Kevin Love and Shabazz Muhammad: Who means more?

Then: 2007, UCLA in the midst of one of the top runs in recent basketball history, everything is roses for Ben Howland.
Now, 2012, UCLA in the midst of one of its worst stretches in program history, roses, not so much.
Does the fact that Shabazz Muhammad (and Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams) come in as would-be saviors for a program outside of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years push him over the top?
Or does Love still conquer all?

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  • bruinbiochem06

    Kevin Love was added to a line-up that made it to the final four the previous two years. Shabazz will join a team that missed the tournament. Kevin Love meant more. Too bad we couldn’t capitalize….

  • Bruintx

    Exactly right Bio Bruin!!

  • Anonymous

    Will this class bring us to our first Championship since ’95?

    We shall see whose commitment is bigger…

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Can’t really compare. Way different players coming in at way different ends of the UCLA spectrum. Love meant more? Bazz could easily prove that thought process wrong by this time next year (and that’s coming from me, a VERY huge Kevin Love fan).

    And I do agree that Noel is an amazing shot-blocker, but weighs no more than the ripped Bazz (both are 215). Many now agree that Bazz, especially this spring, has simply become the nation’s top prep player.

  • bbruin

    I think K Love is/was more skilled and should have put UCLA over the top. It did not turn out however.

    I would think Bazz is bigger due to where the program is at and BH is on the hot seat. Pauley is reopening and the stakes are very high. K Love was a possible NC, Bazz is possibly a rebirth for Howland.

  • Anonymous

    Shabazz. No contest.

    The young man said it best himself: “Knowing how bad they were these last two years, it’s a challenge to really get them back up to the top.”

    Pulling the top player in the country? Over reigning national champ Kentucky and Duke? To go along with No. 3? In the current climate of UCLA basketball?

    Again. No contest.

  • AJ

    Impossible to say right now. Kevin had a huge impact on this team but it could have been muge greater if he were allowed to play his more natural position. Still he was the conference foy, poy along with being an AA even though the team had trouble getting him enough touches on the offensive end. Now Bazz is going to have the ball in his hands a lot more, but it remains to be seen if he can match K-Love’s production and dominance.

  • Todd

    This is insanity. Love was a generational talent. It’s Love by a country mile and people are deluding themselves voting otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Keep in mind that Muhammed’s commitment also influenced Kyle Anderson and possibly Tony Parker to come to UCLA as well. This could really set UCLA back on track for next year and beyond.

  • MPP Bruin

    We’ll know more in a year when we have a better basis for comparison. If we can get to another final four with this bunch then I’d have to give it to Shabazz. The team right now is a mess. Love was coming into a team that had just gotten to the final four.

  • sandiegobruinfan

    Love was a huge finishing touch to an already established team. Bazz is more of a savior along with KA and JA. Moreover, Bazz is a two/three combo type of player that better fits Howland’s guard-oriented system.

    I’m not going to thrust Final Four demands on the program since there too many variables in a one-and-done tourney…but a Pac 12 regular season title, consistent top 15 ranking, and a Sweet 16 are not over-the-top expectations.

    Btw, the AZ Mildcats also have a stacked class coming in so there should be some fun wars with them next season.

    Go Bruins!