UCLA basketball: Ben Howland on recruits


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Coach Ben Howland spoke out today about Josh Smith and Tyler Lamb, who signed national letters of intent with UCLA during the early period.

Smith, who ranks among the top big men in the nation, averaged 26.8 points and 13.5 rebounds last season at Kentwood HIgh in Washington. Howland praised the 6-10 center’s ability to play with his back to the basket.


‘He is an outstanding athlete and has good leaping ability and quick feet for his size,’ the coach said. ‘He has a very bright future ahead of him and he’ll make an immediate impact at UCLA.’

Lamb is a 6-4 guard from Santa Ana Mater Dei who averaged 14 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.3 steals.

‘He’s very athletic and is going to be an outstanding player that can play multiple positions,’ Howland said. ‘He is a very good defensive player and has been a part of one of the best high school programs in the country.’

-- David Wharton