UCLA forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has decided to remain in the NBA Draft, is hiring an agent, and will forgo his senior season, UCLA head basketball coach Ben Howland announced today.
"Luc had a great career at UCLA, and I’m really proud of everything he helped our team accomplish during his tenure as a player at UCLA," Howland said. "He was the freshman of the year in the conference, won three Pac-10 titles and started in three Final Fours, but, more than anything, he is a winner.
“I’m sure he’ll continue to provide that great attitude and work ethic at the next level in the NBA,” Howland added. “I will always be grateful and appreciative of Luc. He’s an outstanding player and an even better person."
As a junior, Mbah a Moute helped the Bruins compile a record of 35-4 en route to their third-straight Pac-10 title and third consecutive trip to the Final Four. The honorable mention All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Defensive Team selection was fifth on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.0 rpg) last year. His 775 rebounds rank him No. 15 on UCLA’s career list.
“After speaking to my family and going through the process, I feel like the time is right for me to take the next step in my basketball career and keep my name in the NBA Draft,” said Mbah a Moute. “I had the greatest time of my life at UCLA. Starting in three-straight Final Fours and winning three straight Pac-10 titles is something I’ll never forget. I will be a Bruin forever.”
This season, Mbah a Moute became the first player since Andre Hutson and Charlie Bell of Michigan State (1999-2001) and the first Bruin since Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes and Greg Lee (1972-74) to start in three straight Final Fours.