Bryce Alford shares UCLA journey in The Players' Tribune


LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09:  Bryce Alford #20 of the UCLA Bruins is introduced before a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the USC Trojans at T-Mobile Arena on March 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 76-74.  (Photo by Ethan MThe Players' Tribune - Normally, if he had been just some random rival fan, that kind of thing wouldn’t have fazed me too much.

But then I saw what the guy was wearing.

A blue hoodie. A blue UCLA men’s basketball hoodie.

We’d just won the game, and I was getting heckled by a UCLA fan?

I’m getting taunted … by our own fans?

In that moment, that guy got to me. I hate to admit it. He got under my skin. But I’ve thought about that moment a lot because it revealed something to me.

At UCLA, the expectations are just different.  

I might not have known it then, but high expectations aren’t so bad.

It's been a remarkable four-year journey for senior UCLA guard Bryce Alford. 

As the Bruins get ready for what has the potential to be a deep run at the NCAA Tournament, Alford shared his journey in The Players' Tribune. He touches on a wide variety of topics, including his relationship with his father, handing the starting point guard job to Lonzo Ball and maturing at UCLA over the years.

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