UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Joshua Smith:
“For him at that body fat, what he did going into his summer going into his freshman year, was got up freshman year and went (to the gym) twice a day. It was rigourous. For him, it’s a six-month process. It’s not a two-month or three-month deal.”
On Smith coming back as a sophomore:
“Part of it was such a long season the first time, going through it, so much more attention to detail, going all the way to march. All that played a difference for him. It was hard. But now he’s seeing, ‘If I don’t do that, I’m not playing to my potential.’ We all know what his potential is, but it’s still what-if?
“I still think he can be dominant for us. No question.”
On Smith’s struggles:
“Not just at the offensive end. That’s where we all think about him. But for him to continue to do a good job of rebounding and to use his size. That’s where I thought he made a number of mistakes was on the defensive side of both the Oregon and Oregon State game.”
David Wear practiced last two days, little soreness. But overall he’s good.
Travis Wear had sinus infection on Sunday, missed practice Monday, practiced Tuesday.
Jerime Anderson bad head cold, will practice today.
Tyler Lamb knee tendonitis should practice today.