Oct. 6, 1999
LOS ANGELES -UCLA sophomore forward Matt Barnes has been declared academically ineligible for the current fall quarter. He will miss at least four regular-season games that take place during the fall quarter.
Barnes, a 6-7, 229-pounder, is from Citrus Heights and attended Del Campo HS. Fall quarter started on Sept. 30 with final exams scheduled between Dec. 13-17. During that time, he will be allowed to practice with the Bruins and he can participate in UCLA's Basketball Preview Day, an intrasquad game on Sat., Nov. 6 in Pauley Pavilion. But Barnes cannot play in UCLA's exhibition or regular-season games during the fall quarter.
At the conclusion of Fall Quarter final exams, Barnes' academic status will be re-evaluated. If Barnes is eligible after fall quarter, he could play in some (or all) of UCLA's eight games between fall and winter quarter (depending on when his eligibility is restored). Winter quarter starts on Jan. 10.
As a freshman in 1998-99, Barnes appeared in 30 of UCLA's 31 games, started on eight occasions and averaged 13.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds,