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What Could Have Been... Monitoring The Bruins That Were Pushed Away

Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Bumped. GO BRUINS. - BN Eds.

A lot of Bruins defected from the UCLA basketball program in the second half of the Ben Howland era. There were a few that were forced out (e.g., J'Mison Morgan, Reeves Nelson), some that left the program for the NBA as soon as possible (e.g., Malcolm Lee, Tyler Honeycutt, etc...), and a larger number that transferred (e.g., Chace Stanback, Drew Gordon). As BN has noted many times in the past, a large pool of talented basketball players left the program during those years and had productive collegiate careers elsewhere. This is a mid-season look at the 2013-14 statistical output of four ex-UCLA basketball players who are still contributing to other college basketball programs. For the sake of comparison, I've included the statistics of a few current UCLA players who play the same positions.

Forwards

Player MPG PPG APG RPG BPG SPG
Mike Moser 29.5 13.9 1.6 7.7 1.0 1.2
Brendan Lane 28.8 13.9 1.3 7.5 2.4 0.4
David Wear 21.7 7.0 0.5 4.1 0.2 0.9
Travis Wear 21.6 5.5 1.1 2.8 0.7 0.6

The most important thing to note from the comparison of forwards is how poorly the Wears rebound. On average, Travis grabs a rebound every 7.7 minutes and David collects a rebound every 5.3 minutes, whereas Moser and Lane rebound at a rate of 1 board every 3.8 minutes. The other big statistical difference is in blocks per game: on average, Lane blocks shots 3.5 times more frequently than Travis Wear and 12 times more frequently than David Wear.

Guards

Player MPG PPG APG RPG BPG SPG
Tyler Lamb 28.6 16.1 1.4 3.7 0.3 1.4
Matt Carlino 28.0 14.5 4.6 4.1 0.2 1.9
Bryce Alford 22.6 7.5 2.8 1.9 0.1 1.2

Given Alford's commitment to developing his son as UCLA's future starting point guard, it's doubtful that Matt Carlino would be playing 20+ minutes per game if he were still a Bruin. Also, in light of the fact that Bryce averages about as many minutes a game as Zach LaVine and Norman Powell even though he contributes significantly less, it's hard to imagine that either Lamb or Carlino would get a fair allotment of playing time based on ability and performance in Alford's nonmerit system.

Two players missing from the tables above are Georgetown center Josh Smith and Baylor guard Allerik Freeman. Josh Smith was averaging 11.5 points per game for the Hoyas but has been recently ruled academically ineligible for the remainder of the season. Freshman Allerik Freeman, who dropped his commitment to UCLA when Alford became the coach, may redshirt after missing the first half of the season with an injury. In any case, the loss of Freeman is on Alford, not Coach Howland.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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