Wanaah Bail's impact on the Bruins upcoming season.

10/17/13 in NCAABB   |   D_Haugh   |   0 respect

Wanaah Bail (left) at practice with coach Duane Broussard (photo by Don Liebig).On Monday Steve Alford got some much needed frontcourt depth with the addition of forward Wanaah Bail (6'8'' 220) for the fast approaching 2013-2014 season. Bail provides depth to a rather small Bruin frontcourt, last season UCLA finished 7th in the Pac 12 in total rebounds per game lacking a true rebounding-block specialist. UCLA brings back the Wear twins who are entering their senior year and a noticeably slimmer Tony Parker to round out Alford's frontcourt. The Bahamian born Bail who was the 89th rated prospect in ESPN's Top 100 Class of 2012 was originally recruited by Billy Gillispie and Texas Tech, but was part of 15 players and coaches that left the program when Gillispie resigned due to health concerns and the cloud of white smoke that was building around his program over player treatment concerns. 
The left handed Bail will be a very interesting option for Alford, his ability to run the floor and knock down the 12-to-16 foot jumper will benefit him In Alford's up-tempo motion offense. UCLA often found themselves awfully thin in the post last season due to injuries and foul trouble. Alford has been known to run a nine to ten man rotation so Bail will see a good amount of minutes this season with the Bruins being deeper at the wing positions. Bail's arrival also has an impact on the talented point-forward Kyle Anderson, who was used often in the post on defense due to the lack of depth up front. Bail should allow Alford to use Anderson more efficiently on defense because of Anderson's importance on offense in large part to his nifty ball handling, passing skills, and the Bruins youth at the point guard position. Bail is still two to three weeks away from participating in practice as he had surgery at the end of June to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. With Pac 12 favorite Arizona adding freshmen Aaron Gordon to the mix that includes forward Brandon Ashley and center Kaleb Tarczewski, Bail's eligibility might make Coach Alford sleep a little easier at night. 
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