Update on Basketball Injuries & Recruiting

UCLA is dealing with an unprecedented amount of pre-season injuries, the most recent to Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar. Also, it looks like a strong possibility that UCLA could add another signee to the class of 2006.

Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar won't play in the exhibition on Friday against Carleton.

Farmar's groin strain reprtedly is feeling much better but the UCLA coaching staff believes there is no reason to rush him back for an exhibition game. If it were, say, the beginning of the actual season, he'd be playing, but since it's an exhibition he'll sit it out.

Sophomore shooting guard Arron Afflalo is closer to returning, with his quadricep injury being less serious. He hasn't practiced this week and won't practice Wednesday, but there is a chance he could play Friday.

Freshman post Alfred Aboya is recovering from the arthroscopic procedure on his knee on Oct. 12th. He participated in practice some Tuesday, mostly in some light team drills. It could still, though, be a couple of weeks before he's ready to play completely. His return could even, conservatively, be after Thanksgiving and the Pre-Season NIT.

Senior center Mike Fey continues to receive treatment and rehab for the groin strain he suffered four weeks ago. UCLA had said previously he might return to practice lightly this week, but that doesn't look like it will happen and there is no time frame on when he will return.

Recruiting Update:

It's looking like a strong possibility that UCLA could add to the class of 2006 with a foreign player.

He is said to be a skilled 6-9 post that weighs about 230.

Reportedly, his academics are in good shape, but he needs to take the SAT or the ACT and then get through the NCAA Clearing House.

There aren't many college programs that are aware of this prospect, and reportedly he likes UCLA and wants to be in Westwood.

For the class of 2006, UCLA already has a commitment from 6-8 power forward James Keefe, from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita, who is considered a top 30 national prospect.

Keefe will sign his National Letter of Intent next Wednesday, November 9th, the first day of basketball's early signing period.

With the early signing period lasting just a week, it's believed the foreign recruit will almost certainly have to wait to sign his NLI until the spring signing period in April.

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