Junior Jake Kyman has entered the transfer portal, according to sources.
Kyman, the 6-7 forward, in three seasons at UCLA averaged 3.6 points in 10.3 minutes per game. After a freshman season in 2019-2020 when he really became a dead-eye three-point shooter for Mick Cronin in his first year coaching at UCLA, shooting 40% from three that year, Kyman saw his playing time and production trail off over the next two seasons. He shot just 29% from three this last season in just 8 minutes a game.
Kyman will have two more years of eligibility, if he utilizes his super senior season.
UCLA has a bit of a scholarship crunch for the 2022-2023 season. With all the players currently on the roster having eligibility remaining, and three recruits coming in for the fall, UCLA needed three players to move on from the program to provide room. Kyman was the first.
UCLA’S OFFICIAL RELEASE:
UCLA men’s basketball guard/forward Jake Kyman will transfer from the Bruins’ program after having played in 80 games for UCLA over the past three seasons.
Kyman, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Aliso Viejo, Calif., averaged 3.6 points and 1.1 rebounds in 80 contests for UCLA. Most recently, he played in 23 games as a junior in 2021-22, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 rebounds per game.
“I just want to thank everyone at UCLA who has helped make the last three years an amazing experience,” Kyman said. “I want to first thank my coaches, the staff, and my teammates for the unforgettable memories, the countless laughs, the knowledge, and the relationships that I have built and will keep with me forever. I have never been more proud to say I fulfilled my childhood dream of playing for those legendary four letters. I’ll always be a Bruin for life! With that being said, I will be entering the transfer portal and look forward to the next chapter.”
Kyman helped the Bruins compile a 68-30 record over the past three seasons under Mick Cronin, The Michael Price Family UCLA Men’s Head Basketball Coach. He helped the Bruins advance to the NCAA Final Four in 2021, the program’s first Final Four appearance since 2008. He also guided the Bruins to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance in 2022.
“We would like to thank Jake for his contributions to our program, and we wish him all the best going forward,” Cronin said. “Jake has been a great teammate and a first-class young man in his time as a Bruin. We are going to miss Jake, but as I told him, he is always welcome in Westwood and will always be part of the Bruin family.”
Kyman, who attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), scored at least 10 points in seven career games. He totaled at least 20 points in three games during his freshman seasons (2019-20). He concluded his freshman year with the seventh-best 3-point shooting percentage (40.3%) among all Pac-12 players, sinking 31 of 77 long-range attempts.
Kyman shot 41.1 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from 3-point distance and 72.2 percent at the free throw line, through 80 career games.