De’End Parker expected to transfer

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.”

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  • BruinPain

    I’m so sorry to hear that. I hope that his mother recovers quickly from her ailments.

  • MichaelRyerson

    Hope everything works out for the Parkers. Good for this young man and for UCLA basketball to acknowledge what’s really important in life has little to do with putting a round ball in a basket.

  • Anonymous

    During life you have many friends, coaches and teammates. But you only have one mother.

    Take care of business, son.

  • ucla-of-the-rockies

    Jon: You can scratch that off “Q&A” thanks to your timely reporting.
    Now, about that Brehaut kid …

  • Brock

    That is a major bummer, I was really looking forward to him playing in blue and gold. Hope your family stays healthy De’End.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t say he’ll be missed since he contributed ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  • bruinbiochem06

    “De’End” of his UCLA career came rather quickly.

  • Maze

    @Anon at 5:29 PM/Murshed Zaheed:

    Classy post…BN misses you.

    Best of luck to De’End and his family.

  • Anon

    too bad he couldn’t get to enjoy his time as a Bruin and we couldn’t get to enjoy his development and abilities. but family comes first and with a sick mom, you have to find a way to take care of her. best wishes!