Dec. 11, 2000
Saturday, Dec. 16 - UC Irvine at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.
TV - Fox Sports Net West 2, with Bill Macdonald and Dan Belluomini.
Radio - XTRA Sports 1150am, with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers.
Upcoming - Saturday, Dec. 23 - North Carolina at UCLA, Pauley Pavilion, 1 p.m.
TV - CBS
Radio - XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts and Bob Myers.
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin
Lavin is entering his fifth season as UCLA's head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 94-41 (69.6, 135 games).
Lavin is 7-4 (63.6) in NCAA Tournament play. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, he is the first UCLA head coach to lead UCLA to three NCAA 'Sweet 16' appearances in a four-year stretch. In his four+ seasons, the Bruins have averaged almost 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' twice (1998 and 2000) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.
Lavin is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski
UC Irvine Head Coach Pat Douglass
Douglass is in his fourth season at Irvine, with a school and career mark of 32-53. Prior to Irvine, Douglass was at CS Bakersfield for 10 seasons (1988-97), leading the Roadrunners to three NCAA Div. II National Championships (1993-94-97).
UCI is 3-1 (all home games), beating Howard (71-47, Nov. 17), Loyola Marymount (62-57, Nov. 21) and California (56-52, Dec. 2) and losing to San Diego U. (63-60, Nov. 29). The Anteaters host UC San Diego on Wednesday before traveling to Pauley Pavilion to play UCLA on Saturday. Series History - The series is tied at 2-2. The Bruins won the last meeting, 134-101, at the 1990 Great Alaska Shootout. On Dec. 28, 1988 at the Bren Center, UCI defeated UCLA 91-90. Prior to the start of the 1988 Pac-10 season, UCLA beat UCI 116-100 in Pauley Pavilion. In the first meeting between the two teams, UCLA was the defending NIT Champion, but lost to the Anteaters 80-74 in a 1986 NIT first-round game in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA'S LAST GAME: Dec. 9 - UCLA 84, Hawai'i 64
Before 6,604 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA led 47-28 at halftime and went on to beat Hawai'i, 84-64.
The Bruins had four of five starters in double figures, led by Jason Kapono who recorded his second career double-double, with a team-high 21 points, a career-best 12 rebounds and a career-high tying six assists.
The Bruins shot a season-best 53.2 (33-62) from the field, 46.7 (7-15) from three-point range and 57.9 (11-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 37 rebounds and 17 turnovers. The Rainbows shot 51.0 (26-51) from the field, 22.2 (2-9) from three-point range and 62.5 (10-16) from the foul line, with 24 rebounds and 19 turnovers. Hawaii was led by Predrag Savovic's 23 points.
UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee is sophomore forward Jason Kapono. On Dec. 9 in Pauley Pavilion when UCLA beat Hawai'i 84-64, Kapono started and played 38 minutes, with a team-high 21 points (8,season-high-13, 2-3, 3-6), a career-best 12 rebounds (6 off.,career-high-6 def.), a career-high tying six assists and one blocked shot.
It was Kapono's second double-double of his career and he even played point guard for the Bruins in the first half. With 6:13 left in the first half and UCLA leading 30-25, Earl Watson picked up his third foul and Kapono took over the point. He directed the Bruins during a 15-1 run, UCLA then led by 19 points and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the game.
Kapono leads the Pac-10 in scoring, with an 18.7 per game average.
UCLA sophomore Jason Kapono entered the Hawai'i game making 28 consecutive free throws (the school record is 36, Henry Bibby, 1972 (five games). In the first half against Hawai'i, Kapono was 0-0 from the foul line, missed his first two in the second half (15:27) and ended the game 3-6 from the charity stripe.
Jason Kapono - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (103-217, 47.5) and No. 6 (103) in three-point field goals (No. 5, Earl Watson, 106, current, No. 4, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90).
Earl Watson - The Hawaii game was Watson's 103rd career start and game ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1071 -- 37th - 44 behind No. 36 Montel Hatcher at 1115) ... Ranks sixth on UCLA's career assist list with 481 (No. 5, Roy Hamilton, 512, 1976-79) ... Ranks No. 4 on the career steals list with 184 (No. 3 is Pooh Richardson, 189, 1986-89) and Watson needs 41 steals to overtake school leader Edney, 224) ... Ranks No. 5 on the career three-point field goal list with 106 (No. 4, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 308 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92).
Pauley Pavilion - In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 69-6 (92.0, 75 games).
During Steve Lavin's tenure (1996-97 to the present), the Bruins are 26-4 (30 games, 86.7) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins are 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).
UCLA's 78-74 loss to CS Northridge on Nov. 21 in Pauley was just the sixth nonconference loss the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. The losses were against - CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000, Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
In 12 seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in nonleauge games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0, 1997-98, 6-0, 1994-95, 6-0, 1993-94, 6-0, 1992-93, 8-0, 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0). The Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga last season. Prior to losing to CS Northridge, the Bruins had won three consecutive nonleague games in Pauley.
Local prep standouts, Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS and Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS, along with Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 8. The trio will be incoming Bruin freshmen next fall.
"Our coaching staff is very excited to have Cedric, Dijon and Michael join our basketball program," Lavin said. These three young men come from good families and sound high school programs. They are prime examples of the excellent student-athletes UCLA is able to attract because of the quality of our institution. We expect this recruiting class to impact our program as freshmen and allow us to continue a tradition of excellence."
Bozeman, a 6-5, 183-pounder, is one of the top prep point guards in the U. S. Playing for coach Gary McKnight at Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Bozeman enters his senior season as The Sporting News' No. 9 off-guard in the U. S. and Hoop Scoop's No. 10 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, Bozeman helped lead Mater Dei to the CIF Southern Section Division IA title. In 1999-00, he averaged 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 50.5 from the field, 35.4 (17-48) from three-point range and 69.5 from the foul line. At the end of his junior prep season, Bozeman earned USA Today honorable mention All-America. Bozeman selected UCLA over Florida, Kansas and Arizona.
Thompson, a 6-6, 180-pounder, is one of the top high school shooters in the U.S. At Redondo Union HS in Redondo Beach under coach Jim Nielsen, Thompson enters the 2000-01 season rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the West and The Sporting News' No. 8 small forward in the U. S. As a junior last season, Thompson helped lead Redondo Union to a 25-5 record and averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists a game. He selected UCLA over Arizona and Connecticut.
Fey, a 6-11, 245-pounder, is one of the top prep centers on the west coast. Under coach Bob Dickson last season at Capital HS, Fey averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots a game, while earning first-team All-League selection. A Top 50 national high school prospect by Fox Student Sports.com, Fey selected UCLA over Washington, Oregon and Gonzaga.
On Dec. 2, UCLA lost to Georgia Tech 72-67 in the seventh annual John R. Wooden Classic at The Pond in Anaheim. It was UCLA's fifth appearance in the Wooden Classic and its first loss, after four victories - 1994 (inaugural) - UCLA 82, Kentucky 81, 1995 - UCLA 73, Maryland 63, 1997 - UCLA 69, New Mexico 58, 1998 - UCLA 69, Oklahoma State 66.
On Nov. 9-10, the Bruins played in the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City. No. 17 UCLA placed third, losing to No. 7 Kansas 99-98 and beating No. 12 Kentucky 97-92 in overtime. Kansas defeated St. John's 82-74 for the title. UCLA senior guard Earl Watson earned All-Classic honors and Bruin freshman T. J. Cummings was named Sixth Man.
UCLA played two exhibitions to start the 2000-01 season. On Nov. 15, the Bruins beat EA Sports/CS SW All-Stars 81-78. The Bruins had three players score in double figures, led by Earl Watson's 26 and Dan Gadzuric's 22 points and 10 rebounds. On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA opened the exhibition season with a 118-64 win over Team Concept. The Bruins used 14 players and led 25-0 to start the game. UCLA was led by Earl Watson's 21 points, 11 assists and four steals and Jason Kapono's 20 points and seven rebounds. All five of UCLA's starters scored in double figures (six players in all).
Jason Kapono, 6-8 Bruin sophomore forward, is on the Wooden (Top 25) and Naismith (Top 30) Awards preseason Player of the Year lists. Last year as a true frosh, Kapono led the Bruins in scoring (16.0), was named the CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 (first-team) and co-Freshman of the Year honors.
Here's a list of some of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors: Athlon - Team, No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News - Team, No. 24 in U. S., No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball Times - No. 4 in the Pac-10, Blue Ribbon - Team, No. 16 in U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, fourth-team All-America, CBS SportsLine - Team, No. 13 in U. S., ESPN.com - Team, No. 15 in the U. S. , Fox Sports.com - Team, No. 21 in U. S., Lindy's - Team, No. 12 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 8 center in the U. S., Earl Watson, third-team All-Pac-10, Los Angeles Times - No. 13 in the U. S., Preview Sports - Team, No. 25 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Slam - Team, No. 7 in the U. S., Street & Smith's - Team, No. 17 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, T. J. Cummings, All-Midwest incoming freshman, Sports Illustrated - Team, No. 13 in the U. S., The Sporting News - Team, No. 18 in U. S, No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, No. 14 point guard in the U. S., Jason, Kapono, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., second-team preseason All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 17 center in the U. S., USBWA - No. 21 in the U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, Top 25 preseason All-America, Vitale - Team, No. 19 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, third-team All-Rolls-Roycer, No. 3 point guard in U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
The Bruins vs. Kansas hit 13 three-pointers, one shy of tying the school record (14), set last season vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament second round. Last year, the Bruins set a single-season school-record with 205 threes, breaking the old mark of 173, 1992. The 552 attempts in 1999-00 were the most in school history and the percentage of 37.1 ranks fifth all-time and is the highest since 1996, when the Bruins shot 37.6.
In 2000-01, the Bruins have used four different starting lineups (in six games) - Hawai'i (forwards, Billy Knight/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), Georgia Tech (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), UCSB (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), CS Northridge (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, T. J. Cummings, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), Kentucky (forwards, Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Ray Young/Earl Watson), Kansas (forwards, Matt Barnes /Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric, guards, Billy Knight/Earl Watson). In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).
UCLA senior Rico Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and had successful surgery on Nov. 1. The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center.
Hines, a 6-5, 210-pound senior from Greenville, NC, injured his right knee on Oct. 27 during practice. After a re-evaluation of the knee on Oct. 28, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was ordered for Oct. 30, revealing the cartilage tear. The estimated rehabilitation time is approximately four-to-six weeks.
On Oct. 12, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Hines will miss UCLA's first two games of this season for a violation of team rules. He was to miss the Bruins' exhibition home opener vs. Team Concept on Nov. 1 and UCLA's Nov. 9 season-opener vs. Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Hines will now serve his two-game suspension when he is cleared to play following his rehabilitation stint, Lavin said.
Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruin career, starting 15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes. As a junior last season, he appeared in 29 games with seven starts, averaging 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
UCLA true freshman Josiah Johnson has a stress fracture in his left foot and will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced Oct. 27.
Because of chronic pain in his left foot, Johnson had x-rays taken Oct. 26, revealing the stress fracture. Placed in a walking boot, he will be on crutches for about a week and reevaluated after the first four weeks in the walking boot.
Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward, last season was a senior high school standout at Montclair Prep. He averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds, earning USA Today honorable mention All-America.
Josiah is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.
UCLA has several eligible walkons on their 2000-01 roster - Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman from Redondo Union who last year averaged 18.0ppg, Sam Nelson, 6-4 sophomore who has a true freshman last season was on the UCLA men's volleyball roster. Nelson prepped at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and was a two-year All-CIF basketball selection, Janou Rubin, 6-3 freshman who prepped last year at Logan HS in Union City, averaging 28.2ppg.
The Bruins' also have two ineligible newcomers - Spencer Gloger, 6-7 sophomore who last year started 28 games at Princeton, tying the Ivy League record for three-pointers (10) in a game and freshman school records for points in a game (34) and three-pointers (65) in a season. Gloger prepped at Santa Margarita HS and is from Mission Viejo, John Hoffart, 6-10 sophomore who attended Cal Poly-SLO last year, appearing in 26 games and averaging 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hoffart attended Davis, CA HS.
On Nov. 1 at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were selected to finish fourth in the media preseason poll - 1. Arizona (290), 2. Stanford (255), 3. USC (206), 4. UCLA (205), 5. California (160), 6. Oregon (138), 7. Oregon State (133), 8. Arizona State (109), 9. Washington (58), 10. Washington State (41).
In the preseason national polls, UCLA was No. 17 in AP and No. 19 in USA Today.
On Oct. 23, the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
For the spring quarter of 2000, UCLA had five players on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll (a 3.0gpg or higher) - (3.0-3.49gpa) - Brandon Brooks, at the time, Brooks was a two-sport participant (water polo/basketball), he is no longer on the basketball team, Sean Farnham (graduated in June 2000 and is now an assistant coach at Pepperdine), Jason Flowers and Earl Watson, (3.5-4.0gpa) - Todd Ramasar.
During the summer of 2000, eight of the nine players who were in summer school took classes to continue their advancement toward a degree (were not taking classes to remain eligible for the coming season).
UCLA's four seniors (Ryan Bailey, Jason Flowers, Rico Hines and Earl Watson), along with junior Billy Knight, who redshirted in 1998-99 because of an injury, are all on track to graduate in June 2001.
On Monday, Dec. 18, from 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., UCLA head coach Steve Lavin and the Bruins will visit the children at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte. For more information, please call Taylor Mayo (1-800-888-5323).
On Friday morning, Dec. 1 at The Pond in Anaheim, UCLA players Matt Barnes, Jason Kapono, Dan Gadzuric, Ray Young and Earl Watson, participated in a clinic for Special Olympics (the charity for the Wooden Classic). Also participating were Lavin, Coach Wooden and Bruin great Bill Walton.
The 2000 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 36th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 12 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times-North Carolina 26, Arizona 16 and Indiana 15. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (81).
UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000) is one of just six schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 three times in the last four years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999), Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000), North Carolina (1997, 1998, 2000) and Purdue (1998, 1999, 2000).
UCLA has won multiple NCAA Tournament games in three of the last four years for the first times since 1995-97-98. The last time prior to that was 1973-74-75-76.
UCLA's victory over No. 1 Stanford last year on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.
According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team seven times to rank third on that list behind Notre Dame (nine) and Duke (eight). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have also recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.
With the win at California last season on March 2, 2000, UCLA stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 52 (1948-49 to 1999-2000).
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes the last four seasons. The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Boston Celtics), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.
The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte in the NBA), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
During the 1998-99 year, the Bruins McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.
In this season's early signing period, the Bruins have inked Cedric Bozeman, from Mater Dei HS, Dijon Thompson, from Redondo Union HS and Michael Fey, from Capital HS in Olympia, WA.
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage two of the last five years -1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacifc-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.
After six games this year, UCLA is shooting 44.6 from the field.
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,474-637 (69.8, 2,111 games) in 81+ years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 502-59 (561 games, 89.5) Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt).
On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382, previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.
The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 15-1 at Pauley (losing only to Stanford).
The Bruins finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.
The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its second season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' X 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to "fit the house" and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
Bruins in the 2000-01 NBA: UCLA in the NBA - Twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remain for the current regular season. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets, Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.
Former Bruins Ed O'Bannon (1992-95) and Toby Bailey (1995-98) are playing for the ABA Los Angeles Stars.
In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections-Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.
From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.
2000-01 Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed twice at halftime this season, to UCSB (41-38) and to Kansas, 57-51. UCLA is 1-1 when trailing at half and 2-2 when leading (lost to Georgia Tech after leading 28-22 at halftime and lost to CS Northridge after leading 39-32 at halftime).
UCLA has outrebounded its opponent the last four games (Hawai'i 37-24, Georgia Tech 49-44, UCSB 40-28 and CS Northridge 36-35), after getting outrebounded in the first two games (Kansas, K41-U29 and Kentucky, K49-U43).
The Bruins have been outshot from the field in two of the last three games (UCLA outshot Hawai'i 53.2-51.0, but was outshot by GA Tech 37.3-U28.6 and UCSB 49.1-U43.8). After six games, UCLA is shooting 44.6 and opponents are shooting 46.5 from the field.
In six games, the Bruins from the three-point line have outshot their opponents four times, only GA Tech 28.1-U22.2 and UCSB54.5-U28.0, have outshot the Bruins from three-point range. Against Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Bruins hit 13 (one shy of tying the school record, 14 vs. Maryland, 2000 NCAA)-24 three-pointers. After six games, UCLA is shooting 38.2 (47-123) from three-point range and opponents 36.6 (49-134).
Only once this season, have the Bruins had more turnovers than their opponent (U24-CS Northridge 19). In the last three games since CS Northridge, UCLA is averaging 16.3 (49) and its opponents 18.0 (54) turnovers a game. UCLA's low turnover game this season is nine vs. Kentucky. After six games, UCLA is averaging 16.0 turnovers and its opponents (16.8). Last season, the Bruins high turnover game was 26 vs. Arizona in Pauley Pavilion (1/20/00) and 24 at Arizona State (2/17/00) and the low was 10 at Oregon State (1/27/00).
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
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UCLA PLAYER UPDATES
21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-3, 195, Sr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)
2000-01 - Now in his third season of eligibility for the Bruins, Bailey is one of UCLA's three senior tri-captains, with Earl Watson and Rico Hines.
After six games, Bailey is averaging 7.2 minutes and 0.8 points.
Bailey came off the bench in both games at The Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic, playing seven minutes vs. Kansas (two points, two assists) and four minutes vs. Kentucky ... Against Cal State Northridge, he played seven minutes off the bench and had three points and one steal ... Vs. UC Santa Barbara, Bailey played one minute ... In the Wooden Classic against Georgia Tech, he played 14 minutes and had one rebound, one assist and one steal ... Against Hawaii, he played 10 minutes.
BAILEY'S SEASON HIGHS - 14 minutes vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), three points vs. CSUN (11/21/00), 1 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), two assists vs. Kansas (11/9/00), 1 steal vs. CSUN (11/21/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00).
UCLA Career - Bailey, younger brother of Bruin standout Toby Bailey, last season as a junior in 32 games (eight starts) averaged a career-high 16.8 minutes, 3.2 points, 2.4 assists (second on the team) and 1.8 rebounds.
As a sophomore in 1998-99, Bailey averaged 15.2 minutes, 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists (No. 3 on the team) and 0.8 steals, while shooting 45.4 from the field, a team-leading 39.3 (11-28, No. 3 on the team) from three-point range and 58.3 (28-48) from the foul line ... His 1998-99 preseason honors included Preview Sports Top Newcomer in the Pac-10 and Vitale's Impact Transfer in the Pac-10.
BAILEY'S CAREER HIGHS - 34 minutes vs. USC (2/9/00), 11 points, three times, last vs. Oregon State (2/26/00), seven rebounds vs. DePaul (12/18/99) and Syracuse (2/13/00), seven assists vs. Syracuse (2/13/00), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99).
Bailey sat out 1997-98 after transferring from Penn State ... At Penn State during 1996-97, Bailey started for the Nittany Lions at point guard ... He started 24 of 27 games and averaged 34 minutes, 4.2 assists (113, tying PSU freshman record), 1.1 steals and was third in scoring (8.4) and rebounding (4.0).
1 Jason Flowers, 6-0, 182, Sr., G, Bellflower (UC Irvine/Bellflower HS)
2000-01 - One of four seniors on this year's squad, Flowers has one year of eligibility after transferring to UCLA from UC Irvine.
Flowers did not play in New York City, but saw 19 minutes (three points, four assists, one steal) in UCLA's exhibition win over EA Sports ... He played in a regular-season game for the first time in his Bruin career vs. Cal State Northridge with two minutes off the bench ... Did not play against UCSB and Georgia Tech but played two minutes against Hawaii, passing for his first assist.
Career - Ineligible last season due to transferring from a four-year school, Flowers attended UCLA in 1996-97 (did not play basketball), then attended UC Irvine for two seasons, playing for Pat Douglass ... As a sophomore in 1998-99, Flowers appeared in 23 games for the Anteaters, starting six and averaging 17.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and shot 40.0 from the field, 47.2 (17-36) from three-point range and 79.5 from the foul line ... As a freshman at Irvine in 1997-98, Flowers played in 24 games and started 15, averaging 21.1 minutes, 8.2 points (No. 4 on the team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 36.7 from the field, 37.1 from three-point range an 84.0 from the foul line.
22 Rico Hines, 6-5, 210, Sr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
2000-01 - A senior tri-captain with Earl Watson and Ryan Bailey, Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee on Oct. 27 and had successful arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 1. He will be out 4-6 weeks.
On Oct. 12, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced Hines would miss UCLA's first two games of the season (Nov. 1 vs. Team Concept and Nov. 9 vs. Kansas) for a violation of team rules. Hines will now serve his two-game suspension when he is cleared to play following his rehabilitation.
UCLA Career - As a junior tri-captain last season, Hines in his 29 games (seven starts) averaged 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Hines versatility and defensive prowess were missed when he was out for 11 games during mid-year with a right foot injury that required surgery (fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, a pin was inserted on Jan. 14, 1999) ... In 20 games (six starts) that year, Hines averaged 12.6 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists and shooting 38.3 from the field, 33.3 (7-21) from three-point range and 43.8 (7-16) from the foul line.
In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament.
HINES' CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), 12 points vs. Washington State (1/8/00), six rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), six assists vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), three steals vs. North Carolina (1/15/00), one blocked shot, four times, last vs. Arizona State (2/17/00).
25 Earl Watson, 6-1, 195, Sr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)
2000-01 Preseason Honors - Athlon, second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's, third-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News, No. 14 point guard in the U. S, Vitale, third-team All-Rolls Roycer, No. 3 point guard in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10.
2000-01 - A senior tri-captain with Rico Hines and Ryan Bailey ... UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (103) the last three+ years and he's looking to become the first player in school history to start every scheduled regular-season and NCAA Tournament game during his four year career (Don MacLean during his four years started 127 of the 129 games that were played during his four-year (1989-92 Bruin career - MacLean missed a game as a junior (at Stanford, eye injury) and senior (at San Diego State, flu) ... Watson is also looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) ... Watson is playing with a right little finger tendon strain.
After six games, Watson is UCLA's leader in minutes (tied at 37.7) and assists (6.7) and the Bruins' second-leading scorer (15.5) ... He's led the Bruins in assists in five of six games this season.
For the first time in his career, Watson scored 20 or more points in back-to-back games at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City and earned All-Classic honors ... Vs. Kansas, he played 38 minutes, with 21 points (7-15, 3-6, 4-7), five rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three turnovers ... Vs. Kentucky, he played 43 minutes, with 20 points (8-14, 0-3, 4-6), five rebounds, nine assists, one steal and no turnovers.
Against Cal State Northridge, he started his 100th consecutive game and played 40 minutes, tying for the team lead with 15 points (5-14, 2-6, 3-4) ... He also led the team with six assists and two steals and had two rebounds, one block and seven turnovers ... Vs. UCSB, Watson played 39 minutes, with eight points and a game-high and season-high tying nine assists and two steals, with a career-high tying two blocked shots ... Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played 39 minutes (102nd straight start) and finished with 16 points (5-12, 2-3, 4-7), five rebounds, a season-high four steals, three assists and eight turnovers ... Vs. Hawaii, he started his 103rd straight game and played 27 minutes, finishing with 13 points (5-7, 3-4, 0-1), five assists, one rebound and one steal.
WATSON'S SEASON HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), 21 points vs. Kansas (11/9/00), five rebounds vs. Kansas (11/9/00), Kentucky (11/10/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00), nine assists vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Kentucky (11/10/00), four steals vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 2 blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).
WATSON'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 11) - Scoring, 9th, 15.5, Assists, 2nd, 6.67, Steals, 3thT, 1.83, Asst./TO Ratio, 10th, 1.74. UCLA Career - As a junior tri--captain, Watson was one of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 33 games, tying the school record he also had tied as a freshman ... Set the school assist single-game record vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament with 16, the best single-game effort in the 2000 Tournament ... His 12 assists vs. Ball State in the 2000 NCAA tied for the fourth-best single-game Tourney effort ... Scored in double figures 20 times last year and has done it 50 times in his career ... In his 33 games in 1999-00, Watson averaged 34.7 minutes (first on the team), 11.4 points (third on the team among players with at least 10 games), 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 45.1 from the field, 36.0 (41-114) from three-point range and 64.9 (61-94) from the foul line ... His 195 assists last season ranked eighth on UCLA's single-season list and his 60 steals was ninth ... In the 2000 final Pac-10 stats, Watson ranked second in assists (5.91) and seventh in steals (1.82)
In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Watson enjoyed a solid season and earned second-team All-Dist. 15 acclaim from the NABC and honorable mention All-Pac-10 for his efforts ... In 1998-99, he led the team in minutes played (34.0) and was UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.3), fourth-leading rebounder (3.7) and was second in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6) ... Watson shot 43.5 from the field, 32.0 (33-103) from three-point range and 70.3 (90-128) from the foul line, best among players with at least one attempt per game ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 16th in scoring (13.3) and sixth in assists (4.58) ... His 1998-99 Preseason Honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10.
As a frosh in 1997-98, Watson, who was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, was the only Bruin to start all 33 games, tying a UCLA single-season record, at the time last set by Ed and Charles O'Bannon and George Zidek during the Bruins' 1995 NCAA Championship season ... He was the team's No. 5 scorer (5.8) and No. 5 rebounder (3.7) and was second in steals (1.9), third in assists (3.2) and fourth in minutes (32.0), while shooting 39.2 from the field, 32.3 from the three-point line and 60.6 from the foul line ... His 64 steals in 1998 tied for No. 4 on UCLA's season list ... In final 1998 Pac-10 stats Watson was sixth in steals (1.9) ... In the 1998 NCAA Tournament, he averaged 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists ... Watson started all three games in the 1997 Alaska Shootout and joined Baron Davis as the first set of true freshman starting guards in UCLA history since 1979-80.
WATSON'S CAREER CHARTS - The Hawaii game was Watson's 103rd career start and game ... Watson is the 40th Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1071 -- 37th - 44 behind No. 36 Montel Hatcher at 1115) ... Ranks sixth on UCLA's career assist list with 481 (No. 5, Roy Hamilton, 512, 1976-79) ... Ranks No. 4 on the career steals list with 184 (No. 3 is Pooh Richardson, 189, 1986-89) and Watson needs 41 steals to overtake school leader Edney, 224) ... Ranks No. 5 on the career three-point field goal list with 106 (No. 4, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90) and No. 3 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 308 (No. 2, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92).
WATSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 45 minutes at Stanford (3/4/00), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), 10 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/24/00), 16 assists (school record) vs. Maryland (3/18/00), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, seven times, last vs. UCSB (11/29/00).
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, 230, Jr., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)
2000-01 - Has started five of six games at forward and is playing with a sprained left thumb suffered in the Kentucky game ... After six games, he's averaging 26.0 minutes, 7.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, No. 2 on the squad.
In the opener against Kansas, Barnes played 22 minutes, with five points and three rebounds and vs. Kentucky, he played a career-best 37 minutes, with 10 points and seven rebounds ... Against Cal State Northridge, he played 27 minutes and finished with a season-high 11 points (4-6, 1-1, 2-3) and a team-high and career high-tying 10 rebounds for his first career double-double ... He also had two assists, a career-high tying two blocks and seven turnovers ... Vs. UCSB, he played 31 minutes, with eight points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds ... Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played 16 minutes and finished with two points, three rebounds and two assists ... Vs. Hawaii, he played 23 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (4-7, 1-2, 0-0), six rebounds and a career-high six steals.
Barnes has led the Bruins in rebounding in two of the last four games, with a career-high tying 10 vs. UCSB and CS Northridge.
BARNES' SEASON HIGHS - 37 minutes vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), 11 points vs. CSUN (11/21/00), 10 rebounds vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and CSUN (11/21/00), three assists vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), six steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), 2 blocked shots vs. CSUN (11/21/00).
BARNES' PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 11) - Rebounding, 14th, 6.5.
Career - As a sophomore in 1999-00, Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the season ... He became eligible on Dec. 20, 1999 ... In his 28 games (one start), he averaged 14.8 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 from the field. He averaged 6.1 points and shot 48.9 from the floor in Pac-10 play ... In the four games in which he played at least 20 minutes (Purdue, Arizona State, h and the two Stanford games) last season, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 51.3 from the floor.
As a freshman in 1998-99, Barnes averaged 13.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and shot 43.4 from the field, 29.4 (10-34) from three-point range and 47.8 (22-46) from the foul line ... He appeared in 30 games and started on eight occasions.
BARNES' CAREER HIGHS - 37 minutes vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), 17 points vs. Arizona State (1/22/00), 10 rebounds, three times, last vs. UCSB (11/29/00), four assists vs. Oregon State (2/7/99) and Ball State (3/16/00), six steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), two blocked shots three times, last vs. CSUN (11/21/00).
50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, 235, Jr., C, Den Haag, Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA)
2000-01 Preseason Honors - Athlon, second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News, second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 8 center in the U. S., The Sporting News, No. 17 center in the U. S., Vitale, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10
2000-01 - Projected to be one of the top centers in the U. S. this season, Gadzuric is one of UCLA's three returning starters from a year ago, joining guard Earl Watson and forward Jason Kapono.
After six games (five starts), Gadzuric is averaging 28.2 minutes, 14.3 points (No. 3 on the squad) and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds ... He leads the Bruins in field goal percentage (53.5) ... In his last five games, he is averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting .574 (35-61) from the field.
Started both games in New York City, playing 29 minutes vs. Kansas (eight points, two rebounds) and had a dominating game vs. Kentucky, playing 26 minutes, with his eighth career double-double (16 points, 14 rebounds) ... Against Cal State Northridge, he played 27 minutes off the bench (had the flu) and contributed 12 points (6-12, 0-0), eight rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist ... Dominated in the UCSB contest before fouling out with 2:13 left to play ... Vs. the Gauchos, Gadzuric scored a season-high 21 points (10-12, 0-0, 1-5, one shy of tying career-best and getting 17 points in the first half), with five rebounds ...Recorded his ninth career-double-double versus Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic ... Played a career-high 36 minutes and contributed 17 points (7-17, 3-7), 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block ... Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 23 minutes, finishing with 12 points (6-10, 0-4), five rebounds and three blocked shots.
GADZURIC'S SEASON HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 21 points vs. UCSB (11/29/00), 14 rebounds vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), one assist four times, last vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), one steal five times, last vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), three blocked shots vs. Hawaii (12/9/00).
GADZURIC'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 11) - Scoring, 15th, 14.3, Rebounding, 7thT, 7.7, Blocked Shots, 6thT, 1.33, Off. Rebounds, 6th, 3.00, Def. Rebounds, 8th, 4.67.
Career - Started 23 of 33 games last year as a sophomore ... Did not start at California, breaking his string of starting 22 consecutive games, and came off the bench in the last seven games ... In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric ranked eighth in rebounding (7.0), third in blocked shots (1.58) and third in field goal percentage (56.5) ... In his 33 games (tying a single-season school record in 1999-00), Gadzuric averaged 22.4 minutes, 9.7 points (fifth on the team), 7.0 rebounds (second on the team) and 1.6 blocked shots, while shooting a team-high 56.5 (140-248) from the field ... He led the Bruins in rebounding 11 times and in blocked shots in 19 games ... Gadzuric's 1999-00 preseason honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 14 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 15 center in the U. S. and Vitale's No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
In 1998-99 as a frosh, Gadzuric was selected to the five-man Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman squad ... He suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Feb. 24, 1999, tearing the leteral meniscus in his left knee (underwent a 90-minute arthroscopic surgery procedure on Feb. 25, 1999) and missed the Bruins' final five games ... Prior to his injury, Gadzuric averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points and 5.7 rebounds (third on the team) and 1.3 blocked shots (team-leader) and shot a team-leading 54.0 (88-163) from the field and 50.0 (31-62) from the foul line ... His 5.7 rebound average was the seventh-highest ever among Bruin freshmen ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric was 16th in rebounding (5.7) and sixth in blocked shots (1.25) ... Gadzuric started 17 of the 24 games in which he played ... He led the Bruins three times in scoring, six times in rebounding and 16 times (including ties) in blocked shots ... Gadzuric's 1998-99 preseason honors were Basketball News' Heavenly 100, Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Lindy's No. 6 incoming frosh in U. S., third-team All-Pac-10, Preview Sports No. 1 incoming frosh in U. S, Sport All-Class of 2002, Street & Smith's Top Newcomer in Pac-10 and Vitale's No. 4 Diaper Dandy.
GADZURIC'S CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 22 points vs. California (3/2/00), 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/22/99), three assists vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), five steals vs. Oklahoma State (12/5/98), four blocked shots three times, last vs. California (3/2/00).
3 Billy Knight, 6-5, 203, Jr., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
2000-01 - Will contend for playing time at guard this season after starting nine games as a sophomore in 1999-00, including UCLA's final five contests last year, when UCLA was 4-1 and 2-1 in the NCAA.
After six games (two starts), Knight is averaging 11.0 minutes, 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds.
Knight started vs. Kansas, playing 11 minutes, with six points and two rebounds and vs. Kentucky, he came off the bench to play 14 minutes, with two points ... He came off the bench against Cal State Northridge and contributed two points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 10 minutes ... Vs. UCSB, Knight played three minutes off the bench, with three points and two rebounds ... Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played six minutes, missing two free throws and grabbing one rebound ... Vs. Hawaii, he started and played a season-high 22 minutes, finishing with a season-high eight points (2-5, 0-1, 4-4), two assists, two steals and one rebound.
KNIGHT'S SEASON HIGHS - 22 minutes vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), eight points vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), three rebounds vs. CSUN (11/21/00), two assists vs. CSUN (11/21/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), two steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), 0 blocked shots.
Career - Last year as a sophomore, in 28 games (nine starts), Knight averaged 11.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.3 from the field, 39.7 (25-63, second on the team) from three-point range and 65.6 (21-32) from the foul line ... In Pac-10 play, he averaged 5.8 points in 11.7 minutes while shooting 51.5 (34-66) from the floor and 45.5 (15-33) from three-point range ... Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine (Dec. 28, 1999) game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue (Dec. 30, 1999) game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2, 2000.
In 1998-99, Knight was hampered with a severe groin strain and redshirted.
In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Knight appeared in 24 games and was the Bruins' No. 7 scorer (2.8), with an 0.9 rebound average and shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from the three-point line and 72.7 (8-11) from the foul line ... The first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton as a freshman, scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0).
KNIGHT'S CAREER HIGHS - 29 minutes at Oregon (1/29/00), 15 points twice, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), six rebounds at Oregon (1/29/00) and vs. Washington (3/11/00), three assists, vs. Fairfield (11/23/99) and Arizona State (2/17/00), three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) and Washington (3/11/00), one blocked shot vs. Oregon (1/29/00).
11 Todd Ramasar, 6-4, 213, Jr., G, Corona (Riverside North)
2000-01 - Ramasar has been slowed in fall camp with back spasms and has not yet appeared in a game this season ... During the week of practice for the Hawai'i game, Ramasar suffered a cut over his left eye (five stitches) and a mild concussion and could not play against the Rainbows. Career - In 1999-00, Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Oct. 18, 1999 and redshirted.
As a sophomore in 1998-99, Ramasar appeared in 13 games (he also started both of UCLA's exhibition contests) and averaged 2.7 minutes, 0.8 points and 0.2 rebounds and shot 23.1 (3-13) from the field and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line.
As a freshman in 1997-98, Ramasar played in six games (Alaska-Anchorage, CS Fullerton, USC, WSU, Oregon and Kentucky).
RAMASAR'S CAREER HIGHS - nine minutes vs. Washington State (2/25/99), six points vs. Washington State (2/25/99), one rebound six times, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), one assist vs. Kentucky (3/20/98), one steal vs. Alaska-Anchorage (11/28/97).
34 Ray Young, 6-3, 210, Jr., G, Oakland (St. Joseph Notre Dame)
2000-01 - Starting the last five games at guard opposite Earl Watson, Young is averaging 31.5 minutes and is fourth in scoring with his 13.7 average ... He ranks fifth on the team in field goal percentage (42.6) and is second in free throw percentage (90.9) ... He is second on the team in steals (1.5) and third in assists (2.3) and is averaging 3.7 rebounds.
In New York City, he came off the bench to play 25 minutes vs. Kansas, 10 points and and a game-high tying three steals ... As a starter vs. Kentucky, Young played a career-high 37 minutes and scored 20 points (second-highest total of his career, 7-12, 3-7, 3-4, including six points in overtime), with a season-high five rebounds, two asssits and steals and just one turnover ... He started and played 22 minutes against Cal State Northridge, tying for the team lead with 15 points (4-10, 3-6, 4-4) and adding four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot ... Vs. UCSB, Young started and played a career-high 38 minutes, with 16 points (6-14), 1-6, 3-3), a season-high tying five rebounds, a career-high tying six assists and a game-high tying two steals ... Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he started and tied his career high with 38 minutes and finished with eight points ((1-9, 0-6, 6-7), a career high-tying six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block ... Vs. Hawaii, he started and played 29 minutes, finishing with 13 points (5-11, 1-4, 2-2), three rebounds, one assist and six turnovers.
YOUNG'S SEASON HIGHS - 38 minutes vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 20 points vs. Kentucky (11/10/00), six rebounds vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), six assists vs. UCSB (11/29/00), three steals vs. Kansas (11/9/00), 1 blocked shot vs. CSUN (11/21/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00).
YOUNG'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 11) - Scoring, 18th, 13.7, FT%, 4th, 90.9 (20-22). Career - Last year as a sophomore, Young started 10 consecutive games before coming off the bench against North Carolina ... In 33 games in 1999-00, he averaged 19.4 minutes, 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds and shot 36.8 from the field and 31.5 (28-89) from three-point range.
As a true freshman in 1998-99, Young concluded the season averaging 16.1 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 46.9 from the field, 40.8 (20-49, No. 1 on the team) from three-point range and 70.4 (19-27, No. 2 on the squad) from the free throw line ... He played double-figure minutes in 21 of his last 25 games ... Young's 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 30 incoming frosh in U. S.
YOUNG'S CAREER HIGHS - 38 minutes vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Georgia Tech (12/2/00), 22 points vs. Oregon State (1/27/00), six rebounds seven times, last vs. Georgia Tech (12/2/00), six assists vs. UCSB (11/29/00) and Oregon State (1/27/00), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) and Washington (3/11/00), two blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/4/99).
24 Jason Kapono, 6-8, 206, So., F, Lakewood (Artesia)
2000-01 Preseason Honors - Athlon, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Blue Ribbon, fourth-team All-America, Lindy's, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., second-team preseason All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Vitale, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
2000-01 - After earning CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 honors in 2000, Kapono is on the Wooden (Top 25), Naismith (Top 30) and USBWA (Top 25) preseason 2000-01 Player of the Year lists ... He returns for his sophomore season after "testing the waters" last summer with regard to the 2000 NBA Draft ... One of the nation's top outside shooters.
After six starts and leading the Bruins in scoring in four (UCSB a season-high 24, Kentucky 21, Hawaii 21, Georgia Tech 18) of the six contests, Kapono is averaging 37.7 minutes (tied for No. 1 on the squad) and leads the Bruins in scoring (18.7), three-point field goal shooting (47.7, 21-44) and foul shooting (.912, 31-34) ... Kapono is second in assists (3.3), third in rebounding (6.2) and fourth in steals (1.1) ... He made 28 free throws to start the year, missing for the first time on his first attempt versus Hawaii.
In New York City, Kapono had back-to-back 20+ point scoring games for the third time in his career and all but one of his field goals was a three-pointer (12-24 from the field, 11-16 from three-point range) ... As a starter, played 39 minutes vs. Kansas, with 22 points (6-12, 6 (one shy of tying school record)-9, 4-4), a team-high eight rebounds and a career-high tying six assists ... Vs. Kentucky, Kapono played 36 minutes (he fouled out with 3:35 left in regulation, for only the second time in his career), with a team-high 21 points (6-12, 5-7, 4-4), three assists and two steals.
Against Cal State Northridge, he started and played a career-high 40 minutes, finishing with six points (2-8, 2-6, 0-0), three rebounds, two steals and one assist ... Vs. UCSB, Kapono played 38 minutes, and led the Bruins in scoring with a season-high 24 points (6-16, 4-12, 8-8, 12th time in career scoring 20 or more points), seven rebounds, two assists and a career-best two blocked shots ... Against Georgia Tech in the Wooden Classic, he played 35 minutes, led the team with 18 points (2-10, 2-7, 12-12) and added seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and five turnovers ... Vs. Hawaii, he started, played 38 minutes and recorded a double-double with a team-high 21 points (8-13, 2-3, 3-6) and a career-high 12 rebounds ... He also added a career high-tying six assists and one block.
KAPONO'S SEASON HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. CSUN (11/21/00), 24 points vs. UCSB (11/29/00), 12 rebounds vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), six assists vs. Kansas (11/9/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), two steals three times, last vs. CSUN (11/21/00), 2 blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).
KAPONO'S PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 1) - Scoring, 1st, 18.7, Rebounding, 17thT, 6.2, FT% - 3rd, 91.2 (31-34), 3pt. FG%, 5th, 47.7 (21-44), 3pt. FGs, 1st, 3.50, Def. Reb., 10thT, 4.50. Career - His freshman honors last season included National Freshman of the Year by CBS SportsLine, first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of Year by vote of the league's coaches ... Also selected second-team District 9 by the USBWA and second-team Freshman All-America by Basketball Times.
The highest scoring freshman in the Pac-10 (16.0 points per game) last season, Kapono was one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to start all 33 games, tying the school record. Kapono was the second-highest scoring freshman in UCLA history behind only Don MacLean (18.6) ... He led the Bruins in scoring 16 times, including 13 of the final 24 games ... Scored in double figures in 29 of 33 games, most on the team ... He scored 20 or more points nine times in 1999-00.
Kapono in 1999-00 set a UCLA single-season record for three-point field goals with 82, breaking the old mark of 78, set by Tracy Murray in 1992. His 82 three-point field goals also ranked No. 1 on the Pac-10's list for freshmen ... Kapono's percentage of 47.4 ranked third in school single-season history.
In the final 2000 NCAA stats, Kapono ranked eighth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (47.7) ... In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Kapono ranked fifth in scoring (16.0), seventh in field goal percentage (51.9) and first in three-point field goal percentage (47.4).
In 33 games, Kapono averaged 32.7 minutes (second on the team), 16.0 points (first on the team) and 4.4 rebounds (fourth on the team) ... He shot 51.9 from the field, 47.4 (82-173, first on the team) from three-point range and 68.4 (65-95, second on the team) from the foul line ... Kapono shot at least 50.0 on his overall field goal attempts in 18 of his last 28 games.
In Pac-10 play, he averaged a team-leading 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists and shot 55.9 from the floor, 49.5 from three-point range and 67.2 from the free throw line.
Kapono's 1999-2000 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 7 incoming college/NBA freshman in the U. S., Street & Smith's All-West Freshman, Vitale's No. 7 Diaper Dandy in the U. S.
KAPONO'S CAREER CHARTS - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (103-217, 47.5) and No. 6 (103) in three-point field goals (No. 5, Earl Watson, 106, current, No. 4, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-90).
KAPONO'S CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. CSUN (11/21/00), 27 points vs. USC (2/9/00) and Arizona (2/19/00), 12 rebounds vs. Hawaii (12/9/00), six assists vs. Kansas (11/9/00), Washington State (1/8/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), three steals vs. USC (1/12/00) and Washington (3/11/00), two blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).
43 T. J. Cummings, 6-8, 208, Fr., F, Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS)
2000-01 - One of the top freshman in the U. S., after six games (one start), Cummings is averaging 24.3 minutes and is UCLA's No. 5 scorer (9.8) and No. 4 rebounder (5.5) and second on the squad in field goal percentage (46.8).
Record-setting performance at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City, where he was named the Classic's Sixth Man in All-Classic voting ... Vs. Kansas, playing 29 minutes off the bench, and scoring a game-high tying 24 points (8-10, 0-0, 8-10), with seven rebounds and two blocked shots ... The 24 points is the best performance ever by a Bruin freshman in his debut game (old mark, 22 points, by Don MacLean vs. Texas Tech, 1988 and Charles O'Bannon, vs. Loyola Marymount, 1993) ... Coming off the bench vs. Kentucky, Cummings scored six points in overtime, including the Bruins' final three points and for the game, had eight points and four rebounds.
He made his first start against Cal State Northridge, playing 25 minutes, and contributed 10 points (5-8, 0-1), four rebounds and one assist ... Vs. UCSB, Cummings came off the bench and played 22 minutes, with three points and four rebounds ... In the Wooden Classic against Georgia Tech, he played 16 minutes off the bench and contributed six points (2-8, 0-1, 2-3) and a career high-tying seven rebounds ... Against Hawaii, he played 26 minutes off the bench and contributed eight points (3-7, 2-2), a career high-tying seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
CUMMINGS' SEASON HIGHS - 29 minutes vs. Kansas (11/9/00), 24 points vs. Kansas (11/9/00), seven rebounds vs. Kansas (11/9/00), Georgia Tech (12/2/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), one assist vs. Kansas (11/9/00), CSUN (11/21/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), one steal vs. Kentucky (11/10/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), two blocked shots vs. Kansas (11/9/00).
Prep Career - The son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, T. J. is the first Chicago-land player to sign with UCLA in over 20 years ... As a senior prepster at Homewood-Flossmoor under coach Roy Condotti, Cummings earned USA Today honorable mention All-America and as a junior, he was his Conference Player of the Year ... As a senior he averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 blocked shots.
54 Josiah Johnson, 6-7, 237, Fr., F, Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)
2000-01 - Johnson has a stress fracture in his left foot and was expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced on Oct. 27.
Prep Career - The son of NBA and UCLA great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, a Bruin standout from 1995-98, Josiah will wear his father's retired jersey number (54), the same jersey number that brother Kris wore during his Bruin career ... As a senior at Montclair Prep, Johnson averaged 24.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots ... As a senior prepster, Johnson was a USA Today honorable mention All-America, Los Angeles Times first-team All-Valley selection and first-team All-CIF Div. 5.
10 Ryan Walcott, 6-1, 170, Fr., G, Phoenix, AZ (Shadow Mountain HS)
2000-01 - Walcott has not played in the first six regular-season contests.
Prep Career - Walcott's cousin is point guard Mike Bibby, former Arizona star and current standout with the Vancouver Grizzlies ... As a senior last season at Shadow Mountain HS under coach Jerry Conner, Walcott helped lead Shadow Mountain to the Arizona 5A State Championship ... In 1999-00, Walcott averaged 16.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5.0 steals, while earning USA Today honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Arizona from the Arizona Republic ... Four-year starting point guard at Shadow Mountain.