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Chace To Transfer

Quickhands already diaried the breaking news. The following official release that went out this afternoon from UCLA: Stanback to transfer:

"Chace [Stanback] is an outstanding young man and we appreciate what he did for this program this past year," Howland said. "He helped us win a Pac-10 championship and get to the Final Four and we will always be appreciative of his efforts. We are supportive of him and his future in whatever direction he decides to go."

Stanback averaged 1.0 points and 0.7 rebounds per game while appearing in 25 of the 39 games without making a start during the 2007-08 season. He played in 144 minutes (5.8 minutes per game) while shooting 40.4 percent (19-for-47) from the field and 33.3 percent (7-for-21) from three-point range on the year.

"After speaking with my family and thinking about it for a long time, I feel that it is in my best interest to explore other opportunities," Stanback said. "I want to thank my coaches and teammates because they have helped me improve as a player and grow as a man and I am thankful to them for that. I have a lot of great memories and really enjoyed my time here at UCLA."
Well I certainly didn't see this coming. May be DC's return prompted this decision thinking he was still going to have to battle for playing time.

Anyway, I wish Chace luck. Hopefully he transfers to a program that will be a good fit for the skill sets he brings to the court. He seems like a great kid.

As for us, the beat goes on. We were in good position to take this kind of hit in the wing position next year with the arrival of 2 Micky Ders like Holiday and Lee. Here is the current worst case scenario:
1 2 3 4 5
Collison Holiday Roll Gordon Keefe
Anderson Lee

And if Shipp and Dragovic returns to the program we are going to be in even better shape. Stanback's transfer means Coach Howland will have one more player to recruit who will commit to playing Ben Ball and competing for championships in Westwood.