It’s Thanksgiving and a few UCLA basketball fans are already gnashing their teeth and saying that they are done with Cronin. Others are declaring the star of a given game the next great Bruin. After the exhibition game, it was Tyger Campbell, then it was Chris Smith living up to his potential and then it was Jalen Hill looking like Sidney Wicks against Hofstra.
What is really going on? The team and players are getting better, but growth does not happen in a straight line. It is a roller coaster. And that’s what this year is to me, a roller coaster ride.