Los Angeles Times

Brown is latest Bruin leaving for NBA draft

The freshman center has until May 29 to remove his name from considerat­ion.

- By Ben Bolch

UCLA freshman center Moses Brown intends to make himself available for the NBA draft, according to a team representa­tive, becoming the third player to leave the Bruins since the end of last season.

Brown joins sophomores Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands, who recently announced they were also departing with remaining eligibilit­y. Brown is not expected to return, though he has until May 29 to remove his name from draft considerat­ion and retain his amateur status.

UCLA sophomore forward Chris Smith and redshirt freshman forward Cody Riley remain with the team and intend to come back next season. The return of the part-time starters will significan­tly enhance the Bruins’ depth under new coach Mick Cronin.

At 7 feet 2, Brown’s height alone makes him an intriguing NBA prospect. One NBA executive recently told The Times that Brown could be drafted in the first round if he wowed in a team workout.

But Brown’s body of work in his first college season showed that he’s far from a polished product. After an opening four-game stretch in which he dominated overmatche­d opponents, Brown often appeared overwhelme­d himself. He had no reliable post moves and was abysmal at the free-throw line, making only 35.2% of his attempts.

Brown averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds, never fully living up to his billing as a McDonald’s All-American. He was strong defensivel­y, averaging 1.9 blocks to finish fourth in the Pac-12 Conference. He was an honorable mention selection on the Pac-12 all-defensive team.

Brown sat out all but the final play of UCLA’s buzzerbeat­ing loss to Utah in February as punishment after the team announced he had been late to the morning shootaroun­d.

His departure leaves the Bruins with an open scholarshi­p for next season.

 ?? Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times ?? IN HIS ONE SEASON at UCLA, Moses Brown, having his shot blocked by USC’s Shaqquan Aaron, averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds.
Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times IN HIS ONE SEASON at UCLA, Moses Brown, having his shot blocked by USC’s Shaqquan Aaron, averaged 9.7 points and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds.

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