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Youngest Gasol set to be walk-on at UCLA

Adria Gasol, younger brother of NBA All-Stars Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, has enrolled in college at UCLA and plans to walk-on with the Bruins basketball team this season.

So what does this development mean?

Probably not much in the immediate future because the youngest Gasol isn't really heralded despite the fact that he's 6-foot-10 and, you know, named Gasol. But let me say this: I live in Memphis and once watched a fat kid named Marc Gasol play high school basketball, and, back then, I had no idea I was looking at a future franchise center. Nobody did. So these Gasols can be difficult to project. That's my point.

"He picked up basketball a little late," Marc Gasol, who now plays for the Memphis Grizzlies, told NBA.com in 2010. "It all depends on how much he loves the game and wants to play."

Which begs the question: Is Adria Gasol playing basketball because he wants to play basketball or because he's tall and named Gasol? I suppose it's impossible to know at this point. But, either way, it'll be fun to follow the development of Adria Gasol -- who is now the nation's most famous walk-on at one of the nation's most notable programs.


Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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