Per Scout.com recruiting services - Westbrook committed to UCLA yesterday. This is obviously good news. And it ensures we are not going to be facing the worst case scenario I laid out couple days ago in this post. So even if Jordan and AA decide to go pro. this is the lineup we are going to have next season:
1- DC, Westbrook, Hamid
2- Roll, Shipp, Westbrook
3- Shipp, Luc, Keefe
4- Luc, Keefe, Aboya, Wright, Spica*
5- Mata, Aboya, Wright, Spica*
We are going to have to wait a while to find out whether Spica qualifies or not.
I think in case both Jordan and AA bolt (which again is not even close to being a given), it will probably mean DC/Shipp playing 30-35 mins a game, which is not ideal - but not exactly disastrous. Keefe IMO may be switched around at either 3 or 4, same with Shipp who may be starting at 3 but could be over at 2. If Luc improves his mid range jump shots he could see time at 3. So we will have multiple options based on the diverse skill sets of number of players. Howland will try to figure out which is the best possible combination during the first month of the season. So that is not exactly a team with a thin bench even without Jordan or Arron.
Of course we are going to be in even better situation if either AA or Jordan decide to come back. My money right now is on AA coming back and Jordan leaving Westwood. We will see what happens I guess. Sportsline Doyle also has this thought on Jordan and Arron: