Projecting Mick Cronin’s starting lineup, depth pieces

Mick Cronin has quickly helped UCLA return to power. The Bruins came out of nowhere to advance to the Final Four in 2021, and UCLA had a strong 2021-22 season, winning 27 games before falling to white-hot North Carolina in the Sweet 16. Cronin is known for his wide array of fresh suits, so his new six-year contract extension only means more snazzy sideline fits are on the way.

Championships are the goal at UCLA, and the Bruins are positioned to be in the hunt next year. Cronin has reeled in the No. 11-rated Class of 2022 with three top-50 studs who could all be difference-makers right away.

The Bruins lurked in the transfer portal but they have not added anyone. Cronin has been selective in the portal throughout his three-year run at UCLA, but he hit a grand slam with Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang and a solid single with Rutgers transfer Myles Johnson. With all of Cronin’s success on the trail and on the court, UCLA’s quietness in the portal seems to indicate that the Bruins staff is very high on the talented freshmen, and they’re banking on their elite player-development program.

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Let’s dive into UCLA’s 2022-23 roster with a look at the projected starting lineup and the potential difference-makers off the bench:

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