UCLA freshman center Ike Anigbogu will miss the start of the 2016-17 season after suffering a torn meniscus.
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Blair Angulo of Bruin Report Online reported Anigbogu will miss four to six weeks of action after his knee surgery.
"We’re optimistic we’ll have him back in four weeks so not going to miss a lot," head coach Steve Alford said Tuesday, according to Angulo (h/t Travis Hines of College Basketball Talk). "The first three games probably."
The Bruins have a relatively easy start to the season with home games against Pacific, CS Northridge and San Diego.
While the timetable doesn't appear too long, the time missed could slow the development of a promising young prospect. Anigbogu was considered a 5-star recruit and the No. 17 overall player in the 2016 class by Scout. He is part of an elite incoming class for UCLA that also features 5-stars Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf.
The 6'10", 240-pound center has great length that allows him to rebound, block shots and finish chances inside.
In addition to Leaf, junior Thomas Welsh will see extra minutes in the frontcourt while Anigbogu is out.