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David and Travis Wear will leave North Carolina; is UCLA a possible destination?

May 6, 2010 |  9:56 am


David and Travis Wear, 6-foot-10 freshmen basketball players at North Carolina who were standouts at Santa Ana Mater Dei, are leaving the school and will transfer, their father, David Sr., said Thursday morning.

UCLA could become the favorite to land the twins if Coach Ben Howland is still interested, which is likely since the Bruins have two scholarship openings on their roster. David Sr. said he could not comment on possible schools until the boys gain their release but indicated, "I would imagine UCLA would be interested."

UCLA recruited the twins until they decided on North Carolina. They will have to sit out next season after transferring.

David injured his hip last season at North Carolina but has been undergoing rehab and should be at 100% in another month, his father indicated. Travis averaged 3.5 points, playing in 32 of 37 games. David averaged 2.9 points, playing in 27 games. Both were McDonald's All-Americans.

As for why they are leaving, David Sr. cited "geographic issues" being on the East Coast that created challenges.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Travis and David Wear. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times.