Honeycutt and Lee Selected in NBA Draft

June 23, 2011

NEWARK, N.J. - UCLA's Tyler Honeycutt (35th pick by the Sacramento Kings) and Malcolm Lee (43rd pick by the Chicago Bulls, rights traded to Minnesota Timberwolves) were both selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft tonight in Newark, N.J. at Prudential Center. Honeycutt and Lee became the 11th and 12th NBA draft picks, respectively, for UCLA during the Ben Howland era.

Honeycutt became the 107th UCLA player to be selected in NBA draft history (UCLA is the all-time collegiate leader in NBA Draft selections, since 1948). UCLA has had at least one player taken in the NBA Draft in 14 of the last 15 years (since 1996 - none last year, 2010 NBA Draft).

"I'm elated for Tyler Honeycutt," UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. "He'll be a long-time pro in the NBA. He is going to continue to improve each and every year he plays the game."

As a sophomore, Honeycutt started in 33 of 34 games at small forward while helping the Bruins compile a record of 23-11 and a runner-up finish in the Pac-10 Conference (13-5) in 2010-11. As a first team All-Pac-10 performer in 2010-11, Honeycutt was third on the team in scoring (12.8 ppg, ranked 15th in the Pac-10) and was second in rebounding (7.2 rpg, ranked 7th in the league). He led the team and the Pac-10 in blocked shots at 2.1 bpg (68 blocks), which ranks third on the UCLA single season charts.

Honeycutt led the Bruins in three-point shots made, sinking 55-of-152 shots for 36.2 percent on the year. He had a season- and career-high eight blocks in a home win over Oregon State (Feb. 12) and his 99 career blocks ranks No. 6 on the UCLA career charts. He also had a career-best 33 points (5-for-6 from downtown) to go with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in the heartbreaking loss at No. 4 Kansas (Dec. 2). He had nine double-doubles in his career and was a stat sheet stuffer in 2010-11, recording at least one assist in 31-of-33 games, at least one steal in 20-of-33 games and at least one block in 27-of-33 games. He was second on the team in defensive rebounds per game (5.7 drpg, ranked 4th in the league). He also was a member of the Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman Team in 2009-10.

Lee became the 108th UCLA player to be selected in NBA draft history.

"I'm really excited for Malcolm Lee," Howland said. "He did a great job in his workouts for the NBA teams. He has worked very hard and has a great career and future ahead of him."

As a junior, Lee started in 33 of 34 games at shooting guard while helping the Bruins compile a record of 23-11 and a runner-up finish in the Pac-10 Conference (13-5) in 2010-11. As a first team All-Pac-10 performer in 2010-11, Lee was second on the team in scoring (13.1 ppg, ranked 14th in the Pac-10). He had a small cartilage tear in his left knee that he suffered at the end of regulation at Washington State on Mar. 5 and played the rest of the season with the injury. He had surgery to repair the tear on Mar. 22. He scored a season-high 25 points on 10-of-19 shooting in a home win over Oregon (Feb. 10) and had 23 points in a loss to VCU on Nov. 24 and added six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a career-high five three-pointers against the Rams. Lee was named Second Team NABC All-District 20 and was selected to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.

Lee joins Tyler Honeycutt (35th pick by Sacramento) this year; Jrue Holiday (17th pick by Philadelphia), Darren Collison (21st pick by New Orleans) in 2009; Russell Westbrook (4th pick by Seattle), Kevin Love (5th pick by Memphis) and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (37th pick by Milwaukee) in 2008; Arron Afflalo (27th pick by Detroit) in 2007; Jordan Farmar (26th pick by Los Angeles Lakers) and Ryan Hollins (50th pick by Charlotte) in 2006; Dijon Thompson (54th pick by New York Knicks) in 2005 and Trevor Ariza (43rd pick by New York Knicks) in 2004, as the players drafted during the Howland era.

NBA Draft Notes:
Top 10 Programs Producing Current NBA Players (active on 2010-11 Rosters):
1. UCLA - 14

Arron Afflalo (Nuggets), Trevor Ariza (Hornets), Matt Barnes (Lakers), Darren Collison (Pacers), Baron Davis (Cavaliers), Jordan Farmar (Nets), Dan Gadzuric (Nets), Jrue Holiday (76ers), Ryan Hollins (Cavaliers), Jason Kapono (76ers), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Bucks), Earl Watson (Jazz), Russell Westbrook (Thunder)

2. Duke - 13
3. Kentucky - 12
4. North Carolina, Connecticut, Arizona, Kansas - 11
8. Texas - 10
9. Florida, Georgia Tech - 8

Top 10 Programs with Current NBA Players Who Entered the League in the Last 8 Years (Howland's Tenure at UCLA):
1. UCLA, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas - 9
5. North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia Tech - 8
8. Duke, Arizona, Florida - 7

Top 10 Programs in First Round Draft Picks the Last Six Years
1. Texas - 8
2. Kansas, Kentucky - 7
4. UCLA, Ohio State, Connecticut - 6
7. Memphis, North Carolina, Duke, USC - 5

Top 4 Programs in All-Time NBA Draft Picks
1. UCLA - 108
2. North Carolina, Kentucky - 101
4. Duke - 77

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