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UCLA guard undergoes successful knee surgery

Kentucky v UCLA

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Prince Ali #5 of the UCLA Bruins dunks over Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats during an 87-77 UCLA win at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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UCLA will be without sophomore guard Prince Ali for the next few months as he underwent successful knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The 6-foot-3 Ali is expected to be re-evaluated in four months, which would mean he might miss some time to begin the season since that would put that in mid-November.

An explosive guard who appeared in 29 games as a freshman, Ali averaged 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game playing in 11.1 minutes per contest. Since UCLA has so many backcourt options for next season with the return of Isaac Hamilton, Bryce Alford and Aaron Holiday, plus the addition of five-star point guard Lonzo Ball, this isn’t the biggest loss for the Bruins’ rotation early in the year.

Ali is going to have to play catch-up to earn minutes in that crowded and talented backcourt but he was once regarded as a four-star recruit out of high school and he has the upside to be a factor in the Pac-12 if he’s healthy.