Wednesday, March 08, 2006

UCLA Men's Basketball Injury Update (3/8)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Senior forward Cedric Bozeman continues to play effectively for the Bruins despite playing with discomfort and pain.

"Ced is playing with a torn labrum and tendinitis in his knee.", UCLA head coach Howland said, "He couldn't go through a walk-through at practice the other day because of the pain. He's really stepped up and played well for us - I'm very proud of him."

In the past two weeks, freshman Alfred Aboya has not participated in practices for fear of re-aggravating his groin injury.

"We really need Alfred for the (NCAA) tournament." Howland said, "We'll let him practice somewhat today."

But trying to keep Aboya from going all out during practice is something easier said than done.

"Alfred is the only player," Howland said, "I've ever had to tell during a walk-through that if he went any faster than 70% he'd be out (of practice)."

Sophomore center Lorenzo Mata participated in his first practice yesterday with the team since injuring his knee back in January.

"We'll see how he goes today," Howland said, "he'll play limited minutes in practice but I don't expect much more from Lorenzo this year."



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