Let's put an end to the Howland myth 

August, 25, 2010

There have been some loud whispers in the travel basketball subculture that UCLA's Ben Howland runs a slowdown offense that fails to showcase young prospects for the NBA.

Some AAU types with an agenda whisper in the ears of UCLA recruits that Howland's penchant for calling set plays and his tight reins on offense don't allow these hot prospects to show the NBA what they can do, and the reduced possessions keep great talents from revealing themselves to the next level. In short, the word among the AAU cognoscenti is that Howland holds great players back.