It has been kind of a tough few days for UCLA basketball as last week, in-coming freshmen Jonah Bolden, was declared ineligible and today it came out that, according to The Coloradoan, Colorado State transfer and potential starting point guard Jon Octeus, has been denied admission to UCLA. Octeus had announced in June that he would transfer to UCLA with one more year of eligibility left, but today, that has indeed changed.
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At Colorado State, Octeus averaged 13.4 points, 2.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game and helped the Rams to a 16-16 overall record.
For UCLA, they are now running a little thin in the backcourt as were the fears before Octeus joined in June. As of now, the Bruins have guards Noah Allen, Bryce Alford, Isaac Hamilton and Norman Powell on scholarship. As for the eligible big men, UCLA has Wanaah Bail, Gyorgy Goloman, Kevon Looney, Tony Parker and Thomas Welsh on the roster. There is some talent there, but also a lot of unknowns as Alford, Powell and Parker are the only ones that played serious minutes last season.
The good news is, there will not be a log jam for minutes. The bad news is UCLA does not get the experience Octeus would have provided having already played two full years. As for Bolden, he remains on scholarship, but must sit out this year.
There is still plenty of time before the season starts November 14 at Pauley Pavilion against Montana State, but head Coach Steve Alford needs to get to work to try to make something out of a whole lot of unknown.
Here is the updated roster for UCLA Basketball:
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