Now that the charade is thankfully over we can finally move on.
There are some questions as to whether Coach Howland will be looking for another guard in this year's incoming freshman class with the scholie that just opened. He seems to be leaning towards saving it for next year's class:
"The question is, do we take a guy who is still available right now versus waiting and trying to get a guy who we really, really would like to have later," Howland said. "It just depends who it is. In certain situations, programs are releasing players, so there are some good players out there. I don't know if there's a really good point guard that's a fit for us."
UCLA might look at LaMirada forward Derrick Williams, who was released from his national letter of intent by USC in the wake of coach Tim Floyd's resignation.
I doubt we will go after Williams. Not sure if he has the grades to get into UCLA (again that's just my speculation here). Interestingly, CBH mentioned to Dohn that he is not necessarily just zeroing in on pg. He might not hesitate to take a forward, if one becomes available at this juncture of the off season:
"I don't know what will happen," Howland said. "We would like to bring in a new guard, but there may be an opportunity to bring in another frontcourt player, who's a good player, and if that's the case, we have to consider that as well."
Whatever he does I am going to defer to him. Also, Howland might be content at staying with his current group of Ben Ball warriors and ask them to carry more responisbility next season:
In the meantime, Jerime Anderson, Malcolm Lee and Michael Roll could be asked to fill the backcourt in different combinations. Former walk-on Mustafa Abdul-Hamid could add depth.
"Those guys have got to stay healthy and give us a lot of good minutes," Howland said.
Over here, we of course pretty much knew Holiday was gone. So we have already had detailed discussions and analysis on UCLA's post Holiday plans, which you can read up on here and here. We might not be the favorite to win the conference next season, but that's fine. With Howland in charge we are going to be just all right.
Back to celebrating the 15 time world champions (UC)LA Lakers.