Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Afflalo Injures Left Foot, Out 6-8 Weeks

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA 6-5 junior guard Arron Afflalo, the Bruins' leading scorer from last season and a first-team All-Pacific-10 selection, has a left foot stress reaction, Bruin head coach Ben Howland announced Wednesday.

According to Howland, Afflalo has been experiencing pain in his left foot and an MRI revealed the injury. Afflalo is currently in a walking boot. Recovery for an injury of this type is normally six-to-eight weeks.

A co-captain, Afflalo led the team in scoring 18 times and had 11 contests of 20 or more points, including a career-high 27 at Arizona last January. He scored in double figures in 34 of 39 games.

"Arron will do everything necessary to rehab and protect (his left foot)," Howland said. "He is being treated and monitored by our sports medicine staff and we expect a full recovery."

After working out for several NBA teams during the offseason , Afflalo decided to remove his name from consideration in the NBA 2006 draft to return to UCLA.

The junior guard has been playing on the weekends in the Nike L.A. ProCity Summer League at West Los Angeles College.



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