UCLA’s Amari Bailey remains to be coping with lingering foot difficulty

Attempting to maintain its spot atop the Pac-12 Convention, UCLA will seemingly stay shorthanded in opposition to a workforce that likes to go deep into its bench.

Freshman guard Amari Bailey didn’t apply Tuesday as he continued his restoration from discomfort in his left foot that has sidelined him for almost a month, placing his availability unsure for the No. 5 Bruins’ recreation in opposition to Arizona State on Thursday night time at Desert Monetary Enviornment.

UCLA coach Mick Cronin stated Bailey was progressing in his try and return from the damage he suffered when Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe stepped on his foot final month. Bailey aggravated the foot 4 days later in opposition to UC Davis and has not performed since, sitting out the final 5 video games.

Cronin stated the damage was just like the stress response that former Bruins guard Johnny Juzang suffered in his foot that sidelined him for the primary 4 video games of the 2020-21 season.

“It’s not serious,” Cronin stated, “but it could be if you don’t let it calm down, so it’s just constant bone scans and all that type of stuff. … At UCLA, most of our players are going to have a post-UCLA career, so you have to be conservative with stuff like that.”

The Bruins’ fifth-leading scorer with averages of 9.5 factors and three.3 rebounds per recreation, Bailey had progressed to what Cronin described as an lively taking pictures session Monday. However the coach stated Bailey would wish to apply earlier than making his return in a recreation.

“I’m not going to put a guy in a game that I don’t think he’s ready,” Cronin stated. “You can’t go from no practices to playing in games, so how many would depend [on how he looked]. I would need to see.”

Senior guard David Singleton has began each recreation in Bailey’s absence, serving to the Bruins (16-2 general, 7-0 Pac-12) prolong their successful streak to 13 video games. However Cronin stated he would wish to get extra manufacturing out of reserves Will McClendon, Dylan Andrews, Abramo Canka, Kenny Nwuba and Mac Etienne in opposition to Arizona State (15-3, 6-1), whose rotation persistently goes 10 deep.

“Our starters are not going to be able to log and play the ironman-type minutes against Arizona State,” Cronin stated, “so those [reserves] are going to have to give us some quality minutes.”