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2014 NBA draft: Two UCLA players enter draft, forgoing remaining eligibility

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UCLA teammates Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine announced on March 28, that they will forgo their remaining eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA draft. Both are potential first round draft selections.

Anderson’ s father, following UCLA’s 79-68 loss to Florida in the Sweet 16 on March 27, told that Anderson will forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and enter the NBA draft. Kyle Anderson Sr., said he planned to sit down with his son to “figure things out.”Anderson, a 6-9 point guard, contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the Bruins loss to the Gators. He averaged 14.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season. Anderson also shot 48.0 percent from the floor, 48.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Anderson is very skilled and has fantastic height for a point guard. He is a terrific rebounder, has an acceptable assist-to-turnover ratio (2.12/1) and has improved his perimeter shooting – he still needs to continue to improve in this area. Anderson also is not a great one-on-one defender as he does not have great foot speed, however, he has excellent physical tools (9-0 reach and a 7-2 wing span).

Anderson will likely be a mid-first to late first round selection.

LaVine, a freshman, is more about potential than production. While he showed flashes of his potential, LaVine was very inconstant this season.

LaVine averaged 9.4 points a game in 24.4 minutes a game but has only scored 38 points the past eight games as he knocked down just 13-of-44 shots. LaVine scored in double-figures 18 times with his best game being against Nevada where he scored 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.

For the season, the 6-5 point guard shot 44.1 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from the three-point line. He also averaged 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists while spending most of the time at the two-guard position.

LaVine will be a late-first round/ early second round pick in the upcoming draft due to his athleticism and upside. Besides being more consistent, he needs to rebound the ball better and improve his assist/turnover ratio (1.57) as well as get to the line more often (1.8 free throw attempts per game).


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