Due to the uncertainty surrounding a loaded freshmen class at UCLA, the Bruins aren’t quite sure just how dangerous their lineup can be in 2012-13.
One thing does remain certain, however. UCLA will be improved and that’s good news for head coach Ben Howland, who needs his squad to perform this season.
Their impending lineup took a hit over the weekend when reports emerged that 6-foot-5 junior guard Tyler Lamb was set to have arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday. Lamb started in 32 of the team’s 33 games a season ago and is looking to provide the Bruins with a veteran presence on the perimeter.
The surgery, which will address and repair loose cartridge in his left knee, is expected to sideline Lamb for four to six weeks, which indirectly will cause him to miss most of the team’s first month of practice. How quickly Lamb can recover will ultimately dictate how many games he will miss once the Bruins’ non-conference schedule begins.
“I’m very optimistic that Tyler will be back in four weeks,” head coach Ben Howland said in a statement. “He’s going to be very diligent with his rehab, and we are hopeful that this will be a quick and successful procedure. He had similar surgery on this knee the summer before his freshman year, and he quickly recovered from that.”
Last season as a sophomore, Lamb averaged 9.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
Given the timetable, there is a chance that Lamb could be ready for the team’s season opener on Nov. 9 but that remains to be seen at the moment.
UCLA kicks off the year at the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion against Indiana State.
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