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UCLA basketball roster: Beginning lineup prediction, bench rotation, depth outlook for 2022-23 season

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After returning almost everybody from its magical 2021 Remaining 4 run, UCLA is lastly bidding farewell to a few of the stalwarts of coach Mick Cronin’s early years on the job. Gone from a 27-8 staff that reached the Candy 16 in March are main scorer Johnny Juzang, all-around wing Jules Bernard and trusty massive man Cody Riley.

Bernard and Riley performed 130 and 118 video games, respectively, over 4 seasons, and Juzang was the staff’s main scorer for the previous two. Their departures, together with farewells from bench wings Peyton Watson and Jake Kyman, imply UCLA can have a unique look when the 2022-23 begins in November.

However in an period when rosters are sometimes solely overhauled in a single offseason, there may be nonetheless loads of expertise on this Bruins squad and never a single switch. If a loaded freshman class can mix with a few of the acquainted faces, this staff is proficient sufficient to overhaul Arizona and declare its first Pac-12 regular-season title since 2013.

Because the 2022-23 school basketball season creeps nearer, here is a glimpse at how the beginning lineup and rotation may form up for a UCLA staff ranked No. 10 in Gary Parrish’s Prime 25 And 1.

Projected beginning lineup

1. Tyger Campbell

5-11 | 180 | Redshirt-Sr.

Campbell will surpass 100 profession begins early within the 12 months as he enters his fifth season in this system. After redshirting in 2018-19 following a torn ACL, the previous four-star prospect has change into one of many nation’s steadiest level guards over the previous three seasons. His assist-to-turnover ratio ranked sixth nationally final season, and he improved his 3-point taking pictures share from 25% to 41%.

2. Amari Bailey

6-5 | 185 | Fr.

Bailey is the headliner of the nation’s No. 13 recruiting class after ending the 2022 recruiting cycle ranked because the No. 10 total participant within the nation by 247Sports. The McDonald’s All-American seems to be like a secure guess to fill one of many beginning spots opened by the departures of Juzang and Bernard. 247Sports basketball director Eric Bossi famous in Bailey’s scouting report that the combo guard shines off of ball screens and in transition, and Cronin praised him for being a “relentless competitor.”

3. Jaylen Clark

6-5 | 210 | Jr.

Clark is a pure candidate to say a beginning function after rising as one of many Bruins’ prime choices off the bench in his sophomore season. In a five-game February run within the beginning lineup, Clark averaged 14.8 factors per recreation on a scorching 56.9% taking pictures earlier than returning to the bench. Although only a profession 24.3% 3-point shooter, Clark is efficient contained in the arc and could possibly be UCLA’s finest defender, which suggests he is in line for giant minutes this season.

4. Jaime Jaquez Jr.

6-7 | 225 | Redshirt-Sr.

Jaquez is UCLA’s main returner in scoring, rebounding and steals. His 3-point taking pictures dropped to 27.6% final season from 39.4% as a sophomore, however there isn’t any query that he’s the heartbeat of the staff. His versatility and veteran standing make him an indispensable a part of the Bruins’ 2022-23 roster and a candidate for Pac-12 Participant of the 12 months.

5. Adem Bona

6-10 | 235 | Fr.

With massive males Cody Riley and Myles Johnson departing, the entrance court docket is a query mark. As a five-star prospect and McDonald’s All-American, Bona could possibly be a good portion of the reply. Initially from Nigeria, he completed his highschool profession at Prolific Prep in Napa, California. When Bona signed, Cronin described him as a “fast, athletic massive man with the most effective motor I’ve ever seen in a recruit.”

Bench

David Singleton

6-4 | 205 | Redshirt Sr.
Singleton is a tried and true 3-point specialist with a profession 43.8% mark from past the arc throughout 127 profession appearances. As he makes use of the additional season of eligibility accessible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singleton figures to be a dependable bench choice to the tune of 15 to twenty minutes per recreation — and perhaps extra if he can change into a optimistic on the defensive aspect.

Mac Etienne

6-10 | 230 | Redshirt-Fr.
After enrolling in the course of the 2020-21 season, Etienne performed in some high-leverage conditions simply weeks after arriving on campus. He missed final season attributable to an ACL tear, but when he is 100% wholesome, Etienne ought to play vital minutes within the entrance court docket this season.

Dylan Andrews

 6-2 | 170 | Fr.
Andrews ranked because the No. 8 level guard and No. 42 total level guard within the 2022 class, and he’ll be a pure understudy to Campbell. He could not log a ton of minutes until Cronin is OK with enjoying Andrews and Campbell collectively, however he ought to be capable to declare a job on this roster.

Will McClendon

6-10 | 225 | Redshirt-Fr.
McClendon is on the mend from a torn ACL he suffered final September, and that harm presumably put the previous four-star prospect slightly behind the curve in staking a declare to minutes. Nevertheless, he ought to have loads of alternatives to earn minutes throughout his second season on campus.

Kenneth Nwuba

6-10 | 255 | Redshirt-Sr.
Nwuba is a strong reserve middle with 55 profession appearances. He was significantly massive off the bench within the 2021 NCAA Event through the Bruins’ stunning Remaining 4 run. With a profession common of simply 5.2 minutes per recreation, it appears unlikely that Nwuba will play a serious function, however he is a reliable reserve with expertise in this system.

Depth

Abramo Canka | 6-7 | 200 | Fr.
Canka signed on Aug. 3 as a late addition to the 2022-23 roster. The Italian product was described by Cronin as a “versatile participant who can shoot the ball, rebound and move.” Particularly, the Bruins have been drawn to his potential defensive versatility. UCLA has walk-ons Russell Stong, Jack Seidler, Evan Manjikian and Logan Cremonesi on the roster, too. 

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