All is well in the world of Ben Ball now that DC (and Luc (WTF Luc were you actually even thinking about this?)) has officially announced their decision to come back for their junior season. Dohn has the story on a player coming back to gun for a banner:
UCLA can officially be considered a national contender again.
"It wasn't too difficult to make this decision," Collison said on a conference call. "I didn't put too much thought process into it. Playing last year was enjoyable. My goal was to win a championship and I didn't succeed at it my sophomore year, so I'm going to take another knock at it my junior." [...]
"I think Darren had given (the NBA) some thought," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "To be honest, he's a potential late first-round pick. I think the thinking is, and it's wise, that he can test the waters next year and that he will move himself way up the draft and be a potential early- to mid-first round pick when he does leave for the NBA." [...]
Asked how much he thought about entering the NBA draft, Collison said "very little." He had until Sunday to decide and consulted only his parents and Howland. According to Collison, he paid little attention to his draft stock.
"For the most part, I wanted to win a championship, that was something I told my parents," he said. "I am dedicated to winning games at UCLA. I still have a lot more improvements to make. The NBA isn't going anywhere. I'm satisfied with where we're going right now."
"For my mom it was just a family decision to spend more time with me," Collison said. "It wasn't about any basketball decision."
Anyways enough about Pucin. I am looking forward to Meriones crystal ball on next season. I will also chime in with my intial impression on next year's team. Here is a simple hint ... I think its going to be most fun Ben Ball team we are going to get to watch in Howland's fifth year in Westwood. I think it is going to be "fantastic" (unlike the boring NBA).