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Sunday, November 14, 2010
Basketball: Ben Howland, pitchman

By Blair Angulo

Is UCLA's switch to a fast-paced style simply a move by coach Ben Howland to counter how opposing coaches recruit against him?

Howland didn't really answer the question when it was asked during his Sunday night teleconference call with reporters. He did, however, offer his pitch.

"If you look at the players that have played (in the NBA) since I've been the coach, we have a lot of them," Howland said. "In fact, this year we have the most. We have 14 players in the NBA, that's the most of any university in the United States. Nine of those guys played for me. They all seem to be doing really well in the NBA. They're all getting second or third contracts. So if you really want to talk about who is preparing their players really well to play at the next level, I think that we can make a very good argument that our players are very well prepared. And I encourage all of you to call the (general managers) in the NBA and ask them, 'Hey, who is doing the best job of all the universities in the country of preparing their players to play at the next level?' "

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