Freshman guard Moser to transfer
At this rate, UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland might not have any players to work with next season.
Freshman guard Mike Moser became the latest evacuee on Monday afternoon, announcing that he will transfer following the spring quarter. Moser, who originally committed to Arizona out of high school, became the third underclassman to leave the Bruins in the past four months.
J'mison Morgan, a sophomore center, was dismissed from the team last week. Sophomore forward Drew Gordon left the Bruins last December.
UCLA is also temporarily without freshman forward Brendan Lane, who will be out for five months after having surgery to repair a left ankle injury.
"The way the season worked out for me this year, I feel it is necessary for me personally, to make a move somewhere else so I can play," Moser said through a statement released by the program. "I have enjoyed my time here at UCLA and have built great relationships with my coaches and teammates. I'm going to stay in Division I and haven't spoken to anyone at all about playing. I wont rush into a decision. I'll just wait and see what happens in the next few weeks."
Moser, a Portland, Ore., native, played in just 15 games last season, averaging 0.6 points and 0.5 rebounds per appearance. He made a habit of working out late after home games, often staying to work on his dribbling and perimeter shooting.
"Mike is a good kid, a great student and a very hard worker," Howland said. "I have enjoyed having him in our program. He has a great attitude and I'm supportive of him finding a program where he will have a chance to play more minutes than we envision he will have here."
UCLA finished 14-18 this past season, its worst record since Howland's first year in 2003-04.
Blair Angulo covers the UCLA Bruins for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.