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.

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.