Welcome UCLA Alumni to the Mo Ostin Basketball Center. My name is Tyus Edney. I’m an assistant coach here. I graduated in 1995. You may remember I had a shot against Missouri that helped us stay in the tournament and helped us win that year. So it’s good to have you here and welcome. We’re gonna show you how we do things around here. At the entrance we get to see all the people that contributed to make this building happen and we’re also grateful for the big name is Mo. You can kind of see the names of all the artists he represented. I’m a big Prince fan so many obviously Frank Sinatra who’s the man I mean. This is the Ann Myers Drysdale Court who was a great player here and a great Bruin and she still comes around and supports and you can see there their accolades as a as a program. A lot of team pics with their alumni. They’re here together, they’re here for four years and they all graduate and they do well. They’ve had players getting drafted you can see they have a WNBA wall so here’s the building. It’s got a lot of natural light. They wanted it to be like that even in the gym and in the weight room. This is where this is usually crowded because the guys are always hungry so they they have a fully stocked fridge and freezer and it’s also becomes a meeting area because it has food and conversation. This is what they see every day and what we all see. I think Coach Wooden that’s why here I think he made this because he comes from a teaching background so not just a coach you just say what to do on the floor but also to become a better person and what to do to get through life basically as successfully as possible. Recently we’ve had Zach come back, Zach LaVine. Kevin and Russ they’ll come back. Guys you know in and out all the time well Shabazz came just you know so this is where this is where they change and Bryce our younger alum Bryce already in you know it’s it’s exciting to see when those guys come back so we wanted them to be be welcome and have their space when they’re here. Of course we walk by and we get to see all these amazing stats from UCLA basketball success. Now we come around the corner to one of my favorite areas, our new strength and conditioning room, the Kevin Love Athletic Performance Center. You know like we have our basketball court in here so they can do movements into jumping and taking the med ball and you’re trying to you know get it up to the rim that rim goes up to 11 feet the rim’s 10 but that goes up to 11. This space here you can see there’s a lot of open space with movement so guys can do an action and get up to the rim and dunk. They can even tie themselves to you know the tension to create more force for them to go up or do different movements to slides and defensive things stuff like that. So this is where our guys spend most of their time in the locker room like it’s their second home really it looks pretty neat as neat as it can be you know for young guys but it’s pretty good they’re not in trouble right now for this. You know they get competitive and they get to play this and compete and yell at each other that we hear all the time. They just have everything they have to just have fun and entertain themselves and just relax. And here’s the best part of the Mo Ostin Center, the Westbrook Court. This is where it all happens this is where it all goes down. We’re in here a lot obviously we got to get the guys ready to play we have the guys they have their pictures up because we want them to feel like this is their building. National championships, there’s a lot of them because we cover the whole wall. That’s called the gun right there and they just it passes back to you so you can guys can come in by themselves and shoot we like to practice in here then we can film it. We can watch it with the guys you know they are held accountable you know for everything that we’re trying to teach them Mo Ostin said he wants it to have the best music on campus so these are concert speakers that you can hear all the way down the street we say it’s the only program in the country that can eat their meals outside and so right off of right off the court we have the ability to come out here and have our team meals. Every player that played here that lettered here his name is on the wall. You know that they built this place really so that’s to show our appreciation for them and what they’ve done here on campus and with the program. It’s a special place for both programs I think we’re all benefiting from this and we enjoy coming in here and having a place like this to come and work every day.

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