UCLA's lingering questions

Updated: April 13, 2012, 10:48 AM ET
By Doug Gottlieb

It was long expected that Shabazz Muhammad would pick the UCLA Bruins, and now that he's confirmed those suspicions, the public perception seems to be that the Bruins are "back." And to be sure, Muhammad is a big get, the type that could help Ben Howland lead this team back deep into the tournament.

However, questions remain for UCLA, starting at the point guard position. Larry Drew is now the only true point guard on the Bruins' roster, after sitting out the past year and a half due to his transfer from North Carolina. Drew does not have to live up to any of the hype he had when he arrived at UNC, but he does have to show he can play. Keep in mind, Roy Williams called the season that Drew started at the point the most frustrating season he had ever coached, and the next season only changed in favor of the Heels after Drew left.

While Wednesday was rightfully a celebration of UCLA basketball being back on the right path, and this season hope springs eternal with Pauley Pavilion set to reopen, Drew's point guard play may end up being the real key to Howland's team succeeding or failing this season.