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2002-03 UCLA Pac-10 Media Day Notes
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/05/2002

Nov. 5, 2002

Welcome to Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day set for Wednesday, Nov. 6/10:30a.m. at the LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel (6101 W. Century Blvd., 310-642-1111).

Practices Begin - The Bruins have been working out since the weekend of Oct. 12. Practices are closed. On Friday, Nov. 1, UCLA scrimmaged and held out of the scrimmage were junior guard Jon Crispin (right foot strain), junior center T. J. Cummings (low back tightness) and sophomore guard/forward Dijon Thompson (right quad strain). All have returned to practice this week.

Steve Lavin - Begins his seventh season at the Bruin helm, and 12th overall, with a school and overall record of 135-59 (69.6). In 2001-02, UCLA advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16", the fifth time in the last six years under Lavin (only second current coach to have accomplished that feat, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski).

Steve Lavin Weekly Press Conferences - Lavin's first weekly press conference is Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, located in the upper northeast corner of Pauley Pavilion (it was originally scheduled for the Hall of Fame Press Room). Please see the attached sheet for Lavin's 2002-03 press conference dates.

Preseason Team Ranking - The USA Today/ESPN preseason Top 25 came out Nov. 1 and the Bruins are No. 12. Also rated from the Pac-10 - No. 1 Arizona and No. 9 Oregon, with California, USC and Stanford receiving votes. Other Bruin opponents ranked are - No. 2 Kansas (Dec. 21 at Lawrence) and No. 6 Duke (Nov. 30 Wooden Tradition at Indianapolis), along with receiving votes Georgetown (Feb. 8 at Georgetown).

Opening Exhibition Games - UCLA will open the exhibition season on Wednesday, Nov. 13, hosting Branch West and on Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosting EA Sports East All-Stars. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Branch West

Schedule                                        Roster
Nov. 4-Miami (OH)(L, 91-76)                     2 Chris Dade, G, 6-2, CS Fullerton
Nov. 6-San Diego St.                            12 Nate Poindexter, G, 6-4, Quinnipiac
Nov. 8-Lamar                                    14 Clive Bentick, G, 6-2, Canisius
Nov. 9-Mississippi St.                          20 Ron Bruton, F, 6-6, SW Missouri State
Nov. 13-UCLA                                    24 Craig Austin, G, 6-5, Columbia
Nov. 16-Marshall                                25 Percy White, F, 6-8, Tampa
Nov. 18-Oklahoma St.                            30 Steve Bridgemohan, F, 6-8, Monmouth
Head Coach: Bob Gottlieb                        35 Durelle Brown, F, 6-8, Manhattan
                                                44 Doug Gottlieb, G, 6-1, Oklahoma State

EA Sports East All-Stars Schedule Roster Nov. 2-Missouri (L, 81-80 OT) 2 Adonis Jordan, G, 6-0, Kansas Nov. 4-Kansas (L, 111-94) 3 Corey Andrews, G, 6-3, Pacific Nov. 5-Xavier 4 Brian Jones, G, 6-3, Santa Clara Nov. 6-Louisville 5 Mike Nilson, G, 6-4, Gonzaga Nov. 8-Tennessee 20 Shea Seals, G-F, 6-5, Tulsa Nov. 9-Pittsburgh 21 Kelvin Gibbs, F, 6-6, Pepperdine Nov. 11-Florida 23 DJ Harrison, F, 6-7, Colorado Nov. 12-South Alabama 31 Matt Garrison, F, 6-9, Biola Nov. 15-Auburn 33 Ed Johnson, C, 6-10, Utah Nov. 16-Murray St. 44 Marion Thurmond, F-C, 6-8, San Jose St. Nov. 17-Florida St. Head Coach: Phil Bryant Nov. 18-Georgia Assts: Matt Bryant, Todd Franklin Nov. 19-UCLA

Regular Season Opener - The Bruins will open the 2002-03 regular season in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 26, vs. Univ. of San Diego, coached by former Bruin standout (1976-79) and assistant coach (1988-92) Brad Holland.

Jason Kapono - is on the preseason lists for the Wooden (and All-American team) and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award.

2002-03 UCLA Schedule - The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ("Sweet 16" Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, "Sweet 16" Arizona, Stanford, California and "Elite Eight" Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State). In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).

Bruins in the NBA - Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.

Preseason Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors:

  • Athlon - Team-No. 11 in the U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10; Individual -Jason Kapono, third- team All-American, No. 3 Slasher in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Cedric Bozeman, No. 2 Top 10 Emerging Star in the U. S.

  • Blue Ribbon - Team -No. 13 in the U. S, No. 3 in the Pac-10.; Individual - Jason Kapono, third-team All-American, first-team All-Pac-10.

  • Collegeinsider.com -Individual -Jason Kapono, Preseason All-American

  • Lindy's - Team - No. 21 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10; Individual - Jason Kapono, No. 4 small forward in the U. S., No. 4 Dead-Eye Gunner in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Cedric Bozeman, third-team All-Pac-10, Jon Crispin, No. 3 College Transfer in the U. S., Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

  • Slam Magazine - Team-No. 13 in the U. S.

  • Sporting News - Team- No. 16 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10; Individual - Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Best Shooter in the Pac-10.

  • Street & Smith's - Team- No. 11 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10; Individual -Jason Kapono, second-team All-American, first-team All-Pac-10, Best Shooter in the Pac-10.


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