Friday, December 10, 2010

UCLA Guard Matt Carlino Will Transfer

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
Freshman Matt Carlino, who has yet to touch the floor this season for the UCLA Bruins (3-4) has decided to transfer to another school according to head coach Ben Howland.

Carlino, from Bloomington, Indiana, chose UCLA over Arizona, Arizona State, Butler, Indiana, and USC.

Carlino was obviously not happy with the playing time he received at UCLA.

Carlino could have been a nice addition to a battered backcourt that needs help off the bench.

Coach Howland said he was totally blindsided by the news because Carlino had such a great practice the day before.

"Obviously I'm disappointed because it leaves us shorthanded," Howland said.

Howland had many chances to play the freshman after Carlino returned from a concussion injury sustained during the pre-season. However, Howland did not and Carlino decides to move on to another program where he can be successful.

I see the schools that initially had a chance at acquiring Carlino out of high school making a push towards acquiring the 6-foot-3 guard. He hasn't touched the court throughout this whole year, and could still have his 4-years of eligibility.

UCLA host Cal Poly at home December 11, which was the most likely time Bruin fans would have finally witnessed Carlino in action.

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