The UCLA Bruins will be losing a lot of talent for the 2014-15 college basketball season. However, leading scorer Jordan Adams was supposed to return for his junior year. Unfortunately, he has changed his mind and will be entering the 2014 NBA Draft, according to ESPN.com. This is a big hit for the Bruins.
UCLA is losing Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine to the draft as well.
Adams averaged 17.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game and 2.6 steals per game this past season. He also managed to shoot 35.6 percent from behind the arc and made 52 threes in the process.
The Bruins will now look completely different in the upcoming season, but that tends to happen when a team loses a bunch of talent. The Wear twins, Travis and David, were seniors this past season.
However, we are talking about UCLA here and Steve Alford is a great coach. He did coach the Bruins to the Sweet 16 this past year. UCLA will be fine.
Still, losing a lethal scorer like Adams is not going to be easy to replace. That is just the nature of the sport nowadays, though. Powerhouse programs get some of the most talented recruits year after year, those recruits leave after one or two seasons and then that powerhouse program has to move on and rebuild.
Luckily for these powerhouse programs, the rebuilding process is never really all that bad because these teams continue to get solid players.
Adams put up 15+ points per game in his two seasons at UCLA and although he said he was going to return at first, he will be making the leap to the next level. Big deal for the Bruins? Of course, but all is not lost.