UCLA head coach Ben Howland said that he expects De’End Parker to transfer closer to home to help care for his mother, who is battling health issues.
Parker, who has been sidelined for much of the year with a knee injury, returned to San Francisco during Christmas break and stayed for an extended period. He returned to UCLA to take classes in order to ensure a smooth transition.
“De’End went home from Christmas and I think we’re going to try to help him try to petition to try to transfer to get closer to his home, to his mom,” Howland said. “She’s more comfortable with him around. I’m hoping we can get that worked out. He’s in school, he’s attending classes, and he’s trying to make that move. The NCAA has been pretty good about helping kids who have extenuating circumstances like that.”