Nov. 9, 1999
LOS ANGELES - UCLA's two exhibition games, both in Pauley at 7:30 p.m., are on Wed., Nov. 10 vs. Kraitene, a club team from Marijampole, Lithuania (replacing the Chinese National Team) and Thurs., Nov. 18 vs. the California Midwest All-Stars.
The Bruins' 1999-2000 regular-season opener, in Pauley Pavilion, will be Tues., Nov. 23 in a doubleheader with the Bruin women. The women will play Texas at 6 p.m. and the men's game vs. Fairfield will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.
Junior guard Todd Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Monday, Oct. 18 and will miss at least 12 weeks of practice. The three-and-one-half hour procedure, to stabilize the joint and repair a cartilage team, was performed at the UCLA Medical Center by UCLA team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
Sophomore forward/guard Matt Barnes is academically ineligible for the fall quarter. He can participate in Preview Day, but not in the two exhibition games and not in UCLA's first four regular season contests.
Jason Flowers has been added to the Bruin roster. Ineligible this season, Flowers attended UCLA in 1996-97 (did not play basketball), then attended UC Irvine for two seasons, playing for Pat Douglass. As a sophomore last year, Flowers appeared in 23 games for the Anteaters, starting six and averaging 17.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and shot 40.9 from the field, 47.2 (17-36) from three-point range and 79.5 from the foul line. As a freshman at Irvine in 1997-98, Flowers played in 24 games and started 15, averaging, 21.1 minutes, 8.2 points (No. 4 on the team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 36.7 from the field, 37.1 from three-point range and 84.0 from the foul line.
UCLA has had several injuries the last few days and could be without four players for Wednesday's game with Kraitene. Sophomore center Dan Gadzuric has been sidelined since Thursday with a hyperextended left knee (same knee that was operated on at the end of last season) and junior guard Ryan Bailey has been slowed sicne the start of fall camp with plantar faciitis (sprained ligament) on the bottom of his right foot. UCLA also had two players injured last Saturday during Fan Preview Day. Sophomore guard Ray Young sprained (ligament) his right thumb (shooting hand) and the thumb will be splinted and he will be out of action for at least a week. Sophomore forward JaRon Rush strained (muscle) his right elbow and is listed as day-to-day.
UCLA Preseason Picks
Here's how UCLA ranks in some of the preseason magazines.
Athlon - picks UCLA for 'Sweet 16", Top 10 Frontcourts, UCLA No. 5, picks
UCLA No. 2 in Pac-10 (behind Arizona), Earl Watson, Dan Gadzuric second-team
All-Pac-10, Jerome Moiso, JaRon Rush third-team All-Pac-10.
Basketball News - picks UCLA No. 10 in U. S., picks UCLA No. 2 in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona), Earl Watson, No. 20 point guard in U. S., JaRon Rush, No. 13 "slasher" in the U. S., Watson, first-team All-Pac-10, Rush, second-team All-Pac-10.
Basketball Times-picks UCLA No. 4 in U. S, picks UCLA No. 1 in Pac-10.
Blue Ribbon-picks UCLA No. 11 in U. S.
Lindy's - picks UCLA No. 6 in U. S., Selected as an NCAA Regional Finalist, picks UCLA No. 1 in Pac-10, JaRon Rush, No. 11 small forward in the U. S., Jerome Moiso, No. 19 power forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric, No. 14 center in the U. S., Jason Kapono, No. 7 incoming college/NBA freshman in the U. S., Earl Watson, Gadzuric, Rush, second-team All-Pac-10, Moiso third-team All-Pac-10.
Playboy - picks UCLA No. 17 in the U. S.
Sport - picks UCLA No. 17 in the U. S.
Sports Illustrated - picks UCLA No. 10 in the U. S.
Street & Smith's - picks UCLA No. 14 in the U. S., picks UCLA No. 3 in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona and Stanford), JaRon Rush, a Top 5 small forward in the U. S, Jason Kapono, All-West Freshman, Earl Watson, All-Pac-10 team.
The Sporting News- picks UCLA No. 15 in U. S., Top 10 frontcourts, UCLA No. 6, picks UCLA No. 3 in Pac-10 (behind Arizona, Stanford), Jerome Moiso, No. 19 power forward in U. S., JaRon Rush, No. 12 small forward in U. S. , Dan Gadzuric, No. 15 center in the U. S., Earl Watson, No. 18 point guard in the U. S., Watson, Moiso and Rush, second-team All-Pac-10.
Vitale's - picks UCLA No. 11 in the U. S., picks UCLA No. 2 in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona), Earl Watson, No. 17 point guard in the U. S., JaRon Rush, No. 9 swing forward in the U. S., Jerome Moiso, No. 13 power forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric, No. 12 center in the U. S., Jason Kapono, No. 7 Diaper Dandy in the U. S. and Diaper Dandy of Pac-10, Watson, first-team All-Pac-10, Rush and Gadzuric second-team All-Pac-10.
Preseason AP Poll - UCLA is ranked No. 12 in the preseason AP poll. Defending champion Connecticut captured first place, followed by Cincinnati, Michigan State, Auburn and Ohio State. Pac-10 teams ranked are ' No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 UCLA and No. 13 Stanford,
Preseason ESPN/USA Today National Coaches Poll - UCLA is ranked No. 14 in the preseason coaches poll. Defending champion Connecticut captured first place, followed by Michigan State, Cincinnati, Auburn and North Carolina. Pac-10 teams ranked are ' No. 9 Arizona, No. 13 Stanford and No. 14 UCLA.
Pac-10 Poll - According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was voted to finish first in the 1999-2000 Pacific-10 standings. UCLA placed second in the voting, followed by defending champion Stanford, in third-place. Here are the complete results ' 1. Arizona (32) 356, 2. UCLA (3) 307, 3. Stanford (1) 296, 4. Oregon 246, 5. Oregon State 174, 6. California 152, 7. USC 151, 8. Arizona State 129, 9. Washington 117, 10. Washington State 44.
Bruins In The NBA - UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters. They are: Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Mitchell Butler (waived), Washington, Tracy Murray, Houston, Don MacLean (waived), Phoenix, Toby Bailey (injured), Portland, Charles O'Bannon (waived), Sacramento, Darrick Martin, Seattle, Jelani McCoy, Vancouver, J. R. Henderson (waived), Detroit, Jerome 'Pooh' Richardson (waived). J. R. Henderson recently signed with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) and Kris Johnson is with Quad Cities (CBA). Former Bruins Tyus Edney and George Zidek, two seniors who helped lead UCLA to the 1995 NCAA Championship, are playing in Europe. Mitchell Butler and Jack Haley have recently been practicing with Magic Johnson's All-Star team in Pauley Pavilion. Charles O'Bannon is playing for the California West Coast All-Stars and in its 89-65 loss at USC on Nov. 5, O'Bannon played 22 minutes, with eight points and two rebounds.
Here's the daily schedule (similar to last season's) which will be in
effect when basketball practice starts on Saturday, Oct. 16:
Monday -- Practice is closed (to the media and the public) and players will not be available after practice.
Tuesday -- Coach Lavin's weekly press conference (starting on Tuesday, Nov. 9), will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, located in the upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion (the dates of the press conferences are below). If players' class schedules do not conflict, one or more players may also be present at Coach Lavin's weekly press conference. Practice is open to the media (closed to the public) on Tuesdays and players will be available after practice.
Wednesday -- Practice is closed (to the media and the public) and players will not be available after practice.
Thursday -- Normally a game day, the shoot-around is closed (to the media and the public), with players available after the game.
Friday -- Practice is open after 5 p.m. to the media (and the public). Players will be available after practice.
Saturday -- Normally a game day, shoot-around is closed (to the media and the public), with players available after the game. If the game is on Sunday, Saturday's practice will be closed (to the media and the public) and the players will be unavailable.
Practices are scheduled to start between 3-3:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Coach Lavin, his staff and the UCLA players may be available during weekdays before practice if appointments are made through the UCLA Sports Information Office (contacts: Bill Bennett/Marc Dellins, 310-206-8075). Also, a reminder, UCLA players are off limits during final exams (mid-December).
Lavin Press Conferences
Here are the dates for the weekly Lavin Press Conferences (12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Chancellor's Room, upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion): Nov. 9, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 (last press conference before holidays), Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Feb. 29, March 7 (last press conference during the regular season).