With the status of UCLA freshman forwards Reeves Nelson (left eye surgery) and Brendan Lane (left ankle sprain) in doubt for Thursday night's game against Oregon State, little-used sophomore center J'mison Morgan instantaneously becomes more important.
Morgan (also known as "Bobo") is a former five-star recruitwho has yet to make an impact in Westwood. In other words, when questioning whether or not coach Ben Howland has whiffed on the evaluation and projection of some current players, look no further than Bobo.
Morgan made his only shot attempt in Saturday's ugly loss at Washington and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes. He is a solid shot-blocker, but the fact that both Nelson and Lane have passed him in Howland's rotation can't be overlooked.
Sure, Morgan has trimmed down since he first arrived from Dallas, Texas, but should it really take nearly two years to learn a defensive scheme?
If Nelson and Lane are unable to take the floor Thursday, we'll get a good look at Morgan. What he'll do with the increase in minutes is anyone's guess.