Ike Anigbogu hires agent, won’t return to UCLA basketball team

Ike Anigbogu hired an agent on Thursday, meaning UCLA’s entire three-man 2016 recruiting class won’t return for a second season.

Ike Anigbogu has hired an agent and won’t return to UCLA

Fifteen days ago, the 6-foot-10 freshman announced he would declare for the NBA draft. Since then, he has received favorable news about where he will be selected, leading to his decision to sign with agent Jason Glushon.

“With the feedback he’s been getting, I think it’s been made clear to him and his family that it looks like he’s going to be a first-round pick,” said Josh Giles, Anigbogu’s coach at Corona Centennial High School. “Nothing is a guarantee, but this is as close to a guarantee as you can get.”

READ: Ike Anigbogu hires agent, will take his chances in NBA draft

In seeking advice about Anigbogu’s next move, his family has relied heavily on Giles and Etop Udo-Ema, the founder of Anigbogu’s AAU team, The Compton Magic.

Anigbogu’s decision is based on a fascinating contrast. He has a chiseled 6-foot-10, 250-pound body and his off-the-charts athleticism was on display during his lone season at UCLA. Of course, he played just 13 minutes per game and his averages of 4.7 points, 4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks leave plenty to be desired.

There is plenty of risk involved his choice. His ceiling is high but his floor is low.

A return to UCLA could’ve landed Anigbogu behind veteran center Thomas Welsh again. Welsh, a junior, declared for the draft, but hasn’t hired an agent and is widely expected to return to UCLA.

Mock draft projections for Anigbogu are all over the map. Draft Express predicts he’ll be the 18th overall pick. ESPN’s Chad Ford slots him 20th. CBS’ Gary Parrish projects him as the 28th pick. NBADraft.net doesn’t have Anigbogu going until the seventh pick of the second round.

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  • Hogsman

    As much as I don’t like his leaving after just one year, I guess it’ll help draw more NBA-bound prospects to UCLA going forward. I really thought he needed more polish to be a 1st-rounder, though.

    • gotroy22

      Your program is nuked and you are spinning it as a good thing?

  • jameskatt

    Another One-And-Done Freshman who won’t help UCLA to an NCAA Championship. If UCLA wants a championship, it has to groom the sophomores, juniors, and seniors. One-And-Dones are a losing formula.

    • 88 Straight

      In fairness, neither Anigbogu or Leaf were originally projected to be one and dones before the season. The system is perverted and Anigbogu in particular will be drafted solely on potential and not based upon any accomplishments.

      • JustOwns

        Incredible 88, Ike needs to be within 1 inch of the hole to score. Why would any NBA team waste a 1st Rd. Draft choice on basically a raw, practice player.

        • 88 Straight

          The system is a mess. If he goes in the 1st round, he’s guaranteed over $1 million per year over 2 years. Welsh is still better as a college player than Ike and Ike wouldn’t have become a starter until his junior season which will now be his 2nd year as a pro. I understand the math but I don’t much like it.

          By the way, Laker Rodney was banned by the moderators. Peace reigns!

          • Richard

            Is that actually true??
            Loser Laker Rod was in fact, banned ?

          • 88 Straight

            From Inside UCLA, yes. He’s on the SC site now. I always thought he was a closet Trojan anyway.

          • Richard

            Surely no Bruin symp !
            # Good riddance

            Shame we squandered 3 best freshman BBers we’ll ever have at one time. BUT we got a really bad draw. I think any of the top 3 seeds in the South would have been Champ !!!!!?

          • 88 Straight

            Any number of teams could have won it all. The key is consistent excellence and not just one good year every now and then.

          • Richard

            Poco a poco, my friend.
            Think UK went thru a serious lull for a long time too.
            Setting a decent base for future recruiting. Who knows, maybe we can bundle Marfvin Bagley w/ a good cast & go farther.
            Just picked up a decent 4 star today.

          • 88 Straight

            Saw your buddy Stiles at lunch today. Did you play football at Hamilton? Receiver?

            If so, he says that you are very knowledgeable about football.

          • Richard

            Yeah, dats me.
            Great Hami team -me, not soooo much.
            Jon Wilbur played next to me. He started on 2 different Super Bowl Championship teams.
            Gary Kirner, sc all-American and SDS starter.
            Other great players. Stiles is good buds w/ Steve Sindell, Hami and UCLA QB. I like to claim I made him….but not soooo true.
            Prob will see him Monday practice

          • 88 Straight

            Sindell was at lunch today as well. Mark.

          • Richard

            Amazing ! Was that at The Riv.
            Stiles has great story about taking Jedd Fisch to The Riv for a round of golf at Neuheisal’s behest. He was VERY impressed.
            They know me as “Ric”

          • 88 Straight

            I heard the Fisch story today and about how Neuheisel should have hired him over Chow. We will see. Every Spring hope sometimes gets in the way of logic.

          • gotroy22

            Whta is with you libs and loyalty tests?

            OF COURSE THEY DID: Clinton Camp Instituted ‘Loyalty Scores’ Following 2008 Loss.

            Clinton had two staffers “toil” to rate every Democrat members of Congress on a scale of one to seven — one being the most loyal — after she lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in 2008. Her husband Bill Clinton then deliberately campaigned against the disloyal “sevens” in subsequent primary elections, and succeeded in getting some of them removed. Some of those who remained apparently took note, and were quick to endorse Hillary in 2016.

            The idea of this person controlling the weaponized Executive Branch is beyond unnerving.

          • 88 Straight

            Loyalty seems to be a Trump thing as well. Nixon also had some serious paranoia and did not trust the loyalty of those around him. Loyalty and trust is key for any team to operate. Blind loyalty is a problem, however.

            It’s not tied to political philosophy.

          • gotroy22

            If loyalty is a Trump thing why would he pick Nikki Haley to be his UN Ambassador and Rick Perry to be his Energy Secretary? If anyone wants devils advocates around it is Trump. The Clintons and Obamas demanded blind loyalty from their stooges and their decsions reflected it..

          • 88 Straight

            I take your point and raise you with Jared and Ivanka. Add Jeff Sessions. Mike Flynn until he self-imploded. Steve Bannon, who was stupid to go after Jared.Those are the ones closest to him. It certainly isn’t boring but other than executive orders and Neil Gorsuch, he is having trouble getting things done with a do nothing Congress.

            You could say the same on loyalty when Obama co-opted Hillary after the election.

          • What’s wrong with Sessions? The others are all problematic.

          • 88 Straight

            I think Sessions is a closet racist. I don’t fully buy into his “change” on racial issues.

            I like the national security and foreign policy team he has selected. I like Nikki Haley. I don’t share her political philosophy, but she is a smart and capable person.

            I could go down the list and I’m sure we would strongly disagree on Energy, HUD, Commerce and the EPA. That’s what happens in elections and Hillary was a bad candidate. That’s why having hobbies is important!

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Jefferson Beauregard Sessions a racist? Why I never!

          • gotroy22

            Why would racism bother you when your Democrat Party is predicated on a racial spoils system and determing who is a victim by melanin content?

          • 88 Straight

            Racism bothers me. I don’t separate it by party. I am familiar with both Robert Byrd and Jesse Helms, each from a different party. I’m sure we won’t agree on much of it . I think we are from different generations. I’ve seen plenty. You would probably think I see it where it doesn’t exist and I might think you have your head buried in the sand. Tough to find agreement there, I would suspect. 🙂

          • I agree with you on Haley and hobbies. Not big on Perry, and while I admire Dr. Carson in a lot of ways, I still can’t wrap my head around his surrendering to Trump while other candidates were still viable.

            Do you have any sources for your position on Sessions?

          • 88 Straight

            Re Sessions: just the original stuff that was reported from 30 years ago. Plus, one of his leading advisors was Stephen Miller, who we are very familiar with in Santa Monica. I have an acquaintance that was friends with him and at one point Miller told him that they could no longer be friends because he was Mexican. We will see what he does in office and I will give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

          • Sounds bad. I’ll look into it.

          • gotroy22

            How long did it take Obama to pass ObamaCare? You Democrats have short memories.

          • 88 Straight

            Read Trumps list of the things he promised in the first 100 days. I told you from the get go that it wasn’t happening. You will never get a bill that pleases both the Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans. The only way to pass something would be to move toward the middle and get some moderate Democrats and lock out the Freedom Caucus. Lose the far right and lose the far left and pass a good bill. I don’t see that happening. Plus, that’s the only type of bill that will get through the Senate. If that happens, I will sing his praises.

          • gotroy22

            That’s fair.

          • To Trump’s credit, it seems that he’s trying to choose the best person for the job (which makes sense given his business background).

            He’s had a few misses, since someone’s advising (or allowing) him to attack the Freedom Caucus for opposing TrumpCare and to obtain the release of an American Muslim Brotherhood operative from a Cairo prison.

          • Dictators of all kinds demand blind loyalty, left and right.

            Some clarification is in order: “right” in America means Constitutional conservatism, which is, at its essence, opposed to tyranny in all its forms.

            Statists of all flavors — Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Fascist, Islamic — are anathema.

            Trump is no Republican, and he still can’t define “Conservative.”

          • gotroy22

            Yet his VP and Supreme Court picks seem to please even the most ardent Conservative. Why is that?

          • his VP and Supreme Court picks seem to please even the most ardent Conservative.

            Not the most; Pence is okay, and it’s too early to tell on Gorsuch.

            To his credit, Trump is listening to some good advice. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s listening to a lot of bad advice, too. Did you hear that he got an American released from prison in Cairo? She’s Muslim Brotherhood.

            Not good.

          • 88 Straight

            I think I have made the point that Trump is not a Conservative. To me, a dictator is a dictator, whether left or right, the end result is about the same.

          • JustOwns

            Clinton knew where his navy battle groups were located.

            Is it true 22, the “Rump” found an Obama bug in his breakfast waffle?

          • gotroy22

            BJ Clinton knew to bomb Iraq to distract from his shameful impeachment by the House. Otherwise he was too busy running around the Oral Office with his pants around his ankles chasing interns to bother with taking bin Laden on a silver platter from Sudan or worrying about foreign policy.

            Is it true that your role model Rachel Maddow is blaming Trump for the collapse of socialist paradise Venezuela?

          • Clinton knew to bomb Iraq to distract from his shameful impeachment by the House […] Maddow […].

            Clinton bombed Christians to aid jihadists in Yugoslavia (just as Bush 43 supported an independent Kosovo, a Muslim state in the heart of Europe, and set up shari’a in the constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan).

            Liberals hate Trump because of the (R). If he had run (and won) as a Democrat, then they’d love him.

          • gotroy22

            True, that was another great move, along with allowing the genocide in Rwanda.

          • 88 Straight

            I don’t think liberals would love Trump as a D. His scumminess isn’t about political philosophy. Although there are plenty of liberals that love Bill Clinton, so your point is not without some validity. Perhaps it’s a matter of degree?!! 😉

          • Democrats loved Trump when he was one, and no one is more corrupt than the Clintons.

            (Though Trump may be close; he was the pay to Hillary’s play.)

          • 88 Straight

            Plenty of dirty Republicans around. After all, most politicians are lawyers.

          • gotroy22

            One Big Party. That’s why Trump got elected. The people are fed up.

          • Trump hasn’t been accused of crimes of the same severity as Bill, and he hasn’t had the time to learn how to really abuse his position.

            Yet.

            They’re pretty evenly scummy in my book.

          • 88 Straight

            I think Trump is worse, but as I have said a number of times. I never voted for Bill and our politics are probably not that far apart. But character counts with me.

            Republicans have had their share. Dennis Hastert. Tom DeLay. Newt was as big a cheater as Bill. The current Governor of Alabama and the Speaker of their House. It just goes on and on in this country.

          • loyalty tests […] weaponized Executive Branch […].

            Democrats are loyal to power and their party. Republicans are loyal to keeping their jobs and not being called names.

            We need more politicians — and citizens — loyal to the Constitution.

          • gotroy22

            Republicans are codependent on the Mediacrats, forever seeking their love but never getting it.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Can you please explain how that Merrick Garland non-vote stunt was “loyal to the constitution”?

          • Jethro, I never got a chance to see if you left a reply to my last comment to you. Was there anything that you wanted me to see?

            About Merrick Garland, you must know that the Constitution gives the Senate the power to confirm or reject a nominee; it doesn’t mandate that they rubber stamp whomever the president wants to put on the court.

            You may have noticed also that I don’t have much praise for the Republicans in general; that they refused to let Obama have a last Supreme Court pick was likely just partisan politics for most of them.

            However, for the American people it was a win; no one who despises our Constitution as much as Barack Obama does should be allowed a parting shot at it.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Refusing to even consider the nominee was a classic case of an unwritten rule, something conservatives constantly lecture against. How convenient! Nobody said anything about rubber stamping. Not giving Garland the hearing called for in the Constitution of the United States of America was partisan BS and you know it.
            We don’t know much about Gorsuch but I’m pretty sure the Supreme Court is less conservative now than it was 18 months ago. Congratulations, I guess.
            I don’t recall your last comment. Did you want me to say something more?

          • Seems to me that I mentioned “partisan politics.”

            If Gorsuch is a Constitutionalist, then it’s congratulations to all of us, since all of our rights are a little more secure.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            If Gorsuch is a Constitutionalist he must feel a little uneasy about how he ended up on the Supreme Court.

          • Barack Obama is to the Constitution what Jack the Ripper was to female anatomy.

            You would give Jack one more go on the way out the door.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            That’s cute!

          • Tyranny’s adorable.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            I think your comparing a two term U.S. president to a serial killer is a bit extreme but that’s just me.

          • Barack Obama has long supported the literal burning, poisoning, crushing, and ripping apart of babies in the womb. When he had a chance to oppose the stabbing into the heads and suctioning out of babies’ brains as they’re being born, he refused. And he’s given aid and comfort to the enemies of Mankind by supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, denying support to those opposing jihad and shari’a in Egypt and Iran, facilitating the rise of the “JV team” throughout the Middle East, and green-lighting Iran’s nuclear genocide program.

            You’re right; I was being extremely unfair to Jack the Ripper.

          • gotroy22

            Any dissension against brainless rah rahs is considered treasonous by your kind.

          • 88 Straight

            Lies and personal attacks were his entire repertoire. It caught up with him.

          • gotroy22

            You two remind me of the two characters in the “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” episode of the original Star Trek series. Watch it and tell me what you think.

          • 88 Straight

            Not a Star Trek guy. He can enjoy his time with SW. I seriously think he has some deep issues. Perhaps he can now claim to be an SC grad! LOL

          • gotroy22

            You should watch that episode. Frank Gorshin has you down pat.

          • 88 Straight

            The Riddler

          • smarter than Carroll, Petersen and Saban.

            And Harbaugh.

            I’m against bans in general (especially since I’ve been on the receiving end of several).

          • gotroy22

            As we have seen with the UC system, liberals hate free speech.

          • It’s not just the UCs.

          • 88 Straight

            When there are discussion boards, there are community guidelines, usually around profanity, racism, personal attacks and the like. I think those are reasonable in this era of internet extremism.

            What I don’t like is censorship on college campuses and trying to quiet those that are not afraid to stand up publicly for what they believe. That is dangerous, IMO. Hate speech becomes anything you don’t agree with, like Howard Dean labeling Ann Coulter. Absurd and not a good look for liberals.

          • profanity, racism, personal attacks and the like […] I think those guidelines are reasonable in this era of
            internet extremism.

            Unless I missed something, Laker Rod was dishonest and annoying, but he could be ignored.

          • 88 Straight

            He was big with the personal attacks and insults. I don’t miss him. And your point about ignoring him is well taken. I should have blocked him long ago.

            You and I have managed to disagree, sometimes by a wide margin, on politics and history. We are pretty well aligned on sports. However, I don’t recall any personal attacks or character assassination when we have disagreed.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            So you’re against the Muslim Ban?
            You walked right into that one.

          • The careful reader will note the words “in general.”

            A Muslim ban will accomplish little, since the problem is Islam.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            I saw the “in general” Are you for or against the Muslim ban? What if it’s unconstitutional?

          • I’m for the expulsion and exclusion of jihadists. Aren’t you?

            As for “constitutional,” do you consider the rape, enslavement, and slaughter of all who refuse the “invitation” to convert “protected religious expression”? Do you consider our military effort against Imperial Japan in World War II “unconstitutional”? (After all, Japan’s warriors were merely fulfilling their religious duties.) And if Hitler had only said that a god made him do it, would he and his death machine have been untouchable?

            Is the Bill of Rights a suicide pact?

            On the matter of religious liberty, Thomas Jefferson famously observed that if his neighbor worships one god, many gods, or no god, it neither picks his pocket nor breaks his leg. The problem with orthodox, historical, mainstream Islam is that it not only picks your pocket and breaks your leg, it beheads you and rapes and enslaves your wife and children.

            Do you believe that jihadists have a constitutional right to your wife and daughters?

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            You’ve made it very clear you highly disapprove of Islam in general.

            What is your solution?

          • Do you disapprove of those elements of Islam that mandate anti-Semitism, genocide, slaughter, slavery, rape, religious and gender apartheid, wife-beating, theft, arson, sedition, treason, and other crimes against God and Man?

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Of course I disapprove of any of those things and anything else that violates our laws. Anybody who actually commits anything like those or any other crimes for religious or any other reason must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
            What is your solution to the problems you have with Islam, both here and abroad? Should it be outlawed?
            What about the people who practice it peacefully, should they be subject to constant surveillance just to make sure they are not planning to practice the things you mention?
            I have heard no solution from you, only complaints.

          • Do you agree that it’s a problem? If not, then why not? If so, then what do you recommend?

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            I say that any crime is reprehensible and don’t care what the motive or inspiration is. I am in full support of appropriate punishment.
            You are the one who said above “the problem is Islam” You’ve made it very clear that is your position.
            What do you propose to solve the problem you see?

          • Why are you afraid to mention The Ideology Which Shall Not Be Named? Do you refuse to condemn Nazism too?

            To answer your question: The first step to solving a problem is admitting that it exists (a fact which you’re highlighting right now).

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Santi, you’re rambling, man.

            YOU are the one who strongly believes Islam is the problem.
            What is YOUR solution to the problem YOU perceive?

          • Fear of telling the truth about Islam on your part does not constitute “rambling” on my part.

            Man up, Jethro.

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            Holy crap, man! You’re so overwound on this, basic logic has escaped you.
            Anyone reading this exchange can clearly see you are the one afraid to answer a question but you are the one calling me a coward.
            I do not have to agree with you in order for you to tell me what you think needs to be done about what you see as a problem.

            I’ll ask you yet again. What do you think should be done about Islam and I’ll remind you that you have already stated on this thread “the problem is Islam”
            If you don’t want to answer, just say so.

          • I already told you: Admit that there’s a problem.

            You keep proving my point.

          • overwound

            You’re still deflecting, Jethro. I already told you the first step: Admit that there’s a problem.

            Can’t you at least condemn Muhammad’s raping poor, little, prepubescent ‘ Aisha beginning when she was only nine? Why aren’t you “overwound” about that? What’s the matter with you?

            Show some courage, man.

          • gotroy22

            You know nothing about me or Laker but that hasn’t stopped you yet. That’s what cracks me up about you relativists. You are so judgemental. You and laker are yin and yang.

          • 88 Straight

            I’m simply not big on liars and hypocrites. That puts a lot of politicians and religious leaders on my favorites list. Little Rodney is a total fraud.

            Trump is the ultimate relativist. So it’s surprising that you would be so happy with him. There is no there there. I also never voted for Bill Clinton, the official travel agent of the Lincoln Bedroom.

            I am active in my community and have seen conservatives write big checks to help minority kids while some liberals sit on their wallets. And vice-versa. I am a pragmatist as most people are. We just want the problem solved. It means we aren’t all in on anyone. Obama screwed up big time in Syria. So did Congress by not passing a resolution approving force at that time. Don’t draw a red line and then retreat.

            Trump is simply a phony and a con man in my eyes. He is all about himself and making money. I’d be very happy if I turned out to be wrong.

          • gotroy22

            If that was true you wouldn’t have supported Hillary and Obama. Nothing good except the Cubs and pizza comes from Chicago.

          • 88 Straight

            Unfortunately we have a system where we often have to choose the lesser of two evils. I always liked McCain but the economy was in the tank and he chose Palin. Case closed. Plus, I actually like Obama.

            I never liked Hillary. I despised Trump. I, like many, held my nose and voted. Plenty of people did that, for each candidate.

          • gotroy22

            So you actually like liars. Obama lied when he said if we liked our health insurance we could keep our health insurance, if we liked our doctor, we would be able to keep our doctor and that he was going to lower our premiums by up to $2500 per family per year.

          • 88 Straight

            I think he was wrong. It’s still better than what was happening prior and better than what is being proposed now. Who knew healthcare could be so complicated?

            It couldn’t be connected to the fact that the pharmaceutical and health insurance companies own Washington, could it? Let me know when that swamp is drained. And by Washington, I mean both parties.

          • cmwilliamsd

            Well I guess Laker Rod will be sharing his redshirt wisdom with Trojan fans from now on. Good to know.

          • gotroy22

            Kissy 86er and Howard Dean have a lot in common.

          • 88 Straight

            Not really. I can deal with your Breitbart mentality and Ann Coulter as well. Maybe we should all trek up to Berkeley to hear her speak.

            Rodney is over on the SC site where he belongs. He’s always been a closet Trojan.

          • gotroy22

            Except you would rush the stage with your MSNBC mentality and beat her over the head with your protest sign in an expression of diversity and inclusion.

          • 88 Straight

            Not at all. I don’t like her, but I’m a free speech guy. I don’t understand these young college students wanting to silence everyone. Makes no sense to me. I think a lot of her schtick is an act to make money which seems to work well for her. Fun to watch her on Bill Maher, although she gets more passive on that show as opposed to her appearances on Fox. I think she has a crush on the comedy Socialist.

          • gotroy22

            Yes remember when all you libs laughed at her when she predicted on Maher’s show that Trump would win the Republican nomination for president? Now who’s laughing?

          • 88 Straight

            I always feared he could win. Bad candidates all around and never underestimate the power of celebrity and the anger in this country at the government. I think the approval rating of Congress is in the teens.

          • she predicted on Maher’s show that Trump would win the Republican nomination

            She got lucky on that one, and she hasn’t been happy with some of his waffling (read: “admitting his real position”) on some of his core promises.

          • gotroy22

            No president lives up to all their followers hopes. Realists are satisfied if they accomplish one big achievement like Reagan with his tax cuts or for Democrats, Obama passing ObamaCare. Trump has delivered a superb Supreme Court pick and closed the borders already.

          • Trump’s done some good. His fondness for socialized medicine and his apparent eagerness to bully American citizens into obeying his edicts are troubling and not unlike his predecessor.

            It’s too soon to know if Gorsuch will be as good as advertised, but I hope that you’re right.

        • Because physically, he’s a freak of Nature.

          • JustOwns

            So was Manute Bol, so was Ralph Sampson – neither one was a member of a NBA Championship team.

          • gotroy22

            You really are so naive as to think that the goal of Millennial basketball players is to win championships? It’s to get rich. If they win a championship that is nice but they really don’t care as long as they are living the lifestyle of the rich and famous and can pal around with your hero Obama.

          • 88 Straight

            It’s called the free enterprise system. People have a right to earn a living. I wish they’d hang around longer, but nobody complained when some of the tech millionaires and billionaires dropped out of college to pursue their dream.

          • gotroy22

            I agree. I wish they would stay also but let’s face it, this is a strange era in history when the gold isn’t in them thar hills, it’s on the athletic fields.

          • JustOwns

            Maybe, but nobody except Ted Nugent is hanging at the WH. Apparently Ted wants the shirt back he loaned the “Rump.”

            BTW, has the Administration found the powerful “Rump” armada?

          • gotroy22

            Is that what the Clinton News Network is whining about today? I thought they would be wall to wall on Chelsea Clinton’s 2020 presidential campaign.

  • Harvey Grutz

    Ike, I’d like you to meet Jerome Moiso, Tyler Hunnicutt, and Jordan Adams. You’re a great athlete but not a basketball player (yet). Potential role-player at best. Get that money, good for you, but a very short-sighted decision.

    • gotroy22

      Adams ended up with $4 million for three years of sitting on the pine.

  • JustOwns

    Metu is better than Ike at this stage. Sorry to see him leave, but it’s his life and choice. It’s too bad a journeyman BB player is Ike’s goal.

    Good Luck Ike.

    • Richard

      Metu is much older and has more playing experience.
      Not an apples to apples comparison

      • JustOwns

        Precisely, Metu has more experience and better BB skills than Ike, and yet Metu declined to enter the NBA draft.

    • gotroy22

      So Metu is wasting a year playing for free and risking injury when he could be a first round pick?

      • JustOwns

        Busted again, for what I don’t know.

  • j metaphor

    IKE therefore will never be a Bruin nor anything more than a footnote in any basketball journal.
    I hope he has also developed some other skills because he hasn’t yet developed his basketball skills.

    • gotroy22

      Another Trevor Arriza.

    • Jethro G Sabbath

      Wasn’t it just a few months ago you considered all 3 of these ex-Bruins “student athletes” and were calling for the next victim?

      Hawr Hawr!

  • Coach Thom

    I hate that our program is nothing more than an incubator for NBA fledglings. No sense of history anymore. Things have got to change.

    • gotroy22

      They will only get worse.

  • Bruce

    Good for Ike. If he has the opportunity for NBA money, more power to him. If he wants to come back and get his degree (which from what I’ve read about him seems very likely), UCLA will welcome him at summer school.

    People sell him short offensively. Ike is not an unskilled stiff. He showed a decent jump hook and not bad touch from 10 feet. Of course, that’s not enough in the NBA. But it shows that he can learn to shoot (unlike, say, Kyle Anderson).

    And as for whining about how the system is damaged and poor UCLA for these guys leaving early — get some perspective. These are kids presented with million-dollar opportunities. This is the system. We pretend these proto-professionals are college students and that their winning for the schools we attended somehow reflects on us. It’s stupid. But the last people who should be blamed are the players who are taking the opportunities every single one of us would take if we had the chance.

  • Bigwoof1

    Of all the Bruins who left early, IMO Ike is the least prepared. Doesn’t mean he won’t develop eventually, but I sure would have loved to see one real productive year at the college level. It will be interesting to see where he’s picked and how close to what the NBA ‘advisors’ have been telling his people will happen.