April 14, 2004
UCLA's Trevor Ariza, who recently completed his freshman season as a starter for the Bruins, is entering the upcoming 2004 NBA Draft. Although Ariza is not hiring an agent, he is being granted his release from UCLA, allowing him to transfer to another school.
A first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman, Ariza needs to send a letter to the NBA expressing his Draft interest by May 10. The 2004 NBA Draft is June 24 and a player with collegiate eligibility, who has not signed with an agent, must withdraw from draft consideration by June 17 to be able to return to a college.
Ariza, a 6-7, 205-pound forward, started 23 of 25 games, including 17 of UCLA's 18 Pac-10 contests. He was the Bruins' No. 3 scorer (11.6) and No. 2 rebounder (6.5). He was No. 3 in minutes played (31.6), led UCLA in steals (1.68), had an assist average of 2.1 and shot 42.6 (107-251) from the field, 23.7 (18-76) from three-point range and 50.4 (57-113) from the foul line. Ariza had three double-doubles, scored in double figures 14 times, led the Bruins in scoring three times and in rebounding 10 times, including three of the last four games. His season-bests were 24 points vs. USC (2/25) and Oregon State (1/2) and 14 rebounds vs. Michigan (12/27).
In the final 2004 Pac-10 statistics (all games), Ariza was the league's No. 12 rebounder (6.5/No. 8 in offensive rebounds, 2.44/No. 9 in defensive rebounds, 4.04) and No. 4 in steals (1.68).
Ariza entered UCLA last fall from Westchester HS, where as a senior in 2003 he was a second-team Parade All-American and led Westchester to its second consecutive CIF Div. 1 State title. As a senior at Westchester HS, he averaged 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 3.0 blocked shots and steals.