The Bruins have holes in the backcourt now that
Neither Adams nor Powell is expected to leave but they have not said they would return.
It leaves Jeopardy-style answers and questions:
He might be left to run the offense even though he is not a true point guard.
Who is Bryce Alford?
These two players, who did more clapping than playing last season, will have to increase their contributions next season.
Who are Noah Allen and Isaac Hamilton?
It could turn into double jeopardy.
The Bruins won the
Alford was unavailable to discuss his team Wednesday, but the challenge he faces is clear. If Adams and Powell leave the Bruins would be down to five scholarship players, plus three high school seniors who have signed letters of intent. None of the signees are guards. If Adams and Powell stay, then the concerns are reduced.
Anderson, who had two years of eligibility remaining, averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game as the UCLA's point guard last season. He was a third-team All-American by the Associated Press and was the Pac-12 tournament's most valuable player.
A high-end replacement is coming — but not for a year. Aaron
How well the Anderson-to-Holiday gap is bridged is likely to determine how the Bruins fare next season.
Coach Alford is expected to make a late recruiting push to land a point guard, though that could be difficult. Any player who came in this fall would be likely to take a back seat to Holiday a year later.
If Alford was unable to bring in a point guard, the chore would probably fall to his son.
Bryce Alford averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 assists last season. He was able to spell Anderson, but it remains to be seen whether he could handle the job on a more permanent basis.
In UCLA's season-ending loss to
Finding a replacement for LaVine is a more manageable situation, even if Adams and Powell leave. LaVine averaged 9.4 points as a reserve.
Hamilton, who backed out of a letter of intent with Texas El Paso last summer, averaged 23.5 points at Bellflower St. John Bosco in 2012-13. He already knows UCLA's schemes, having practiced as a redshirt last season.
Allen showed promise at guard last season but required surgery after suffering three fractures below his left eye in the second game of the season. He played in 11 games.
If the Bruins can massage their point guard situation — and if Adams and Powell return — there is the potential for another successful season.
UCLA seems set in the post.
The Bruins should also have newcomers Kevon Looney, a 6-9 power forward from Milwaukee Hamilton High; Gyorgy Goloman, a 6-10 power forward from Weston (Fla.) Sagemont High; center Thomas Welsh, a 7-0 center from Los Angeles Loyola High; and Jonah Bolden, a 6-8 forward from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, who signed his letter of intent Wednesday.