Nov. 7, 2005
UCLA Hosts CS Monterey Bay Thursday in Final Exhibition Game; Bruins Nos. 19(AP)/18(USA Today) in National Preseason Polls; Selected Third in Pac-10 Preseason Poll
Tuesday, Nov. 8
-Ben Howland Press Conference/UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room/1:30p.m./players at 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10
-CS Monterey Bay at UCLA (Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.) - UCLA opened the exhibition season on Nov. 4 in Pauley Pavilion, beating Carleton University (Canada) 78-51. On Thursday, in UCLA's final exhibition contest, the Bruins will host CS Monterey Bay (NCAA Div. II/California Collegiate Athletic Association) at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley. Coached by former Idaho head coach Bill Trumbo (in his third season), the Otters last Friday at home defeated Australian Institute of Sports (73-60). CSUMB had four players in double figures, led by 6-6 sophomore Jay DeMaestri's 33 points and nine rebounds. Last season, the Otters were 13-14 overall and 10-10 in the CCAA.
Exhibition Games - UCLA will have two in Pauley Pavilion - Friday, Nov. 4 vs. Carleton University and Thursday, Nov. 10 vs. CS Monterey Bay (7:30 p.m.). Both Bruin men's exhibition games will be broadcast live with streaming video (broadcast begins at 7:25 p.m. with "Bruin Countdown") over the UCLA website (www.uclabruins.com), with Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer (to listen on the website, purchase the UCLA All-Access pass that is good for over 125 UCLA events/to purchase at $6.95 a month-go to www.uclabruins.com and click into All Access). The two exhibition games will not be radio broadcast (XTRA 570) or televised.
Monday, Nov. 14
-Ben Howland Press Conference/UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room/11 a.m./players at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
-New Mexico State at UCLA/First Round Preseason NIT (Pauley Pavilion/7 p.m. /TV- ESPN2/Radio-XTRA 570, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). UCLA is in the bracket with Army at Temple (Nov. 15) and the second round home site (Thursday, Nov. 17) will be announced after the games on Nov. 15. The Aggies opened the exhibition season with a 89-64 win over CS Los Angeles on Nov. 5 and host Div. II St. Mary's on Wednesday. NMSU has a new coach-UNLV and NBA great Reggie Theus - and in 2005-06 are in a new conference - Western Athletic Conference.
UCLA 78, Carleton 51 - On Nov. 4 in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins opened the exhibition season, without three starters, and defeated Carleton University (Canada) 78-51, after leading 37-22 at halftime. With starters - sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar (groin), sophomore forward Josh Shipp (hip) and senior center Michael Fey (groin) on the sidelines with injuries - UCLA started senior Cedric Bozeman and freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute at the forwards, senior Ryan Hollins at center and freshman Darren Collison and returning starter Arron Afflalo at the guards. UCLA had four players in double figures, led by Hollins' 14 points. The Bruins outrebounded Carleton 40-32 and outshot the Ravens 55.8-26.8 from the field and 46.7-31.3 from three-point range.
National Preseason Polls - UCLA is preseason rated No. 19 by AP and tied for No. 18 by USA Today. It's the Bruins' first preseason rating since 2002-03. "Our preseason rankings are based on our team at full strength and healthy," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "Obviously now, we're not. We're looking forward to being at full strength and once we are, I'm confident we can compete with anyone night in and night out. I think we have a very, very strong conference. We have three teams in the Preseason Top 25 and I'm positive that at least a couple more Pac-10 teams will be ranked at some point in the season." In the AP Preseason, there are three Pac-10 teams - Arizona (10), Stanford (13) and UCLA (19) and in the USA Today - also three conference teams - Arizona (9), Stanford (13) and UCLA (18, tied with Wake Forest).
Pac-10 Preseason Poll - The Bruins were selected third in the Pac-10 Preseason poll released Nov. 3 at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles. Arizona (325, 23 first-place votes) was first, followed by 2. Stanford (294/9), 3. UCLA (263/2), 4. Washington (238), 5.California (212), 6. Oregon (183), 7. Oregon State (132), 8. USC (87), 9. Washington State (86), 10. Arizona State (50).
Ben Howland - Begins his third season at UCLA and his 12th year as a head coach (UCLA 2003-present/Pittsburgh 2000-03/Northern Arizona 1995-99/ 29-28 at UCLA, 197-127 overall). Last season, Howland led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) with an overall mark of 18-11 and a Pac-10 record of 11-7 (3rd-place). He is the 28th coach in NCAA history to guide three teams to the NCAA Tournament (2005 UCLA/2002-03 Pittsburgh "Sweet 16s"/1998 Northern Arizona). In his first season (2003-04) at UCLA, the Bruins were 11-17 overall (7-11, Pac-10, 7th tie), started the season at 9-3, defeated NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and made a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In his final two seasons (2001-02/2002-03) at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29 (school record for wins)-6 overall, advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was named the consensus National Coach of the Year.
Howland Press Conferences - Following Pac-10 Media Day (Nov. 3), Howland's next press conference will be Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room (please see attached 2005-06 press conference schedule). The Pac-10 Media Teleconferences will begin Tuesday, Dec. 27 (Coach Howland is at 11:47 a.m./please see attached memorandum for the dates).
Wooden Classic Press Conference - To highlight the upcoming Wooden Classic, a press conference, featuring all four head coaches and John Wooden, will be held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim (Service Level/East End) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The 12th annual Wooden Classic will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Arrowhead Pond (noon-Washington vs. New Mexico/2:30 p.m.-UCLA vs. Nevada/KCAL). This will be UCLA's ninth appearance (third consecutive) in the Wooden Classic. The Bruins have a Classic record of 5-3 (last year, UCLA was defeated by Boston College 74-64).
2005 Preseason NIT - For the first time since 1996 and for the fourth time in school history (2005-1996-1992-1987), the Bruins will play in the Preseason NIT. The first game (Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Pauley Pavilion, 7 p.m./ESPN2), will be against Western Athletic Conference member New Mexico State, under new head coach and NBA and UNLV great Reggie Theus. If UCLA wins its first round home contest, a quarterfinal game will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 (site to be determined/vs. the winner of Army at Temple) and should the Bruins win both games - the Preseason NIT semifinals (Wednesday, Nov. 23) and championship/third-place games (Friday, Nov. 25) will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City (ESPN2).
The first-round NIT matchups are - Nov. 14 - Boston U. at Duke, Manhattan at Seton Hall, Sam Houston State at Missouri and Drexel at Princeton; Nov. 15- Miami (Ohio) at Alabama, Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Memphis, Army at Temple and New Mexico State at UCLA.
In UCLA's preseason NIT history, the Bruins - in 1996, lost in the first round to Tulsa in Pauley Pavilion (77-76, OT); in 1992, lost a semifinal game to Seton Hall 73-64 and defeated Florida State 86-83 for third-place and in 1987, lost a second round contest at New Mexico State 77-66.
Experimental Rules - This season, all certified men's basketball games (including the Preseason NIT) that occur before Jan. 1, are required to use the 2005 experimental rules. This year's men's basketball experimental rules are - 1. moving the three-point line one foot behind the current three-point line to create a new experimental distance of 20 feet-nine inches; 2. widening the free-throw lane by one foot on each side (note the experimental lane will serve both as the three-second lane and the free throw lane) and 3. placing a restricted area arc which is to be three feet from the center of the basket ring.
UCLA Staff - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their third season on the Bruin staff - Donny Daniels, who for three seasons (2000-03) was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson; along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach E. J. "Doc" Kreis (third season), trainer Tony Spino (second season), Video Coordinator Scott Garson (second season), Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, entering his 14th season on the Bruin basketball staff, Administrative Assistant Leslie Dalziel (first season), Head Equipment Manager Mike McBride (tenth season), Interim Director of Academic Services Mike Casillas (eighth season) and Academic Coordinator Kenny Donaldson (second season).
The Bruins - The Bruins in 2005-06 will return four starters from last year's squad that finished 18-11 overall, tied for third in the Pac-10 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. UCLA's returning starters are - sophomores - 6-2 point guard Jordan Farmar, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, 6-5 guard Arron Afflalo and 6-5 forward Josh Shipp (on Sept. 28 underwent right hip surgery and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks), along with 7-0 senior Michael Fey (severe groin pull, has not practiced since Oct. 14). Joining that quartet will be - two lettermen, 7-0 ½ senior center Ryan Hollins and 6-8 sophomore center Lorenzo Mata; 6-6 redshirt senior guard/forward Cedric Bozeman, who missed all of last season with a right knee injury (that required surgery), and a freshman recruiting class featuring five players rated among the Top 100 in North America - 6-8 forward/center Alfred Aboya (Tilton, NH Prep Academy/on Oct. 12, had left knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks), 6-0 point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga), 6-7 forward/guard Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Montverde, FL Academy/sprained right shoulder, returned to practice Oct. 22), 6-5 guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA) and 6-8 forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). The Bruins will have four walkons on this year's squad - 6-2 redshirt freshman Joey Ellis (who had left knee surgery last Friday), 5-10 freshman Kelvin Kim (El Toro HS/Lake Forest), 6-5 redshirt freshman DeAndre Robinson and 5-10 freshman Nican Robinson (Oakland Tech).
Janou Rubin - In what has been a lengthy procedural process, the UCLA Athletic Department and the Rubin family have been dealing with the NCAA, attempting to get Rubin a sixth year of eligibility (he did not compete in 2001-02/Rubin also missed the final 19 games of last season with a left knee injury that required surgery). But as of the week of Nov. 7, Rubin's status for 2005-06 is still undecided. During a request for a five-year clock extension, while the extension is under consideration, Rubin may practice for 30 days (starting Oct. 14) but cannot play against outside competition.
Sophomore point guard Jordan Farmar - suffered a right groin strain in practice on Thursday (Oct. 27) and was held out of practice until Nov. 7 (he did not play against Carleton).
-Sophomore guard Arron Afflalo - suffered a left quadricep contusion in Saturday's practice (Oct. 29). Afflalo returned to practice on Nov. 3 and started vs. Carleton.
- Freshman forward Alfred Aboya - Aboya has had two knee surgeries in the last three months. On Oct. 12 (on Nov. 3 it will be three weeks since his surgery), he had a successful left knee arthroscopic procedure (cartilage) performed at the UCLA Medical Center by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman. The rehabilitation time is 4-6 weeks (Aboya was re-evaluated on Nov. 1 and he will not have any basketball activity for the next two weeks). On July 11, Aboya had a successful right knee arthroscopic procedure (cartilage) performed by Dr. Finerman at the UCLA/Santa Monica Medical Center. The rehabilitation time was approximately four-to-seven weeks. Aboya had been on campus attending summer school, which started June 27.
-Senior center Michael Fey - Before the start of practice (Oct. 14) was diagnosed with a severe groin pull (it has been four weeks since the diagnosis). He will remain out of practice, is improving and continues to rehab.
-Sophomore forward Josh Shipp -On Sept. 28 had a successful outpatient arthroscopic right hip procedure performed by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. According to Dr. Guanche, the procedure repaired a torn labrum (cartilage) and also included a debridement of the femoral neck (bone spur removal). Guanche also said that there was no arthritis or degenerative condition in Shipp's right hip. Guanche said rehabilitation should take 8-12 weeks (Shipp will spend the first month on crutches, came off crutches Oct. 26). Dr. Guanche is a family physician to the Shipp family. Approximately a year ago, he performed a successful arthroscopy hip procedure (unrelated to Josh's injury) on Joe Shipp, Josh's older brother, who played at California and was the Pac-10 leading scorer in 2003 (20.4).
- Freshman forward/guard Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - Before the start of practice (Oct. 14), Mbah a Moute was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder (following a negative MRI). He returned to practice on Oct. 22 and started vs. Carleton.
- Redshirt freshman walkon guard Joey Ellis - On Oct. 7, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and could be out for 12 weeks.
Bruin Head Coach Ben Howland
"Obviously the rash of injuries has been frustrating for the players involved and our team. But, as I've said before, if we had to have injuries - better now, than in mid-December when we open the conference.
"The fact that some players will not open the season- will give significant playing time and experience to others, which should pay off down the road.
"By Dec. 1, we hope that all our players, with the exception of Josh Shipp, will be participating in practice as our team moves forward to becoming full strength."
UCLA Regular Season Schedule - UCLA's 2005-06 men's basketball schedule will feature eight teams that advanced to postseason play last season (NCAA/NIT) and the Bruins will also participate in the Preseason NIT and Wooden Classic. Teams from last year's NCAA include - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State (Saturday, Nov. 19 in Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.), Western Athletic Conference Nevada in the Wooden Classic (Saturday, Dec. 10 in Anaheim, 2:30 p.m./KCAL), Big East West Virginia (Saturday, Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, 12:45 p.m., CBS/the Mountaineers in the 2005 NCAA advanced to the Albuquerque Regional final, losing to Louisville 93-85OT) and Pac-10 foes Washington, Arizona and Stanford. Also in 2005, conference opponents Oregon State and Arizona State participated in the NIT. For the fourth consecutive season, UCLA will play Big 10 Michigan (Dec. 17 in Ann Arbor, 9 a.m. PT/ESPN) -UCLA leads the series 8-3 and defeated the Wolverines last season in Pauley 81-79.
In the recently released Preseason AP poll, the Bruins will face four teams on this year's schedule - No. 9 Arizona, No. 13 Stanford, No. 15 West Virginia and No. 25 Nevada (also, No. 1 Duke, No. 12 Memphis and No. 14 Alabama are in the Preseason NIT).
Don Barksdale to be Inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor - Don Barksdale, UCLA's first African-American All-American in men's basketball (1947) and the first African-American Helms Foundation All-American, will be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor in ceremonies that will take place during the 2006 Pac-10 Tournament, March 8-11, at The Staples Center. Following in the steps of his close friend and mentor Jackie Robinson, Barksdale (Berkeley HS) broke the color barrier in the sport of basketball. He was the first African-American to win a gold medal for the U. S. in men's basketball (1948), one of the first to play in the NBA (1951-55) and the first African-American to play in an NBA All-Star game (1953). Following his playing career, he returned to the Bay Area as a well-known jazz DJ, and became chairman of "Save High School Sports", an organization to raise money to pay for sports programs in school districts beset by financial difficulty. Barksdale was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987 and into the Oakland African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. Barksdale died in 1993 at the age of 69. Joining Barksdale in the 2005 Class is - Arizona's Damon Stoudamire, Arizona State's Lionel Hollins, California's Andy Wolfe, Oregon's Jim Loscutoff, Oregon State's Ralph Miller, Stanford's Adam Keefe, USC's Dennis "Mo" Layton, Washington's Steve Hawes and Washington State's James Donaldson. Barksdale is the fifth Bruin to be inducted into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor - 2002 John Wooden, 2003 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 2004 Walt Hazzard and 2005 Gail Goodrich.
Ed O'Bannon, Kenny Washington Inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame - On Friday, Sept. 30, Bruin basketball greats Kenny Washington and Ed O'Bannon were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime during UCLA's football game vs. Washington in the Rose Bowl on Oct. 1). Kenny Washington was a three-year letterman (1964-66) under Coach John Wooden and played on the Bruins' first two NCAA Championship squads (1964-65). In the 1964 NCAA Championship game vs. Duke, Washington came off the bench and scored 26 points in UCLA's 98-83 victory. In the Bruins' 91-80 victory over Michigan in the 1965 NCAA Final, Washington again came off the bench to scored 17 points. He was a senior starting guard in 1966. Ed O'Bannon in 1995 led the Bruins to their 11th NCAA title. In the Championship game vs. defending champion Arkansas, O'Bannon scored 30 points, with 17 rebounds, in UCLA's 89-78 triumph. He was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and also went on to receive the Wooden Award, as the nation's top collegiate performer. In the 1995 NBA Draft, O'Bannon was a first round choice (No. 9 selection) by the New Jersey Nets. On Feb. 1, 1996 in a ceremony in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA retired O'Bannon's No. 31 jersey number.
UCLA in the NBA -On the 2005-06 early camp rosters, the Bruins had eight players - Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks), Matt Barnes (New York Knicks), Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors), Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks), Jason Kapono (Miami Heat), Dijon Thompson (Phoenix Suns), Earl Watson (Denver Nuggets) and Ray Young (Golden State Warriors/waived). Since 1948, UCLA has the most NBA selections of any school (98), followed by North Carolina (92), Kentucky (90) and Duke (70). In the NBDL- the Bruins have three players - Brian Morrison, who was a senior last season, is with Albuquerque; Ray Young, a senior in 2002-03, is with Austin and T. J. Cummings, a senior in 2003-04, is also with Albuquerque.
Preseason Notes - Preseason magazines have hit the newsstands and here's what the magazines are saying about the Bruins:
Team - Postseason Prediction, NCAA "Sweet 16"/3rd in Pac-10; No. 14 recruiting class in the U. S., No. 2 in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - Honorable Mention All-America, No. 8 Top Floor Leader/1st-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - 3rd-team All-Pac-10.
Team - No. 21 in the U. S./3rd in the Pac-10; No. 2 Top Backcourt in Pac- 10. Individual - Jordan Farmar- All-Conference Team. Collegehoops.net -Team -No. 16 in the U. S./3rd in the Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - 1st-team All-Pac-10.
Team - No. 25 in U. S./3rd in Pac-10; No. 6 backcourt in the nation; No. 18 recruiting class in the nation. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 11 point guard in the U. S. /second-team All-Pac-10.
Team - No. 18 in U. S.
The Sporting News
Team - No. 17 in U. S. /3rd in Pac-10; No. 5 backcourt in U. S.; No. 3 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 4 point guard in U. S. /first-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - No. 13 shooting guard in the U .S./second-team All-Pac-10; Ryan Wright - No. 5 Pac-10 recruit; Alfred Aboya - No. 8 Pac-10 recruit; Darren Collison - No. 12 Pac-10 recruit.
Dick Vitale's Top 25
Team - No. 20 in the U. S.