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UCLA basketball: Reeves Nelson practices

December 4, 2009 |  6:43 pm

Nelson_300 UCLA freshman Reeves Nelson, who hyperextended his right knee earlier this week, returned to practice Friday and is probable to start against top-ranked Kansas at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday.

The Bruins are relying on Nelson to fill at least some of the gap left by the unexpected departure of sophomore center Drew Gordon, who left the team on Tuesday.

So far this season, Nelson is averaging 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds in 14.8  minutes.

-- David Wharton

Photo: Bruins freshman Reeves Nelson scores inside against Kramer Knutson of Portland last week during the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center. Credit: Bret Hartman / For The Times