Wanaah Bail ruled academically ineligible, out for UCLA’s season

UCLA forward Wanaah Bail has been ruled academically ineligible and will sit out the remainder of the season, leaving an already thin Bruins roster with just two frontcourt reserves.

After an injury-riddled freshman year, Bail was averaging 1.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in nine minutes per game. He made 11 appearances as a sophomore, but saw his usage dwindle consistently: after playing a career-high 17 minutes in UCLA’s season opener, Bail’s minutes dropped to 15, 12 and 10 in the next three games.

He never played more than eight after Thanksgiving, and was a healthy scratch in the Bruins’ 87-74 loss to then-No. 9 Gonzaga on Dec. 13. He ended his season by playing eight minutes in an 83-44 blowout loss to No. 1 Kentucky.

There was little to like about Bail’s performance this year. Continue reading

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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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