Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Wear twins transferring to UCLA
By Arash Markazi and Diamond Leung ESPN.com
Highly touted twins David and Travis Wear signed scholarship agreements with UCLA on Tuesday morning after transferring from North Carolina nearly three weeks ago, their father, Dave Wear, told ESPN.com.
The Wear brothers each averaged 10 or more minutes per game as freshmen at North Carolina.
"The boys have committed to going to UCLA," Wear said. "We've signed and sent the paperwork."
The Long Beach Press-Telegram first reported the news.
Calling it a "double-bonus," UCLA coach Ben Howland said he was elated to land the 6-foot-10 forwards.
"I've always thought the world of them, both as players and as young men," said Howland, adding he knows the twins well enough to tell them apart.
"There's no place as nice as living in Southern California. That to me is a no-brainer. You don't really learn that until you live in other parts of the country. I know they're really going to be happy being back home, close to their family, close to their friends, close to their girlfriends, close to the Mater Dei program."
The twins, who reside in Huntington Beach, Calif., and were McDonald's All-Americans in high school, were close to committing to UCLA out of powerhouse Mater Dei High School but chose North Carolina instead. The twins and their father would not say why they felt that UNC was not a good fit.
"I'm not going to go down that pathway," Dave Wear said. "They had their year at Carolina and at the end of that year they felt they didn't want to return."
Dave Wear notified North Carolina coach Roy Williams of his sons' intentions to transfer May 5. Williams said at the time that the twins' request for their scholarship releases "came as a complete surprise."
Wear said UCLA was one of many high-profile programs that reached out to the family after his sons' decision.
"They just felt it was a good opportunity for them to go into a program where they can continue to grow their skills and be in a topflight program and continue their education at a very good university," Wear said. "When they left [North Carolina] there was really no predetermined school.
"At the time they came home we just wanted to see what kind of interest would be there for them, and obviously UCLA was a very interesting opportunity for us being so close to home. ... It was good to know that there was still a high level of interest from UCLA."
"They love UCLA," the twins' mother, Gloria Wear, told ESPN.com's Diamond Leung. "Great school, great coach, great program. Why would they want to leave home?"
The brothers each averaged 10 or more minutes per game as freshmen at Chapel Hill. Travis averaged 3.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while Davis contributed 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds a game.
"They're going to get better and better because of their work ethic and drive to be great," Howland said.
The twins have three years of eligibility remaining and should provide a frontcourt presence for the Bruins after redshirting the coming season due to transfer rules. Both are planning to enroll in the first summer school session at UCLA.
"The boys are very excited to have been considered by two of the best schools in the country and to commit to UCLA now," Dave Wear said. "It's an exciting day for them. With being close to home and being back in Southern California and being in the UCLA program, it's an exciting time for our family and UCLA."
Arash Markazi is a writer and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Diamond Leung covers college basketball for ESPN.com.