Steve Alford told FanRag Sports that guard Prince Ali (knee) is probably out until mid or late December. The UCLA Bruins coach also said that center Ike Anigbogu (knee) could return either this week or next week.
Ali played in 29 games for the Bruins in 2015-16. He averaged 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game. The guard would go on to score in double figures in three games during the season. The guard is still recovering from knee surgery.
As for Anigbogu, the UCLA faithful are likely salivating at the mouth to see the big man’s return coming.
Anigbogu tore his right meniscus during practice last month. He was a top-60 recruit in the class of 2016. The tear required surgery and the initial timetable for his return was four-to-six weeks.
Despite being somewhat marred by injuries, UCLA still started the season 4-0.
The Bruins don’t play again until Nov. 24. That outing will be against the 3-0 Portland Pilots. The game is scheduled to air on ESPN2 with a tip of 11:00 PM Eastern.
After that, there’s a relatively decent break between games, as UCLA won’t play again until Nov. 30 against the UC Riverside Highlanders.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.