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Basketball: No surprise here — UCLA’s Howland says Shabazz Muhammad to leave for NBA

Here’s one we could all see a mile away: UCLA coach Ben Howland said after Saturday night’s win over Arizona that star freshman Shabazz Muhammad will leave school after this season to enter the NBA.

Even Howland says he knew it was coming from the start.

“I’m very much a realist now,” Howland said. “I knew going into this deal that this was a one-year deal, and it should be. He’s a lottery pick. He’s a top-five pick. When you have that going for you, it is absolutely the right thing.”

Question is: Will freshmen Kyle Anderson and/or Jordan Adams decide to follow Muhammad to the pros?

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Jeff Faraudo