March 29, 2011
LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior guard Malcolm Lee announced today that he would make himself eligible for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent at this time in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
"After consulting with my family and some of my mentors, I have decided to enter the 2011 NBA Draft without hiring an agent," Lee said. "I'm currently in rehabilitation on my knee and trying to get back to 100 percent so I can start working out and I'll see where it goes from there."
Lee was second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game (14th in the Pac-10) and finished fourth in rebounding at 3.1 rpg. He also averaged 2.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game in 2010-11 and was named First Team All-Pac-10 this season as well as to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.
He scored a season-high 25 points in a home win over Oregon (Feb. 10, 2011) and scored 20 or more points five times this season. His free-throw percentage of .778 (112-of-144) was second on the team and ranked 11th in the Pac-10.
"I don't think the decision for Malcolm (Lee) to test the waters hurts him one bit because he is leaving the option to come back to school if he doesn't get the feedback that he wants," UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. "He should be back to full strength by the time the NBA will start to work guys out, which will be April 28. Malcolm is smart and will make a good decision based on whatever feedback he gets from the NBA teams. He'll be a huge focal point on our team next year both offensively and defensively."