Tyler, we're frustrated with Ben Howland too. - Stephen Dunn
Tyler Lamb will suit up for the 49'ers next season.
For those of you keeping track, Tyler Lamb was the 11th scholarship athlete on the basketball team to transfer during the Ben Howland era at UCLA .
Howland originally recruited the Ontario native out of Santa Ana Mater Dei and Ontario Colony High School in 2010 but placed him in an unenviable situation after recruiting SG Norman Powell out of San Diego, then landing highly touted guards, Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams in the 2012 class.
According to his Twitter, he will be transferring to Long Beach State (7-8) to play for Coach Dan Monson and picked the 49ers over the SDSU Aztecs. Long Beach State advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament in 2012. UCLA was not invited to the NIT tournament despite Howland's pleas.
As a true sophomore at UCLA, Lamb averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He appeared in the Indiana State game so Lamb will try to gain an entire year of eligibility. As of now, he has a year and half of eligibility and can suit up for the Beach in late December of this year.
Back in November, Lamb provided this all-too familiar press release on why he was leaving UCLA.
"I would like to thank the University, Coach Howland and his staff for the unparalleled opportunity to have been a part of UCLA's program. However, I believe that it is in my best interest to find a new destination where I can continue to grow, both as a person and as a basketball player."
10 other players have also believed that it was in their best interest to find a new destination where they could find playing time, not be bullied by coaches or teammates and have an opportunity to display their talents instead of sitting on a bench while the coach's favorites play the lion's share of minutes.
Best of luck to Tyler at Long Beach State. It must have been a tough decision to leave a wonderful place like Westwood for a college basketball team that is currently below .500 but we understand the circumstances behind the transfer.
Ryan Wright - Oklahoma
Chace Stanback - UNLV
Mike Moser - UNLV
Drew Gordon - New Mexico
J'Mison Morgan - Baylor
Matt Carlino - BYU
Reeves Nelson - Lithuania
De'End Parker - University of San Francisco
Brendan Lane - Pepperdine
Tyler Lamb - Long Beach State
Joshua Smith - Georgetown