Zach LaVine

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Zach LaVine
Zach LaVine.JPG
LaVine against Stanford Cardinal.
No. 14 – UCLA Bruins
Position Guard
League Pacific-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (1995-03-10) March 10, 1995 (age 19)
Renton, Washington
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Bothell (Bothell, Washington)
College UCLA (2013–2014)
Career highlights and awards

Zachary LaVine (born March 10, 1995) is a college basketball player for the UCLA Bruins. He grew up in Washington, where he was honored as the state's top high school player. In his first year with UCLA in 2013–14, he was named one of the top freshman in the Pacific-12 Conference.

Early life[edit]

LaVine was born in Renton, Washington, to athletic parents. His father, Paul, played American football professionally in the United States Football League (USFL) and National Football League (NFL), and his mother, CJ, was a softball player.[1][2] LaVine attended Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington.[1] Playing point guard, he was their primary ball handler.[3] In his senior year, he averaged 28.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, and was named the 2013 Associated Press Washington state player of the year and Washington Mr. Basketball;[1] however, he only received limited national recognition.[3]

College[edit]

On June 20, 2012, LaVine verbally committed to attending UCLA and playing for coach Ben Howland for the 2013 season.[4] After Howland was fired nine months later, LaVine considered staying in-state and attending the University of Washington instead. However, he decided to remain with UCLA and their new coach, Steve Alford; LaVine had inherited an affection for UCLA from his father, who grew up a fan of Bruins basketball while growing up in nearby San Bernadino, California.[5]

After a strong start to 2013–14 as the team's sixth man, featuring an impressive display of outside shooting and explosive dunks, the former point guard LaVine evoked memories of UCLA alumnus Russell Westbrook's beginnings.[3] NBA draft pundits began ranking LaVine high on their projections for the 2014 NBA Draft if he declared himself eligible.[3][6] ESPN.com draft expert Chad Ford attributed LaVine's appeal to the Westbrook comparisons. At one point, Ford listed him as the 10th overall pick, while NBADraft.net ranked him fifth.[3] During the season, LaVine typically entered the game with Bryce Alford, who usually handled the ball, while starter Kyle Anderson was the team's main facilitator.[3] During a six-game span beginning on January 26, 2014, he endured a shooting slump where he made just 7 of 36 shots from the field.[5] He averaged 9.4 points per game during the season, but did not reach double-figures in 14 of the final 18 games.[7] In the final five games, he scored just 11 points and was 0 for 8 on three-point attempts.[8] Despite his late-season struggles, he was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.[9][10]

On April 16, 2014, he announced that he will forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Zach LaVine bio". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved February 27, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kelley, Mason (November 30, 2011). "Bothell's Zach LaVine shoots for the top". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Mays, Robert (February 27, 2014). "Swinging on the NBA Draft Yo-Yo". Grantland.com. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Zach LaVine - UCLA Basketball's First 2013 Commitment". Jun 21, 2012. Retrieved Feb 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Wang, Jack (March 5, 2014). "UCLA basketball notes: Zach LaVine shaking off slump in time for Washington homecoming". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ UCLA's Zach LaVine is dunking his way to the NBA
  7. ^ Wang, Jack (March 28, 2014). "UCLA freshman Zach LaVine to declare for NBA draft". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on March 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Wang, Jack (April 3, 2014). "UCLA men’s basketball gains and losses in Steve Alford’s first season". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on April 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kartje, Ryan (March 10, 2014). "Anderson, Adams named to All-Pac-12 first team". Orange County Register. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2013-14 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Honors" (Press release). Pac-12 Conference. March 10, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ UCLA's Zach LaVine Declares for NBA Draft , UCLABruins.com, April 16, 2014

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