Nov. 6, 2001
Welcome to Steve Lavin's first weekly press conference (the next will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m., Hall of Fame Press Room). For UCLA media guidelines (regarding press coverage of this season) and important upcoming Bruin dates (including Lavin press conferences), please see the release attached to these notes.
UCLA is No. 5/No. 6 in National Preseason Rankings - In recently released national preseason rankings, UCLA is No. 5 on the AP writer's poll and No. 6 on the USA Today/ESPN coaches balloting.
The AP preseason Top 10 - 1. Duke, 2. Maryland, 3. Illinois, 4. Kentucky, 5. UCLA, 6. Florida, 7. Kansas, 8. Missouri, 9. Iowa, 10. St. Joseph's.
The USA Today/ESPN preseason Top 10 - 1. Duke, 2. Illinois, 3. Maryland, 4. Kentucky, 5. Florida, 6. UCLA, 7. Kansas, 8. Iowa, 9. Missouri, 10. St. Joseph's.
Bruins Picked To Win 2002 Pacific-10 Title - On Oct. 31 in Los Angeles, at Pac-10 Media Day in the Staples Center, UCLA was an overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover the league. The Bruins gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes. Here's the balloting - 1. UCLA (24) 267, 2. Stanford (1) 22, 3. USC 208, 4. Arizona (2) 200, 5. California 161, 6. Oregon 117, 7. Arizona State 111, 8. Oregon State 95, 9. Washington State 57, 10. Washington 47.
Exhibition Games - The Bruins will open the 2001-02 season with two exhibition games in Pauley Pavilion - Thursday, Nov. 8 vs. EA SPORTS All-Stars (7:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, Nov. 14 vs. Global Sports (7:30 p.m.).
|EA Sports (1-3)|
|Oct. 31-EA 100-CS Fullerton 80||2 Ray Kelly||6-0||UCSB|
|Nov. 1-San Diego St. 109-EA 84||3 Jabari Johnson||6-1||UT-Arlington|
|Nov. 3-Pepperdine 106-EA 89||4 Brooklyn McClinn||6-1||CS Northridge|
|Nov. 5-U. San Diego 97-EA 87||5 Brandon Titus||6-3||Long Beach St.|
|Nov. 6-UC Santa Barbara||21 Jason Crowe||6-3||CS Northridge|
|Nov. 7-Fresno State||23 Damion Walker||6-6||New Mexico|
|Nov. 8-UCLA (7:30 p.m./Pauley Pav.)||31 Julius Hicks||6-8||Oregon|
|Nov. 9-California||33 DeAnthony Langston||6-9||Long B. St.|
|Nov. 10-UNLV||44 L Dee Murdock||6-9||Illinois State|
|Head Coach: Dudley Rutherford|
|Global Sports (1-3)|
|Nov. 1-GS 58-Kansas State 57||3 Darren McClinton||5-11||James Mad.|
|Nov. 2-Nevada 81-GS 72||5 RJ Powell||6-1||San Jose State|
|Nov. 4-Fresno State 78-GS 74||22 Ramel Lloyd||6-4||Long Beach St|
|Nov. 5-San Jose State 69-GS 47||23 Michael Nurse||5-10||Iowa State|
|Nov. 6-Iowa State||32 Kevin Rice||6-3||Utah State|
|Nov. 8-Southern Utah State||33 Courtney James||6-8||Minnesota|
|Nov. 10-Utah State||34 Juaquin Hawkins||6-6||Long Beach St|
|Nov. 11-Oregon||44 Kevin Holland||6-8||DePaul|
|Nov. 13-UNLV||54 Richard Mandeville||6-11||Indiana|
|Nov. 14-UCLA (7:30 p.m./Pauley Pav.)||55 Shawn Daniels||6-6||Utah State|
|Head Coach: Maury Hanks|
Regular-Season Opener - The Bruins will open the 2001-02 regular season at the 18th annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade, Nov. 19-21 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Joining UCLA are defending National Champion Duke, along with Kansas (the Jayhawks visit Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12), South Carolina, Ball State, Seton Hall, Houston and host Chaminade. UCLA's first round game will be against Houston on Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2). Please see the Maui Invite bracket on page 88 of the 2001-02 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide.
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin - Is entering his sixth season at the Bruin helm, with a school record of 114-47 (70.8). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Steve Lavin is one of just three coaches in the nation who have led their schools to four NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last five years (Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the others).
The first Pac-10 Coaches Media Teleconference will be Thursday, Dec. 13. The second one will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 and every Tuesday after that during the regular season. The Pac-10 Men's Coaches call will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end with Lavin at 11:47 p.m. The telephone number to participate is 913-981-5510 and the taped replay telephone number is 402-222-9927.
Two New Assistant Coaches - Entering their first season as coaches on the Bruin staff are Gerald Madkins, filling a recruiting position, and Patrick Sandle (pronounced, San-dal). Madkins replaces Michael Holton, who took the head coaching position at the University of Portland and Sandle replaced Steve Spencer, who is the new head coach at Orange Coast College.
Madkins, who spent last year on the staff at CS Stanislaus, was a Bruin standout guard and senior captain in 1992. That season, with fellow seniors Don MacLean and Darrick Martin, Madkins helped lead the Bruins to the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional final. Following his collegiate career, he played six years of professional basketball, including stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
Sandle, who prepped at Crenshaw HS and was a senior in 1980 under the legendary Willie West, for the last five seasons has been on Ben Howland's staff at Pittsburgh (1999-01) and Northern Arizona (1996-99). Overall, he comes to UCLA with 16 years of coaching experience, including seven at the Div. I level.
Madkins and Sandle will join veteran Bruin top assistant Jim Saia, entering his sixth season on the UCLA staff.
Kapono and Gadzuric Preseason Wooden Award Nominees - Junior forward Jason Kapono and senior center Dan Gadzuric are on the 2002 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Kapono is also on the Playboy All-American squad and the Naismith Preseason list (Top 30). Last season, Kapono was a Wooden Award Finalist and first-team All-Pac-10 performer (for the second consecutive season).
Preseason UCLA Team and Individual Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors.
AP - Team, No. 5 in the U. S. Athlon -Team- Advance to NCAA "Elite Eight", first in the Pac-10. Individual-Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric, honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second-team All-Pac-10, Top 100 College Freshmen- No. 21 Dijon Thompson, No. 28 Cedric Bozeman, No. 55 Andre Patterson. Basketball News - Team-No. 5 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual- Jason Kapono, second-team All-American, Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric, first-team All-Pac-10, BN final 2001 U. S. high school rankings-No. 20 Cedric Bozeman, No. 29 Andre Patterson, No. 33 Dijon Thompson. College(Hoops) Insider.com - Team-No. 10 in the U. S.. Individual- Jason Kapono, All-American ESPN.com - Team, No. 7 in the U. S. FoxSports.com - Team-No. 7 in the U. S. Lindy's -Team-No. 4 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual-Bruin frontcourt is ranked No. 2 in the nation (behind Kentucky), Jason Kapono is No. 3 small forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric is No. 5 center in the U. S., Matt Barnes is No. 16 power forward in the U.S., Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric, first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second-team All-Pac-10, Most Versatile. Slam Magazine - Team-No. 4 in the U. S. Street & Smith's - Team-No. 6 in the U. S., first in Pac-10. Individual- Jason Kapono, second-team All-American/first-team All-Pac-10, Cedric Bozeman, Pac-10 Newcomer, All-West Incoming Freshmen-Cedric Bozeman, Andre Patterson, Dijon Thompson. The Sporting News - Team-No. 6 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual - Bruin frontcourt ranked No. 1 in the nation, Jason Kapono No. 5 small forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric No. 11 center in the U. S., Matt Barnes No. 18 power forward in the U. S., Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second team All-Pac-10. USA Today/ESPN - Team-No. 6 in the U. S.
During the Summer - Junior forward Jason Kapono was a member of the U. S. team that won the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men, held at Saitama, Japan. Senior guard Billy Knight was a member of an AIA All-Star team that toured the Ivory Coast.
2001 Recruiting Class - Incoming recruits-McDonald's All-American Cedric Bozeman, Dijon Thompson and Andre Patterson, form one of the nation's top incoming freshman recruiting classes. When Michael Fey was a member of this class (UCLA announced in June he would not be enrolling in the fall), Sports Illustrated labeled UCLA's incoming class as No. 1 in the nation.
Jon Crispin, Ineligible Transfer - Junior guard Jon Crispin, a two-year (1999-01) starter at Penn State, has transferred to UCLA and will sit out this season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2002-03 campaign. Last season, Crispin, along with his brother Joe, currently on the Lakers' roster, helped lead the Nittany Lions to the NCAA "Sweet 16". In 2001, Crispin started 31 of 33 games, averaging 27.8 minutes, 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. His high game was 26 points in Penn State's 73-68 upset over Kentucky on Nov. 25 in the Wildcats' home opener.
Spencer Gloger, Back To Princeton - Sophomore forward Spencer Gloger, who transferred to UCLA from Princton last season and sat out, has returned to Princeton. A standout freshman performer for the Tigers in 1999-00, Gloger, if he wants to continue with basketball, will again have to sit out this season to have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2002-03.
Freshman Walkons - There will be two freshman walkons on this year's roster - No. 13 Gene Barnes (5-10) and No. 15 Quinn Hawking (6-4). Barnes, from Novata and The Branson School (Ross) was a four-year starter at point guard. An All-State, All-CIF and Bay Area All-Metro selection during his prep career, Barnes as a senior prepster in 2000-01, averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and just 2.0 turnovers a game, helping to lead The Branson School to a 29-5 overall record. Hawking, from Brea and Anaheim HS, is the son of Bob Hawking, current head coach at Anaheim HS and former head coach at CS Fullerton, who also coached Bruin great Don MacLean at Simi Valley HS. As a senior last season, Quinn averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 44.0% from the three-point line (he hit 94 three-pointers). Last season, Hawking earned All-League and All-County honors.
UCLA in the NBA - There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters when the season officially started on Oct. 30. - Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis (Charlotte Hornets, third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin (Dallas Mavericks, eighth year in the NBA), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 15th season with the Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Charlotte Hornets, second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray (Toronto Raptors, 10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookie season).
During the preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.
UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.
John Wooden, Nine Others , In Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor Inaugural Class - Legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, who turned 91 on Oct. 14, heads a list 10 former conference coaches and athletes that the Pac-10 Conference will honor with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor, during the 2002 Pac-10 Postseason Men's Basketball Tournament, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 7-9).
During his 27 years (1949-75) as the Bruin men's basketball coach, Wooden led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA Championships (1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-75), including seven titles in a row from 1967-73 and 19 conference crowns. His overall Bruin record was 620-147 (80.8), including a 316-68 (82.3) conference mark.
Joining Wooden in the inaugural class are - former Cal head coach Pete Newell, Arizona's Sean Elliott, Arizona State's Byron Scott, Oregon's John Dick, Oregon State's Gary Payton, Stanford's Hank Luisetti, USC's Bill Sharman, Washington's Bob Houbregs and Washington State's Craig Ehlo.
Cunningham/Green Inducted Into UCLA Hall of Fame - Eleven new members, including Gary Cunningham, who was a UCLA player, assistant and head coach, and John Green, a 1962 All-American guard, were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Friday, October 12.
Cunningham, now the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara, was a three-year (1960-61-62) starter at forward for John Wooden, and '62 co-captain of the team that came within seconds of a chance at the NCAA championship (lost to Cincinnati 72-70 in a semifinal game and lost to Wake Forest 82-80 for third-place). In 1960, Cunningham made 28 out of 28 free throws in league play, still a school record. He was the coach of Lew Alcindor's freshman team that defeated Wooden's defending NCAA championship team in the opening scrimmage of the 1965-66 season. Cunningham then served as an assistant coach to Wooden from 1969-75 and was a part of six National Championship teams. In 1976 and '77, he served as executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association before returning to the hardwood. Cunningham followed Gene Bartow as UCLA's head coach, during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons, when the Bruins went 50-8, won two Pac-10 championships and two NCAA berths before resigning to enter the field of athletic administration.
Green, a teammate of Cunningham's, was a three-year starting guard for Wooden from 1960-62 and a consensus first-team All-American and All-Conference selection his senior season. In 1962, he led the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance in school history. In his senior year, Green led the Bruins in scoring with a 19.3 scoring average and his season total 559 points at the time ranked second on the all-time UCLA list.
Green's UCLA career averages were 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1962 NBA draft.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2001 brings the total membership to 166.
Along with Cunningham and Green, the 2001 inductees are Jill Andrews, gymnastics, Sharron Backus, softball, Jim Brown, football, Charles Cheshire, football, Terry Donahue, football, Warren Edmonson, track and field, John Lee, football, Lisa Longaker, softball, and Ozzie Volstad, volleyball.