeopardy. Should he declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, Bol will continue to be ranked highly on draft boards, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, citing..." January 09

  • Luke Walton a candidate for UCLA head coach if fired by Lakers?

    Larry Brown Sports "Luke Walton may have a fallback nearby in the event that he is shown the door by the Los Angeles Lakers. In a piece for Forbes that was published on Tuesday, basketball insider Adam Zagoria quoted a UCLA source who listed Walton’s name among the potential candidates for the..." January 08

  • Jordan Usher transfers from USC to Georgia Tech

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "USC guard Jordan Usher has transferred to Georgia Tech. A Wheeler High grad who was a four-star prospect coming out of high school, Usher was to enroll for the spring semester Tuesday. Usher takes the final available scholarship for the 2018-19 team. He will be eligible to play..." January 08

  • Report: UCLA booster Casey Wasserman not backing Rick Pitino

    Larry Brown Sports "Rumors have been circulating that UCLA may have interest in hiring Rick Pitino, but you might be able to pump the breaks on that talk. College basketball reporter Adam Zagoria wrote in a piece for Forbes that prominent UCLA boosters Casey Wasserman and John Branca were..." January 07

  • Powerful UCLA boosters want Rick Pitino as coach, report says

    Sporting News "Rick Pitino, who led Kentucky and Louisville to national titles, is a top target of two influential UCLA boosters to be the school's next men's basketball coach, Forbes SportsMoney reported Friday, citing an unidentified industry source. Casey Wasserman, a..." January 04

  • Report: Oregon's Bol Bol Likely Out for Season Due to Stress Fracture in Left Foot

    SI "Oregon center Bol Bol is likely to miss the remainder of the Ducks' season due to a stress fracture in his left foot, according to 247Sports' Matt Prehm. Bol, a former five-star recruit, has missed Oregon's last four contests. He averaged 21 points and 9.6..." January 03

  • UCLA appears better positioned to lure a top basketball coach thanks to more resources

    Los Angeles Times "If the hiring of Chip Kelly is any indication, UCLA may not be operating under the same old constraints as it begins the search for its next basketball coach. Gripes about not being able to pay enough or offer top-level facilities might no longer apply. The Bruins are paying..." January 02

  • Former UCLA star Lonzo Ball stumps for Earl Watson to be Bruins' next coach

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball says the UCLA Bruins, his former school, should hire Earl Watson as the next coach of its men's basketball program. "I know Earl personally," Ball said after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround Wednesday morning. "I think he has..." January 02

  • Warriors GM Bob Myers will assist UCLA in head coaching search

    Larry Brown Sports "As they officially begin the search for Steve Alford’s replacement as head coach, the UCLA Bruins will be getting help from one prominent NBA figure. In their press release on Monday announcing Alford’s dismissal after six seasons at the helm, the school wrote that Golden..." January 01

  • UCLA fires Steve Alford day after home loss to Liberty

    Larry Brown Sports "The disappointing era of UCLA Bruins basketball under Steve Alford has finally come to an end. Alford has been fired by UCLA, with an official announcement set to come on Monday, according to both The Athletic’s Seth Davis and Bruin Report Online. Bruin..." December 31

  • UCLA Needs To Fire Steve Alford

    The Big Lead "Steve Alford and the UCLA Bruins are reeling. Things reached a new low for the school’s basketball program on Saturday, as UCLA lost to Liberty 73-58 at home. Yes, the Bruins were blown out at home by Jerry Falwell’s school. It was the fourth loss in a row for..." December 30

  • Former Kentucky 5-Star Recruit Quade Green Transfers to Washington

    Bleacher Report "Former 5-star recruit Quade Green has decided to transfer from Kentucky to Washington, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello. Green's decision to transfer in the middle of the season gives him the ability to make his Huskies debut in the spring of..." December 20

  • Shareef O'Neal In Good Spirits After Heart Surgery

    TMZ "Shareef O'Neal is out of heart surgery -- and he's already thinking about his return to the basketball court!  The UCLA basketball star went under the knife early Thursday morning to correct an irregularity that team doctors had spotted during a routine check-up earlier..." December 14

  • Shareef O'Neal Undergoing Heart Surgery

    TMZ "Shareef O'Neal is currently undergoing heart surgery to correct an irregularity that forced the UCLA basketball star to miss the 2018 season ... TMZ Sports has learned.  We broke the story ... Shaq's 18-year-old son -- one of the top college freshmen in the country --..." December 13

  • Lavar Ball Rips UCLA, No Way LaMelo Goes There After LiAngelo Debacle

    TMZ "There's a ZERO percent chance LaMelo Ball will follow in his bro's footsteps and play at UCLA next season ... so says LaVar Ball who tells us he's still furious over the way the school treated LiAngelo.  17-year-old LaMelo is playing pretty..." November 26

  • ESPN No. 38 overall rated Zeke Nnaji commits to Arizona

    ESPN "Arizona put itself in contention for the No. 1 recruiting class in the country on Friday afternoon, when ESPN 100 center Zeke Nnaji announced his commitment to the Wildcats. "I'll be playing college basketball and continuing my education at the University of..." November 26

  • C.J. Walker, 5-star SF, commits to Oregon Ducks

    Oregonian "Earlier this week, the Oregon Ducks men's basketball program announced the signing of a three-man class consisting of a trio of four-star prospects - junior college wing Chris Duarte, forward Chandler Lawson and center Isaac Johnson. But coach Dana Altman left open the possibility..." November 21