Forward Wanaah Bail undergoes left knee surgery, ruled out for first NCAA weekend

UCLA forward Wanaah Bail had surgery on his left knee today to remove torn cartilage, likely ending his first season with the Bruins.

The 6-foot-9 freshman only played 60 minutes this season, logging 41 of those in nonconference play. He had surgery to repair cartilage in the same knee last June, and reinjured it on Monday. The former three-star recruit had looked fully recovered after the early portion of the season, and showed impressive athleticism during practices.

Bail is officially ruled out for UCLA’s first weekend in the NCAA tournament, and is questionable to return at all in the postseason. Given how little coach Steve Alford used Bail this season, there is little sense in rushing him back even if the Bruins advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

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Wanaah Bail likely to debut for UCLA this week

UCLA forward Wanaah Bail be available for the Bruins’ Thursday game against Nevada, coach Steve Alford said this morning. The freshman had knee surgery in late June, and finally practiced with full contact for the first time last week.

A former three-star prospect in 2012, Bail is an athletic big man who adds depth to the frontcourt and provides another option in UCLA’s transition offense.

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Forwards Travis Wear, Wanaah Bail return to practice

Senior Travis Wear and freshman Wanaah Bail both returned to practice with contact Wednesday afternoon, giving UCLA an infusion of depth in its frontcourt.

Wear started 31 of 32 games last season, averaging 10.9 points and 5.2 rebounds. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward had an appendectomy on Oct. 28, and has yet to play this season. He said he felt ready to return sooner, but doctors gave him a strict three-week recovery timetable. Continue reading

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Freshman Noah Allen has surgery for facial fractures

UCLA forward Noah Allen had surgery for three fractures below his left eye this afternoon, coach Steve Alford said. The freshman suffered the injury in the last 34 seconds of Tuesday’s win over Oakland. There is currently no timetable for his return.

The 6-foot-6 wing played 11 minutes against the Golden Grizzlies, logging four points and five rebounds. He hit both his free throws after getting hit.

Senior forward Travis Wear is still on track for a potential Monday return against Sacramento State. He had an appendectomy on Oct. 28.

Freshman forward Wanaah Bail (knee) is projected to be out another 10-14 days.

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Forward Wanaah Bail happy to be at UCLA


In his first media appearance in UCLA colors, forward Wanaah Bail declined to talk about his reasons for leaving Texas Tech. The 6-foot-9 forward, still recovering from knee surgery, originally signed with Texas Tech in 2012 but left the school that summer.

He signed with the Bruins in June, and was cleared last week by the NCAA to play this season.

“I’m happy to be here,” Bail said. “I’ve got a great group of guys around me. I love the coaching staff. Let’s move forward.”

Work on handle a lot more and his shot. Feels comfortable shooting anywhere inside 20 feet. He said his knee feels good, but he is not certain when he will be cleared to practice.

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Forward Wanaah Bail eligible to play immediately

UCLA’s thin frontcourt received the big boost Tuesday afternoon.

The NCAA cleared freshman forward Wanaah Bail to play the 2013-14 season, clearing up a summer of doubt surrounding the former Texas Tech signee’s eligibility. The former three-star recruit adds depth to the Bruins three weeks away from the team’s Nov. 8 season opener against Drexel.

“We are grateful that this matter has come to a conclusion and are very happy for Wanaah,” head coach Steve Alford said in a statement. Continue reading

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Basketball notes: Steve Alford talks guard rotation, schemes


UCLA officially started practicing this past Saturday, and the first 15 minutes of Monday’s afternoon session was open to the media. The Bruins didn’t do anything intensive to start, but freshman Bryce Alford manned the point while Kyle Anderson did individual drills at the other end of the court.

Anderson said he’s playing a lot more point guard than he did under former head coach Ben Howland, estimating the increase at roughly 90 percent.

Other notes: Continue reading

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Wanaah Bail out four months after knee surgery

Freshman Wanaah Bail had surgery on his left knee to repair torn cartilage on June 28, UCLA announced today. The 6-foot-9 forward is expected to be out four months, a setback from what teammate Jordan Adams had predicted last week as a four-to-six week recovery window.

Bail’s eligibility for 2013-14 is still undetermined, the school said. The athletic forward, who originally signed to Texas Tech in 2012 but left soon after, would give the Bruins some athleticism in the frontcourt.

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UCLA officially signs forward Wanaah Bail

Forward Wanaah Bail has officially signed with UCLA, the school announced today. The top-150 2012 recruit visited and committed to the Bruins late last week.

The 6-foot-9 Bail — a prospect noted for his athleticism — had previously signed a letter of intent with Texas Tech, but left after briefly enrolling in summer school. UCLA said that Bail’s eligibility for the 2013-14 season has yet to be determined. Continue reading

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