HoopsHype Malcolm Lee rumors

May 13, 2011 Updates

Here's a prediction: Lee will continue that hot streak for UCLA. Lee was a top-rated prospect coming out of high school but struggled to dominate in college. While he's earned a rep as an elite perimeter defender, his offensive game has been a work in progress. What I saw Tuesday and Wednesday really impressed me. He's long, explosive athletically, very quick laterally and made a lot of very good decisions with the ball in three-on-three play. His jump shot is still coming along but the rest of the game looked to be there. The NBA loves big point guards and I think Lee will ultimately be a point guard in the league. I could see him sneaking into the first round and possibly even challenging Darius Morris. Morris is more of a pure point, but Lee is a significantly better athlete. ESPN.com

April 13, 2011 Updates

After learning last week that the junior guard was leaning toward leaving, Bruins Coach Ben Howland said he advised Lee in multiple conversations that he thought it was in Lee's best interest to remain in college. The coach said his sources in NBA general managers' offices project Lee to be drafted in the second round. True to form for a lockdown defender, Lee wouldn't budge in his stance. "My dream has always been to play in the NBA," Lee said in a statement, "and I think that this is the best time for me to try and make that a reality." Los Angeles Times

March 29, 2011 Updates

UCLA guard Malcolm Lee confirmed Tuesday that he has made himself eligible for the NBA draft but is reserving the right to withdraw by not hiring an agent. Lee, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound junior, was UCLA's second-leading scorer last season with 13.1 points a game, and has until May 8 to decide if he wants to return to school and continue playing for the Bruins. ESPN.com

ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford projects that Lee will go in the second round, if he is drafted at all. Lee will work out for NBA teams from April 28 through May 8 and get feedback about his draft position. "I feel like I'm a first-round draft pick, but my opinion really don't mean nothing," Lee said. "If I'm not a first-round draft pick as of right now. I can improve my stock in the workouts." ESPN.com

UCLA junior guard Malcolm Lee has decided to enter this year's draft. His father, Toshio Lee, told NBADraft.net's Rodney Halprin on Monday Night, "Malcolm is in. He has received experiences that will last a lifetime and I would recommend any kid go there." He also spoke very highly of Coach Ben Howland and UCLA. NBADraft.net

Meanwhile, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that junior guard Malcolm Lee is slated to declare for the draft as well, but not hire an agent. The source said that the staff expects Lee will return to the Bruins next season. ESPN.com

March 23, 2011 Updates

UCLA Coach Ben Howland said the potential of an NBA lockout would influence his advice to Bruins players deciding whether to declare for the draft, intimating that it might lead him to encourage them to return to college. "I can tell you in the NBA, in my opinion, this is going to be a serious lockout," Howland said Tuesday. "They will not be playing, in my opinion, next December and maybe even January. … You're not even going to get paid next year for half the year." FOX 43

Howland said he expected to meet with junior Malcolm Lee and sophomores Tyler Honeycutt and Reeves Nelson as soon as Monday to discuss their futures. College underclassmen have until April 24 to declare for the draft and can withdraw by May 8 to retain amateur eligibility, as long as they do not hire an agent. Lee's ability to work out for NBA teams during the two-week window may be compromised after he underwent surgery Tuesday to repair damage to his left knee sustained this month. FOX 43

March 21, 2011 Updates

Lee's decision could be complicated by torn cartilage in his left knee that will require surgery. He said the procedure would sideline him for a month, potentially limiting his ability to showcase his skills for NBA teams this summer. Los Angeles Times

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