UCLA: Mike Moser

Basketball faces uncertain future

April, 8, 2010
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Three weeks ago, we projected next season's basketball depth chart. Well, so much for projections.

Sophomore center J'mison Morgan was dismissed from the program and freshman guard Mike Moser announced his decision to transfer. On top of that, freshman forward Brendan Lane is slated to be out five months while recovering from left ankle surgery. All three weren't necessarily slated to be starters on next year's squad, but each case affects UCLA.

Morgan was a potential backup for incoming freshman center Josh Smith. Moser was a versatile guard who could play the two or the three. Lane will be back in time for the season, but missing the summer could be disastrous for a player looking to add bulk and improve in the post.

That only leaves Malcolm Lee, Jerime Anderson, Tyler Honeycutt, Reeves Nelson and Anthony Stover on the current active roster -- not a good sign for a program looking to bounce back from a rough season.

Moser's announcement should not come as a surprise to anyone. After all, the Portland, Ore. native played a total of only 70 minutes this past season. And that was on a bad, bad team.

During postgame conferences with reporters, coach Ben Howland often complained about the lack of depth and the immense amount of minutes Lee and fellow guard Michael Roll were playing. Roll and Lee led the team with an average of 36 and 35 minutes played per game, respectively.

Moser, meanwhile, spent his time sitting on the bench. His decision to leave can't really be questioned.

"The way the season worked out for me this year, I feel it is necessary for me personally, to make a move somewhere else so I can play," Moser said in a statement released by the school. "I have enjoyed my time here at UCLA and have built great relationships with my coaches and teammates."

But what kind of relationships are brewing on the current roster? The two transfers plus Drew Gordon's departure early last season make three for Howland this past year. Assistant coach Donny Daniels left the program too (for the same position at Gonzaga).

There may be more on the way. According to ESPN Insider, Lee is a projected late-first round pick in the NBA Draft.

What awaits around the corner? Stay tuned...

Mike Moser to transfer

April, 5, 2010
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At this rate, UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland might not have any players to work with next season.

UCLA Athletics Freshman Mike Moser became the latest player to announce his decision to leave UCLA.



Freshman guard Mike Moser became the latest evacuee on Monday afternoon, announcing that he will transfer following the spring quarter. J'mison Morgan, a sophomore center, was "dismissed" from the team last week. Freshman forward Brendan Lane will be out for five months after having surgery to repair a left ankle injury.

"The way the season worked out for me this year, I feel it is necessary for me personally, to make a move somewhere else so I can play," Moser said through a statement released by the program. "I have enjoyed my time here at UCLA and have built great relationships with my coaches and teammates. I’m going to stay in Division I and haven’t spoken to anyone at all about playing. I won’t rush into a decision. I’ll just wait and see what happens in the next few weeks."

Moser, a Portland, Ore. native, played in just 15 games last season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.5 rebounds per appearance. He made a habit of working out late after home games, often staying to work on his dribbling and perimeter shooting.

"Mike is a good kid, a great student and a very hard worker," Howland said. "I have enjoyed having him in our program. He has a great attitude and I’m supportive of him finding a program where he will have a chance to play more minutes than we envision he will have here."

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