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Enhanced by Final Four run, UCLA players’ NBA prospects remain middling

As recently as a month ago, that familiar clash — should they stay or should they go? — confronted only one UCLA player facing a decision about his NBA future.

Slogging through the early stages of rehabilitating a serious knee injury, Chris Smith contemplated two choices. Staying for one more college season would allow the senior guard to prove he was recovered and worthy of a draft pick. Going to the NBA draft immediately would allow him to cash in on his enticing upside — or risk falling down the draft board and going undrafted altogether.