Drew Gordon #0 of the UCLA Bruins battles for position with Chase Budinger #34 of the Arizona Wildcats during the college basketball game at Pauley Pavilion on January 15, 2009 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Drew Gordon;Chase Budinger (Getty Images)more pics »Drew Gordon
, UCLA basketball's starting center, is leaving the team and transferring at the end of the quarter, according to the LA Times
. The announcement came through a weekly press conference today and coach Ben Howland did not cite any specifics about why his player is leaving. Drew Gordon is leaving the UCLA basketball team (Getty)
Howland said he and Gordon, who averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game, discussed the move over the past few weeks, so it's not a sudden decision. "This is not a spur-of-the-moment thing," Howland said.
The Bruins lost all 3 of their games this weekend in the 76 Classic. Freshman Reeves Nelson will fill the gap left by Gordon, sources said. "He has a lot to learn and he knows this," Howland said. "This is going to increase his playing time dramatically."