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UCLA’s Prince Ali, Alex Olesinski to redshirt 2016-17 basketball season

Sophomore Prince Ali is officially redshirting the season. The forward underwent surgery this past summer and hadn’t appeared in a game yet this season. (Daily Bruin file photo)

By TuAnh Dam

Jan. 4, 2017 6:57 p.m.

Prince Ali and Alex Olesinski have decided to redshirt the 2016-17 season as announced by UCLA on Wednesday evening.

Neither player appeared in a game yet this season, but have resumed practicing with the No. 4 Bruins (14-1, 1-1 Pac-12).

Ali underwent surgery this summer to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The sophomore guard averaged 3.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 11.8 minutes per game last year as UCLA finished 15-17.

Olesinski, a sophomore from New Mexico, has been out with a stress reaction in his left foot since early November.

The forward averaged 1.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per game last season.

Even with Olesinski and Ali unable to play until next season, the Bruins still have more depth on the bench than in recent years with eight players getting regular minutes.

UCLA will face Cal (10-4, 1-1 Pac-12) on Thursday evening in their first conference home game of the season.

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TuAnh Dam | Alumna
Dam joined the Bruin as a sophomore in 2014 and contributed until after she graduated in 2017. She was the Sports editor for the 2016-2017 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, gymnastics, women's water polo, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf beats.
Dam joined the Bruin as a sophomore in 2014 and contributed until after she graduated in 2017. She was the Sports editor for the 2016-2017 academic year and spent time on the football, men's basketball, gymnastics, women's water polo, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf beats.
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