LOS ANGELES -- UCLA freshman center Tony Parker had his best performance in quite some time when he had eight points, three rebounds a block and a steal Sunday against USC. He made 4-of-7 shots and played 17 minutes -- the most he has played since Dec. 15 against Prairie View A&M.
Parker compiled all of those stats in 14 first-half minutes, however. In the second half, he only played four minutes and said he needed to become more consistent to say he had a good game.
"I don't want to say a game, I'd say a half," he said. "I played a good first half, but other than that I didn't really play very well at all so I just have to put two halves together and try to play hard for my team."
He should get plenty of opportunities again on Wednesday against Arizona State. Travis Wear sat out Sunday because of a sprained foot and his absence opened the opportunity for Parker, who had been playing sparingly in recent weeks. Wear is again doubtful to play against Arizona State.
"I know he's excited about his opportunity right now and it's going to continue,” coach Ben Howland said. "What he gives us is the physicality inside. He's banging bodies and that's what we need him to do. I'm really pleased with how he's developing over the course of the season and I thought that he showed really good minutes for us on Sunday."