Report: UCLA leading scorer Jordan Adams to test NBA draft

UCLA might lose more talent to the NBA draft.

Star point guard Kyle Anderson was long gone, and freshman Zach LaVine followed soon after the Bruins’ season ended.

According to 247Sports’ Neal Nieves, leading scorer Jordan Adams will also test his draft stock. The sophomore was seventh in the Pac-12 with 17.4 points per game, and first with a school-record 95 steals.

As long as he doesn’t hire an agent, Adams can still return for his junior season. Arizona State’s Jahii Carson did something similar a year ago, requesting an official NBA draft projection before deciding to stay for his sophomore season.

Adams is currently No. 26 in DraftExpress‘ 2014 mock draft, but No. 62 in Chad Ford’s ESPN top 100.

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  • The Big Woof!

    Testing his draft status is fine, but does Jordan really want to go out with the memory of his last game being the clanger it was?

  • The Big Woof!

    Several of the teams still going strong in the tourney are being led by or getting major contributions from very good players who transferred after getting degrees from other schools and got immediate eligibility. With the inexperience of the majority of our players next year, I hope Coach Alford has his eyes on one or two such guys who could provide good experienced leadership and play.

    • Banjo

      Also 4 star 2-guard Elija Stewart who just asked out of his LOI from LMU after their coach got canned. Surprising senior season has made him one of the top players in so-cal. When he signed with LMU, he was not really recruited by anyone else. Now he will be sought after by the entire pac-12.

      • The Big Woof!

        Not my point. I’m looking for experienced 5th year seniors, even Mark might agree with me on this.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    Alfort better be a good recruiter because these one and doners, as I call them, are not going away, if you know what I mean.

    • ProbationU

      Trojans have no problems with one and dones.

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Just ask your lovely wife.

        • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

          No thanks. I’d rather ask your mom. You’ve been byatch slapped!

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Not by you. Your daughter is the classic example

          • Steve RR

            Several tries, yet not 1 insightful, or even slightly witty take out of all of them.
            Your maturity level and understanding of the issue are clearly less than the average contributor.
            Alford has already shown that he can recruit, having convinced all recruits and current players to stay on this season when they all could’ve transferred.
            None of these guys are transferring to another program, they feel advanced enough to make take their chances at the draft. They may or may not be wise in their decisions.
            But as tough as it would be to lose these guys, Alford has already gotten commitments from some blue chip recruits and will more than likely sign more this offseason.
            If the comparison is with USC, there is no comparison.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Blow it out. The program is a disaster. The coach is going to play his kid. BTW, there is ONE comparison between SC and ucla…….NEITHER went to the Final Four. Hahahaha

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            So that comment is acceptable??? Laughable, this site.

  • Bryan

    More important is the clunker was witnessed by NBA scouts…

  • Mark

    I’m not to going to stay up late fretting over Howland’s players. Ucla needs to move on.

  • ProbationU

    Unlike Zach LaVine, Adams is approaching it the proper way. Don’t blow up your future without getting more information.

    • NOBSisdaMAN

      Thank you Professor Know It All.

      • LTEfan

        Hi Joe Blow!

        • NOBSisdaMAN

          Hi

    • Joseph Apohen

      Lavine is another Shabazz Muhammad. Too bad these guys don’t learn. If he plays for a good coach, he could develop. Does his family need the money badly? He is a future All American and he’ll be drafted higher if spends more time in college. I guess he has been reading the clippings where it was mentioned that he could be a lottery pick.

  • Sam C

    Jordan I get. Kyle I get. Zach I don’t understand.

    • Cliff Sakata

      Zach might go higher than both Jordan or Kyle.

  • NOBSisdaMAN

    The rats are jumping off the ship!

    • ProbationU

      I think they are leaving with your $40,000 seats at Galen!

      • NOBSisdaMAN

        Hilarious. Get some original material. The rats hate the coach and program.

        • Yogibear

          It’s better than hating the coach but can’t go anywhere like the ones at SC.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Hey hey hey, it’s Yogi DumbS Bear. Your COACHES have gone NOWHERE. No Nattys in FB or BB.

          • Yogibear

            Nice come back. Did it take you whole day to come up with this one. By the way, what have your coaches accomplished?

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            SUPER BOWL. Yogi DumbS Bear.

          • Yogibear

            Alright, I’ll play along. Our current coaches have something like 3 Super Bowl rings.

          • NOBSisdaMAN

            Who cares? You brought it up. When you win a Natty in FB, get back to me. In fact, I’ll bet Sark will get to the National Playoff before Mora.

          • Yogibear

            I brought it up? Come on Tiny NOBS, I’m just responding to your delusion about Pete Carrol being your coach still. National Playoff? Get back to me when you win Pac XII South.

  • OCBrewin

    No ship jumping, just players realizing the opportunity UCLA’s exposure and Alfords coaching has provided. Jordan will be a 1st round pick…get the cash JA! UCLA will fill the void(s) with more 5* players. Go Bruins!

    • Don Scott

      As ex-Bruin and others over the years have pointed out, it’s not that first contract where one makes the money, it’s the second. Think of some Bruins, for example (Tyler Honeycutt, Shabazz Muhammad, Malcolm Lee) who jumped early and didn’t shine like they thought. Of course that’s relative; the first contract is more than many people make in a lifetime.

      • Cliff Sakata

        Its all relative. Someone drafted in the mid first round will make about $2 million. That’s more than most people make in their entire lives.

        • Biglar

          The NBA values potential in the draft, which explains why each of the UCLA players are at least testing the waters. As a freshman or sophomore, you are perceived as having the potential to “blow up” and become a great player, while you are perceived as more of a known commodity as a junior or senior. In an NBA where most known commodities end up as role players, the way to find an impact player outside the top 5 picks is to draft for potential and hope you are right. So any of the Bruins could significantly improve and have a fine season next year at UCLA, but end up getting drafted lower than they would this year because they are perceived as having less “potential”. Not to mention the possibility of getting hurt. I don’t begrudge them at least testing the waters. Anderson seems very likely to go in the first round, and Jordan is doing the right thing by checking his status, which is what LaVine should have done. It seems likely that LaVine had already made the decision and blown off his schoolwork a long time ago, making testing the waters less of an option.

          On a side note, I do think that if Jordan ever gets his diet and exercise regimen right and drops about 10 or 15 pounds, thus giving himself the demonstrated quickness to be a legitimate option to guard a 2 in the NBA, that he would be a lot more attractive player to NBA teams.

          • Joseph Apohen

            Good analysis.

  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    Time to go the JC route.

  • jameskatt

    They aren’t jumping ship. Their major is Basketball. And they are so good they are graduating early. And unlike most college graduates they have high paying jobs lined up. And they will get to retire before they are 35 years old as multi-millionaires.

  • mickeba

    These guys are fools. Look at Shabazz. He dropped to the 15th pick and is going nowhere as a pro. The money is tempting, but if these guys would stay an extra year or two and refine their game, they’d have even better futures. But they won’t and they’ll regret it.

  • Joseph Apohen

    You are absolutely correct!

  • DrT

    He needs to stay another year. Anderson will get nowhere in the NBA. LaVine..are you kidding? A total ego tripped 18 year old.