….and then there was one.
Earlier last week, against the pleas of UCLA students for one more season, junior guard Malcolm Lee elected to declare for the NBA Draft and hired an agent, making the move permanent.
Lee has certainly posted a respectable career during his time playing at UCLA, averaging roughly 12.5 points and 34 minutes over his past two seasons while becoming one of the top on-the-ball defenders in the country.
As solid as his career has been in Westwood, it is nowhere near what we expected back in 2008 when he came in as the fourth-ranked point guard in the entire country.
Back in 2008, Lee was one of five highly-touted players that helped make UCLA the top recruiting class in the country. Alongside guards Jrue Holiday and Jerime Anderson and bigs Drew Gordon and J’mison “Bobo” Morgan, the class was considered by many to be the greatest quintet of freshmen assembled since the University of Michigan's "Fab Five."
With Lee’s departure, just one of the five remains at UCLA. While all looked to have NBA potential coming out of high school, only Holiday has made the leap.
To call this class a disappointment would be quite the understatement.
Here’s a look at the five who were once considered “UCLA’s Fab Five”.