UCLA Basketball: Campbell and Juzang could be Pac-12’s best guard combo

With the news of UCLA Basketball transfer Johnny Juzang being immediately eligible for next season, let’s take a look at how well he and Tyger Campbell can compliment each other.

UCLA Basketball might not have Dashien Nix running the show at the guard position next season, but they certainly won’t be lacking any sort of chemistry or superstar potential.

Last week the NCAA announced that it had ruled Johnny Juzang, a transfer from Kentucky, immediately eligible to play for the Bruins next season. The news is crucial for Mick Cronin and the UCLA basketball program, as they now have the two-guard that they had lacked last season.

Juzang’s numbers weren’t eye-popping for the Wildcats last season, but considering the lack of opportunity presented to him at Lexington, his former top-50 recruit pedigree is enough to get excited about, as well as the flashes of potential that he showed late last season when his minutes and touches were increased.

As for Campbell, the redshirt freshman broke out last season, landing the starting point guard role and flourishing, averaging 11 points and nearly nine assists per game, serving as the catalyst for the Bruins’ late season run in the Pac-12.

Campbell’s play was complimented by the production of the Bruins’ big men, as Jalen Hill and Chris Smith enjoyed breakout seasons of their own. Both players are back for the 2020-21 season, and now that Campbell has the two-guard that he lacked last season, his play should only improve.

Most outlets have the Bruins as a preseason Top-25 team, but without a premier recruiting class, the preseason expectations will need to be upheld by the veterans. With a new weapon in Juzang and a second season in Cronin’s system, the Bruins’ late-season breakout should extend well into next season.