UCLA basketball’s Stover dismissed from team

It appeared the UCLA men’s basketball team would be deep at all positions heading into the 2012-13 season after stockpiling the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.

On Monday, they got a little thinner. Center Anthony Stover was dismissed from the team for failure to meet NCAA eligibility requirements, the school announced.

Stover appeared in 28 games last season as a redshirt sophomore. A defensive specialist, Stover averaged 1.4 blocks in 8.4 minutes per game. He led the team with 39 blocked shots.

“We are very disappointed that Anthony has not met his academic requirements,” said UCLA head coach Ben Howland in a statement. “We had high expectations for him, and we were looking forward to getting increased contributions from him during this coming season.”

Before last season started, Stover suffered a partial cartilage tear in his shoulder. It was an injury he played with for the entire season. Last April, he underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

The Bruins signed the No. 1 class in the country, led by arguably the top player in the country, Shabazz Muhammad. Joining Muhammad is Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Tony Parker.

Stover was expected to provide some depth up front with his defensive prowess, behind the Wear Twins, Joshua Smith and Parker.

The Bruins will quickly see what life is like without Stover. They will be taking a preseason trip to China later this month.

Stover, meanwhile, expressed his disappointment on his Twitter account.

“Thank you for all the support and I apologize to all those I’ve disappointed,” Stover tweeted. “Most of all I would like to apologize to my coaching staff, teammates and all of #bruinnation please forgive me.”

The Bruins will open the season in the new Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 9 against Indiana State.