Tyger Campbell, Peyton Watson out for UCLA men’s basketball vs Arizona State
Another Bruins couple were hit before their game against the Sun Devils.
UCLA Men’s Basketball No. 12 (19-5, 11-4 Pac-12) will likely be without guard Tyger Campbell and guard/forward Peyton Watson for its game against Arizona State (10-15, 6 -9) Monday night, a UCLA Athletics spokesperson told All Bruins. This is the second game in a row in which two players in the rotation have been ruled out minutes before the tip.
On Saturday against Washington, it was guard Johnny Juzang — who suffered hip pain from an electric scooter accident — and forward Cody Riley on a scheduled day off. Both Juzang and Riley took the field for warm-ups and participated fully in the team shootout.
Campbell suffered a left shoulder injury on the first-ever possession against the Huskies, and although he returned for the remainder of that game, he did not participate in Monday’s warmups. He sat and watched the rest of his teammates shoot alongside Watson, who was struggling with a left knee injury he suffered late in that same game on Saturday.
The extent of the injuries is unknown, as are the diagnoses.
Campbell missed last Thursday’s game against Washington State due to a team rule violation, and it was the first time he wasn’t on UCLA’s starting lineup. since the 2019 Pac-12 tournament. Campbell had been out with a torn ACL that season, and while he’s been hurt a few times this year, those injuries hadn’t caused him to miss a game yet until Monday.
The Bruins’ pure point guard is averaging 11.7 points and a team-best 4.4 assists per game while shooting a career-high 42.5 percent from long range. Campbell led UCLA with 27 points against USC on Feb. 12, but followed that up with just six points and one assist against Washington due to a shoulder injury.
Cronin called the shoulder injury a “stinger” at Saturday’s post-match press conference, but admitted he hadn’t heard any official news from the coaches at the time.
Watson has also been injured over the past month, missing his team’s Feb. 8 game against Stanford with a right-left contusion. In his return, he played just three minutes against USC, then averaged 15.5 minutes per game over the weekend against Washington Schools 10 days out from injury.
In 14 minutes per game as a rookie this season, Watson is averaging 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds on team-worst shooting percentages of 29.6 percent from the field and 18.5 percent on 3. Watson has seen both his playing time and efficiency drop compared to his past. six appearances, averaging 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game since Jan. 29 while shooting 12.5 percent from the field and missing all five 3-point shots he has tried.
Campbell’s absence will impact the starting lineup, while Watson’s absence will affect the Bruins’ depth off the bench. Guard Jaylen Clark will start for the third straight game with Campbell out, sharing point guard duties with guard/forward Jaime Jaquez Jr. and guard Jules Bernard.
Riley, guard David Singleton and guard/forward Jake Kyman will be the main bench contributors for UCLA.
The last time the Bruins played the Sun Devils, Clark was the one who was unavailable.
UCLA and Arizona State are due to give a tip at 6:07 p.m. from Pauley Pavilion.