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Lost: Lazeric Jones, Brandan Lane, D'End Parker, Jerime Anderson, Matt DeMarcus, Tyler Trapani, Anthony Stover, Kenny Jones
Found: Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Tony Parker, Jordan Adams, Larry Drew II
UCLA's success this season depends on whether its core group of freshman will deliver.
The Bruins will start at least two and as many as four freshmen. (Jordan Adams was a top-50 recruit, too, although he got lost in the hype surrounding Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker.)
Aside from the group of freshman, head coach Ben Howland also brought in UNC transfer Larry Drew II. Drew had a strong sophomore season with 8.5 points and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 35.2 percent from deep, but his production fell, as did his minutes, during his junior season, prompting his transfer.
UCLA will use a combination of him and the 6'8" Anderson at point guard.
Add junior Tyler Lamb, Adams and Muhammad to the wings and you easily have the best backcourt in the Pac-12.
In the frontcourt, the Bruins will have the Wear twins, David and Travis, and Joshua Smith, in addition to Parker.
Both Wears had scoring averages in double figures last year, Travis at 11.5 and David at 10.2. Smith had a disappointing sophomore season with only 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, but he reconditioned his body and is prepared for a breakout junior year.
No matter what, UCLA is a top-two team in the conference. If the freshmen live up to the hype, the Bruins are the clear favorite for the title.