New UCLA point guard is making positive impression
New UCLA point guard Lazeric Jones, a junior college transfer from Illinois, is playing in the Say No summer league at The HAX in Hawthorne this summer, and early reviews indicate he's going to be a solid contributor and help the Bruins address a weakness at the position.
On Sunday, Jones played in a game with Bruins teammates Tyler Honeycutt and Reeves Nelson. Jones handled the ball well, displayed court leadership and scored several baskets on drives down the key. He has big hands and a nice touch from the free-throw line.
Honeycutt, a sophomore, has started to add weight and muscle to his 6-foot-7 frame. Nelson, another sophomore, looked strong and dominant inside.
The Bruins were 14-18 last season, and adding Jones should help stabilize the guard position.
-- Eric Sondheimer
Photo: Lazeric Jones. Credit: Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times