Monday was the last time Travis Wear won’t be wearing a uniform under his warm-ups.
UCLA’s starting power forward missed the first three games of the season after undergoing an appendectomy Oct. 28, but will return for Friday’s game against Morehead State. Indications were the senior could return Monday, but he is yet to practice with the team or endure contact drills.
“He’s been no contact,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “They way I understand it, it’s not something you gradually have to get back in. Because of the surgery, it’s basically a matter of days, or in his case, weeks, and then once that passes you’re free to go. He’s felt very, very good, but there’s a timetable we had to stick to.”
The preseason All-Pac-12 third-team selection started 31 of 32 games last season and averaged 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Freshman guard Noah Allen, who had surgery Thursday after sustaining multiple fractures to his face in a collision with 34 seconds left in a 31-point win over Oakland Nov. 12, will be out considerably longer.
“I would assume that would be a six-week deal,” Alford said. “Nobody’s given me a time table. He had successful surgery. He was by practice the other day and I told him ‘I hope the other guy looks worse.’ It was just one of those tough things. I say that kiddingly, obviously.”