I realize lot of folks including Coach Howland himself are upset with Diane Pucin’s Tuesday story in the LAT re. KL and DC going pro. Obviously since the story broke there has been strong so called denials from number of fronts about players and their families not reaching any kind of final decision (or not even having a discussion on it). In his season ending press conference during which Coach Howland addressed this specific issue and gave a detailed account on what and where the players have been since the tournament ended for us last Saturday.
Honestly, I don’t really care that much at this point re. how and when KL, DC, and RW (the Big-3) will announce their decision to go pro. I have already accepted that they are gone (and will be more than supportive of their decision when it comes to fruition) and no longer am emotionally invested and interested in following their moves step by step in the coming days. From godblesstyus95:
who haven't seen this movie, I'm going to spoil the ending for you. If you would like to remain in suspense, read no further:
Howland addresses Love's, Collison's, and Westbrook's draft status during his press conference as "I have no comment on that at this time. I will allow these young men to announce their decisions on their own."
Love takes a few days to "talk about it" with his parents (because the topic certainly hasn't come up before-lol). Collison does the same.
Love and Collison hold their press conferences and announce (gasp!) that they will declare for the NBA draft and hire agents.
Westbrook, who during this time has received an assessment of his draft stock, shortly afterwards does the same.
There, sorry to ruin it for you.
In terms of declaring for the NBA draft, Coach Howland had one extremely important piece of advice for our Big-3 (or anyone else contemplating going pro early):
"The reason I don’t recommend they don’t sign with an agent until the draft, or after the draft, if they did leave their name in is because, like Brandon Rush, for example, last year. One of the reasons Kansas is national champion this year is Brandon Rush. [He] was gone; Bill Self told me that on Thursday at the Final Four. He was leaving, he blew his knee out playing basketball and therefore had the rehab and came back. You saw that — what’s the kid out of the University of Miami — [with Willis] McGahee. He was really compromised in his draft pick because of his blown knee in football for example.
Shipp said during the season he was returning to UCLA, and Mbah a Moute said Wednesday "I haven't really thought about it. I will, though. I'm meeting with (Howland) Monday or Tuesday."
"He’s given way too much and has been so key in our last three years and the success we’ve had; Alfred can take whatever time he needs. He’s talked about law school; he’s not certain what he wants to do in that respect, so there’s some uncertainty as to what he wants."
"James has got to get bigger and stronger in the off-season. I think that what he showed at the end of the season, including the SC and Stanford games in the [Pac-10] tournament and especially the Western Kentucky performance, he has a very bright future in his last two years at UCLA and I know he’s excited about next season."
Before you start worrying too much about what is going to take place in next few weeks, one more time here is Coach Howland:
So no worries.