Darren Collison on Rivals.com

July 20, 2006

(By Andrew Skwara/Rivals.com College Basketball Staff Writer) - Point guards Darren Collison (UCLA) and Andre Allen (Memphis) were like drivers with their learner's permits last season.Yes, they could drive the car. But only with adult supervision.

On June 18 each of them got the keys to a Cadillac. Now it's up to them to see if they can find the cruise control to keep the basketball programs at UCLA and Memphis running as smoothly as they did last season.

The date was the final day for players to withdraw from early entry into the NBA Draft. UCLA's Jordan Farmar and Memphis' Darius Washington entered the draft without signing agents, leaving the possibility that they could return to school. Farmar didn't announce he was staying in the draft until the deadline. He was taken with the 26th pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, while Washington went undrafted.

Collison insists he wouldn't have been disappointed if Farmar had chosen to come back, citing the benefits of playing with his mentor for another season.

'I think it was a little bit of a win-win situation for me,' Collison told Rivals.com. 'If he did come back that was one more year for me to learn from him and get better. If he left I could take advantage of all the positives, too.'

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