UCLA Forward Travis Wear Could Be Cleared to Play Against USC
Wear, who missed this past weekend’s game against Arizona State, suffered a concussion last week, but has since returned to the court. Now Wear was not cleared to participate in contact drills, but he did do some running and shooting on Monday and Tuesday and according to a report from ESPNLA.com, head coach Ben Howland expects him to be cleared to play on Wednesday night.
While the Bruins are also awaiting a decision from freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad, regarding his own availability due to an illness, UCLA could potentially be in a situation in which both are on the court against USC. The Bruins have dropped two of their past three contests, including the one on Saturday that Wear missed, so the crosstown showdown with the Trojans on Wednesday night is one that they cannot afford to drop.
On the season, Wear is third on the team in points per game, averaging 12.2 overall. His production has been key for the Bruins this season, especially after Josh Smith made the decision to transfer earlier in the year.
“He had no symptoms whatsoever from any kind of concussion,” Howland told Peter Yoon of ESPNLA.com “That has not been finalized because the doctors have to do that. He’ll see the doctor a little later today, but I’m hopeful that he’ll be OK.”
Wear still needs to be cleared by the medical staff at UCLA however, if he hopes to play on Wednesday night.
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