Looking lighter and leaner and a little jet-lagged, UCLA junior Luc Richard Mbah a Moute defended 6-foot-2 Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga and 6-foot-6 Richard Roby of Colorado on Tuesday night in some get-out-the-kinks drills at the NBA Orlando pre-draft camp.
The 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute kept up with the two guards, and it was a taste of what the 100 or so NBA scouts and general managers will expect of the UCLA junior if he stays in the draft.
"They'll want me to play defense against perimeter guys, I know that," Mbah a Moute said Tuesday night. "I feel like I held my own out there."
I think for LRMAM to fit in the NBA he will have to fit in with a team that needs a player in the mold of Dennis Rodman or Bruce Bowen. And to fill in that role LRMAM will have to perform like the way he did in his freshman year, when he emerged as a defensive star and an absolute menace under the board. LRMAM is not going to butter his bread in the NBA by making jumpers. He will have to do it with his defense and athleticism. And it would make sense if he came back for a great senior year so that he could really accentuate those skills. But these players are often operating in a different mindset compared to fans like us. So it will be interesting to see what he ends up doing. But right now if I am reading the tea leaves correctly, I get the sense LRMAM will not be around next season. And just like I was telling you guys about KL leaving, it might make sense to mentally prepare now for the possibility that there is a very good chance LRMAM is not coming back next season.
With or without Luc Ben Ball is going to be a hot ticket next year. With that in mind Morgan Center is putting together a "Select-A-Seat Open House" this Sunday:
The UCLA Athletic Department is giving fans of the Bruins' men's basketball team a unique opportunity to choose new season seats for the best upper level seat location for the upcoming 2008-09 season in the Select-A-Seat Open House this Sunday, June 1 from 2-4 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
This is the second straight season that the Bruin fans have been invited to visit Pauley for the Open House and receive an actual view of available seats for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. Admission is free and open to everyone.
The men's basketball schedule for 2008-09 is sure to be an exciting one as the Bruins set out to win their fourth-straight Pac-10 championship.
There are just a couple hundred seats available for purchase (in the 300-level baselines), which will be tagged in the arena. Fans can process their order instantly right inside Pauley Pavilion by either check or any major credit card (VISA, American Express, Discover and Mastercard).
You can read rest of the details here.
Elsewhere, Dohn has a short note on how two to three players may leave the football program at the end of this spring quarter, making room for Kevin Prince and a JC OL to come in this summer.
Moving on, the Daily Bruin profiles Krista Colburn, a key senior who have served as an anchor for the number 2 ranked softball team heading to the world series this week:
When the Bruin softball team heads to Oklahoma City to face Arizona on Thursday in the opening game of the Women’s College World Series, it will turn to a group of seniors as its anchor.
Krista Colburn is one of those key pieces on the Bruin team.
The senior outfielder has started all but one game of her four-year UCLA career. It’s been an up-and-down ride, but now Colburn and the other Bruin seniors have a chance at the national title that has eluded the program for the past three years.
"I don’t necessarily think my expectation bar is higher," Colburn said. "But I think that having all that experience under my belt does help me be able to help the team."
The senior from Mukilteo, Wash., has set the tone for the Bruins this year; she’s hit .335 and is second on the team with 43 runs scored.
Let’s hope KC and co. can keep their hot streak going this week against Arizona.
Lastly, Blair Angulo and Kendall Salter from the Daily Bruin has written an article on the emergence of fanblogs, which includes some quotes from the frontpagers of BruinsNation. Instead of commenting on the article, we will post all the answers we provided to Daily Bruin’s questions (via email) re. why we blog here on BN.