J'mison Morgan out for 2-3 weeks

Chalk up another setback for the UCLA men's basketball team.

Sophomore center J'mison 'Bobo' Morgan will be out two to three weeks with a partially torn quadriceps muscle in his right leg, a UCLA spokesperson announced Wednesday afternoon. Morgan suffered the injury during Tuesday's practice.

Morgan's injury is another blow to an already thin UCLA front court. The Bruins lost sophomore Drew Gordon when he and coach Ben Howland mutually agreed on his exit from the program. Gordon was UCLA's starting center and leading rebounder at the time.

True freshman forward Reeves Nelson has held strong since Gordon's departure, but his inexperience is apparent. Senior forward James Keefe has also visited the training room, as he dislocated his left shoulder during a game in mid-December.

Morgan, a 6-foot, 10-inch center from Dallas, Texas, has seen limited playing time (7.8 minutes per game) as a backup this season.

Rated a five-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of high school, Morgan initially showed up to campus in bad shape physically. He worked hard to shed some weight this past summer, but has been passed by Nelson and freshman Brendan Lane for playing time.

Morgan is only averaging two points per game, so UCLA doesn't lose much offensive production.

The injury to Morgan probably means senior forward Keefe's minutes will increase. Keefe had started seven games at power forward prior to his shoulder injury.