Thursday, December 2, 2021

UCLA fears Mac Etienne may be absent throughout the 2021-2022 season

In his first 17 seasons as head coach Mick Cronin lost only one player to anterior cruciate ligament rupture, Cincinnati Cashmere Wright he fell due to one of the most serious injuries in college basketball.

Now Cronin is faced with the prospect of losing a third player to this problem in just over 10 months.

Redshirt freshman forward McEtienne Cronin said Monday that he suspects a ruptured right knee ligament and the team is awaiting medical confirmation before making an official announcement.

“They are more than 90 percent of what they think,” Cronin said of doctors evaluating trauma.

If the injury is suspected, Etienne will be the second Bruin to lose in a season with a knee injury, behind a rookie defender. Will McClendon tore his knee ligament in September training. UCLA also lost a senior security guard Chris smith tore a ligament in his knee on December 31 last year, ending his last college season.

Etienne, 6’10, would probably be the second big off the bench this season, playing behind a likely starter. Cody Riley and top backup Miles Johnson… His injury will likely lead to a larger role for Kenneth Nvuba when the runner-up Bruins open the season Tuesday night at Pauley’s Pavilion v. California State Bakersfield.

Etienne added mid-season last year after leaving New England Prep School when the basketball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He started with the Bruins, mostly as a substitute, averaging 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game.

“It was a crazy experience,” Etienne said when he last spoke to reporters about joining the team in December. “I came here and didn’t expect to play. And then I got here and we started winning, and then we just kept winning and winning. And so we got to the Final Four.

“Towards the end of the tournament, I thought, ‘Wow, I’m so happy I dropped out of school to come and do this to experience this with all my teammates.’ “

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Elbow room

If you notice a faint bruise under the junior shooter Jake Keeman left eye, this was due to the wayward elbow from Johnson in Practice.

“I told Jake that these things sometimes have their own thoughts,” Johnson said of his elbows. “I’m not trying to offend anyone, but it just happened. Unfortunately, the bruise was so big, I know his girlfriend was really mad at me. “

Kiman said, “Here my whole eye was like purple, but over time it got better.”

Pep for hepatitis

Always CroninMick’s dad and the Bruins’ mascot during their Final Four were featured in the team’s pre-game video shown at Pauly’s Pavilion.

The video shows Hep shaking his hand, a signature gesture from last season’s NCAA tournament that helped him become something of a celebrity among college basketball fans.

“It’s really getting out of hand,” said Mick Cronin. “He will now only fly first class. It’s like he’s a top-rated actor right now, when he comes home he has to have his snacks in the room, it starts to get a little funny.

How to watch the UCLA season opening

AGAINST. CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD

When: eight.

Where: Pavilion Poli.

On air: TV: Pac-12 Network; Radio: 1150.

Update: Like the Bruins, the Roadrunners scored 100 points in their recent show win when they defeated San Diego Christian. This is where the similarities probably end. UCLA is expected to compete for a second Final Four appearance in a row, and Big West Conference coaches selected Bakersfield to finish in sixth place at the conference. Cronin touted the Roadrunners’ attacking prowess in rebounds after finishing last season in ninth place in that category with a 13.4 per game, but lost to center Ronna Reedus at prom. UCLA security guard Jaylen Clarke, who missed the show while recovering from a concussion, oversaw the early part of Monday’s workout and remains here day in and day out.

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