UCLA's Men's Basket Ball Hurting: Drew Gordon, Tyler Honeycutt Injured

w jContributor IJune 17, 2009

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 4:  Drew Gordon #0 of the UCLA Bruins dunks against the USC Trojans on February 4, 2009 at Pauley Pavillion in Westwood, California.   UCLA won 76-60.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

More Bad News For UCLA.

6'8" freshman power forward Drew Gordon, who played 10.8 mpg with 3.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 2009, partially tore his patella tendon yesterday, Tuesday, June 16. Gordon was playing in the USA U19 tryouts in Colorado when the injury occured.

Five-Star wing and 2009's No. 12 ranked high school recruit Tyler Honeycutt fractured his back in an Academic All American Classic game on May ninth when he was undercut while he was jumping. Doctors have said he needs to rest for a couple of months, so Honeycutt is unsure if he will be ready for practise in mid-October. Honeycutt will attend summer classes at UCLA so that he can get access to UCLA's trainers.

UCLA's first game will be on November 17 against Cal State Fullerton.

The Bruins were desperate to restock their lineup and were expected to rely extensively on the talents of Gordon and Honeycutt. Departures of starters All American guard Darren Collison, All Pac 10 freshman guard Jrue Holiday, senior center Alfred Aboya, and No. 12 Pac 10 career scorer senior wing Josh Shipp had left only one starter for the 2009-10 season, junior forward Nikola Dragovic.