NEW YORK -- Kevin Love is the second UCLA Bruin taken in
tonight's NBA draft. The Memphis Grizzlies have chosen the center
with the fifth overall pick, one selection after college teammate
Russell Westbrook was taken by Seattle.
Love had a tremendous impact on the Bruins as a freshman last
season, averaging 17.5 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He
become only the second freshman to be named the Pac-10 Player of
the Year, and earned consensus First-Team All-America honors before
entering the draft. Love also was a finalist for the Wooden and
Naismith Awards after setting school single-season records for
points and rebounds.
The 6-foot-10 Love scored at least 10 points in every game last
season, reaching the 20-point mark 11 times. He recorded 23
double-doubles, including a 26-point, 18-rebound assault against
Oregon. His first college game was memorable as he provided 22
points and 13 rebounds against Portland State. He also led the
Bruins to the NCAA Final Four before he was held in check by
Memphis in the semifinals.