When Travis and David Wear left the University of North Carolina at the end of the 2012 season to transfer to UCLA, not too much was expected from them. Neither the Wear brothers, nor their father, gave a specific reason about why they transferred, but it was assumed that the decision was based off of a lack of consistent playing time.
Last season for UCLA basketball, the Wear brothers did produce quite well, although they definitely could have been better at times. So heading into UCLA’s China trip, both Travis and David Wear were looking to take a huge step and become dominant forces on both ends of the floor, players who could be counted upon to lead UCLA to a Pac-12 and National Championship this season. So far, so good.
In UCLA’s first game against Tsinghua University, David Wear led the Bruins with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while his brother Travis was right behind with 19 points, and both players helped lead UCLA to a 116-68 rout. UCLA played its second game against Shanghai Jiao University and both Wear brothers started once again. Since the game was played at about 4:00 a.m. Pacific time, specific stats for the game seem to be impossible to find, but from what I could gather and what I saw, Travis and David did play pretty well. They did not light up the scoreboard, but both played solid on offense and defense, leading UCLA to another 72-31 rout.
In the Bruins’ third and last game of their China trip they would face off against the Shanghai Sharks, a professional team owned by former Houston Rocket Yao Ming, Travis Wear had 26 points on 10-12 shooting, leading all UCLA scorers and capping a perfect 3-0 UCLA trip with a 92-63 win. By just going over film of the games, it is absolutely obvious that the Wear brothers have matured rapidly and are on the brink of a breakout season. They have polished their games on both ends of the floor, are in better shape and seem to be more versatile than ever.
With all the talent that UCLA has on their roster, the fact that top recruit Shabazz Muhammed did not play on this trip and the emergence of Travis and David Wear, the Pac-12 is going to be in for a lot of trouble this year. By the end of the 2012-2013 NCAA season, my prediction is that Travis and David Wear will be household names.
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