Born TJ Leaf Drafted By Indiana Pacers
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 17:10
Now, Ball gets to stay home and continue his basketball career in Los Angeles. The Pacers have struggled to consistently be competitive for the past three seasons, missing the playoffs in 2015 and losing in the first round the last two years.
UCLA has now produced 118 all-time NBA Draft picks, including nine selections in four seasons under head coach Steve Alford, who will enter his fifth year as UCLA's head coach in 2017-18.
Mekel played for the Dallas Mavericks in 2013 and the Pelicans in 2014 before being waived.
IN was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round this season by the Cavaliers.
In summer of 2015, when it was time to start looking for a suitable college home-Arizona, Indiana and OR were considered before choosing UCLA-Leaf decided instead to go back to his homeland, this time as a member of the Israeli under-18 national team in the European division B tournament. Previous year as a junior at Xavier Summer scored 15.0 points a game and averaged 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals. At UCLA, he was first-team all Pac-12.
Depending on the future destination for Casspi, who is a free agent this summer after playing for three National Basketball Association teams last season alone, Leaf may end up being the league's only Israeli-born player for the 2017-2018 season. "He's a very positive kid, a very confident kid, believes in team basketball, believes in playing the game the right way".
All three join a team in complete transformation mode. In all, he scored in double figures in 32 of 35 games. A 6-foot-10 forward/center from Corona, Calif., Anigbogu shot 56.4 percent from the field (57 for 101).
My memories of Leaf are on the defensive end of the court last season for UCLA and during an AAU tournament in Fishers where his team from Southern California stood passively in a 2-3 zone and allowed opposition to exert their will offensively.