UCLA, Steve Alford sign contract extension through 2021

Friday October 3rd, 2014

UCLA has signed head men's basketball coach Steve Alford to a one-year contract extension, going through the 2020-21 season, athletic director Dan Guerrero announced on Friday.

Last season, Alford's first as head coach, the Bruins went 28-9, making the team's first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance, as well as winning its first Pac-12 Tournament championship, since 2008.

The team also notched its highest single-season win total since the 2007-2008 season.

Alford's first year also produced three first-round NBA draft picks. Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine were selected by the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and the Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively.

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Alford's staff has also brought in a top-10 recruiting class, one that includes three McDonald's All-Americans. Isaac Hamilton, Kevon Looney and Thomas Welsh are slated to suit up for UCLA this year.

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The Bruins are scheduled to open their season against the Montana State Bobcats at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Nov. 14.

- Christopher Woody


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