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UCLA basketball: Starting center Drew Gordon leaves team

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UCLA center Drew Gordon has left the UCLA basketball team and will transfer at the end of the quarter.

Gordon was a starter averaging 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23-plus minutes a game

Coach Ben Howland declined to give a specific reason, explaining that it resulted from a series of conversations with the player over the past weeks.

‘This is not a spur-of-the-moment thing,’ Howland said.

The announcement, made at the coach’s weekly press conference on the UCLA campus, follows a disappointing holiday weekend for the Bruins, who lost all three of their games at the 76 Classic in Anaheim.

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Freshman Reeves Nelson will fill some of the gap created by Gordon’s departure.

‘He has a lot to learn and he knows this,’ Howland said. ‘This is going to increase his playing time dramatically.’

-- David Wharton


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