The 2020-21 season has not ended the best way Chris Smith thought it will after he opted to return to the UCLA Bruins for yet another season as a substitute of getting into the 2020 NBA Draft this previous summer season.
Smith tore his ACL in his left knee throughout the victory over Utah this previous week and can miss the rest of the season.
“After talking with our group docs and medical workers, I’m assured that Chris will make a fast and full restoration,” head coach Mick Cronin mentioned. “Clearly, he’s very upset and his teammates really feel for him. Everybody at UCLA will assist Chris by means of this, and I do know that he’ll work relentlessly to be again to 100%.”
Smith was averaging 12.6 factors, 6.4 rebounds and a couple of.0 assists per sport this season, however definitely has been inconsistent this season. In fact, his loss got here after he had scored 16 factors and appeared to search out his groove in opposition to Utah.
Jules Bernard turns into a much bigger a part of the Bruins assault this season and he scored 13 factors coming off the bench in opposition to Utah. He logged 36 minutes in opposition to Colorado and scored 12 factors with seven rebounds in a extra expanded function.
With Smith now gone, the Pac-12 is extra open than largely anticipated. Oregon is at present the one group within the convention that sports activities a prime 25 rating whereas the Arizona Wildcats have the most effective total group report at 9-1. Arizona, although, might be banned from the postseason this 12 months after their troubles this offseason.
UCLA and Oregon are the lone groups and not using a blemish on their Pac-12 report after UCLA defeated Colorado 65-62 on Saturday. UCLA performs Arizona State subsequent on January 7 at 7:30 pm.