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UCLA Legend Tracy Murray LaMelo Don't Need High School ... to Ball Out at UCLA

10/7/2017 12:25 AM PDT

High school or no high school, LaMelo Ball is gonna kill it for UCLA -- so says Bruin legend Tracy Murray ... who tells TMZ Sports it's still all about Ball in Westwood.

We talked to Murray, a 2-time All-Pac-10 player for UCLA and current announcer for the team -- and he told us LaVar's decision to take LaMelo out of HS won't change a damn thing when it comes to college.

"He's already committed to UCLA. With that already happening why play HS basketball when you already know where you're going?"

Some people have expressed concern that LaMelo might miss critical development as a player if he missed the last 2 years of school, but Murray says there's something else that's more important.

"The only thing that really matters at this point is that he's taking college prep courses that prepare him for UCLA."

As for LaVar -- he's convinced 'Melo's school won't be an issue ... but then again, he thinks he can beat Michael Jordan.

Kanye West & 2 Chainz Ball So Hard with UCLA Men's Team ... During Summer Practice

7/3/2017 12:43 PM PDT

The players on UCLA's men's basketball team ran into some super stars before a summer work out this holiday weekend ... none other than Kanye West and 2 Chainz!

The team rolled into the university's Wooden Center gym for a scheduled practice Monday, only to find 'Ye, 2 Chainz and some of their friends warming up the court with a game of their own.

The team did not play with the 2 rap stars, but rather just talked and posed for some pics ... including one of 'Ye with head coach Steve Alford.

As we reported ... Kanye had 2 Chainz and his family over for dinner Sunday night.

Looks like their bro fest carried over to Monday. 

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