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UCLA Basketball Loses Anthony Stover, But Probably Won't Miss Him

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Anthony Stover #0 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates a 60-47 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles at LA Sports Arena on December 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14: Anthony Stover #0 of the UCLA Bruins celebrates a 60-47 win over the Eastern Washington Eagles at LA Sports Arena on December 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The UCLA Bruins will now have to make do without Anthony Stover after he was dismissed from the program.

How big is Stover's loss? I'd say minimal based on Pomeroy's numbers ($).

  • Stover had the worst offensive production of any regular rotation Bruiin.
  • His defensive rebound rate on the floor barely surpassed Tyler Lamb's.
  • His assist to turnover rate was somewhere around 1 to 10.
  • He had a good free throw rate, but terrible free throw numbers (5 for 15)

The only thing UCLA might miss is his defensive presence and shot-blocking ability, but Stover was probably getting buried in a deep, deep rotation. Anthony Parker, the Wear twins and Josh Smith figure to be the regular rotation big men, and there was very little for Stover to do. I'd say that's a team you can battle with on the interior, although they probably are defensively handicapped compared to their solid offensive talents.

For what it's worth, Stover was one of the members of the UCLA basketball party squad mentioned in the now infamous Sports Illustrated article that discussed the failings within the confines of Ben Howland's program.

UCLA fans already seemed to have move on without too much angst.