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UCLA's point guard of the future is no longer coming to Westwood

July 29, 2009 | 12:38 pm

UCLA Coach Ben Howland's latest attempt to offer a scholarship to a young high school player has failed. This time it's point guard Kendall Williams of Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos who says he is no longer committed to the Bruins.

Several years ago, the Bruins accepted a commitment from a high school freshman, Taylor King of Santa Ana Mater Dei. That didn't pan out either.

Williams, who accepted Howland's offer as a sophomore, said Wednesday it was a mutual decision to reopen his recruiting after UCLA decided to look at other point guard options in the class of 2010.

"When I committed two years ago, I sat in the UCLA office and they told me that I would be the only point guard in the class that they'd offer," Williams said. "In the past year, they've gone back on that. I felt the loyalty wasn't there and confidence was lost in the head coach."

The 6-foot-3 Williams said he believes he can be a dominant point guard. He said he spoke to Howland about the decision.

"We ended on a good note," he said. "There's no hard feelings."

UCLA has started to pursue point guard Ray McCallum from Detroit Country Day and Mater Dei's Gary Franklin Jr.

-- Eric Sondheimer