As if this year couldn’t get more frustrating, the Bruins’ true freshman point guard Tyger Campbell tore the ACL in his left knee during practice on Sunday evening.
UCLA point guard Tyger Campbell sustained a torn ACL in practice Sunday and will be out for the season. Huge blow to the Bruins.— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) October 9, 2018
The 6’0” point guard from Cedar Rapids, Iowa was slated to take over for former stud PG Aaron Holiday and he was poised to make his presence felt this season. However, head coach Steve Alford will now have to rely on sophomore Jaylen Hands to do the ball-handling for the Bruins this season. Hands is now the only healthy point guard UCLA has on the depth chart. Yikes.
This is an absolute devastating blow for the Bruins, who have now lost their third player for an extended period of time before they have even played in an exhibition game. The former four-star recruit even reclassified to join the 2018 class and finished high school at La Lumiere where Tyger led them to a 23-4 record.
This hurts the Bruins in more ways than one, as Campbell is a very versatile passer and scorer. Now that the Bruins practically have no depth and we should expect heavy minutes for each guard on the roster going forward. Without Shareef O’Neal, Alex Olesinski, and now Tyger Campbell, this season’s outlook is already looking bleak for head coach Steve Alford and the Bruins.