By Gary Parrish
Matt Norlander -- along with everybody else in the college basketball world -- reported earlier that UCLA coach Ben Howland has suspended reserve point guard Jereme Anderson indefinitely because of an arrest that's rooted in the theft of a laptop. So I guess Cam Newton has company. If Anderson goes on to to win a Wooden Award and a national championship, you'll be able to trace it right back to this.
Lazeric Jones will now have to play more than the 28 minutes per game he played at point guard last season for as long as Anderson's suspension lasts. That's bad news on the surface. But if you're looking for a bright spot, I can tell you that Howland went out of his way last weekend to talk about Jones with me while sitting courtside at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas, and the man with three Final Fours to his credit seemed genuinely optimistic about his junior college point guard with one year of eligibility remaining.
"Lazeric Jones has had a really great offseason," Howland said. "I think he's going to have a great senior year."
For Howland's sake, I hope he's right.
Because the Bruins' success will rely on that now more than Howland could've possibly imagined four days ago.