Coaching rumors, tantalizing transfers and more
It may appear to be a quiet time for college basketball, but there is plenty going on behind the scenes. Take a look below and I'll catch you up on a few of the key questions of the early offseason.
Who was hurt most by NBA draft defections?
Forget Texas, it was the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins had four NBA prospects last season and had the Wear twins sitting out. They could have been great this coming season, but with Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee gone, Howland will have to depend on the wildly inconsistent duo of Lazeric Jones and Jeremy Anderson, along with junior college transfer De'End Parker and incoming freshman Norman Powell, to be their backcourt. At least they'll have Joshua Smith -- perhaps the best NBA prospect the Bruins had last season, but one too raw to leave early -- to anchor the frontcourt.
Maybe as interesting, per several candidates for the Bruins' open assistant coaching position, Ben Howland intends to hire Korey McCray, who coaches the Atlanta Celtics (the AAU squad that has produced NBA stars Rajon Rondo, Josh Smith and other talented players) after the summer recruiting period. In what is a totally legal way of arranging "package deals," Howland will hire McCray, who is top recruit Shaq Goodwin's AAU coach.
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