Howland: Reeves Nelson staying put

March, 29, 2011
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UCLA coach Ben Howland intimated that forward Reeves Nelson would not be entering the NBA draft this year.

"I think Reeves is coming back," Howland said. "That’s what we discussed."

That comes as good news for the Bruins, who lost Tyler Honeycutt Monday and may lose Malcolm Lee. Honeycutt entered the NBA draft and will hire and agent, thus ending his college career. Lee also entered the draft but will not hire an agent, thus reserving the right to withdraw from the NBA draft and retain his college eligibility by May 8.

Nelson, a 6-8 sophomore power forward, was the team's leading scorer and rebounder last season. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.1 points per game and is considered a pro prospect, though is not projected to be drafted this season in most mock drafts.

He is an integral part of an excellent front court at UCLA, teaming with 6-10 freshman center Joshua Smith to cause many problems inside for opponents. That front court is expected to become even more formidable with the addition of North Carolina transfers David and Travis Wear, 6-10 twins who sat out this season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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