UCLA's Tyler Lamb Transfers to Long Beach State

By Evan Barnes
Chris Morrison-US PRESSWIRE

It appears that Tyler Lamb has found a new home, as the former UCLA guard announced today on his Twitter page that he will be attending Long Beach State. In his tweet, Lamb admitted that he was also considering San Diego State.

Lamb posted these words this afternoon: “I want to thank both Long beach st nd SDSU for riding this whole process out with me.. With that being said, i will be a Long Beach St. 49er.”

It almost feels like eons ago when Lamb and Josh Smith transferred from UCLA and with news that Smith has landed at Georgetown, the exodus is complete. Even better that Lamb, who has a year and a half of eligibility left, landed at a program that could be very formidable by the time he’s eligible this December.

The 49ers were boosted this year by the transfers of former Southern California prep standouts Keala King (who played with Lamb at Santa Ana Mater Dei High School) and Tony Freeland (DePaul). With only two seniors on the team this year, adding Lamb next season could set the team up for a Big West Conference title and NCAA Tournament trip.

Of course, should Lamb play well next year, it’ll be another reminder of how he’s another former Bruin to thrive away from the program. Lamb was actually a Bruin who succeeded under Ben Howland but due to knee surgery, he lost playing time and decided it was time to jump ship. And in case Bruins fans might gloss over this considering the team is playing well, one only needs to read up on freshman Tony Parker and his struggles within the program.

It’s a great day for Lamb as he’s picked where to continue his future and education, yet it’s a reminder that no matter how great things are in Westwood, players transferring is always a possibility when Howland is there.

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