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January 2, 2013

Former UCLA guard Tyler Lamb to visit SDSU

Although San Diego State students are still at home for winter break and the opponent for Wednesday night's game (CSU Bakersfield) is hardly a marquee draw, SDSU will host one big-time visitor on Wednesday: former UCLA guard Tyler Lamb.

Lamb was granted his release from the Bruins back in November, and is nearing a decision on which new school he will be attending next semester.

"I'm actually going to be making my decision within the next week and a half," Lamb said.

The 6-foot-5 junior says his final list of schools is San Diego State, Long Beach State and UNLV, but has a pretty good idea of who won't make the cut.

"Really, it's not UNLV, it's really San Diego State and Long Beach State," Lamb said. "That's really the two schools I'm choosing between when it comes down to it."

Lamb has already visited UNLV and met with LBSU coaches, which makes the visit to SDSU an important one in his decision process.

"UNLV is the first place I visited and it was cool over there. I just met with the Long Beach State coach the other day, so I'm taking my trip to San Diego and then when I get back I'll make my decision on where I want to go.

"After the game, I'm going to talk to the coaches and get to know them a little bit more and get them to know my parents and go home with a feel of what San Diego State is about."

Since none of the final three schools Lamb mentioned have an available scholarship, he's open to paying his way through the spring semester and receive a scholarship for the next academic year. He has yet to discuss that in detail with SDSU's coaches, which he's looking forward to doing on his visit.

"That's what we'll talk about, get a more clear and a better understanding of it," Lamb said of his scholarship situation. "If anything, I would just have to probably pay for my classes and my housing on my own or something and then just receive a scholarship next year. I think that's probably what will happen. I'm just going off what I think will happen, we haven't really talked about it yet.

"We've got to talk more about it and get a better understanding of how it would work out and if it looks clear, then I'll do that."

Lamb already has a relationship with Aztecs assistant coach Tony Bland, whom he's known since his high school days. The Ontario, Calif. native missed four weeks of practice before UCLA's season opener after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee back in October. He returned to action against Indiana State on Nov. 9, scoring four points in 14 minutes. Lamb then sat out the Bruins' next two games with swelling in his left knee and did not play in UCLA's two games of the championship round of the Progressive Legends Classic in New York.

Lamb had played in all 33 games (32 starts) last season as a sophomore, averaging 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He entered this season averaging 5.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game over his UCLA career.

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