Tuesday, January 24, 2006

UCLA Men's Basketball Injury Update (1/24)

Red-shirt senior Cedric Bozeman was cleared by physicians today to begin practicing with the team. He is expected to play in the upcoming road trip against Oregon and Oregon St., although he will be limited to 8-10 minutes of play per half.

Bozeman, who missed last season with a knee injury, had started 11 games this season before injuring his shoulder and has been out for the last six games.

He was averaging 10.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and shooting 53% from the field. Bozeman had also been one of the Bruin's best on-ball defenders (i.e. think Bozeman on Gansey).

The return of Bozeman gives UCLA, a team devastated by injuries this year, a much needed boost to their roster. Prior to his shoulder injury, the multi-talented Bozeman had played every position on the floor except for the center position.

In other news, Darren Collison injured his ankle in Saturday's game (x-rays negative). He did not practice Monday and Tuesday but may practice tomorrow and play in Thursday's game

The Bruins visit the Oregon Ducks in Eugene on Thursday, and then travel to Corvalis to take on the Oregon State Beavers Saturday.


(photo credit: AP)


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