Kapono Talks!

June 23, 2000

On when he made the decision to return to UCLA:
"Last week I sat down and put together all the facts that I had gathered throughout the process in meetings with the G.M.s and the head coaches. They told me that I would be a first-round selection, but I still wanted to come back to college. There was still a part of me that wanted to come back and play for coach Lavin and a part of me that still wanted to be a college kid and be on campus everyday and still be part of college basketball. So it pretty much became clear to me late last weekend. That's when I called our sports information department and we made it public on Friday."

On where he thought he would be drafted:
" First of all, I was only going to put my name if I had the confidence of knowing that I was going to be a first-round selection. So going in, I knew that you can so-called make or break yourself during these workouts, which I trained hard for. I was feeling very confident and sure of myself going into these workouts. Being a player, when you leave college you always want to leave knowing that you'll be a first rounder because you can get a contract for three years and guaranteed money. It's almost a waste to leave college early to be a second-round pick because you don't get a contract."

On the response from teammates and students that he was staying:
"Well school's over now so I really haven't had a chance to speak with all my friends and teammates. But hopefully everyone is glad that I'm coming back. I think it's good that I'm coming back because, with the losses of Jerome (Moiso) and JaRon (Rush), we lost a lot of talent in terms of depth. Now with me coming back, we have three returning starters and that helps. Plus the fact that I've been through the tournament. I've been through the Pac-10 already. We're all jazzed up and we're ready to win some championships next season."

On the pre-draft experience:
"I see it as a positive experience. The next time, if I do decide to leave school again and I'm 100% sure about it, I'll know how the process works and what G.M.s want and what head coaches are looking for. Also, how the workouts are conducted and what's expected of you during those workouts. Although it was a rather stressful experience, with me going back-and-forth and weighing the pros and cons, it was positive because I learned so much.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Oct 30
vs. Cal State Los ...
Los Angeles, CA
W, 95 - 57
Friday, Nov 13
vs. Monmouth
Los Angeles, CA
L, 81 - 84 (OT)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Cal Poly
Los Angeles, CA
W, 88 - 83
Thursday, Nov 19
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
W, 81 - 67
Monday, Nov 23
vs. UNLV
Lahaina, HI
W, 77 - 75
Tuesday, Nov 24
vs. Kansas
Lahaina, HI
L, 73 - 92
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. Wake Forest
Lahaina, HI
Sunday, Nov 29 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Dec 03 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Kentucky
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 06 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 12 - 7:00 PM PST
at Gonzaga
Spokane, WA
Tuesday, Dec 15 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Dec 19 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. North Carolina
Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, Dec 22 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. McNeese State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 01 - 8:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 03 - 6:30 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 09 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 13 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 8:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Saturday, Jan 23 - 1:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Thursday, Jan 28 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 30 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Feb 04 - 7:30 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 12 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Sunday, Feb 14 - 5:30 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Thursday, Feb 18 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 20 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA