Tyler Lamb announces intent to transfer

UCLA junior guard Tyler Lamb will transfer out after the fall quarter, the school announced Sunday morning. A local Mater Dei product, Lamb said he has not yet chosen a new collegiate destination.

Lamb is the latest example of a troubling trend within one of the country’s blue-blooded basketball programs: losing transfers. The more prominent departures include: Chace Stanback and Mike Moser, who averaged a combined 26.5 points and 14.9 rebounds for UNLV last season; Drew Gordon, who averaged 13.7 and 11.1 for New Mexico a year ago; and Matt Carlino, who became BYU’s staring point guard before recording a stat with UCLA.

“We are very sad to see Tyler leave our program,” head coach Ben Howland said in a statement. “He is a great kid, and we have really enjoyed having him play for UCLA. We fully support his decision, and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Lamb started in 32 of 33 games last year, averaging 9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists along the way. He was bumped out of the rotation this year by both health and new talent, playing in just one game after undergoing arthroscopic surgery in his left knee on Oct. 9. However, he wouldn’t have cracked the starting five even without the injury; the additions of Larry Drew II — who transferred from UNC — and freshmen Kyle Anderson, Shabazz Muhammad and Jordan Adams left Lamb to watch his playing time wither as he recovered.

“I would like to thank the University, Coach Howland and his staff for the unparalleled opportunity to have been a part of UCLA’s program,” Lamb said in a statement. “However, I believe that it is in my best interest to find a new destination where I can continue to grow, both as a person and as a basketball player. I am eternally grateful to my coaches and teammates for everything they have given me, and I wish them the best going forward.”

He is also one of several Mater Dei players to leave their original programs. Two players from his high school class, Gary Franklin and Keala King, are already on new teams. Franklin transferred from Cal to Baylor in 2011, while ASU dismissed King in January.

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  • Don’t need Lamb. Unathletic and can’t shoot. Different situation compared to Moser, etc.

  • Marc

    Lost to Cal Poly 2night. Unfreakinbelievable! Get Bernie Bikerstaff (sp) now. Ben Howland needs to go. He just loves cooling his players off when they are hot. Go up by 13, here have a seat. He has failed to get his “bigs”, the Wear twins to stop acting like Europeans and jacking up 17 footers.

    Could it be that the assistant UCLA lost to Oregon (forget his name at the moment) a few years back was the Real coach on the staff? Hmmmmm…..

    • the assistant went to Gonzaga, Donnie Daniels.

      Then you had Keating leaving, and Ernie left, and Scott left, and if you think an assistant coach is making an upwards move, going from UCLA assistant, to assistant at less knows schools, it is interesting to contemplate, why they didn’t wait for the head coaching spot, but left for assistant.

      • Marc

        Your correct. It was Donny Daniels I was thinking of. Not sure why I thought Oregon. I remember him being very active as an assistant coach and being the one with the clipboard. Something tells me that Howland missed him…

  • So tonight the up tempo offense blows what was it, an 18 point lead, to who?

    There are two things to consider, one is that if you win 90-60 that is great defense, and if you win 55-45 you may have held the other team to less points, but it is more comforting to be at the end of the game where the game isn’t in question, and top flight athletes should be putting the hurt on the other team, and something seems amiss.

  • The Big Woof!

    Lamb left because he lost his job to better players and didn’t see playing time. Gordon was a black hole – never passed the ball once he touched it – too bad because I saw him in HS and seemed to be a great kid with lots of talent, but didn’t play that way here. Not sure about Stanback and Moser, but they sure didn’t show much. The main problem with Cal Poly (aside from their making shot after key shot) was lack of effort on the boards and the fact that we didn’t use our height properly. We should have forced the ball inside on every offensive possession, either to be fouled, make an easy layup, or kick outside for a GOOD shot.