UCLA basketball: Malcolm Lee to announce future plans Tuesday
UCLA junior guard Malcolm Lee's father said Monday night that his son would announce Tuesday whether he would forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
Asked what his son's future plans entailed, Toshio Lee said he was uncertain.
"I don't know what Malcolm's going to do," he said in a telephone interview. "I don't think he knows right now."
Lee was a first-team All-Pacific 10 Conference selection and the Bruins' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.1 points. He was also the team's best defender.
Does Toshio Lee have a gut feeling about what his son will announce?
"No," he said. "Whatever he decides, we're going to support him. We love UCLA and think Ben Howland is one of the best coaches I have ever dealt with. We told [Malcolm], 'You're going to be a Bruin for life.' He hasn't made up his mind."
One mock draft has Lee projected to be taken with the third pick of the second round. Does Toshio Lee hope his son decides one way or the other?
"No," he said. "I just want him to be happy."
Toshio Lee said he did not think recent surgery to repair torn cartilage in his son's left knee would affect his draft status.
"That surgery he got, that's minor," Toshio Lee said. "All they did was clean it up."
Photo: UCLA guard Malcolm Lee reacts after scoring against St. John's and drawing a foul during a nonconference game in February at Pauley Pavilion. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times