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Zach LaVine “Disappointed” In UCLA Bruins Dismissal of Ben Howland

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Zach LaVine is the top rated commit in UCLA’s 2013 recruiting class. With the recent dismissal on Ben Howland, LaVine could not hide the fact that he is not pleased.

“I was really disappointed,” LaVine told Greg Hicks of Scout.com. “I had a good relationship with him and his staff. They know my game and I was really looking forward to going in there and helping them. I wish them the best. It’s tough because I want to stay at UCLA; I really didn’t have a second choice in my recruitment. We’ll just have to see what happens. I’ll have to see who they hire.”

LaVine is a 6-foot-3 point guard out of Bothell High School (Washington), and he will be an excellent combo guard at the college basketball level. The Bruins better be careful with who they hire to replace Howland, because it could cost them LaVine if he doesn’t like their pick.

His parents apparently are disappointed in the development as well“They feel the same as me. They know I had a great relationship with the UCLA coaches. Coach Howland and the whole staff were great. Coach Garson is one of the nicest dudes I’ve met.”

The Bruins better hope that LaVine’s relationship with the assistant coaches is enough to keep him with the Bruins. My gut feeling though, is that LaVine will move on to greener pastures.

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