Drew Gordon To Leave UCLA Program
By Bruin Basketball Report
Sophomore center Drew Gordon is no longer a member of the UCLA men’s basketball team by mutual agreement, head coach Ben Howland announced today.
“After several discussions with Drew, we both have decided that it is in the best interests of our program and Drew that he continues his career at another school,” Howland said.
“He is no longer a member of our team and will transfer at the end of the quarter.
“This is not a spur of the moment decision and ultimately, it’s what’s best for all parties.”
Gordon, UCLA's starting center, was the team's third-leading scorer averaging 11.2 points and was second on the squad in rebounds with 5.3 per game in 6 games. He averaged 24.5 minutes per contest.
Gordon's departure leaves a gapping hole in the middle for the Bruins, but it opens up opportunities for freshman Reeves Nelson and sophomore J'mison Morgan to show they can contribute.
Nelson has been a solid frosh contributor this season averaging 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 14.8 minutes per game. While Morgan has played sparingly this year but is expected to see more time on the court with the departure of Gordon.