Five players with ties to UCLA’s basketball program from last season were among the 236 underclassmen or international players who applied for early entry to the 2018 NBA Draft. Four of those with Bruins ties were already known, the fifth didn’t become public until Tuesday.
Cody Riley, a 6-foot-10 forward, was part of UCLA’s 2017 recruiting class but did not play for the Bruins in 2017-18 after he and fellow freshmen LiAngelo Ball and Jalen Hill were arrested in a shoplifting incident in China in November. Ball ended up leaving the program to play overseas and is on the draft early entry list, while Hill and Riley were suspended for the season but were allowed to practice with the team.
Riley was the No. 48 player in the 2017 class according to 247Sports. He has not signed with an agent and can return to UCLA if he withdraws from the draft by May 30, as can freshmen Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes. Junior guard Aaron Holiday signed with an agent, effectively ending his college career.