I feel much better this morning. As I said yesterday Coach is doing allright. From AP (via BBR):
But Wooden means so much to UCLA -- all of college basketball, really -- that Howland couldn't help but get emotional.
"He's the patriarch," Howland said Monday night. "He is why this program is where it is. It's one of the elite programs in the country, and has been since he started that job in 1948.
"I was really hoping we would play really well tonight, so he and his family could enjoy that in the hospital room."
Lots to look forward to next season. Earlier in the season we pretty much put moratorium on talks of Jordan/AA going pro. It looks all but certain that both of them are coming back for at least one more year. In AA's case - to me he pretty much made an emphatic and emotional committment after the game to come back next year:
"I feel like it's my fault," he said. "I had no points at halftime. Clearly I have to work harder for next year. I need to find a way to be a better leader. I need to be a better shooter. I need to be a better defender."
However, several NBA scouts project Farmar as a second-round pick, and it's unlikely he would leave without being a guaranteed first-rounder. His erratic play in the NCAA Tournament showcased his skills, but also demonstrated areas in which he needs to grow.
Meanwhile - the coaches are already hitting the recruting trail hard, and according to Coach Keating recruiting picture couldn't look much brighter for Bruin Basketball:
UCLA's future looks bright. This was a team top-heavy in freshmen and sophomores, none of whom appear ready to consider the NBA, because of age limitation or stage of development.
"It was a long road for us," Keating said, "but I think, because of our success, we have already accomplished a lot in terms of recruiting. We've been selling this program for the last three years, saying that we are going to be playing for national championships. This gives us a little more validity, this was a pretty powerful thing. Now they believe you because they've seen it. It can only help."
So can the fact that a relatively young team experienced the pressure cooker of the NCAA tournament and all the distractions and expectations that go along with it.
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