Around this time last year, Jonah Bolden was rumbling across the desert in a pickup truck, headed to Tucson, Ariz.
Like many UCLA students, he followed the basketball team with interest. He'd decided to make a game at Arizona his first road trip.
A friend, Bryce Alford, mentioned that his roommate, Nate Strong, wanted to go too. So the pair loaded into a white Toyota Tacoma and hauled seven hours east across I-10.
Strong had a buddy at Arizona, and the two crashed on his couch. Then they went to cheer on the Bruins.
"It was kind of weird," Bolden said, "watching the team that you're supposed to be playing with."
The 6-foot-10 forward spent...