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With another top-five recruiting class in hand, Steve Alford and UCLA look to make it big on the court

LOS ANGELES - The prediction for a rebirth of UCLA basketball came from a high school guard still months away from hoisting his first shot inside Pauley Pavilion.

Jules Bernard watched the Bruins lose to St. Bonaventure in an NCAA tournament play-in game last month and felt a surge of disappointment. Then came the resolve.

"Right after that," Bernard said Monday of UCLA's first loss before the tournament's opening round, "I told my parents, 'That's not going to happen next year.'"

Preventing a repeat of March sadness largely will be incumbent on the Bruins' newcomers. Bernard is part of what's expected to be a highly touted six-man freshman class that UCLA hopes to finalize

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