UCLA guard Tyler Lamb to transfer

Tyler Lamb (1) battles Colorado's Carlon Brown for a loose ball during the second half of a Pac¿12 basketball game last season.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

UCLA basketball guard Tyler Lamb will transfer, the school announced Sunday. He has been granted his release, effective immediately, and will leave UCLA at the end of the fall quarter.

Lamb, a junior, played in only one game for UCLA this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in October. He played 14 minutes in the Bruins’ season opener against Indiana State, scoring four points, but did not play in UCLA’s next four games because the knee was swollen.


It’s unclear where the 6-foot-5 guard from Covina might transfer to, and no specific reason for his decision was mentioned in the school’s release.

However, UCLA freshmen Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad have all played well this season, thereby limiting the playing time for any other Bruin guard or swingman.

“We are very sad to see Tyler leave our program,” UCLA Coach Ben Howland said in a statement. “He is a great kid, and we have really enjoyed having him play for UCLA. We fully support his decision, and we wish him all the best in the future.”

Lamb averaged 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for UCLA entering this season. He played in all 33 games last season as a sophomore and played in all 34 games as a freshman.


“I would like to thank the university, Coach Howland and his staff for the unparalleled opportunity to have been a part of UCLA’s program,” Lamb said in a statement.

“However, I believe that it is in my best interest to find a new destination where I can continue to grow, both as a person and as a basketball player. I am eternally grateful to my coaches and teammates for everything they have given me, and I wish them the best going forward. I plan on enrolling in a new educational institution by next semester, and I have not yet determined my schools of interest.”



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