Jan. 4, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Pac-10 Player of the Week Nominee - Freshman Jason Kapono - In UCLA's 55-53 victory over Purdue in Pauley on Dec. 30, Kapono, with the score tied at 53-all and just seconds on the clock, drove the length of the court into the lane for the layin to give the Bruins a 55-53 lead with one second left to play. He had a game-high 19 points (8-14, 3-5, 0-0), with four rebounds, a career-high four assists and one steal, in a career-high tying 39 minutes.
In UCLA's 68-66 win over Pepperdine in Pauley on Dec. 28, Kapono had his first career double-double, with 13 points (5-10, 1-2, 2-3) and a career and game-high 11 rebounds (4-7). He also added one assist in 37 minutes.
Kapono is one of two Bruins who has started every game (10), is second in minutes (33.2), tied for first in scoring (13.7) and third in rebounding (4.9), while shooting 48.1 from the field, a team-high 45.0 (18-40) from three-point range and 75.0 (15-20) from the foul line.
Sophomore forward JaRon Rush was suspended from competition on Dec. 10. UCLA is currently investigating a possible NCAA violation by Rush. As part of the process, UCLA has suspended Rush from competition. His future status will be determined when UCLA concludes the investigation. There is no timetable for the conclusion of the investigation.
Sophomore forward Matt Barnes missed UCLA's first five games because he was academically ineligible for the first quarter (the quarter ended Friday, Dec. 17). His first games of 1999-2000 (3) were at The Pearl Harbor Classic.
Sophomore forward Billy Knight announced his intentions to transfer before the Purdue game (he did not play in the Purdue contest), then changed his mind and returned to the team on Jan. 2.
UCLA enters 2000 Pac-10 play at 8-2 overall. Here's UCLA record after the first 10 games over the last five years (1998-99, 8-2, 1997-98, 9-1, 1996-97, 7-3, 1995-96, 7-3, 1994-95, 9-1).
The Bruins have won three in a row since losing to Colorado State 55-54 in a semifinal contest at The Pearl Harbor Classic.
UCLA is 1-1 this season vs. ranked teams, losing to Gonzaga (No. 24 Gonzaga 59, at No. 11 UCLA 43, Dec. 11) and beating DePaul (at No. 18 UCLA 83, No. 19 DePaul 58, Dec. 18).
The Bruins have started the same opening lineup for the last six games in a row. The last time UCLA used the same starting lineup for that many consecutive games was in 1997-98, when the same five players (Toby Bailey, Kris Johnson, J. R. Henderson, Baron Davis, Earl Watson) started seven consecutive games prior to the season-ending loss to eventual NCAA Champion Kentucky (Davis has injured his knee in the game before, a win over Michigan).
UCLA's game at North Carolina on Jan. 15 will start at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST-CBS) and UCLA's game at Oregon State on Jan. 27 will start at 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net 2).
Thursday, Jan. 6 - No. 24 UCLA at
Washington, 7 p.m., Key Arena-Seattle
(Radio- XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts)
Saturday, Jan. 8 - No. 24 UCLA at
Washington State, 3 p.m., Friel Court-Pullman
(Radio- XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts)
No. 24 UCLA (8-2 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)UCLA Starting Lineup (Rankings - AP-No. 24, ESPN/USA Today- No. 20)
Tentative Bruin Starters (UCLA has used this starting lineup for the last six games in a row)
Head Coach Steve Lavin: In his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins and ninth on the UCLA staff, with a school and career record of 78-28 (73.6, 106 games). In Pac-10 openers as UCLA's head coach, he's 2-1 (1999, at UCLA 82-Arizona 75, 1998, at Arizona 87-UCLA 75, 1997, at UCLA 84-Washington State 56). In his career, Lavin is 4-2 vs. Washington and 6-0 vs. Washington State.
UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of The Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (post WWII), including John Wooden (Steve Lavin, 102nd game, 75-27, 73.5, Jim Harrick, 105th game, 75-30, 71.4, John Wooden, 106th game, 75-31, 70.8, Walt Hazzard, 121st game, 75-46, 62.0). UCLA's win over DePaul was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season, as a Bruin assistant coach (1992-96) and in his fourth season as head coach), he is 204-60 (77.3, 264 games). The Gonzaga contest was his 100th game as the Bruin head coach.
Lavin is 5-3 in NCAA Tournament play. In his first three seasons, the Bruins averaged over 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' (1998) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.
Lavin is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA and also the only coach to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years.
On March 30, 1999, Lavin received a contract extension through 2004-2005. His current contract, which runs through the 2001-2002 season, will be extended through the 2004-2005 campaign, giving him a six-year contract that will also include a rollover clause.
Lavin's weekly press conferences are on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion. Dates - Jan. 4-11-18-25, Feb. 1-8-15-22-29, March 7.
Pac-10 Conference men's head coaches teleconference schedule is - Jan. 11-18-25, Feb. 1-8-15-22-29, March 7. The teleconference call starts at 10:35 a.m. and Lavin is the 10th coach at 11:47-11:55 a.m. The taped replay number is 402-220-9927.
Injury Update: The Bruins have been slowed in fall camp and during the early season because of nagging injuries (UCLA was only able to use six players in the first exhibition game vs. Kraitene and had only eight players for Gonzaga). Here's a list-- sophomore center Dan Gadzuric (hyperextended left knee, tendonitis right knee, flu), junior guard Ryan Bailey (plantar faciitis, right foot, missed Gonzaga contest), sophomore forward JaRon Rush (right elbow strain), sophomore guard Ray Young (right thumb sprain, neck strain), junior guard Earl Watson (bruised tailbone), sophomore forward Jerome Moiso (flu), senior forward Sean Farnham (concussion, left knee, right elbow) and freshman forward Jason Kapono (concussion).
Junior guard Todd Ramasar had left shoulder surgery in mid-October and will be out a minimum of eight-12 weeks.
NCAA Stats (Week of Dec. 13-Four Games, before Hawaii)Team Leaders - Scoring Defense - 13th, 57.0, Scoring Margin - 4th, 24.0.
Team Single-Game Highs - FG % - 1st, 67.9 (38-56 vs. Morgan State).
Pac-10 Stats (Week of Jan. 3 - 10 games, before Washington)Team--Scoring Offense-7th, 76.3, Scoring Defense-2nd, 62.0, Scoring Margin-2nd, +14.3, FT %-9th, 61.7, FG %-4th, 47.0, FG % Def.-4th, 39.1, 3-Pt. FG %-6th, 34.3, 3-Pt. FGs Made-5th, 5.80, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-4thT, 30.7, Reb. Off.- 3rd, 40.5, Reb. Def.- 6th, 34.2, Reb. Margin- 4th, +6.3, Bkd. Shots- 5th, 3.70, Asst.- 8th, 15.70, Stls.- 3rd, 10.00, TO Margin- 3rd, +3.90, Asst./TO Ratio- 8th, 0.97, Off. Reb.- 3rd, 14.60, Def. Reb.-3rd, 25.90.
UCLA Individual Leaders (Top 3) -- Assists- Earl Watson, 3rd, 5.30.
Special Team Stats
The Bruins have trailed three times at halftime, DePaul (24-26), Colorado State (20-29) and Pepperdine (32-37). UCLA's highest first half output is 54 vs. South Florida and the lowest is 20 vs. Colorado State.
UCLA has scored over 100 points on three occasions this season (105-73 vs. Iona, 100-39 vs. Morgan State, 103-98, OT vs. South Florida). The Bruins high-game output is 105 vs. Iona and the low is 43 vs. Gonzaga. The opponent game-high is 98 (OT) by South Floirda and the low is 39 by Morgan State. UCLA is averaging 76.3 points and giving up 62.0.
The Bruins have been outrebounded eight of 10 opponents, including the last five games in a row. Only Gonzaga (43-46, a 59-43 loss) and DePaul (43-55, a 76-58 win) have outrebounded the Bruins.
UCLA from the field has outshot eight of 10 opponents, including the last three games. UCLA's only two losses occurred when they were outshot from the field (Gonzaga (26.2-40.4) and Colorado State (37.7-46.3). The Bruins' highest FG% this year is 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the low is 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga. UCLA's opponent high is 46.9 by South Florida and the low is 30.1 by DePaul. The Bruins have held four opponents below 35.9 shooting from the field (35.9, Pepperdine, 35.4, Purdue, 30.4, Morgan State, 30.1, DePaul) and six others below 46.9 (46.9, South Florida, 46.3, Colorado State, 44.0, Fairfield, 43.6, Maine, 40.4, Gonzaga, 40.3 Iona).
Against Morgan State, the Bruins shot over 60.0 from the field (67.9) and three-point range (62.5).
UCLA has forced an average of 20.0 turnovers a game, while committing 16.2 a contest.
WASHINGTON (5-7 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10)Washington Starting Lineup
Head Coach Bob Bender: In his seventh season at Washington, with a school mark of 90-91 and in his 11th year as a major college head coach, he was at Illinois State from 1990-93, he's 150-148. He's led the Huskies to four consecutive postseason tournament berths (1998-99, NCAA, 1996-97, NIT).
The Huskies - Are on a two-game losing streak, losing at New Mexico State, 79-75 (OT) on Dec. 30 and losing at New Mexico, 78-52 on Jan. 2. In the loss to New Mexico, UW was led by Will Perkins' 16 points.
Series History - The Bruins lead it 78-28. The teams split last season, with Washington winning 93-83 in Seattle and UCLA winning 79-62 in Pauley. UW has won the last two games in Seattle.
Dec. 30 - No. 23 UCLA 55, Purdue 53 - Before 10,290 in Pauley Pavilion and with just several seconds left on the clock, Bruin freshman Jason Kapano drove the length of the court and scored a layin with one second left, to seal UCLA's 55-53 victory over Purdue. The Bruins led 32-29 at halftime.
Kapono led all scorers with 19 points and was joined in Bruin double figures by Matt Barnes' 10 points and six rebounds.
The Bruins shot 53.5 from the field, 36.4 from three-point range and 50.0 from the foul line, with 31 rebounds and 20 turnovers.
The Boilermakers, led by Jaraan Cornell's 14 points, shot 35.4 from the field, 28.6 from three-point range and 78.9 from the foul line, with 23 rebounds and 13 turnovers.
Dec. 28 - No. 23 UCLA 68, Pepperdine 66 - Before 8,244 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA sophomore Jerome Moiso scored the Bruins' final five points and Pepperdine's Kelvin Gibbs put-back was ruled no good (time expired) as the Bruins held on for a 68-66 win over Pepperdine. UCLA led 37-32 at halftime.
Moiso's layin with 1:28 left tied the scored at 65-all, his short jumper with 43 seconds left gave the Bruins a 67-66 lead and his first of two free throws (missed the second of a one-and-one) with 23 seconds left gave UCLA a 68-66 advantage.
Along with Moiso's game-high 15 points, the Bruins had three other players in double figures, led by Jason Kapono's first ever double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds).
The Bruins shot 44.4 from the field, 33.3 from three-point range and 43.8 from the foul line, with 44 rebounds and 16 turnovers.
Pepperdine, led by Tezale Archie's 14 points, shot 35.9 from the field, 36.4 from three-point range and 85.7 from the foul line, with 38 rebounds and 15 turnovers.
Over the holidays, the Bruins competed in The Pearl Harbor Classic, hosted by BYU-Hawaii in Laie, HI. UCLA placed third, beating Maine in the first round, 83-62, losing to eventual champion Colorado State, 55-54 in a semi-final game and beating South Florida, 10-398, OT, in the third-place contest.
UCLA visited the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
UCLA's margin of victory vs. Morgan State (100-39, 61, the school record is 65, three times, last vs. Portland, 122-57, 1/20/67, in Pauley) was the fifth greatest in school history. Morgan State's 39 points was the least scored by a Bruin opponent since 1981-82 when the Bruins won at Stanford, 42-34 and the least scored by a Bruin opponent in Pauley Pavilion since 1972-73, when UCLA beat Bradley, 73-38, in the second game of the season.
In UCLA's second and third games of the current season, the Bruins scored at least 100 points, defeating Morgan State, 100-39 and beating Iona 105-73 on Nov. 27, both games in Pauley Pavilion. It's the first time (back-to-back 100-point games) since the NCAA Championship season of 1994-95 (UCLA 104-@ California 88 and UCLA 100-Duke 77 in Pauley). The last time UCLA scored 100 or more points in three consecutive games was at the start of the 1971-72 season, when UCLA actually scored over 105 points for seven straight games. That team scored over the century mark 12 times and won UCLA's eighth NCAA title with an unbeaten 30-0 record.
In all, the Bruins have scored over 100 points three times this season (103-98, OT over South Florida).
On Nov. 10, the Bruins inked 6-9, 205-pounder T. J. Cummings, son of DePaul and NBA great Terry Cummings, from Homewood-Flossmoor, IL HS. His many preseason honors, entering his senior campaign, include--Athlon's No. 7 power forward in the U. S., Basketball News' No. 20 player in the U. S. and The Sporting News' No. 23 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, he averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals. Cummings chose UCLA over Duke.
The Bruins have added to their roster true freshman Brandon Brooks (will be wearing No. 41 until his permanent jersey of No. 44 arrives), a 6-6, 225-pound forward, from Punahou HS in Honolulu. He's made one appearance this season, playing five minutes vs. Maine at The Pearl Harbor Classic. Brooks was the starting goalkeeper on the UCLA men's water polo team that won the NCAA Championship on Dec. 5. At the NCAA Water Polo Final Four, in UCLA's 14-6 semifinal win over UMass on Dec. 4, Brooks tied a career-high with 11 saves and in the Bruins' 6-5 win over Stanford in the NCAA title game on Dec. 5, Brooks knocked down a possible Cardinal game-winning two-point shot with six seconds left to play. He was selected honorable mention All-American for his efforts. As a prepster at Punahou during his basketball career, he earned All-State honors three times and as a senior last spring, led Punahou to the HI State Championship title, while earning tournament MVP honors. He was named Mr. Basketball by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Jason Flowers has been added to the Bruin roster. Ineligible this season, Flowers attended UCLA in 1996-97 (did not play basketball), then attended UC Irvine for two seasons, playing for Pat Douglass. As a sophomore last year, 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.
Here's how UCLA nationally ranked as a team in some of the preseason magazines- Basketball News (No. 10), Basketball Times (No. 4), Blue Ribbon (No. 11), Lindy's (No. 6), Playboy (No. 17), Sport (No. 17), Sports Illustrated (No. 10), Street & Smith's (No. 14), The Sporting News (No. 15), Vitale's (No. 11).
In the AP preseason poll, the Bruins were selected No. 12 and No. 14 by ESPN/USA Today.
In the Pac-10 preseason poll, UCLA was picked second, behind Arizona and ahead of defending champion Stanford.
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, UCLA's is 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).
In 1999-2000, the Bruins have used five different starting lineups (in 10 games). The Bruins have used the same lineup for each of the last six games. The last time that happened was late in the 1997-98 season (seven straight games (26 through 32) - Toby Bailey, Kris Johnson, J.R. Henderson, Baron Davis and Earl Watson). 1999-2000 lineups: Purdue/Pepperdine/South Florida/ Colorado State/Maine/DePaul - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Ray Young, Gonzaga-forwards, junior Rico Hines and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Ray Young, Morgan State-forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, juniors, Rico Hines and Earl Watson, Iona-forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso, guards, juniors, Rico Hines and Earl Watson, Fairfield (and both exhibition games) - forwards, freshman Jason Kapono and sophomore Billy Knight, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso and junior guards, Rico Hines and Earl Watson.
In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games) and did not use the same lineup in back-to-back games since Louisville (Jan. 23, 1999) and Washington State (Jan. 28, 1999) - a span of 12 straight games
The 1999 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 35th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 11 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times--North Carolina 25, Arizona 15 and Indiana 14. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (79).
UCLA reached the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season (1997 and '98) for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The Bruins are one of just six schools to reach the Sweet 16 in both 1997 and 1998. The others are Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Stanford and Utah. UCLA is one of just six schools to reach the Sweet 16 in at least three of the last four years. Kentucky has done it in all four years while Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Utah have also done it three times.
UCLA won multiple NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1979 and '80 seasons. In 1998, the Bruins beat Miami (FL) and Michigan to advance to the Sweet 16 and in 1997, UCLA beat Charleston Southern, Xavier and Iowa State to move into the Elite Eight. In 1979, the Bruins beat Pepperdine and San Francisco (before losing to DePaul) and in '80, UCLA won five games (over Old Dominion, DePaul, Ohio State, Clemson and Purdue) before losing in the Championship contest to Louisville.
UCLA's victory over WSU on Feb. 25, 1999 gave the Bruins 20 wins for the 1998-99 season. That marked the 38th time in UCLA history that the Bruins have won 20 or more games in a season. It was also the 11th year in a row of 20 or more victories, dating back to 1989.
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes the last three seasons. Last year's freshman class--guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, 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 (transferring) and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
Entering 1999-2000, the Bruins signed one recruit, McDonald's All-American Jason Kapono.
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting two of the last four 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 entered the NCAA Tournament shooting 45.6, third in the Pac-10 (finished at 45.4, third in the Pac-10). After 10 games in 1999-2000, UCLA is shooting 47.0 from the field.
UCLA's total of 24 wins in 1998 and '97 has been exceeded only three times in the last 18 years - 1987 (25), 1992 (28) and 1995 (32).
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in the school's history.
The Bruins have an overall record of 1,458-624 (70.0, 2,082 games) in 80 years of college basketball. UCLA's 70.0 winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
UCLA has now stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 51 (1948-49 to 1998-99).
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) is in its 35th season in 1999-2000 as the home of the Bruins. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 494-55 (549 games, 90.0, Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996).
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). The Bruins had won 16 straight games in Pauley before losing to Stanford on Feb. 12, 1998. The Bruins had won nine in a row in Pauley since dropping the 1997-98 final regular-season home game to Arizona, 91-87, before losing to Stanford, 72-59, on Jan. 16, 1999 and then won the last six home games of last year. Overall, the Bruins' nine-game home winning streak in Pauley (last six home games of last season and first three this year) was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga.
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 67-5 (93.1, 72 games). The losses were against - Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000, Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97, Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92. The Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga.
There's a new scoreboard (the old one was 14 years old) in Pauley Pavilion. The new 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 1999-2000 NBA: UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Mitchell Butler (waived), Washington, Tracy Murray, Houston, Don MacLean (waived), Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Portland, Charles O'Bannon (waived), Sacramento, Darrick Martin, Seattle, Jelani McCoy, Vancouver, J.R. Henderson (waived), Detroit, Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (waived). Henderson recently signed with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) and Kris Johnson is with Quad Cities (CBA). Former Bruins Tyus Edney and George Zidek, two seniors who helped lead UCLA to the 1995 NCAA title, are playing in Europe. Mitchell Butler and Jack Haley have been practicing with Magic Johnson's All-Stars in Pauley Pavilion. Charles O'Bannon is playing for the CA West Coast All-Stars.
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.
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
--Chosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.
--On March 30, 1999, had his current contract (through 2001-2002) extended through the 2004-2005 season, giving him a six-year contract that includes a rollover clause.
-In his fourth year as head coach of the Bruins and ninth on the UCLA staff, he currently has a school and career record of 78-28 (73.6, 106 games).
--Owns a 5-3 record in the NCAA Tournament, leading UCLA to the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 1998. He has led the Bruins to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
--He is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA.
--He is the only coach in school history to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years at UCLA.
--First UCLA head coach since John Wooden in 1974 (three) and '75 (five games, UCLA's 10th NCAA title) to lead the Bruins to at least five total NCAA Tournament victories in two consecutive seasons (1997 and '98).
--First Bruin head coach since Gary Cunningham in 1978 (25-3) and '79 (25-5) to record consecutive seasons of at least 24 victories (in both 1997 and '98). The last time a Bruin first-year coach won more games than Steve Lavin in 1997 (24) was in 1978, when Gary Cunningham won 25.
-UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of The Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (post WWII), including John Wooden (Steve Lavin, 102nd game, 75-27, 73.5, Jim Harrick, 105th game, 75-30, 71.4, John Wooden, 106th game, 75-31, 70.8, Walt Hazzard, 121st game, 75-46, 62.0). UCLA's win over DePaul was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season, as a Bruin assistant coach (1992-96) and in his fourth season as head coach), he is 202-60 (77.1, 262 games). The Gonzaga contest was his 100th game as the Bruin head coach.
-Won the 50th game of his career on Nov. 26, 1998 beating USF 69-62 in the first round of the 1998 Puerto Rico Shootout. His overall record after the win was 50-17 (67 games). Ironically, John Wooden's record after his first 67 games as the Bruin coach was also 50-17.
-During his three years as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have signed the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.
--In 1998-99, with the second-youngest team in the nation, Lavin, a candidate for the 1999 Naismith Coach of the Year Award, led the Bruins to their 11th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and 11th straight 20+ (22-9) game winning season.
--In 1997-98, he led the Bruins to a 24-9 overall record, 12-6 in the Pac-10 (third place) and to the school's 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament and 20+ game winning season. Lavin was again candidate for the 1998 Naismith Coach of the Year Award. In the '98 NCAA Tournament, he led the No. 6 seed Bruins to the Sweet 16, before losing to No. 2 seed and eventual National Champion Kentucky.
--In 1996-97, Lavin directed UCLA to a 24-8 overall record, the NCAA Midwest Regional final and third consecutive Pac-10 crown. He was named the Basketball Times National Rookie Coach of the Year.
--During his eight years on the Bruin staff prior to 1999-2000, UCLA won the 1995 NCAA Championship, four Pac-10 titles (1997, '96, '95 and '92) and participated in three NCAA Elite Eights (1997, '95, '92) and a Sweet 16 (1998) appearance.
--10 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue, including 1998-99.
Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record 1999-2000 8-2 1998-99 22-9 (NCAA) 1997-98 24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16) 1996-97 24-8 (NCAA Elite Eight & Pac-10 Champ) Totals 78-28 (73.6, 106 games) Lavin's UCLA Assistant Coaching Record 1995-96 23-8 (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ) 1994-95 32-1 (NCAA & Pac-10 Champ) 1993-94 21-7 (NCAA) 1992-93 22-11 (NCAA) 1991-92 28-5 (NCAA Elite Eight, Pac-10 Champ) Totals 126-32 (79.7)
UCLA Totals 204-60 (77.3, 264 games)
BRUINS IN THE POLLS Date AP USA Today/ESPN Pre-Season 12th 14th Week One (Nov. 16) 12th ---- Week Two (Nov. 22) 13th 12th Week Three (Nov. 29) 12th 13th Week Four (Dec. 6) 11th 11th Week Five (Dec. 13) 18th 17th Week Six (Dec. 20) 18th 16th Week Seven (Dec. 27) 23rd 21st Week Eight (Jan. 3) 24th 20th
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UCLA PLAYER UPDATES--
30 Sean Farnham, 6-6, Sr., F, Clayton, CA (Concord De LaSalle)
1999-2000 - The only senior on this year's team and a co-captain with juniors, Earl Watson and Rico Hines ...Has started two games this season (Morgan State/Iona, in his career, the Bruins are 8-1 when he starts, losing only to Detroit Mercy last year in the NCAA first round).
Started for the first time this year vs. Iona, playing a career-high 20 minutes, with a career-high eight points (3-3, 0-0, 2-4), a career-high five rebounds (1-4) and a career-high tying one steal.
In his six games, Farnham is averaging 10.2 minutes, 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, shooting 64.3 (9-14, best on the team) from the field. He has played in just two of the last six games for a total of eight minutes since injuring his right elbow.
His season-bests are-a career-high 20 minutes vs. Iona, a career-high eight points vs. Iona, a career-high five rebounds vs. Iona, a career-high tying two assists vs. Morgan State, a career-high tying one steal vs. Iona.
UCLA Career - Originally a true freshman walk-on, Farnham was given a scholarship before the start of the 1996-97 season ... Farnham had a breakthrough season in 1998-99 as a junior ... He appeared in a season-high 19 games, averaged a career-best 7.9 minutes and started seven times, including six of the Bruins' last seven contests ... UCLA's record was 6-1 (losing only to Detroit in the NCAA) when Farnham started last year ... In 19 games last year, Farnham averaged 7.9 minutes, 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 59.1 from the field (best on the team) and 57.1 (4-7) from the foul line ... In his last seven games (six starts), he averaged 12.6 minutes (88), 2.7 points (19) and 2.0 rebounds (14) while shooting 69.2 (9-13) from the floor. In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played five minutes with one steal ... His career-highs are--20 minutes vs. Iona (11/27/99), eight points vs. Iona (11/27/99), five rebounds vs. Iona (11/27/99), two assists, five times, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), one steal, six times, last vs. Iona (11/27/99), two blocked shots vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97).
21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-2, Jr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)
1999-2000 - Has been slowed this fall with plantar faciitis in his right foot that flares up from time to time... Missed the Gonzaga game because of the foot injury ... On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he came off the bench to play a career-high tying 26 minutes and contributed four points (1-4, 2-4), a career-high seven rebounds, a career-high tying five assists and three steals. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 4.3 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting .545 from the field in 20.3 minutes. He scored a season-high nine points (4-7, 1-2) in the game against South Florida.
Last week, he played 21 minutes (two points and two assists) in the Pepperdine but just seven minutes against Purdue because of his foot. In 10 games, Bailey is averaging 17.6 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.8 steals.
His season-bests are - a career-high tying 26 minutes vs. DePaul, nine points vs. South Florida, a career-high seven rebounds vs. DePaul, a career-high tying five assists vs. DePaul, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - Bailey, younger brother of Bruin standout Toby Bailey, now with the Phoenix Suns, in 1998-99, 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 ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he played nine minutes off the bench and missed his only field goal attempt from three-point range ... Bailey's UCLA career-highs are -- 26 minutes vs. Arizona (3/6/99) and DePaul (12/18/99), 11 points, twice, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), seven rebounds vs. DePaul (12/18/99), five assists vs. Delaware State (12/2/98) and DePaul (12/18/99), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99)
His 1998-99 preseason honors included Preview Sports Top Newcomer in the Pac-10 and Vitale's Impact Transfer in the Pac-10 ... He 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).
22 Rico Hines, 6-4, Jr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
1999-2000 -- Hines is a tri-captain this year with fellow junior Earl Watson and senior Sean Farnham ... Started the first four games of the year before coming off the bench against DePaul ... Versus Iona, he played 18 minutes, with a season-high nine points, three rebounds and two assists and steals. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 4.7 points, making five of nine field goals, in 14.7 minutes. Last week, he played 16 minutes against Pepperdine and contributed seven points (3-6, 0-1, 1-2), four rebounds and two assists. In the win over Purdue, he played a season-high 26 minutes and contributed a season-high five rebounds and two points in addition to outstanding defense down the stretch. In his 10 games, Hines is averaging 18.0 minutes, 4.2 points and 2.5 rebounds.
His season-highs are - 26 minutes vs. Purdue, nine points vs. Iona, five rebounds vs. Purdue, three assists vs. Morgan State, a career-high tying two steals, twice, last vs. Gonzaga.
UCLA Career - In 1998-99, 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) ... Prior to the injury, Hines played in the Bruins' first 14 games and started six ... He came back to play in UCLA's final six games, but was not at full strength and averaged just 4.2 minutes a game ... In 20 games (six starts) last 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 the 1999 NCAA Tournament vs. Detroit, he played five minutes off the bench ... In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament ... In the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky, he played 18 minutes and contributed four points (1-2, 2-2), four rebounds and one steal ... In the NCAA win over Michigan, he played 15 minutes ... In the NCAA victory over Miami, he played 20 minutes, grabbed two rebounds and had one assist ... His career-highs are-33 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), 11 points vs. Delaware State (12/2/98), six rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), six assists vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), two steals, four times, last vs. Gonzaga (12/11/99), one blocked shot, three times, last vs. Delaware State (12/2/98).
11 Todd Ramasar, 6-5, Jr., G, Corona (Riverside North)
1999-2000 -- Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Oct. 18 and is scheduled to miss at least eight-12 weeks of practice ... The three-and-one-half hour procedure, to stabilize the joint and repair a cartilage tear, was performed at the UCLA Medical Center by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
UCLA Career - Ramasar as a sophomore in 1998-99, 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) ... His career-highs are 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).
25 Earl Watson, 6-1, Jr., G, Kansas City, KS. (Washington)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News' No. 20 point guard in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's second-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's All-Pac-10 team, The Sporting News' No. 18 point guard in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 17 point guard in the U.S., first-team All-Pac-10, One of 25 players considered for selection to the Wooden Award preseason All-America team. 1999-2000 - A co-captain with fellow junior Rico Hines and senior Sean Farnham ... One of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 10 games ... UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (74) for the last two+ seasons ... Needs just nine steals (has 136, Baron Davis (1998-99), Shon Tarver (1991-94), Ralph Jackson (1981-84), all tied for No. 8 all-time with 145 steals) and 17 assists (has 299, Bill Walton (1972-74) is No. 10 all-time with 316 assists) to enter UCLA's career Top 10 charts ... Has led the Bruins in scoring three times (Iona, 18, Colorado State, 15, South Florida, season-high 20) and in rebounding once (eight vs. Gonzaga) ... Has scored in double figures five times this season and 35 times in his career ... Including ties, Watson has led the Bruins in assists eight times and in steals on five occasions.
After 10 games, Watson is averaging 34.0 minutes (first on the team), 10.6 points (fourth on the team), 4.1 rebounds and a team-high 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting 41.8 from the field, 37.9 (11-29) from three-point range and 65.5 (19-29) from the foul line. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, Watson averaged 13.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting .536 from the field, .667 from three-point range and .778 from the free throw line. In the third-place game against South Florida, he scored a season-high 20 points (7-10, 3-5, 3-4) and added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in a career-high tying 44 minutes. He nailed a three-point field goal to give the Bruins a lead with 22 seconds remaining in regulation and another three-pointer with 3:18 left in overtime to give UCLA the lead for good. In the opener against Maine, he passed for a season-high 10 assists.
In the win over Pepperdine, he scored 11 points, grabbed a career-high tying nine rebounds and had three assists. Against Purdie, he was limited to just 21 minutes because of foul trouble (he fouled out of both games) and finished with four points, three rebounds and two steals. In his last four games, he is averaging 12.5 points while shooting 57.1 from the floor (20-35) and 50.0 (5-10) from three-point range. In this week's Pac-10 stats, Watson is fifth in steals (2.30) and third in assists (5.30).
His season-highs are - a career-high tying 44 minutes vs. South Florida, 20 points vs. South Florida, a career-high tying nine rebounds vs. Purdue, 10 assists vs. Maine, one blocked shot, twice, last vs. Iona, four steals vs. Fairfield and DePaul.
UCLA Career - 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 ... For the second consecutive year, he was the only Bruin to start every game (31) ... 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) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished 20th in scoring (13.4) and 10th in assists (4.06) ... On the offensive end, Watson scored in double figures in 25 of 31 games, most on the team ... He led the Bruins in scoring last year seven times, including two of the last four games and in assists in 17 of 31 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Watson started his 64th straight game and played a team-high 39 minutes, contributing nine points (4-9, 1-4, 0-2), a game-high seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal ... 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, 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-highs are 44 minutes vs. Arizona State (1/4/99) and South Florida (12/23/99), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), nine rebounds, three times, last vs. Purdue (12/30/99), 11 assists vs. Washington (1/31/98), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, three times, last vs. Detroit (3/11/99).
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, So., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)
1999-2000 - Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the year. He became eligible on Dec. 20. In three games off the bench at the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 12.3 minutes. In the opener against Maine, he grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and added eight points. Last week, he played just five minutes against Pepperdine and tied his career high with 28 minutes versus Purdue. Against the Boilermakers, he played an important role with a season-high 10 points, one shy of his career high, and six rebounds. In his five games, he is averaging 5.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.0 minutes while shooting 48.0 from the field and 50.0 from the line.
His season-highs are - a career-high tying 28 minutes vs.Purdue, 10 points vs. Purdue, a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Maine, one assist, three times, last vs. Purdue, one blocked shot, three times, last vs. Purdue, one steal vs. Maine.
UCLA Career -Barnes in 1998-99 as a freshman 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 led the Bruins three times in rebounding (8 vs. Santa Clara and San Francisco and six vs. Oregon State,h) and started eight of his 30 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he played two minutes ... His career-bests are 28 minutes vs. Santa Clara (11/19/98) and Purdue (12/30/99), 11 points vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), 10 rebounds vs. Maine (12/21/99), four assists vs. Oregon State (2/7/99), three steals vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), two blocked shots vs. USC (2/17/99).
50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, So., C, Den Haag, Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - 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., Vitale's No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
1999-2000 - Has been slowed all fall camp with a hyper extended left knee and tendinitis in the right knee ... Has started seven of 10 games, including each of the last six ... On Dec. 18 vs. DePaul, he played a career-high 35 minutes and recorded a double-double with a season-high 15 points (7-9, 1-2) and a career-high tying 14 rebounds ... He also added three blocked shots, one assist and one steal.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 12.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, making 15 of 30 field goal attempts. Against Colorado State, he accounted for 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. His 17 boards were the most by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon grabbed 17 in the 1995 NCAA title game against Arkansas. The last time a Bruin had more boards was in the 1994 NCAA Tournament when O'Bannon grabbed 18 in the loss to Tulsa. Gadzuric also had 14 points and eight rebounds versus Maine. Last week, he contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes against Pepperdine and seven points, six rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes versus Purdue. In this week's Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric is fifth in rebounding (7.7), fourth in blocked shots (1.90) and fourth in field goal percentage (56.4).
In his last six games, he is averaging 11.5 points (69) and 9.8 rebounds (59) while shooting 55.6 (30 of 54) from the field. After 10 games, Gadzuric is averaging 22.8 minutes, 10.2 points (fifth on the team), 7.7 rebounds (first on the team) and a team-high 1.9 blocked shots, while shooting 56.4 (44-78, second on the team among players with at least four games) from the field. He has led the Bruins in rebounding three times and in blocked shots in nine of 10 games. Gadzuric's season-highs are - 35 minutes vs. DePaul, 15 points vs. DePaul, a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State, two assists vs. Iona and Pepperdine, one steal five times, last vs. Purdue, three blocked shots, three times, last vs. Purdue.
UCLA Career - 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, 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) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished 14th in rebounding (5.7) and ninth in blocked shots (0.93) ... 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 are 35 minutes vs. DePaul (12/18/99), 16 points, twice, last vs. Washington State, 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 vs. Santa Clara (11/19/98).
3 Billy Knight, 6-5, So., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
1999-2000 - Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2 ... UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his play vs. Morgan State ... Played a career-game vs. Morgan State, coming off the bench and playing 16 minutes, with a career-high tying and game-high 15 points (5-7, 3-4, 2-2), a career-high four rebounds, one assist and a career-high three steals ... Started vs. Fairfield (his second career start), playing 21 minutes, with 10 points, three rebounds, a career-high three assists and one steal. He did not play against DePaul. In his seven games (one start vs. Fairfield), Knight is averaging 12.6 minutes, 6.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists and shooting 39.0 from the field, 33.3 (8-24) from three-point range and 87.5 (7-8) from the foul line.
His season-highs are - 21 minutes vs. Fairfield, a career-high tying 15 points vs. Morgan State, a career-high four rebounds, twice, last vs. Gonzaga, a career-high three assists vs. Fairfield, a career-high three steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - 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, playing a career-high 26 minutes and scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0), with one rebound, a season-high tying one assist and one steal ... Knight's career-highs are 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97), 15 points, twice, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), four rebounds, twice, last vs. Gonzaga (12/11/99), three assists, vs. Fairfield (11/23/99), three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99).
0 Jerome Moiso (Moe-e-zoe), 6-10, So., F/C, Guadeloupe, West Indies (Milford Academy/Milford, CT)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon third-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 19 power forward in the U. S., third-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 19 power forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 13 power forward in the U. S..
1999-2000 - Jerome is tied for first on the team in scoring (13.7) and is second in rebounding (6.7) ... Has started nine of 10 games (did not start vs. Morgan State because of the flu) ... Moiso has led the Bruins in scoring four times (a season-high 20 vs. Fairfield and South Florida and 15 vs. Maine and Pepperdine) and three times in rebounding (a season-high 10 vs. Iona and Fairfield and eight vs. South Florida) ... Has scored in double figures in eight of 10 games and 24 times in his career ... Had back-to-back double-doubles (14/10 vs. Iona and 20/10 vs. Fairfield, was Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his efforts) for first time in his career (has four in his career). In this week's Pac-10 stats, Moiso is 13thT in scoring (13.7) and 10th in rebounding (6.7). On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 17 points (6-10, 5-6), six rebounds and two blocks. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 15.0 points and 8.7 rebounds. In the third-place game against South Florida, he tied for the team lead with 20 points, including five in the overtime period, and led the squad with eight boards and a career-high tying four steals. Last week, he led the Bruins with 15 points and added six rebounds in the 68-66 win over Pepperdine. His bank shot with 43 seconds remaining gave the Bruins a 67-66 lrad and he added a free throw with 23 seconds to play. Against Purdue, he played just 19 minutes due to foul trouble and finished with four points and two rebounds. One of his two baskets gave UCLA a 53-51 lead with 1:36 remaining in the contest. After 10 games, Moiso is tied for the team lead in scoring (13.7) and is second in rebounding (6.7) and third in minutes (25.8) and is shooting 51.0 from the field and 63.8 from the line.
Moiso's season-high are - 35 minutes vs. South Florida, 20 points vs. Fairfield and South Florida, 10 rebounds vs. Iona and Fairfield, two assists, three times, last vs. Pepperdine, two blocked shots vs. DePaul, a career-high four steals vs. Colorado State and South Florida.
UCLA Career - As a true freshman in 1998-99, Moiso averaged 23.8 minutes per game and earned All-Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman team ... He was UCLA's second-leading rebounder (5.8) and No. 4 scorer (10.8) and shot 48.7 (131-269, No. 3 on the team) from the field and 61.5 (48-78) from the foul line ... His 5.8 rebound average ranked sixth all-time among Bruin freshmen and his 10.8 scoring average ranked seventh all-time among freshmen ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 15th in rebounding (5.8) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he was 19th in rebounding (5.3) and eighth in blocked shots (0.86) ... He started 21 of 29 games in which he played and led the Bruins in scoring five times and in rebounding 11 times ... He scored in double figures in 16 of 29 games ... Moiso was bothered by arch problems in both feet over the last month of the season ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played 35 minutes, contributing five points (2-5, 1-2), six rebounds, two blocks and one assist ... His 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 14 incoming frosh in U. S. and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... Moiso's career-bests are 36 minutes at Louisville (1/23/99), 25 points vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), 11 rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), three assists vs. Arizona (1/2/99), four steals vs. Colorado State (12/22/99) and South Florida (12/23/99), three blocked shots vs. American (12/23/98).
4 JaRon Rush, 6-7, So., F, Kansas City, MO (Pembroke Hill School)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - One of 28 players on the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy preseason Player of the Year list, Athlon third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News' No. 13 "slasher" in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 11 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's Top 5 small forward in the U.S., The Sporting News' No. 12 small forward in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 9 swing forward in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10.
1999-2000 - Was suspended on Dec. 10 while UCLA investigates a possible NCAA violation (his future status will be determined when UCLA concludes the investigation, no timetable has been set) and has missed the last seven contests ...Has been slowed most of fall camp with a strained right elbow ... Came off the bench for UCLA's first three games ... Has led the Bruins in rebounding once (seven vs. Morgan State) ...Vs. Morgan State, Rush played a season-high 20 minutes, with season-high totals in points (14), rebounds (seven), assists (four, career-high) and steals (two). In his three games, Rush is averaging 11.3 points (No. 4 on the team), 4.7 rebounds (third on the team) and shooting 56.5 from the field (third on the team), 33.3 (3-9) from three-point range and 83.3 (5-6, No. 2 on the team) from the foul line.
His season-highs are-20 minutes vs. Morgan State, 14 points vs. Morgan State, seven rebounds vs. Morgan State, a career-high four assists vs. Morgan State, two steals, twice, last vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - Rush, a member of the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and a second-team Basketball News freshman All-America, was a rebounding machine in 1998-99 as a true freshman ... He averaged 28.1 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 11.4 points (No. 3 on the team) and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.2 from the field, 26.5 (27-102) from three-point range and 62.4 (63-101) from the foul line ... His 7.3 rebound average was the second-highest all-time among Bruin freshmen, trailing only Don MacLean's 7.5 in 1989, and his 11.4 scoring average was sixth on that list ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Rush was ninth in rebounding (7.3) and in the '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished sixth in rebounding (8.2) ... He led the Bruins in rebounding a team-high 12 times, including eight of the last nine games (six straight prior to the Arizona State), and in scoring three times) ... In Pac-10 play, Rush averaged a team-best 8.2 rebounds ... He grabbed at least seven boards in 15 of his final 20 games (171 total for an 8.6 average), including 15 against Washington, 13 vs. Detroit, 12 at both Oregon State and Oregon, 11 at Stanford, 10 vs. USC and Arizona and nine five times ... Rush started 22 of 28 games in which he played ... In his final 10 games, Rush averaged 14.6 points (146) and shot 40.6 (52-128) from the floor and 35.1 (13-37) from three-point range and he averaged 10.2 rebounds in his last nine games (92, 5.1 (46) on the offensive end ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played a career-high tying 36 minutes, recording his fifth double-double in nine games, finishing with 10 points (2-11, 2-6, 4-6), 13 rebounds (five offensive), three steals and one block ... Rush's 1998-99 preseason honors included Basketball News' Heavenly Hundred, Lindy's No. 17 incoming frosh in the U. S., Preview Sports' No. 6 incoming frosh in the U. S., The Sporting News' Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... His career-highs are 36 minutes, four times, last vs. Detroit (3/11/99), 23 points vs. Syracuse (2/21/99), 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99), four assists vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), six steals vs. Washington (2/27/99), two blocked shots, twice, last vs. Arizona State (3/4/99).
34 Ray Young, 6-3, So., G, Oakland (St. Joseph Notre Dame)
1999-2000 - He has started the last seven games and has played at least 23 minutes in each of those contests ... Came off the bench to play 17 minutes vs. Iona, and scored a career-high 17 points, including a career-best 5-6 from three-point range (the most three-pointers since Toby Bailey hit five vs. Arizona State on 1/16/97) ... Started against DePaul and contributed 15 points (5-15, 0-5, 5-9), a career-high tying six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting .533 from the floor, .444 from three-point range and 1.000 from the free throw line. Last week, he contributed nine points, four rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes against Pepperdine and nine points, three assists and one rebound in a season-high 33 minutes against Purdue. In 10 games, Young is averaging 24.9 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists and shooting 42.3 from the field and 40.0 (16-40, second on the team) from three-point range. In his last three games, he is averaging 10.7 points while shooting 54.5 (12-22) from the field, 42.9 (6-14) from three-point range and 100.0 (2-2) from the free throw line. His season-highs are- 33 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 17 points vs. Iona, a career-high tying six rebounds, three times, last vs. DePaul, a career-high four assists vs. Morgan State, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - 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 ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Young played 25 minutes off the bench and contributed 11 points (4-7, 3-5, 0-0) and four rebounds ... Young's 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 30 incoming frosh in U. S.
His career-bests are--34 minutes at Louisville (1/23/99), 17 points vs. Iona (11/27/99), six rebounds, six times, last vs. DePaul (12/18/99), four assists vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), two blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/4/99).
24 Jason Kapono, 6-7, Fr., F, Lakewood (Artesia)
1999-2000 Preseason Honors - 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.
1999-2000 - One of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to have started all 10 games ... Has led the Bruins in scoring four times (20, DePaul, 10, Gonzaga, 15 Maine, 19, Purdue) ... Has scored in double figures in eight of 10 games ... A true freshman, Kapono started his very first Bruin game, playing 30 minutes vs. Fairfield, with 16 points (in UCLA's opener last season vs. Santa Clara, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso both started as true freshmen, and scored 19 and 16 points, respectively), seven rebounds, one assist and two steals. On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he led the Bruins with a career-high 20 points (7-14, 3-6, 3-4) and added four rebounds. In the three games of the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, making seven of 13 three-point field goal attempts (.538). In the game against South Florida, he contributed 17 points and a career-high tying seven rebounds. Last week against Pepperdine, he recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points (5-10, 1-2, 2-3) and a career-high 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Against Purdue, he scored eight of UCLA's final 11 points, including the winning basket with 1.1 seconds remaining on a coast-to-coast layin (Purdue had tied the game with 7.2 seconds remaining). On the night, he led the team with 19 points (8-14, 3-5, 0-0) and added four rebounds and a career-high four assists in a career-high tying 39 minutes. He also play the point when Earl Watson was on the bench in foul trouble. He was UCLA's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week.
In this week's Pac-10 stats, Kapono is 13thT in scoring (13.7) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (45.0). In 10 games, Kapono is averaging 33.2 minutes (second on the team), 13.7 points (tied for first on the team) and 4.9 rebounds (third on the team). He is shooting 48.1 from the field, 45.0 (18-40, first on the team) from three-point range and 75.0 (15-20) from the foul line. He has made three three-point field goals in four of the last six games and is shooting 53.8 (14 of 26) from the arc in that span. His career and season-highs are-39 minutes vs. DePaul and Purdue, 20 points vs. DePaul, 11 rebounds vs. Pepperdine, four assists vs. Purdue, two steals, three times, last vs. Morgan State.
Prep Career - One of the top high school players in the nation last year at Artesia HS, Kapono signed with the Bruins on May 20 ... A 1999 first-team prep All-America honoree by McDonald's, Parade and Street & Smith's ... The O'Bannon brothers, Ed and Charles, also played at Artesia HS under coach Wayne Merino ... In 1998-99 as a senior prepster, Kapono led Artesia to 32 wins and led the team in scoring (23.5) and assists (7.6), was second in rebounding (9.0) and third in steals (3.3) and blocked shots (1.4), while leading his team in foul shooting (92.5) ... During his prep career, he hit a school-record 211 three-pointers.
1999-2000 TEAM STATS (10 Games)
Double-Double (Pts.-Reb.) Jerome Moiso (2) Dan Gadzuric (2) Jason Kapono (1) (Pts.-Asts.)
Double Figures (Pts.) Jerome Moiso (8) Jason Kapono (8) Dan Gadzuric (6) Earl Watson (5) Ray Young (3) Billy Knight (2) JaRon Rush (2) Matt Barnes (1)
20-Pt. Scoring Jerome Moiso (2) Jason Kapono (1) Earl Watson (1)
Double Figures (Reb.) Jerome Moiso (2) Dan Gadzuric (2) Jason Kapono (1) Matt Barnes (1)
Double Figures (Ast.) Earl Watson (1)
Leading Scorers (w/Ties) Jerome Moiso (4) Jason Kapono (4) Earl Watson (3) Billy Knight (1)
Leading Rebounders Jerome Moiso (3) (w/Ties) Dan Gadzuric (3) Matt Barnes (2) Jason Kapono (1) JaRon Rush (1) Earl Watson (1)
Leading Assists Earl Watson (8) (w/Ties) Ryan Bailey (2) Ray Young (2) Jason Kapono (1) JaRon Rush (1) Leading Steals Earl Watson (5) (w/Ties) Jerome Moiso (4) Ray Young (2) Ryan Bailey (2) Rico Hines (1) Jason Kapono (1) Dan Gadzuric (1)
1999-2000 FOR THE RECORD (10 Games)
UCLA 80 Pts. or Over 4-0 UCLA 79 Pts. or Under 4-2
Opp. 80 Pts. or more. 1-0 Opp Under 80 Pts. 7-2
Leading at Half Tied Trailing at Half 6-1 0-0 2-1
FG % of .500 or better Less than .500 4-0 4-2
Opp. FG % under .400 4-0 Opp. FG% between .400-.500 4-2 Opp. FG% over .500 0-0
Outshooting Opp. Outshot by Opp. 8-0 0-2
UCLA Reb. Advantage Opp. Advantage Tied 7-1 1-1 0-0
With five minutes to play (in regulation) UCLA leads with 5:00 to play: 8-0 UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 0-2 UCLA tied with 5:00 to play: 0-0
Margin of Victory One Point: 0-1 Two Points: 2-0 Three Points: 0-0 Four Points: 0-0 5-10 Pts.: 1-0 11-15 Pts.: 0-0 16-19 Pts.: 2-1 20 or more: 3-0
By Day Monday 0-0 Friday 0-0 Tuesday 3-0 Saturday 2-1 Wednesday 1-1 Sunday 0-0 Thursday 2-0
By Month November 2-0 February 0-0 December 6-2 March 0-0 January 0-0
Night and Day Night 4-1 Day 4-1