Collison Decides to Stay at UCLA

One week after meeting with UCLA head coach Ben Howland to determine his playing future, Bruins sophomore point guard Darren Collison has decided to remain at the school for his junior season...

The Bruins' 6-foot point guard, Darren Collison, who emerged as one of the top floor leaders in the country this past season, met with Howland last Wednesday, then used the weekend to discuss the possibility of turning pro with his family before ultimately deciding to return to Westwood, according to a source close to the situation.

Collison averaged 12.7 points, 5.7 assists and shot 45 percent from long distance this past season. And in doing so, he somehow managed to make UCLA fans forget about Jordan Farmar.

Collison's return means that Howland and the Bruins have a legitimate chance to get back to the Final Four for a third consecutive season. UCLA was 32-7 this past season and lost to Florida in the national semifinals.

UCLA will return everyone except for Collison's backcourt mate, All-American Arron Afflalo, and the Bruins will add incoming freshman center Kevin Love, arguably the best big man in the senior class.

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