Freshman Trevor Ariza To Miss Two Weeks Because Of Spontaneous Pneumothorax Medical Diagnosis

Nov. 28, 2003

UCLA freshman Trevor Ariza, who started the Bruins' two exhibition games, will miss the next two weeks because of a medical diagnosis of spontaneous pneumothorax (the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs).

Ariza, a 6-7, 194-pounder who in 2003 was a second-team Parade Magazine All-American and led Westchester HS to its second consecutive CIF Div. I State title, is an asthmatic. On Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), he was pulled from practice because of pain (upper back, left side), with activity, while breathing (at the time, it was not considered a serious situation). On Friday, Ariza was examined at the UCLA Medical Center, diagnosed and released.

Ariza will miss at least four games - Saturday in the Bruins' season home opener vs. Vermont (5 p.m.) in Pauley Pavilion; Wednesday, Dec. 3 vs. UC Riverside in Pauley Pavilion; Saturday, Dec. 6 vs. nationally-ranked Kentucky in the Wooden Classic at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim and Saturday, Dec. 13 vs. Loyola Marymount in Pauley Pavilion.

"We all feel for Trevor and his family," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "We're thankful it was caught early and he'll return to practice in a couple of weeks. Trevor's done a great job for us. In our two exhibition games, he was our most productive player. We will miss Trevor. But the most important issue is his health. We're going to err on the side of caution and make sure Trevor's completely well before he returns to practice."

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Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
L, 77 - 80
Sunday, Nov 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
W, 77 - 45
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 25 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA