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UCLA Basketball: Jordan Adams Changes His Mind; Declares for NBA Draft

Steve Alford loses another guard.

Kevin C. Cox

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Jordan Adams has changed his mind and will declare for the NBA draft:

This is an abrupt about face from just a week ago, when Jordan Adams said he would return.  In fact he said:

I love being a Bruin. I'm looking forward to getting back in the gym and the weight room to get better, and I can't wait for next season.

Adams will join Kyle Anderson and Zach Lavine in the draft, and while he may be projected as a low first rounder, there are no guarantees.

According to the Daily News, a UCLA spokesperson has confirmed the story.

These are the questions all UCLA fans should be asking:

  • Did a team give Jordan Adams a second round guarantee?
  • Did something happen in the Adams/Alford relationship?
  • Why would someone who isn't projected in the first round consider leaving? Unless they saw how this team was being run and said "no mas."
  • Who the heck is going to make up Adams' points? He was the team's leading scorer.

It's curious, frustrating, and we'll have more as more news comes out.  But the bigger picture: our complete lack of guards next year. Who can pick up for the loss of three guards? Our recruits coming in are all forwards. We may need to scour the JC ranks to find someone to even just back up Isaac Hamilton, Bryce Alford, and Norman Powell.