By Brian Dohn
UCLA’s Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook will announce today that they’re declaring for the NBA draft, but they won’t be joined by junior forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
Mbah a Moute, expected to announce his decision to join the NBA draft, decided shortly before the start of the press conference to delay his announcement, despite the fact that UCLA had already issued a press release. His announcement to join the draft is now tentatively scheduled to be made tomorrow.
Like Love and Westbrook, Mbah a Moute was not expected to hire an agent, in order to retain his college eligibility should be decide to withdraw from the draft, sources said.
Mbah a Moute, a versatile defender, averaged 8.8 points and six rebounds in an injury-plagued season. The 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute battled two sprained ankles and had a concussion, and missed six games because of injury.
He nearly put his name in the draft last season, but elected not to after long deliberations.
While his main value could be as a defender — he can guard nearly every position on the floor — his offensive game is a big question.
Mbah a Moute shot 47.8 percent from the field, but many of his points came on close-range shots. He hit just 20 percent from 3-point range.
Love and Westbrook, it has already been reported, will announce they are putting their names in the NBA draft, but will not immediately sign with an agent.
By Brian Dohn