LOS ANGELES -- UCLA forward De'End Parker is exploring the option of transferring to a school closer to his ailing mother in San Francisco, Bruins coach Ben Howland said Tuesday.
Parker, a 6-foot-6 junior transfer from City College of San Francisco, played in the first two games this season for UCLA, but has not played since because of a knee injury. His mother had heart surgery last year and needs assistance in daily living.
"I think that’s something that’s weighed heavily on his heart so I’m in full support of that," Howland said. "She needs someone to help take care of her so I’m hoping we can get that worked out."
Parker is still enrolled in classes at UCLA, Howland said, but has not been with the team for the last three games. He stayed at home over the Christmas break to be with his mother and because he played only two games, he is hoping to petition the NCAA for a redshirt year so he can play two more years after transferring.
Parker had eight points and two rebounds in his two games with the Bruins. Last season, he helped lead City College of San Francisco to the state title.