Gold posts an important detail on Lee's decision to try out for the NBA:
Lee said his AAU coach was in the process of interviewing potential agents, but he said he wasn't going to hire one in the interim. Sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt declared for the draft on Monday but will hire an agent, ending his college eligibility.
UCLA head coach Ben Howland said he thought it was Lee made the right decision based on the fact that he has the option to return his senior year, when the Bruins are projected to be among the top teams in the country.
Lee submitted a questionnaire to NBA executives yesterday that will give him feedback on his current draft prospects, Howland said, and he should have the results in 7-10 days.
The AAU coach is involved in this ... with agents? lol
The good thing for the Bruins here is that Lee is a solid kid. There is a chance Lee may come back if he does not get some kind of non-written guarantee from NBA teams trying him out in next few weeks. The gusto with which he is trying to get out of Westwood is still alarming.
It is problematic to see Howland's fringe players or tweeners, who are not definite first round draft picks try so hard to get out of his program. It is one thing if any of these guys are definite high first round picks or lottery picks.
Year after year we face situations where players who should come back for another year to improve their game get off the exit ramp the first chance they get. It doesn't exactly paint a picture of a UCLA basketball program grounded on loyalty or with a sense of Bruin family.