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Sunday, December 27, 2009
UCLA to add JC point guard

By Diamond Leung

Little has gone right for UCLA this season, but the Bruins found out the night after Christmas that more help could be on the way for next year.

Lazeric Jones, a 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard from John A. Logan College in Illinois, said Sunday he has agreed to accept a scholarship offer from Bruins coach Ben Howland and transfer to UCLA.

UCLA already signed high-level recruits in guard Tyler Lamb from Santa Ana, Calif. and center Josh Smith from Kent, Wash.

Considering the Bruins have struggled mightily to replace Darren Collison at point guard, Jones could contribute immediately in 2010.

"They have told me that I will have the opportunity to come in and play a lot and start as long as I come in and work hard," Jones told ESPN.com.

"I believe in the next two years the team will become really good. The younger players on the team are very talented and hard-working, so as they mature, they will be very good.

"Next year, I will try to bring hard work and my toughness on both ends of the court."

That's music to Howland's ears.