Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Bruins take hit with Malcolm Lee's exit
By Blair Angulo
A brief, by-the-numbers look at Malcolm Lee's three-year stay in Westwood:
- 29: Career-high in points (Dec. 19, 2009 at Notre Dame)
- 9.7: Three-year scoring average
- 11-3: UCLA's record last season when Lee scored 15 or more points
Obviously, Lee's departure leaves a gaping hole in the Bruins' backcourt -- he was one of the nation's premier defenders and was making strides on the offensive end. Last season, Lee scored 45 more points than the previous season despite playing 19 fewer minutes.
Coach Ben Howland said Tuesday that rising sophomore Tyler Lamb and incoming freshman Norman Powell (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) would get the opportunity to compete for Lee's minutes.
Here's what next season's projected depth chart looks like now (with starters listed first):
G - Lazeric Jones (Sr.), Jerime Anderson (Sr.)
G - Lamb (So.), Powell (Fr.)
F - David Wear (So.)
F - Reeves Nelson (Jr.), Travis Wear (So.), Brendan Lane (Jr.)
C - Joshua Smith (So.), Anthony Stover (So.)