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Steve Alford: “I am Absolutely 100% Not Going to Indiana”

The Steve Alford to Indiana speculation was put to bed late Friday evening.

“I am absolutely 100 percent not going to Indiana,” Alford told ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman. “I am not going to talk to Indiana. I am staying a Bruin.”

Alford has been viewed as a possible candidate to fill the recently vacated head coaching job left with the release of Tom Crean. But Alford showed little interest.

“Staying at UCLA,” Alford stated. “I am happy. Love it here. Have a great class coming in, and brand-new practice facility. Obviously, I love my alma mater. Committed to UCLA.”

The Bruins were ousted from the NCAA Tournament Friday night by Kentucky in a game where De’Aaron Fox took the spotlight clearly off UCLA freshman and the Naismith Trophy National Freshman of the Year winner Lonzo Ball.

Fox, who said in the postgame presser that he has been “in attack mode” since the postseason started, finished with a career-high 39 points to go with 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals in 36 minutes of play.

His counterpart, Lonzo Ball, managed 10 points to go with 8 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Ball reported after the game that he will forego his future career at UCLA and declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. Ball is projected as the second overall pick by DraftExpress.

Despite the loss of Ball, seniors Bryce Alford, Jerrold Smith, Isaac Hamilton and potentially freshman T.J. Leaf, Alford stays positive about the Bruins continued success in the future.

“I love Los Angeles,” Alford said. “Very happy. I’m at UCLA. Special place. We’ve worked hard. Have No. 2 class coming in next year. … I want to see this through.”

 

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