UCLA guard Johnny Juzang reportedly clears COVID protocols ahead of Arizona rematch
Johnny Juzang is back.
The Bruins got great news on Wednesday. According to The Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch, the junior guard has cleared COVID protocols and will be available to play for UCLA when the Bruins take on No. 7 Arizona in Tucson on Thursday.
Johnny Juzang has been cleared to play against Arizona and Jaime Jaquez Jr. is a game-time decision with his ankle.
— Ben Bolch (@latbbolch) February 2, 2022
He last played on Jan. 25 when he scored 15 points to help power a 75-59 win over then-No. 3 Arizona at home. Prior to that performance, Juzang had reached 20 points in four straight and was shooting lights out from all over the court.
UCLA played well in his absence, though, leaning on defense as it got well-rounded performances from up and down the rotation. The Bruins followed up the win over Arizona with an 81-57 thrashing of Cal and then a 66-43 win over Stanford.
No doubt, however, Juzang is integral to what UCLA wants to do. As the Bruins have stormed to a 16-2 record and an 8-1 conference mark, Juzang’s shot-making has been major. He has scored in double-digits in all but one game so far this season and has topped 20 points six different times.
So far this season, Juzang is averaging 18.1 points per game through 16 contests. He’s shooting 45.6% from the field and 39.5 % from 3-point range, with an 83.7% clip at the free throw line. In addition, Juzang has averaged 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game so far.
The Bruins, now ranked No. 3 in the country, battle the Wildcats on Thursday at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN.