UCLA shooting guard Tyler Lamb will transfer out of UCLA in favor of another, undetermined basketball program.
Lamb has missed all but one game so far this season with a knee injury which he sustained in the offseason. He underwent knee surgery and has been recovering ever since, although it’s unsure why he was playing in the season-opener against Indiana State.
Here’s the statement from the 2-guard (h/t: The Daily Bruin):
“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.”
Of course, UCLA fans seem to be thinking this is a product of head coach Ben Howland treating Lamb terribly, but it’s not as if Lamb was 100 percent healthy.
Rather, Lamb likely decided to transfer after realizing he’d be buried in the depth chart and out of the rotation with Shabazz Muhammad, Jordan Adams and Norman Powell all perfectly capable of playing the off-guard and Kyle Anderson and Larry Drew II crowding ball-distribution.
Lamb will probably get a better shot elsewhere at a Division I program and we’re sure he’ll thrive.