UCLA Junior center/forward Alfred Aboya, who fractured his right orbital floor in the Bruins' win at home over Yale (Nov. 23), met with a specialist today and has been cleared to play on Wednesday when the Bruins host George Washington (Nov. 28). He will have a non-contact practice today and will return to full practice tomorrow with protective goggles. Freshman center Kevin Love practiced yesterday and is fine. He was also named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week today.
From the Pac-10 Release:
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – UCLA forward Kevin Love has been named the U.S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for November 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Love, a freshman from Lake Oswego, Ore., averaged over a double-double with 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds in the Bruins' three wins last weekend leading them to the CBE Classic championship while earning CBE Classic MVP honors. Against Maryland, Love scored 18 points while shooting 5-12 FGs and 1-2 3FGs. Love also added 16 rebounds, a UCLA freshman record, to help UCLA win 71-59. The previous record was held by Jelani McCoy and JaRon Rush with 15.
In the 68-63 win versus No. 10 Michigan State, Love posted 21 points and 11 rebounds, recording his third double-double of the season. He shot 6-15 FGs and 9-12 FTs in the first game this season involving two ranked teams. Against Yale, Love scored 15 points and added five rebounds in the 81-47 win.
This is the first weekly honor for Love and UCLA's 46th Player of the Week all-time.
2007-08 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the Week: Nov. 20 - Jon Brockman, Jr., F, WASH. Nov. 26 - Kevin Love, Fr., F, UCLA.
Additionally, UCLA, which was tied for first with North Carolina in last week's ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, is now alone in first place, just ahead of UNC. The Bruins remain in second in the Associated Press poll, just behind North Carolina.