Former North Carolina forward Travis Wear had a very solid, but under the radar first year campaign for the UCLA Bruins in 2011-12 after averaging 11.5 points and 6 rebounds and looks poised for an even better year next season. And scouts are taking notice. The 6'10" junior, more of an inside force than his twin brother David, dominated the weaker Chinese competition in three blowouts from the UCLA Bruins summer trip. He led the team in scoring and rebounds, putting forth one double-double and two other close performances: one game with 12 points and 12 rebounds, a game with 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting) with 5 boards and a final match with 19 points. His strength is clearly in his rebounding, post offense and ability to share the ball. Although Travis Wear only averaged 0.4 assists as a sophomore, he did manage to dish out 2+ per game in the summer trip.
At the juncture, top big man recruit, Tony Parker, has not been deemed eligible, and returning veteran Joshua Smith has plenty to prove.
While we aren't on board with Wear skyrocketing up team's NBA Draft boards just yet, we are mentioning Travis Wear as a national breakout candidate for the upcoming 2012-13 season for UCLA.