March 28, 2011
LOS ANGELES -
Tyler Honeycutt Declares for NBA Draft
UCLA sophomore forward Tyler Honeycutt announced today that he would make himself eligible for the NBA draft and will hire an agent, forfeiting the remainder of his NCAA eligibility.
"After speaking with my family and everyone close to me and all of my coaches here, I feel that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA Draft this year," Honeycutt said. "We had a good year and I finished strong and with it being a so-called weak draft this year, I feel that it is best for me to leave."
Honeycutt was third on the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game (16th in the Pac-10) and finished second in rebounding at 7.2 rpg (7th in Pac-10). He also led the team and the Pac-10 in blocked shots (2.1 bpg) and his 68 total blocks ranked No. 3 on UCLA's all-time charts. He also finished second on the team in assists (2.8 apg) and steals (0.9 spg) and was named first team All-Pac-10 this season.
He scored a career-high 33 points in the 77-76 loss at No. 4 Kansas (Dec. 2, 2010) and recorded nine double-doubles as a Bruin including five this season. He also recorded eight blocks in the home win over Oregon State (Feb. 12), which were the most by a Bruin since Jelani McCoy recorded 11 blocks (school record) against Maryland on Dec. 9, 1995.
"I wish Tyler (Honeycutt) the very best," UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. "He did a great job for us the past two years and has worked very hard and has improved a lot. He made a big jump from the end of his freshman year to now. I'm 100 percent supportive of his decision."
Larry Drew II Attends Classes at UCLA
Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced today that Larry Drew II attended class at UCLA today, the first day of class for the Spring quarter. He will be on scholarship for the 2011-12 season, one he will have to sit out for the entire year, due to the NCAA rules on four-year transfers (North Carolina). He will become available when the Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for the 2012-13 season.
"We are very excited about the addition of Larry Drew II to our program," UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. "He is an outstanding player and a really good kid. He is a great person and I think that he will be a great player for the Bruins in his final season of eligibility."
"It feels great to be back home," Larry Drew II said. "I had a great learning experience at North Carolina and they taught me a lot. I'm looking forward to getting a fresh start at UCLA and I'm happy to be a Bruin. Next year will give me time to focus on my academics and of course, train with the team."