Youngest Gasol brother walks on at UCLA
AUG 17, 2012 7:40p ET
Adria Gasol, the 18-year-old younger brother of Pau and Marc, is currently enrolled in summer school classes at UCLA and will be a walk-on for the Bruins in 2012-13, a school official confirmed Friday.
But Gasol will not be traveling with the team to China for its exhibition tour later this month.
Adria's path in basketball has been much different than his brothers.
Pau ditched dreams of a career in medicine after having early success on the hardwood. As an 18-year-old, Pau was starring for FC Barcelona before eventually being drafted third overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks.
Marc was a second-round draft pick of the Lakers in 2007.
His rights were later traded to Memphis for his brother Pau in 2008.
Adria picked up the game of basketball later than his brothers, reportedly preferring baseball at an early age.
He didn’t have quite the same prep career as Marc at Lausanne Collegiate in Memphis. Marc averaged 26.2 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 5.9 blocks in leading his team to a state championship as senior. (Marc later had his No. 33 retired by the school.)
Adria, on the other hand, played just two years at Lausanne before a return to Spain.
Although he’s 6-10 with sensational bloodlines, he’s not expected to be a major contributor for the Bruins. His growth in the game was slowed by knee injuries sustained while still living in Memphis.
If he does contribute, he’ll be quite the steal for Ben Howland and the Bruins frontcourt.
This offseason, Anthony Stover was dismissed from the team for academic reasons and through two seasons, Joshua Smith hasn’t been able to average more than 21 minutes a game. Travis Wear was forced to play a lot of minutes at center last season. Incoming freshman Tony Parker has been compared to Smith because of his size.
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