UCLA assistant says Jaime Jaquez Jr. is looking like his old self after ankle injury
Jaime Jaquez Jr. dealt with nagging ankle injuries all of last season, and it required surgery once the year ended. Jaquez was fully cleared for a return to all basketball-related activities in late August. With the Bruins starting up practice, Jaquez apparently hasn’t missed a beat.
According to The L.A. Times’ Ben Bolch, UCLA assistant coach Rod Palmer said earlier this week that Jaquez hasn’t missed a single rep in practice and is looking 100% as the season sits just a month away.
UCLA assistant coach Rod Palmer on Jaime Jaquez Jr.: “You wouldn’t know he had an ankle problem. He’s never out of a rep in practice, he’s practicing every day, he’s going as hard as Jaime Jaquez goes.”
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) October 4, 2022
Jaquez was one of the five finalists for the Julius Erving Award last season, given to the nation’s top small forward. He helped the Bruins to a 27-8 record and nearly to a Pac-12 title.
The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13.9 points, 5.7 boards, and 2.3 assists a game while shooting 47% from the field and 76% from the free throw line. In seven games played during the month of March, Jaquez averaged 18 a game. He scored 20 points on seven different occasions, even reaching 30 in a road contest with Washington on Feb. 28.
He’s a two-time league All-Defensive Team honoree and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors this past season. He figures to be the centerpiece of a team many consider the favorites in the Pac-12.
UCLA opens the season on Nov. 7 at home against Sacramento State.