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Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt left for the NBA, but UCLA could be better than last year's 23-11 team, which reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Bruins may have one of the best frontcourts in the country.
Reeves Nelson, who averaged 13.9 points and 9.1 boards per game as a sophomore, is their most established player, but Josh Smith had a promising freshman campaign.
Bolstering the frontcourt, David and Travis Wear will be eligible for Ben Howland.
Versatility makes this frontcourt so formidable—Smith is the only big who will be confined to the post.
Nelson can bang down low but also has a decent mid-range jumper, and the 6'10" Wear twins have range extending beyond the three-point line.
While the frontcourt is UCLA's foundation, the backcourt shouldn't be an afterthought.
Lazeric Jones's numbers dipped after he sprained his wrist in early February, but now healthy, he should be able to lead the Bruins at the point.
Jerime Anderson hasn't posted the most impressive numbers, but he's a senior and a capable shooter and passer.
Even Tyler Lamb, who had an underwhelming freshman season, could have more impact as a sophomore.
Howland signed Normand Powell, the No. 15 shooting guard in the class of 2011. Powell will contribute immediately, especially in transition.
If Josh Smith can stay on the floor more than 21.7 minutes per game and the Wear twins live up to expectations, UCLA can make a serious tournament run.