UCLA Basketball Preview 2020 – 2021 – Players
The point will be the purview of sophomore Tyler Campbell. Either junior David Singleton or sophomore Jaimie Jaquez will start at the other guard spot. Jaquez saw more minutes last season and is the more accurate shooter on field goals, while Singleton is about six percentage points better from the arc. Coming off the bench will be junior Jules Bernard and sophomore
Jake Kyman. True freshman Jaylen Clark may see little to no playing time. One manner in which Clark could secure some minutes would be by focusing on defense.
Smith, who last year was the Pac-12’s Most Improved Player, returns as the leading scorer. Last season, the versatile Smith hit 45.8% of his field goals, 34.1% of his threes, and 84.0% of his free throws. Averaging 13.1 PPG, he grabbed 5.6 RPG and made 1.0 SPG. A future premium NBA prospect, Smith is a player who has consistently shown improvement. Consequently, this season, we expect that he will be the best player in the Pac-12. Last year, Hill’s 9.0 PPG made him the second-highest scorer on this team. At 6-10, he’s both a fine shooter in the paint and defender. In 2019 -2020, the forward completed 53.5% of his shots. He also took down 6.9 RPG while blocking 1.1 shots per game.
Riley, a 51.8% field-goal shooter, hit for 8.8 PPG while making 4.5 RPG. Last season, he averaged 20.4 MPG. Sophomore Juzang, who saw limited action with Kentucky last season, is likely to work his way into the starting lineup early on. He’ll play the swing role of guard/forward. We anticipate junior Jules Bernard (5.5 PPG) and sophomore Jake Kyman (5.3 PPG) will see action.
Our UCLA basketball preview 2020 – 2021 notes that last season Campbell made 5.0 APG and scored 8.8 PPG. He is a fine playmaker and court general, but his 26.7% three-point success-rate leaves a lot to be desired. Jaquez averaged 8.9 PPG and 4.8 RPG. He also made 1.4 SPG. Singleton scored 4.5 PPG and recorded 1.8 RPG. In terms of playing time, Campbell averaged 26.6 MPG while Singleton played 20.1 MPG. Kyman converted 45.1% of his field goals last year. That is 6.1 percentage-points better than Bernard.
Bruins – Make or Break for 2020-2021
Coach Cronin needs to make sure that this UCLA basketball team continues to play sound defense and improves its shooting. Last season, three-point production was especially sketchy. Our UCLA basketball preview 2020 – 2021 observes that this team showed a lot of character in the last part of the season, taking what could have been a disastrous season to a successful one. The Pac-12 will throw a lot at this team. The good news is that they are experienced and skilled. Smith’s decision to return really improved this team’s chances of being highly competitive within and outside of the Pac-12. Last year rebounding was a strength, and we expect that to be the case again in 2020 – 2021.
UCLA Basketball Preview 2020- 2021- Final Word
Our UCLA basketball preview 2020 – 2021 anticipates that the Bruins will be quite competitive. The fact that the UCLA’s top five scorers from last season return should really give this basketball team a boost. We expect that the Bruins will show improvement, as not only individuals step up, but, also, the entire group moves to a next level. Smith will lead this team not only when it comes to scoring stats, but also as the heart and soul of this team. At the same time, Campbell will ably run UCLA’s offense. This is a team that has the potential to exceed last season’s accomplishments and go deep into the Big Dance.
UCLA Bruins – 2020-2021 NCAA Projection
Pac-12 Finish – Second
NCAA Tournament Result – Final Four