Quotables: Tyler Honeycutt and Malcolm Lee

Tyler Honeycutt
On the draft:
“I’m very excited, ecstatic – there weren’t many teams I would’ve have fit better with. First of all, Tyreke is one of the best point guards in the league. He had an off-season this last year, but people will tell you his potential through the roof. Young team, good foundation, good owners, great coach. I’m going to go out there to try to show a lot of teams they made a mistake today. But I’m not doing it for them, I’m doing it for me.”

On potentially not having the summer league because of lockout:
“Not a concern at all. I have great confidence in my ability and what I can do. What I know I can do. It might be a blessing in disguise for me. They’ve seen me work out, and I can only show them more as far as my athleticism. I think I’m the most athletic people in this draft.”

On his draft preparation:
“I don’t think I could’ve done anything better. I did everything to my ability. I was very confident.”

Malcolm Lee
On the draft:
“Mixed feelings. I definitely thought I would squeeze in there. I kinda hoped for the best and prepared for the worst. I thought I was going to get in the first. But it is what it is. You can’t dwell on it.”

On choosing to go to the movies instead of watch the draft:
“Nerves, basically. Just the whole suspense, the feeling of suspense, people hearing their names called. I feel my nerves would be better if I didn’t watch it.”

On regretting his decision:
“Not at all, I believe everything happens for a reason. Eveyrthing is a blessing in disguise. I’m not a regretful man. I look at it as the perfect situation, believe it or not.”

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Honeycutt goes to Sacramento at No. 35, Lee goes to Minnesota at 43

By Jon Gold
Staff Writer

Tyler Honeycutt traveled all the way to New Jersey for the NBA Draft, choosing to watch his future unfold in the spotlight.

Malcolm Lee didn’t even bother to flip on ESPN, soothing his already-frayed nerves with more tension, instead deciding to take in the suspenseful thriller Super 8.

Different options, but nearly the same result, as Honeycutt was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 35th pick – the fifth pick in the second round – while Lee went eight slots later, to Minnesota (via Chicago) at pick No. 43.

Honeycutt was projected as a first-round pick for much of the draft process, even rated in the top-20 by some prognosticators, but he his pre-camp workout results were mixed, and he failed to bench press 185 pounds at the combine.

“It was really frustrating, a little nervous; I expected to go earlier,” Honeycutt said. “I think a lot of it had to do with my body and wondering if I could play at the next level because of my weight.”

Honeycutt, who is listed at 6-foot-8, 188 pounds, averaged 12.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 35 minutes per game as a sophomore in helping lead the Bruins to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Sylmar High product considered the team’s potential for next season before ultimately deciding to declare early and hire an agent, but had no regrets.

“Nope, I don’t have any regrets,” Honeycutt said. “Once the season ended, I knew it what I wanted to do. I don’t regret it at all.”

Lee, meanwhile, joins former UCLA star Kevin Love with the Timberwolves, where he should have a chance to stick because of his defensive capabilities, which should complement new point guard Ricky Rubio.

Lee, who was selected in the same spot as former UCLA forward Trevor Ariza in 2004-05, was second on the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game (14th in the Pac-10) and finished fourth in rebounding at 3.1 rpg. He also averaged 2.0 assists and 0.7 steals per game in 2010-11 and was named First Team All-Pac-10 this season as well as to the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.

“I just have to work from here,” Lee said. “I have one foot in the door; I just have to keep it going.”

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Guerrero named NACDA President

From UCLA:

The members of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) have selected UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero to lead the Association in 2011-12. Guerrero replaces Dave Roach, director of athletics at Colgate University, who served as President in 2010-11.

The passing of the gavel took place in conjunction with the 46th Annual NACDA Convention, which took place June 16-18 at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
“NACDA had another outstanding Convention last week and I want to salute Dave for his leadership during the past year,” Guerrero said. “It’s an honor and privilege to be elected to serve as our Association’s President.”

Also elected to serve NACDA for the 2011-12 term were 1st Vice President Kevin Anderson, director of athletics at the University of Maryland; 2nd Vice President Mike Alden, director of athletics at the University of Missouri; 3rd Vice President Jim Phillips, director of athletics at Northwestern University; and Don Tencher, director of athletics at Rhode Island College, to the first year of a five-year term as secretary.

Executive Committee members selected include athletics directors Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University; Ed Matejkovic, West Chester University; Sue Hlavacek, Notre Dame College; Dave Williams, Missouri Western State University; Robyn Daugherty, John Brown University; Bruce Parker, Carroll College; and Vince Otoupal, Cal State Monterey Bay. University of Rhode Island Associate AD/SWA Sue Bergen will also begin her term on the Executive Committee.

The eight administrators listed above join the following individuals on the Executive Committee – Cal AD Sandy Barbour, Denver Vice Chancellor for Athletics Peg Bradley-Doppes, Tulsa AD Bubba Cunningham, Navy AD Chet Gladchuk, Connecticut AD Jeff Hathaway, New Mexico AD Paul Krebs, Buffalo AD Warde Manuel, Southern Maine AD Al Bean, Fayetteville State AD Ed McLean, Mohawk Valley CC Gary Broadhurst, Seminole State College of Florida AD John Scarpino, South Plains College AD Joe Tubb, Sierra College AD John Volek, Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe, Iowa State Senior Associate AD-Administration Julie Bright, NCAA Senior VP-Championships Joni Comstock, Notre Dame Deputy AD Missy Conboy, Baylor Senior Associate AD-Compliance Governance and Risk Assessment Lori Ebihara, ECAC Commissioner Rudy Keeling, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto, Missouri Valley Football Conference/Pioneer League Commissioner Patty Viverito and Georgia Senior Associate AD Carla Williams.

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Whose Line is it Anyway?

When thinking of headlines for this story, only this one stuck. Why? Could there be anything more relevant?

The news of Stan Hasiak’s academic ineligibility and possible transfer, since confirmed by sources in the program, fits: A) This is getting just comical, B) honestly, who IS on the line? and C) now it sure seems like Rick Neuheisel and Bob Palcic are going to have to do some improvising.

Lets start with the first part: At this point, can you do more than shake your head at UCLA’s offensive line issues in the last few years? I started covering the team in August 2009; since then: Eddie Williams has broken his ankle, Xavier Su’a-Filo has left for a mission, Kai Maiava has been academically suspended and broken an ankle, Jeff Baca has been academically suspended and broken an ankle, Mike Harris has been suspended once, AND Nik Abele suffers a career-ending injury and Stan Hasiak has been academically suspended three times. That is just…you can’t overcome that. That list of guys right there, when healthy, would be one of the best lines in the Pac-12.

Now? Neuheisel and Co. have a mammoth undertaking on their hands, starting simply with musical chairs.

The pre-Spring depth chart was looking pretty solid, the line projected to be one of the best in the conference with solid depth to boot.

Baca/Sheller/Maiava/Ward/Harris
Bradford/Hasiak/Capella/Yandall/Downey

That’s a solid line, with good projections going forward, too.

Now Bradford’s development becomes crucial, as he could be the key to the line holding up in Baca’s absence, which will be at least the first month. So does Yandall’s, as he could be moved into the starting lineup, with Sheller bouncing back outside. The anticipated arrival of Albert Cid will be a boost, and any production from Brett Downey, Kody Innes and Casey Griffiths will be a bonus.

And don’t forget about the incoming freshmen – a couple of whom might be in for a rude awakening – in Torian White, Ben Wysocki and Jacob Brendel.

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Quick chat with UCLA recruit Ian Taubler

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage. This is some great stuff, with more interviews to follow.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 3 with 3-star TE Ian Taubler, video at the end:

Ruffman: You were down here yesterday and you are you here today, what are you thinking about the camps? What are your thoughts on the coaches?
Taubler: “The camp was awesome. I love how young the coaching staff is. They’re all energized and ready to go. It’s great here, they all make me feel like family.”

JR: You were just watching the camp yesterday, did you take an unofficial afterwards?
IT: “Yeah, we just went and checked out all of the academic buildings and toured around the campus. I love the campus, it’s amazing.”

JR: What is your interest in UCLA as of now?
IT: “UCLA is really high on my list right now. They are one of my top schools.”

JR: Are you going to take all of your official visits?
IT: “No, I plan on making my decision this summer and I think I’ll just take the official to the school I commit to.”

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Quick chat with UCLA recruit Ishmael Adams

Inside UCLA Campus Correspondent Jacob Ruffman also put together some quick interviews at the Above and Beyond Lineman camp yesterday at Spaulding Field. Ruffman is a recruiting enthusiast and a terrific young writer, and I hope to have him as a frequent presence to ramp up our recruiting coverage.
Enjoy….

Here’s Round 4 with 4-star CB Ishmael Adams, video at the end:

Ruffman: Why did you decide to come out and compete at this camp?

Ishmael Adams: “I just wanted to come check out the coaches and see how they work with the players and what their technique is.”

JR: So what did you think of the coaches in action?
IA: “I really like their coaching style. It’s different but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. I just have to get used to it if I decide to come to UCLA. They aren’t willing to show you exactly what they want, they want you to show them – it’s cool.”

JR: Where does UCLA currently stand in your recruitment?
IA: “They are definitely in the top part of my group with Oregon, Washington, Colorado, ASU and Oregon State.”

JR: Do you have any timetable for when you’re going to make a decision?
IA: I’m definitely going to take all of my officials. I’m not sure if I’m going to commit before I take them or after or take it all the way to signing day.

JR: Do you know what you want to major in yet?
IA: “Dentistry.”

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