Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/25/13
And then there were seven. UCLA's already slim rotation will be down a man on Saturday when the Bruins conclude their road trip to the Arizona schools at Arizona State at 1pm. Forward Travis Wear will not play after suffering a concussion in Thursday night's win at Arizona, head coach Ben Howland announced. Wear didn't miss a shot on Thursday finishing the game with six points and he also had two rebounds in 11 first half minutes before not being allowed to return in the second half in Tucson. Howland hinted walk-on Sooren Derboghosian could see some time with Wear being out. The true beneficiary of more minutes with Wear out of the lineup is Tony Parker. The freshman center had conference highs in minutes (10), points (6), field goals (2), and rebounds (3). UCLA fans have been crying out loud for more playing time for Parker. Whenever asked, Howland expressed his hope for more minutes to become available in the future. But, as the future met the present, it produced a string of nine consecutive games of single digit minutes for Parker, which was snapped on Thursday night in Tucson. Even with the transfer of Joshua Smith, playing time remained sparse for Parker. It didn't help that lingering back spasms stunted his progression as well. Parker has been about as impactful as a player can be playing the limited amount of minutes he's seen this season --6.8 minutes per game. Still, if those minutes are going to increase, Howland wants to see improvements in his defense. "It's always defense," Howland said. "If you can go into the game and hold your own defensively and do the job that makes such a huge difference." Parker should see more time than the 10 minutes he saw Thursday night when the Bruins face the size of the Sun Devils, which includes seven-footers Jordan Bachynski and Ruslan Peteev. Following the win at Arizona, Howland told Parker he'd get an opportunity to play more minutes and that he wanted him to build on the success he had Thursday night. "I'm excited for him," Howland said. "I thought he did a great job."
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