Afflalo and Farmar headed for NBA Draft
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – UCLA took a dual hit on Thursday as
guards Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar have both decided to test the waters
and make themselves eligible for the 2006 NBA Draft.
However, both players will not hire agents and indicated they would return to
the Bruins for their junior seasons if unhappy with their draft status.
“I am totally 100 percent behind Arron and Jordan, as is our entire UCLA
basketball family, in their decision to test the waters and give this
opportunity a great shot,” said UCLA head coach Ben Howland. “They are the
first two recruits that signed at UCLA when I became the head coach. I am
indebted to them forever.
The two served as co-captains during UCLA’s 2005-06 run to the NCAA
Championship game before being defeated by Florida in the title game. The team
finished the season 32-7 overall and captured both the Pac-10 regular season
title and tournament championship.
Afflalo led the Bruins in scoring by averaging 15.8 points per game and also
posted 4.2 rebounds and 1.77 assists per game. He netted 20-plus points 11
times during the season and led UCLA in scoring 18 times.
“This is a good opportunity to see how I can compete against NBA players,”
said Afflalo. “If I’m able to do so, that will assist my decision, but
otherwise, I will be coming back to a great situation. We have a great team
and I would love to be a part of it. I had a lot of fun this year.”
Farmar, meanwhile, was right behind Afflalo with a 13.5 points per game
average and led the Pac-10 in assists per game with 5.11. He was the Bruins’
leading scorer during the NCAA Tournament with a 12.5 average and led the
school in assists in 30 of his 37 starts.
“It’s a life-long process,” said Farmar. “My goal as a basketball player is to
play in the NBA. I feel I’m getting closer and closer to that every day as
each year goes by. I think it’s a win-win for me to test the waters. I can
always come back to a great team. We have so much momentum and confidence
built up in the UCLA program. It will be a great situation to come back.”