Last Sunday, when UCLA forward David Wear went down with a sprained right ankle many fans feared the worst: the possibility of a high ankle sprain. Such news would have sidelined Wear for a few weeks, derailing the progress he has made while at UCLA. But after X-rays did not reveal such news on Monday evening Wear has remained positive about returning to the floor.
Wear and the UCLA staff are all hopeful that he will be able to return to practice next Monday barring any unforeseen setbacks. Wear is coming off a very productive 2011-2012 season which saw him average 10.2 points,and 6.3 rebounds per game last season. Luckily for Bruins fans, Wear’s best game of his sophomore season came against USC in February, a game which UCLA won, and Wear poured in 16 points while snagging 13 rebounds.
Now that it seems the Wear injury situation will be cleared up by the end of next week, UCLA can begin to focus on the biggest issue facing the program, the eligibility of freshman Kyle Anderson, and Shabazz Muhammad. Both freshman are still awaiting approval from the NCAA on whether or not they will be permitted to play this upcoming season.
The possibility of a deep NCAA postseason run would likely be hindered if both freshman were to be rued ineligible. Shabazz was the top recruit of the 2012 class, and is projected, by DraftExpress, to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. Shabazz is widely considered to be a lock to be one and done at UCLA, on the other hand many people see Anderson being a player who can stick around for a while. Anderson is a great play maker, and is adept at getting the shot he wants.
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