Tyler Lamb Commits to UCLA

Tyler Lamb, the elite, junior 6-4 shooting guard from Ontario (Calif.) Colony, verbally committed to UCLA a few day after being offered a scholarship. "I'm kind of in shock," Lamb said of the offer and his quick commitment...

Tyler Lamb, the 6-4 junior from Ontario (Calif.) Colony, verbally committed to UCLA.

"I just committed to UCLA on Monday," Lamb said. "I'm really excited about it."

Lamb, ranked by Scout.com's Dave Telep as the #57 player nationally for 2010, said it didn't take him long to decide after they offered him: "They offered me a few days before that, and when they offered me I pretty much knew I was going to commit, because they've been my favorite school for a long time. I talked to my parents and they agreed. I was thinking about it all week and when I woke up that morning I knew I wanted to do it. So I went to go visit the coaches on Monday, on campus, and when I was walking around with them I told Coach Howland."

Lamb said that USC, Arizona, Utah and UC Santa Barbara were the other schools that offered him a scholarship.

So, why didn't he wait?

"There's no reason to wait," Lamb said. "I've been waiting for this scholarship offer for a long time. This was the one I was waiting for."

He said it also feels good to have made the decision. "I'm kind of in shock, really," Lamb said. "It was a dream. It feels great. They showed me a lot of love when I go up there."

The offer came from UCLA, according to Lamb, because of how he performed during the July Evaluation Period. "They said they've been waiting for me to play that hard, and show a lot of heart, and that did it for them," he said.

Lamb said he's close to fellow Bruin commit and Inland empire resident, Kendall Williams, the 6-2 guard from Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos. "Yeah, Kendall and I are cool," he said. "We both went up to UCLA's campus together Wednesday to play at the Men's Gym with the pros. I'll tell you, it felt good to go there as a guy committed to UCLA."

So, why UCLA?

Lamb said: "First, I love Coach Howland. I think he's the best coach in college basketball. He gets his guys better and gets them to the pros. Look at Russell Westbrook. That proves it all. And he has a great relationship with his players. Then, UCLA has been top five in the nation for a few years now, and the Final Fours. I'm feeling lucky that UCLA is in my area since it's one of the best schools and programs in the country."

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