UCLA Basketball: 2019 signee Grant Sherfield released from his LOI

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13: Jaylen Hands
DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13: Jaylen Hands /

It has been reported that 2019 combo guard Grant Sherfield has been let out of his letter of intent to play with UCLA basketball. This comes as a reaction to Steve Alford’s termination.

UCLA basketball’s 2019 incoming class will be down a man as it has been reported that 3-star guard Grant Sherfield has been released from his letter of intent.

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Sherfield had signed his LOI back in November, but that was before recents events transpired that has changed the direction of the team.

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Right before before New Year’s, former head coach Steve Alford was relieved of his duties after a fourth consecutive loss and a 7-6 start to the season.

In response, Sherfield’s father initially said that the family would make a decision on Grant’s future, which we are now aware of.

That leaves UCLA with only two players for 2019: 4-star small forward Jaime Jaquez and 3-star small forward Jake Kyman. Both expressed remorse for Alford’s termination, but said that they were still looking to enroll at UCLA.

Though Sherfield’s exit is a big loss, it will not affect depth for 2019. Currently, UCLA has 13 scholarship players on their roster and no seniors. That means that two players must leave for Jaquez and Kyman can join the team. This will happen by either declaring early for the NBA Draft, pulling a scholarship, or a transfer.

The mostly likely candidates could be PG Jaylen Hands and small forward Kris Wilkes. Last year, both tested the waters of the NBA Draft and could be expected to do the same after the season.

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As for the rest of the team, there has not been any buzz about anyone else leaving, whether by declaring or transfer.