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Another injury at UCLA as forward Cody Riley sidelined after hurting jaw

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UCLA will have to deal with another injury to its roster as the school confirmed an Associated Press report that forward Cody Riley will miss time with an injured jaw.

The 6-foot-9 Riley is expected to miss at least the first three weeks of the season after suffering the injury during Wednesday’s practice. A redshirt freshman who missed all of last season after being involved in UCLA’s Chinese shoplifting scandal, Riley is expected to be a key frontcourt piece for the Bruins this season.

UCLA is already dealing with season-ending dilemmas with freshman big man Shareef O’Neal and freshman guard Tyger Campbell while junior forward Alex Olesinski is also out after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in late September.

With Riley now being sidelined as well, UCLA’s frontcourt — which at one point looked like it might be a deep group this season — is starting to look thin. Now that Riley, Olesinski and O’Neal are out, the Bruins will turn to freshmen big men like Moses Brown and Jalen Hill while another freshman, Kenneth Nwuba, might also be forced into early action. Sophomore wings like Kris Wilkes and Chris Smith could also slide to the four if UCLA wants to throw some smaller and quicker guard-oriented lineups on the floor.

Riley (and also Olesinski) should be able to make a full recovery before conference season begins as UCLA opens its regular season with four straight mid-major programs. The Bruins face their first major test of the season on Nov. 22 when they face Michigan State in Las Vegas in the opener of the two-game Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Five-star 2017 recruit Cody Riley breaks backboard with powerful missed dunk

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Cody Riley is a top-15 player in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals.

The 6-foot-7 power forward displayed some high-level skills earlier this week at the 2015 Maranatha Summer Block Party. The star prospect from Sierra Canyon High (California) blew past two defenders up the floor before rising up for a one-handed dunk. Riley didn’t get the two points, but he did come down with the rim, shattering the backboard.

Riley currently holds offers from Arizona, Kansas, Maryland and USC.

POSTERIZED: UNLV commit Derrick Jones throws one down with force (VIDEO)

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After putting together a recruiting class led by Rashard Vaughn that was ranked the fifth best in the country by Rivals.com, UNLV has received commitments from two four-star prospects in the Class of 2015 in guard Jaylen Poyser and forward Derrick Jones. This week Jones and his Archbishop Carroll (Pennsylvania) teammates are playing in the prestigious City of Palms Classic in Florida, and Friday morning they took on a Sierra Canyon (California) team that includes five-star 2017 power forward Cody Riley.

Jones and Riley had a meeting at the summit of sorts during the game, and as you can see in the video above put together by Home Team Sports it was Jones who got the upper hand. The good news for Riley: he and his teammates, who include four-star 2016 point guard Devearl Ramsey, got the 59-55 win.

H/T Hoopseen