UCLA's Zach LaVine Foolish to Leave Early for NBA Draft

By Connor Muldowney
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Just one day after losing in the Sweet 16 to the top-seeded Florida Gators, the UCLA Bruins have seen their roster completely change. It hasn’t even been 24 hours since the Bruins fell out of the NCAA Tournament, but freshman Zach LaVine and sophomore Kyle Anderson have declared for the upcoming NBA draft.

Anderson is definitely ready for the next level as he was extremely productive in his second season at UCLA, improving in nearly every offensive and defensive category. He also improved his shooting which was a big concern heading into this season.

LaVine, on the other hand, has a lot of question marks heading into the draft. First off, he scored just 11 points in his final five games with the Bruins, completely falling off the map at the end of the season. He tends to disappear at times even though he is a serious offensive threat when he wants to be.

He hasn’t been as effective as he should be considering his freakish athleticism.

There’s no doubt that LaVine could have used another year under head coach Steve Alford to help hone his raw skills.

LaVine’s got it all. He has size, athleticism, leaping ability and he is a solid defender. He was the perfect bench player for the Bruins this season, but they will have to search for another top option off the bench. Alford used LaVine perfectly and his combo-guard style will be welcomed in the NBA one day, but I just think leaving early will hurt his chances to succeed.

Executives in the NBA are excited about his potential, however.

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