New UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford got good news Tuesday afternoon.
Forward Wanaah Bail was ruled eligible by the NCAA. The 6’9, Houston, Texas native is recovering “from left knee surgery and hasn’t been cleared to return to practice. and he had surgery to repair torn cartilage on June 28 and was originally projected to miss four months.”
Bail was considered the 115h best overall prospect and the 28th best power forward in the class of 2012 by Rivals.com. Bail originally signed with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. After spending one semester with the Red Radiers, Bail left the program reportedly due to academic issues, but no one would surprised if it had something to do with the Red Radiers’ much-maligned head coach Billy Gillespie.
Bail chose the Bruins over the rival Southern Cal Trojans and the Miami Hurricanes.
College Basketball Talk via Bruins Nation had some very nice things to say about Bail’s potential impact.
Adding Bail would give UCLA an athletic piece who can help them on the defensive end of the floor. He’s a bit raw offensively, but head coach Steve Alford and his staff (which includes Ed Schilling, who is highly respected for his skill development work) can bring Bail along in that area.
The Bruins begin their season against Drexel on November 8.