I think one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises in the last few weeks of the season has been the development of the play of David Wear and Tyler Lamb. While David has been fairly consistent all year, it seems to me that he has an added boost of aggressiveness these last few weeks. From what I have seen, it seems that the extra aggressiveness is resulting in more tip-ins and rebounds as well as extra trips to the foul line. Even more impressive than David Wear, has been the recent play of Tyler Lamb. It seems he has finally gotten over the hump and really found his shot. Honestly, he has one of the finest strokes I have seen at UCLA in recent years. But in addition to the scoring, his defense has been incredible. He finally seems to reaching the Malcolm Lee, Russell Westbrook and Afflalo potential (in now way is he there yet, but there are hints). This development bodes well for next year, especially with Kyle Anderson setting everyone up with beautiful passes (hopefully).
The way the team came together after the SI article and the above mentioned development at the direction of Howland and staff shows me that is not in the dire situation the sports outlets would have you believe.