LOS ANGELES (AP) Lonzo Ball is leaving and Steve Alford is staying. The expectations at UCLA remain the same.
Ball said he planned to enter the NBA draft after the Bruins lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, dashing their national title hopes. The freshman phenom helped UCLA to a 31-5 record while averaging 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.6 assists.
Seniors Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton, two of six players who averaged double figures this season, also are headed out the door. Freshman TJ Leaf, who averaged a team-leading 16.3 points, could join Ball in the draft.