Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Permission Sought to Talk to UCLA Signee.(Final)

Byline: Mark Smith Journal Staff Writer

6-8 Phaler Might Seek Alternatives

LOBOS BASKETBALL

University of New Mexico basketball coach Ritchie McKay says the Lobos have requested permission to speak to one of the nation's top high school seniors, provided the prep star ditches UCLA.

Internet reports say Sean Phaler, a 6-foot, 8-inch forward from Orange, Calif., is interested in UNM and San Diego State. Last fall, Phaler signed a letter of intent with UCLA. But new Bruins coach Ben Howland met with Phaler last week, telling Phaler he might not fit into the ex-Pittsburgh coach's new system.

Howland replaced Steve Lavin following this past season. …

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