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UCLA Enters NCAA Tournament For 12th Consecutive Year
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/12/2000

March 12, 2000

Thursday, March 16 - No. 6 seed UCLA vs. No. 11 seed Ball State, NCAA Midwest Region First Round at the Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN, Time TBA (TV-CBS, Radio-XTRA 1150am with Chris Roberts).

Saturday, March 18 - If UCLA wins, it will play the winner of the game between No. 3 Maryland and No. 14 Iona.

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 89-37 (70.6, 126 games).

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). During his nine seasons on the UCLA staff as head coach and assistant, he is 215-69 (75.7, 284 games). This season's Gonzaga contest was Lavin's 100th game as the Bruin head coach. UCLA's win at North Carolina was the Bruins' first-ever victory at Chapel Hill.

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 new six-year contract through the 2004-2005 season.

UCLA (19-11 overall, 10-8 Pacific-10, T-4th)

UCLA Starting Lineup (Rankings - AP-not ranked, ESPN/USA Today- not ranked)
Bruin Starters (UCLA used this lineup in last two games)

No.NamePos.Ht.Cl.PpgRpg
24Jason KaponoF6-7Fr.16.44.5
30Sean FarnhamF6-6Sr.1.41.2
0Jerome MoisoF6-10So.12.97.5
3Billy KnightG6-5So.5.62.0
25Earl WatsonG6-1Jr.11.64.1

Key Bruin Reserves

4JaRon RushF6-7So.12.55.3
50Dan GadzuricC6-11So.9.77.0
34Ray YoungG6-3So.6.12.5
23Matt BarnesF6-7So.5.62.6
22Rico HinesG6-4Jr.3.32.2
21Ryan BaileyG6-5Jr.3.22.0

BRUIN HEADLINES

UCLA has never played Ball State. UCLA is 1-0 vs. Iona, having defeated Gaels, 105-73 earlier this season (Nov. 27) at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are 4-2 against Maryland. They last met on Nov. 27, 1998 in the second round of the Puerto Rico Shootout with Maryland winning, 70-54.

UCLA compiled a record of 7-6 against the 2000 NCAA Tournament field. The Bruins defeated Iona, DePaul, Pepperdine, Purdue, North Carolina, Oregon and Stanford. UCLA lost to Arizona twice, Stanford, Oregon, Syracuse and Gonzaga.

Forward Jason Kapono has been named National Freshman of the Year by CBS SportsLine.

Forward Jason Kapono has been named Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year by vote of the league's coaches. He has also been selected to the All-Pac-10 team and the All-Freshman team. Jerome Moiso earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention.

UCLA won its final six games of the year, its longest streak since winning 12straight in 1996-97. During the six-game winning streak, UCLA has shot 50.3 from the floor, 44.2 from three-point range and 62.1 from the line while holding opponents to 41.3 from the floor, 28.3 from three-point range and 65.5 from the line. The Bruins outscored their six opponents 79.3-67.5 and outrebounded them 39.3-31.7 while averaging 17.0 assists, 7.8 steals, 4.7 blocked shots and 15.7 turnovers.

Jason Kapono is averaging 14.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists, shooting 60.0 from the floor and 53.3 from three-point range. Earl Watson is averaging 14.2 points, 6.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.7 turnovers while shooting 47.5 from the field, 44.0 from three-point range and 75.0 from the line. JaRon Rush is averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in three games, shooting 66.7 from the floor, 50.0 from three-point range and 71.4 from the line. Jerome Moiso is averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 51.9 from the floor and Dan Gadzuric is averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 52.8. Billy Knight is shooting 52.9 from the floor (55.6 from three-point range) and averaging 6.0 points, Matt Barnes is shooting 51.9 and averaging 5.7 points and Ryan Bailey is shooting 61.5 while averaging 3.5 points.

UCLA won seven of its final 10 regular-season games. In those 10 games, the Bruins shot 51.2 from the field, 41.5 from three-point range and 57.3 from the line, outrebounded their opponents 37.4 to 32.2 and outscored them 78.5 to 75.7. They averaged 18.1 assists, 8.2 steals, 3.7 blocked shots and 17.2 turnovers. Kapono averaged 18.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists, shooting 56.2 from the floor and 50.0 (30-60) from three-point range. Watson averaged 13.8 points, 5.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds and just 2.5 turnovers, shooting 53.3 from the floor, 42.9 from three-point range and 78.1 from the line. Gadzuric averaged 11.0 points and 7.1 rebounds and shot 59.0 (49-83) from the field and Moiso averaged 10.3 points and 7.1 rebounds, shooting 50.0 from the floor.

UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week Nominee -Jason Kapono. On March 9 against WSU, he led the Bruins with 17 points (4-8, 2-6, 7-8), including 15 in the second half. He added two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes. He made seven of eight free throws in the last 4:10. On March 11 versus Washington, he led the Bruins with 18 points (7-9, 4-6, 0-0) and added three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes. He scored eight of UCLA's first 10 points of the second half to help the Bruins build a 59-30 lead with just under 16 minutes to play.

UCLA's victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4 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 this 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.

In that victory over Stanford, UCLA became the first team to shoot over 50.0 against the Cardinal all season.

UCLA has now won six straight games for the first time since it won 12 in a row during the 1996-97 season, advancing to the NCAA Elite Eight before losing to Minnesota. The Bruins have also won six consecutive Pac-10 games for the first time since 1996-97, when they won their final eight Pac-10 games of the year.

UCLA's sweep of the Bay Area was its first sweep of a Pac-10 road trip since defeating Washington and Washington State at the end of the 1996-97 season. The last time UCLA swept in the Bay Area was the 1994-95 season.

UCLA's win at North Carolina was the first in school history (at Chapel Hill, the Bruins had lost 107-70 in 1985-86 and 104-78 in 1988-89) and it snapped the Tar Heels' four-game winning streak against the Bruins (the series record is now NC 5-UCLA 3). UCLA's win at Chapel Hill was, at the time, North Carolina's second home nonconference loss this season (also lost to Michigan State earlier this year) and the Tar Heels have not lost two home nonconference games since 1943-44.

UCLA has recorded several quality wins this season. On Marc 4, the Bruins defeated No. 1 Stanford (26-3) on its home floor, 94-93 in overtime. The Bruins have also defeated 22-7 Oregon (third place in the Pac-10) at home and North Carolina, 18-13 and tied for third place in the ACC, on the road. Other key home victories include No. 21 Purdue (21-9 and third place in the Big Ten), WCC regular-season champion Pepperdine (24-8) and 21-11 DePaul, which reached the Conference USA championship game. Four of UCLA's losses have been to teams ranked No. 4 or higher at the time of the game.

UCLA has six wins against teams ranked in the Top 52 of the collegerpi.com's' RPI list (Stanford 9, Oregon 25, DePaul 32, Purdue 33, North Carolina 40 and Pepperdine 52).

As of the morning of March 12, UCLA was ranked 27th on the RPI list produced by Jerry Palm (College RPI.com) and 32nd on Jeff Sagerin's ratings.

UCLA's strength of schedule is rated No. 10. Stanford is 93, Arizona 13, Oregon 78, Arizona State 50, California 38 and USC 45 (all rankings by Palm).

With the win at California on March 2, UCLA stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 52 (1948-49 to 1999-2000).

Junior guard Earl Watson now ranks No.8 on UCLA's career assist list with 408, having passed Gerald Madkins (404) against Washington. He also ranks No. 5 on UCLA's career steals list with 162 (No. 4 is Darrick Martin, 179, 1989-92).

In his last 10 games, Earl Watson is averaging 13.8 points (138), 4.0 rebounds (40), 5.7 assists (57) and just 2.5 turnovers (25) while shooting 51.1 (47-92) from the floor, 42.9 (15-35) from the three-point arc and 78.1 (25-32) from the line and has shot at least 50.0 from the floor in eight of 10 games.

Watson's 13 assists versus Stanford were the most by a Bruin since Tyus Edney recorded 13 against Florida State in the 1991-92pre-season NIT third-place game. The last time a Bruin had more assists was on Feb. 2, 1991 when Darrick Martin passed for a school-record 15 against Pittsburgh. The last time a Bruin had as many in a Pac-10 game was on Feb. 16, 1989, when Pooh Richardson recorded 14 versus Arizona State.

Freshman forward Jason Kapono already ranks second on UCLA's single-season three-point field goal list with 74, the most ever by a Bruin freshman. The school record is 78, by Tracy Murray in 1992. His percentage of 47.7 currently ranks third in school history.

In addition, he already ranks eighth on UCLA's career three-point field goal list.

UCLA needs just one win in the NCAA Tournament to reach the 20-victory plateau for the 12th straight year. The last time UCLA did not win 20 games during the regular season was in 1989-90, when it was 18-9. It then won two of three games in the last Pac-10 Tournament and won two games in the NCAA Tournament before losing in the Sweet 16, finishing with a record of 22-11.

UCLA has set a school single-season record with 180 three-point field goals, breaking the old mark of 173, set in 1992. The 490 attempts is tied for second in school history behind last year's 497 attempts. Its percentage of 36.7 ranks fifth in school history and is the highest since 1996, when it shot 37.6.

UCLA set a new school record with 12 three-point field goals at Arizona on Feb. 19 and tied it during the win at Stanford on March 4. The old record was 11 (twice).

In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 6-2 during his three+ years as head coach. The Bruins are 2-0 this year, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 (OT) win over South Florida this season in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won five consecutive overtime games (1999-2000, UCLA 94, at Stanford 93 (OT), UCLA 103, South Florida 98 (OT), 1998-99, at UCLA 88, Arizona State 85 (OT), 1997-98, UCLA 82, at USC 75 (OT), 1996-97, UCLA 74, Iowa State 73 (OT)-NCAA Sweet 16) dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 (OT) during the 1997 Pac-10 season.

In games decided by three points or less this season, UCLA is 4-3, beating Stanford (94-93 in overtime), North Carolina (71-68), Purdue (55-53) and Pepperdine (68-66) and losing to Colorado State (54-55), Washington (62-63) and California (70-73). In Steve Lavin's three+ years as the Bruin head coach, UCLA is 11-6 in games decided by two points or less and 20-10 in games decided by three-points or less.

The crowd of 29,731 at the UCLA-Syracuse game was the largest on-campus crowd in the nation this season. The crowd ranks ninth on UCLA's single-game list and No. 2 among regular-season games, topped only by the 52,693 that viewed the UCLA-Houston game in the Astrodome on Jan. 20, 1968.

UCLA's 22-point victory at Washington State (86-64) was its largest in a Pac-10 road game since the 1988-89 season when the Bruins defeated Oregon, 97-66, at Eugene. Thursday's win at Cal was a 21-point Bruin victory margin in a Pac-10 road game.

The Bruins' 10 turnovers at Oregon State were a season low (they committed only 11 versus OSU at Pauley Pavilion) and the 40 free throw attempts were a season high. UCLA's 11 blocked shots in the win over Arizona State in Pauley was UCLA's highest since 12 in a 73-63 win over Maryland at the 1995 Wooden Classic.

NCAA Stats (Week of March 6, before WSU)
3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 9th, 47.6,

Pac-10 Stats (March 12 - 30 games, entering NCAA Tournament)
Team-Scoring Offense-6th, 75.5, Scoring Defense-5th, 70.5, Scoring Margin-5th, +5.1, FT %-10th, 58.7, FG %-1st, 48.0, FG % Def.-4th, 42.8, 3-Pt. FG %-3rd, 36.7, 3-Pt. FGs Made-5th, 6.00, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-2nd, 32.7, Reb. Off.- 4th, 37.8, Reb. Def.- 3rd, 33.8, Reb. Margin- 2nd, +4.0, Bkd. Shots- 3rd, 4.27, Asst.- 4th, 16.33, Stls.- 3rd, 8.43, TO Margin- 6th, -0.27, Asst./TO Ratio- 6th, 0.98, Off. Reb.- 2nd, 13.80, Def. Reb.-3rd, 24.03.
UCLA Individual Leaders (Top 6) - Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 3rd, 16.4, Rebounds - Jerome Moiso, 5th, 7.5, Blocks - Jerome Moiso, 3rd, 1.60, Dan Gadzuric, 4th, 1.53, Field Goal Percentage - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 55.7, Jason Kapono, 6th, 52.9, 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 1st, 47.7, Assists- Earl Watson, 2nd, 5.40.

Special Team Stats

The Bruins have trailed 16 times at halftime this season. They are 8-8 in those games. UCLA's highest first half output is 54 vs. South Florida and the lowest is 20 vs. Colorado State. It also scored 54 in the second half at Arizon and 53 in the second half at Cal. The Bruins came from 19 down in the first half at California to trail 35-30 at halftime and came from 15 down in the first half at Stanford to trail 43-41 at halftime. They won both of those games.

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 104 by Arizona State. The low is 39 by Morgan State. UCLA is averaging 75.5 points and giving up 70.5.

The Bruins have outrebounded 22 of 30 opponents, including 19 of the last 25 games. Only Gonzaga (43-46, a 59-43 loss), DePaul (43-55, a 76-58 win), USC (35-45, a 91-79 loss), Stanford (22-37, a 78-63 loss), California (39-41, a 73-70 loss), USC again (29-34, an 83-75 win), Arizona State (31-37, a 104-75 loss) and Oregon State (31-38, a 69-59 win) have outrebounded the Bruins.

The Bruins have held five opponents below 35.9 shooting from the field (35.9, at Cal/Pepperdine, 35.4, Purdue, 30.4, Morgan State, 30.1, DePaul) and nine others under 42.0 (41.7, WSU, 41.7, Oregon, 41.5, WSU, 40.4, Gonzaga, 40.3 Iona, Washington, 39.3, Arizona State, 37.5, Oregon State, 37.1, Oregon State, 36.7).

UCLA has shot better than 18 of its 30 opponents, including five of the last six games. Nine of UCLA's losses have occurred when it was outshot from the field - Gonzaga (26.2-40.4), Colorado State (37.7-46.3), USC (45.7-49.3), Arizona (44.4-47.4), Oregon (39.3-49.0), Stanford (45.2-54.9), California (36.9-43.4), Arizona State (48.2-56.1) and Arizona (51.6-51.7). Washington (42.1-39.3) and Syracuse (51.9-43.1) are the only teams to defeat the Bruins while shooting a lower percentage from the field and the North Carolina (44.4-49.1) and Washington State (40.4-41.7) games are the only Bruin wins when they were outshot. 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 56.1 by Arizona State and the low is 30.1 by DePaul. Against Morgan State, the Bruins shot over 60.0 from the field (67.9) and three-point range (62.5).

BRUIN NOTES

On Feb. 28, it was announced that UCLA sophomore forward JaRon Rush's 29-game suspension has been reduced to nine games by the NCAA Subcommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. He made his first appearance since Dec. 1 on March 4 at Stanford and hit the game-winning shot in the 94-93 overtime win.

On Dec. 10, UCLA suspended Rush indefinitely while it investigated possible NCAA violations by Rush.

On Feb. 1, UCLA was informed that the NCAA had suspended Rush for the equivalent of one full season (29 games - the final 12 of this season and the first 17 of the 2000-2001 season) for benefits he received allegedly from a non-scholastic (AAU) coach when he was a prospective student-athlete in Kansas City.

On Feb. 1, Rush was also suspended for half of this season (15 games) for receiving $200 from a sports agent during the 1998-99 academic year. He had already missed 15 games by Feb. 1, satisfying that penalty.

In addition, Rush will have to repay the total amount of $6,525, the value of benefits he received allegedly from a non-scholastic coach when he was a prospective student- athlete, prior to the completion of his eligibility. A payment schedule will be arranged by UCLA and Rush and must be approved by the NCAA prior to UCLA declaring him eligible to play. The money will be given to a charity selected by the Athletic Department. The $200 from the first penalty will also be included in the repayment plan.

Last Games

March 11 - at UCLA 90, Washington 64 - Before 10,305 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA built a 20-point halftime lead (47-27), extended it to 29 early in the second half and cruised to its sixth straight win, 90-64. UCLA's six-game winning streak is its longest since 1996-97, when it won 12 in a row.

UCLA, which trailed 9-3 early in the contest, still trailed by five points (15-10) with 13:17 remaining in the first half. The Bruins then outscored the Huskies 29-5, including 12-0 and 15-0 runs, in 8:14 to take a 39-20 lead en route to the 47-27 halftime score. UCLA scored 12 of the first 15 points in the second half to extend the lead to 29 (59-30) and Washington never got closer than 21 points the rest of the way.

Jason Kapono led UCLA with 18 points, making seven of nine shots, including four of six from three-point range. He scored eight of UCLA's first 10 points in the second half with two three-point field goals and a dunk. JaRon Rush chipped in with 15 points, all in the first half, making seven of nine shots. He scored 11 straight points for the Bruins during the 29-5 run in the first half.

Earl Watson contributed 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. Matt Barnes came off the bench to contribute nine points, four rebounds and two steals, Jerome Moiso and Dan Gadzuric added eight points each and Billy Knight, starting for the second straight game, added seven points and a team-high six rebounds. Sean Farnham played 16 minutes in his last home game and ran his two-year record asd a starter to 14-1 (14-0 in the regular season).

UCLA shot 50.6 from the floor, 44.4 (8-18) from three-point range and 50.0 (4-8) from the free throw line, with 39 rebounds, 22 assists, a season high-tying 19 steals, three blocked shots and 16 turnovers.

Washington, which was led by Michael Johnson (11 points) and Marlon Shelton (10 points), shot 43.1 from the floor, 7.1 (1-14) from three-point range and 68.4 (13-19) from the line, with 34 rebounds, 11 assists, eight steals, six blocked shots and 26 turnovers.

March 9 - at UCLA 65, Washington State 58 - Before 9,614 at Pauley Pavilion, UCLA outscored Washington State 12-3 in a three-minute span, breaking a 52-52 tie en route to a 65-58 victory over the Cougars.

UCLA, which trailed 7-1 early in the contest, led 29-25 at halftime and built an 11-point lead, 44-33, with 10:20 remaining in the game. The Cougars then outscored the Bruins 18-5 to take a 51-49 lead with 4:28 remaining, setting the stage for the Bruins' final surge.

Jason Kapono led UCLA with 17 points, 15 in the second half. In the final 4:10, he made seven of eight free throws and scored nine of UCLA's final 16 points. Dan Gadzuric came off the bench to record his second double-double in three games, finishing with 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds. JaRon Rush, in his second game back, chipped in with seven points and 11 rebounds, Jerome Moiso contributed nine points and five rebounds, Earl Watson had seven points, four assists and three steals and Matt Barnes added seven points and four boards.

UCLA shot 40.4 from the floor, 31.3 (5-16) from three-point range and 58.1 (18-31) from the free throw line, with 42 rebounds, 11 assists, nine steals, six blocked shots and 20 turnovers.

WSU, which was led by Chris Crosby (15 points) and Eddie Miller (14 points and eight rebounds), shot 41.7 from the floor, 40.0 (6-15) from three-point range and 60.0 (12-20) from the line, with 28 rebounds, 10 assists, six steals, two blocked shots and 18 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. Bruin junior guard Earl Watson was named to the All-Tournament team.

On Feb. 1, UCLA hosted 25 children from the Child Abuse Treatment Services Program at Children's Institute International. 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 (including a 103-98, OT win over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic).

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 (No. 44), a 6-6, 225-pound forward, from Punahou HS in Honolulu. He's made seven appearances this season, playing five minutes vs. Maine at The Pearl Harbor Classic, five minutes at Washington State, one minute vs. Stanford, three minutes at Arizona State, one minute at Arizona, one minute at Cal and five minutes against Washington. 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.

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 12 different starting lineups (in 30 games). Washington/Washington State - forwards, freshman Jason Kapono and senior Sean Farnham, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso and guards, sophomore Billy Knight and junior Earl Watson, Stanford/California - forwards, freshman Jason Kapono and senior Sean Farnham, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso and guards, junior Ryan Bailey and junior Earl Watson, Oregon State/Oregon - forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and junior Ryan Knight, Arizona/Arizona State/Syracuse/USC - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and junior Ryan Knight, California/Stanford/ Oregon - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Billy Knight, Oregon State - forwards, sophomores Jerome Moiso and Matt Barnes, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and freshman Jason Kapono, Arizona State/Arizona/North Carolina - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, juniors Earl Watson and Rico Hines, USC/WSU/Washington/Purdue/Pepperdine/SouthFlorida/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 after the Louisville (Jan. 23, 1999) and Washington State (Jan. 28, 1999) games - a span of 12 straight games

The 2000 NCAA Tournament is 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 (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 and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.

During the 1998-99 year, 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 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.

After 30 games in 1999-2000, UCLA is shooting 48.0 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 1,469-633 (69.9, 2,102 games) in 80+ 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 500-58 (558 games, 89.6, 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).

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 previous 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 is with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) and Kris Johnson is with Quad Cities (CBA). Former Bruins Tyus Edney (Italy) 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 in Poland.

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

Career Highlights

  • Chosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.
  • On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a new six-year contract through the 2004-2005 season.
  • 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 89-37 (70.6, 126 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 four straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including this season.
  • 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).
  • 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 four 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 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 nine years on the Bruin staff, UCLA has 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.
  • 11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue, including 1999-00.
Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record
1999-2000       19-11 (NCAA)
1998-99         22-9  (NCAA)
1997-98         24-9  (NCAA Sweet 16)
1996-97         24-8  (NCAA Elite Eight & Pac-10 Champ)
Totals          89-37 (70.6, 126 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, 158 games)
UCLA Totals    215-69 (75.7, 284 games)

BRUINS IN THE POLLS

DateAPUSA Today/ESPN
Pre-Season12th14th
Week One (Nov. 16)12th--
Week Two (Nov. 22)13th12th
Week Three (Nov. 29)12th13th
Week Four (Dec. 6)11th11th
Week Five (Dec. 13)18th17th
Week Six (Dec. 20)18th16th
Week Seven (Dec. 27)23rd21st
Week Eight (Jan. 3)24th20th
Week Nine (Jan. 10)**25th
Week 10 (Jan. 17)25th19th
Week 11 (Jan. 24)-20th
Week 12 (Jan. 31)--
Week 13 (Feb. 7)--
Week 14 (Feb. 14)--
Week 15 (Feb. 21)--
Week 16 (Feb. 28)--
Week 17 (Mar. 6)--

**unranked for the first time since week of Feb. 3, 1997 (Bruins had been unranked for seven straight weeks at that point).

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UCLA PLAYER UPDATES

Senior (1)

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 eight games this season (Washington, Washington State, at Stanford, at California, Oregon State, Oregon, Morgan State and Iona, all wins (8-0) and in his career, the Bruins are 14-1 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 20 games, Farnham is averaging 7.2 minutes, 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds and shooting 45.8 (11-24) from the field. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he played seven minutes, his longest stint since the Gonzaga game on Dec. 11, and had one rebound, one assist and one steal. He had not played in four consecutive contests before playing four minutes at Oregon State, one minute at Oregon, four minutes versus Stanford and five minutes (two rebounds) against California. He did not play versus USC or Syracuse.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played eight minutes and had one point, one rebound and one assist. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he had one rebound and one assist in five minutes.

On Feb. 24 versus Oregon, he started for the third time this year and played seven minutes, finishing with three points and two rebounds. On Feb. 26 against Oregon State, he started for the second straight game and contributed two points, two rebounds and a career-high tying two assists in 17 minutes.

On March 2 he started at Cal, playing four minutes, with one rebound. On March 4 at Stanford, he started and played one minute. On March 9 against WSU, he started and played two minutes. On March 11 against Washington, he started the final home game of his career -- his sixth straight start -- and played 16 minutes, finishing with two points, a career high-tying two assists and a career-high two steals.

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, Oregon State and Washington, a career-high two steals vs. Washington.

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, seven times, last vs. Washington (3/11/00), two steals vs. Washington (3/11/00), two blocked shots vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97).

Juniors (4)

21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-2, Jr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)
1999-2000 - Was slowed in 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 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.

On Jan. 6 at Washington, he played 16 minutes and contributed four assists, two rebounds and one steal. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he had three points (his first three-point field goal of the year), two rebounds and one assist in seven minutes.

On Jan 12 at USC, he played 21 minutes and tied his season high with nine points (4-10, 1-2, 0-0) and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he made two free throws with 14.9 seconds remaining to give UCLA it's final three-point margin. On the day, he played 20 minutes and finished with six points (2-3, 2-2), three rebounds, two steals and one assist.

On Jan. 20, he played 11 minutes against Arizona and had four assists and one rebound. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he played 16 minutes and contributed five points (2-2, 1-2), two rebounds and two assists.

On Jan. 27. at Oregon State, he played 10 minutes and had one assist. On Jan. 29 at Oregon, he played 12 minutes and finished with two rebounds and one assist. Against Stanford (Feb. 3), he played seven minutes and had one assist and one steal. On Feb. 5 against California, he played 28 minutes and contributed eight points (3-3, 2-3), five rebounds, four assists and one steal.

On Feb. 9 against USC, he started at point guard and contributed seven points (2-3, 1-2, 2-4), three assists, two rebounds and one steal in a career-high 34 minutes. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he started and contributed two points, a career-high seven assists, a career-high tying seven rebounds and two steals with just one turnover in 26 minutes.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he started and contributed three points (0-4, 0-2, 3-4), four assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he started for the fourth straight game and finished with four points (2-6, 0-2), a team-high six assists, two steals and one rebound in 25 minutes.

On Feb. 24 against Oregon, he started and contributed three points (1-2, 1-1, 0-0), two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes. On Feb. 26 versus Oregon State, he started for the sixth straight game and keyed the Bruins' second-half rally, scoring the first seven points of a 15-0 run that broke a 39-39 tie. He finished with a career-high tying 11 points (4-4, 2-2, 1-2), three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes.

On March 2 at Cal, he started and played 14 minutes, finishing with two points and one assist. On March 4 at Stanford, he started for the eighth straight game and played five minutes.

On March 9 against WSU, he played 10 minutes off the bench and contributed one point, three assists and one rebound. On March 11 versus Washington, he played 20 minutes off the bench and contributed four points ((2-3, 0-0), four assists, three rebounds and one steal.

In his 29 games, Bailey is averaging 17.6 minutes, 3.2 points, 2.5 assists (second on the team) and 2.0 rebounds. His 33.3 shooting percentage from the three-point line (6-18) ranks fifth on the squad.

His season-bests are - a career-high 34 minutes vs. USC, a career-high tying 11 points vs. Oregon State, a career-high seven rebounds vs. DePaul and Syracuse, a career-high seven assists vs. Syracuse, 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 - 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) ... 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 co-captain this year with fellow junior Earl Watson and senior Sean Farnham ... Has started seven games, including the first four before coming off the bench against DePaul ... Versus Iona, he played 18 minutes, with 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.

On Jan. 6 at Washington, he played 10 minutes but did not score. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he scored a career-high 12 points (4-6, 1-2, 3-4) in 23 minutes. He also contributed five assists, one shy of his career high, two rebounds and two steals as well as his usual fine defensive effort.

At USC on Jan. 12, he played 17 minutes off the bench and had two points and two rebounds. On Jan. 15, playing near his Greenville, NC home, he returned to the starting lineup and sparked the Bruin defensive effort. He played a season-high tying 26 minutes and contributed six points (3-6, 0-2, 0-1), four rebounds, a career-high three steals and two assists.

On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he started and played 24 minutes, finishing with two points, three assists and two rebounds. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he jammed his big toe (right foot) early in the game and played just four minutes, finishing with three rebounds and one assist.

Hines missed four games (Jan. 27 at Oregon State, Jan. 29 at Oregon, Stanford on Feb. 3 and California on Feb. 5) because of the injured toe. He returned against USC on Feb. 9 and made two steals and one assist in 13 minutes while contributing with his defense and spirit. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played 11 minutes off the bench and contributed six points (3-3, 0-0).

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played 22 minutes and had four points (1-4, 0-2, 2-2) and two rebounds. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he played 12 minutes and finished with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

On Feb. 24 versus Oregon, he played 19 minutes and contributed three points , four rebounds and three assists. On Feb. 26 against Oregon State, he played 13 minutes and three points, three rebounds and one assist.

On March 2 at Cal, Hines came off the bench to play six minutes with one point and three rebounds. On March 4 at Stanford, he played four minutes off the bench. On March 9 versus WSU, he played six minutes off the bench and had two points and one assist. On March 11 versus Washington, he played 12 minutes and contributed four points (1-1, 1-1, 1-2), two rebounds and one assist.

In his 26 games, Hines is averaging 15.5 minutes, 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds.

His season-highs are - 26 minutes vs. Purdue and North Carolina, a career-high 12 points at WSU, five rebounds vs. Purdue, five assists at WSU, a career-high three steals at North Carolina.

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), 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, 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 has been sidelined since that time ... 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 30 games ... UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (94) during his three-year career ... Ranks No. 8 on UCLA's career assist list with 408, having passed Gerald Madkins (404) against Washington ... Ranks No. 5 on the career steals list with 165 ... Has led the Bruins in scoring five times (Iona, 18, Colorado State, 15, South Florida, 20, Oregon, season-high 22, Oregon State, 19) and in rebounding twice (eight vs. Gonzaga and a career-high 10 against Oregon) ... Has scored in double figures 19 times this season and 49 times in his career ... Including ties, Watson has led the Bruins in assists 24 times and in steals on 12 occasions ...He has passed for six or more assists 15 times this season.

After 30 games, Watson is averaging 35.0 minutes (first on the team), 11.6 points (third on the team among players with at least 10 games), 4.1 rebounds and a team-high 5.4 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 44.2 from the field, 34.0 (34-100) from three-point range and 67.0 (61-91) from the foul line.

In Pac-10 play, he averaged 35.3 minutes, 12.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting 46.8 from the floor.

In his last 10 games, Earl Watson is averaging 13.8 points (138), 4.0 rebounds (40), 5.7 assists (57) and just 2.5 turnovers (25) while shooting 51.1 (47-92) from the floor, 42.9 (15-35) from the three-point arc and 78.1 (25-32) from the line and has shot at least 50.0 from the floor in eight of 10 games.

In the final Pac-10 regular-season stats, Watson ranked second in assists (5.40) and seventh in steals (1.73).

In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he was named to the All-Tournament team, 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 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.

At Washington, he played 36 minutes and finished with nine points (4-8, 1-3, 0-0), four assists and three rebounds. In the win at WSU, he played 31 minutes and contributed eight points (3-6, 0-2, 2-2), six assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

On Jan. 12 at USC, he played 39 minutes and contributed 18 points, including a career-high four three-point field goals, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block. In the Jan. 15 win at North Carolina, he helped key the defensive effort and contributed 11 points (3-14, 2-5, 3-4), six assists, two steals and one board in 38 minutes of action. After the contest, he gave his jersey to a young girl into whom he had banged while trying to save the ball during the game.

On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played 35 minutes and contributed 12 points (6-14, 0-6, 0-0), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. On Jan 22, he started and played 33 minutes. Concentrating on distributing the ball and playing defense, he took just one shot (it was a follow of a teammate's miss) and finished with three points, five assists, three rebounds and one steal.

On Jan. 27 at Oregon State, played 39 minutes and contributed 15 points (4-9, 0-5, 7-13), a career-high tying nine rebounds, three assists and one steal and his usual outstanding defense. On Jan. 29, at Oregon, he started and played all 40 minutes, finishing with six points (3-13, 0-3, 0-2), five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

On Feb. 3 against Stanford, he played 36 minutes and had 11 points, six assists, three rebounds and a one block. On Feb. 5 against California, he played 32 minutes and contributed 10 points (4-9, 1-2, 1-1), six assists, three rebounds and three steals.

On Feb. 9 versus USC, he started the the wing and scored a season-high 22 points (8-12, 1-3, 5-6) in 37 minutes. He added seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and no turnovers. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played 37 minutes and contributed 11 points (5-9, 1-3, 0-0), eight assists, five rebounds and two steals.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played 22 minutes and finished with 12 points (5-6, 0-1, 2-2) and one steal before fouling out. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he played 31 minutes before fouling out and contributed eight points (3-6, 2-3, 0-0), five assists and three rebounds.

On Feb. 24 against Oregon, he had one of the best games in his career. Starting for the 89th straight game, he played 39 minutes and led the Bruins with a season-high tying 22 points (5-10, 2-3, 10-14), a career-high 10 rebounds and five assists and added two steals. On Feb. 26 against Oregon State, he again led the team with 19 points (6-10, 2-5, 5-7) and added four rebounds, two steals and one assist in 38 minutes. On the weekend, he averaged 20.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals while making 11 of 20 shots from the field (55.0), four of eight three-pointers (50.0) and 15 of 21 free throws (71.4). He was selected Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts.

On March 2 at Cal, Watson played 40 minutes (fourth time this year he has played the entire game), with 12 points, four rebounds, a game-high eight assists, two steals and blocks (career-high tying) and just three turnovers. In the March 4 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion, he started for the 92nd consecutive time and played a career-high 45 minutes. Watson contributed 15 points (6-10, 3-6, 0-0), a career-high 13 assists, five rebounds while running the team's offense to perfection.

Watson's 13 assists versus Stanford were the most by a Bruin since Tyus Edney recorded 13 against Florida State in the 1991-92pre-season NIT third-place game. The last time a Bruin had more assists was on Feb. 2, 1991 when Darrick Martin passed for a school-record 15 against Pittsburgh. The last time a Bruin had as many in a Pac-10 game was on Feb. 16, 1989, when Pooh Richardson recorded 14 versus Arizona State.

On March 9 versus Washington State, he started his 93rd straight game, played 37 minutes and contributed seven points (2-11, 1-4, 2-2), four assists, three rebounds, three steals and a career high-tying two blocked shots. On March 11 against Washington, he started for the 94th straight time and played just 25 minutes, finishing with 10 points (4-10, 2-4, 0-0), six assists, four rebounds and one steal.

His season-highs are - a career-high 45 minutes at Stanford, 22 points vs. USC and Oregon, a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Oregon, a career-high 13 assists at Stanford, two blocked shots three times, last vs. WSU, 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 45 minutes at Stanford (3/4/00), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), 10 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/24/00), 13 assists at Stanford (3/4/00), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, six times, last vs. WSU (3/9/00).

Sophomores (6)

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.

Against Purdue, he played an important role in the win with a season-high 10 points, one shy of his career high, and six rebounds. On Jan. 6, he played 14 minutes at Washington, finishing with four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Against WSU on Jan. 8, he contributed six points, five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.

On Jan. 12 at USC, he played 15 minutes and tied his season-high with 10 points (4-7, 1-1, 1-5) and added two rebounds and one assist. He played 10 minutes at North Carolina (Jan. 15) and had four points (2-4, 0-0) and one rebound.

Against Arizona on Jan. 20, he played 15 minutes and had two points, two rebounds and one blocked shot. On Jan. 22 against ASU, he played 24 minutes off the bench and scored a career-high 17 points (6-13, 1-2, 4-6) and added six rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and one steal.

On Jan. 27 at Oregon State, he started and played 11 minutes, finishing with two points, one rebound and one steal. On Jan. 29 at Oregon, he played 14 minutes off the bench and finished with eight points (3-5, 1-2, 1-1), one steal and one assist.

On Feb. 3 versus Stanford, he played 26 minutes off the bench and finished with 12 points (6-12, 0-4, 0-0), two rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. On Feb. 5 against California, he played 14 minutes off the bench and contributed two points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist. On Feb. 9 versus USC, he played seven minutes and contributed one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played four minutes and missed his only shot attempt.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played 15 minutes and contributed eight points, two rebounds, a career-high tying three steals and one assist. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he had five points (2-2, 1-1, 0-0), one rebound and one assist in 11 minutes.

On Feb. 24 versus Oregon, he played 17 minutes and contributed six points (2-7, 0-1, 2-2), four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. On Feb. 26 against Oregon State, he played 19 minutes and contributed two points, three rebounds and a team-high (tied) three assists, tying his season high.

On March 2 at Cal, Barnes came off the bench to play five minutes. In the March 4 win at Stanford, he played 23 minutes off the bench and contributed 10 points (4-6, 2-3), three assists and one rebound.

On March 9 versus WSU, he played 16 minutes off the bench, contributing seven points (3-3, 1-1, 0-2), four rebounds and one blocked shot. On March 11 against Washington, he played 17 minutes off the b ench and contributed nine points (4-7, 0-1, 1-2), four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot.

In his 25 games, he is averaging 14.6 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 48.3 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 has played at least 20 minutes (Purdue, Arizona State and the two Stanford games), he is averaging 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds and shooting 51.3 from the floor.

His season-highs are - a career-high tying 28 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 17 points vs. Arizona State, a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Maine, three assists vs. Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford, a career-high tying two blocked shots vs. Arizona State, a career-high tying three steals vs. Arizona State.

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), 17 points vs. Arizona State (1/22/00), 10 rebounds vs. Maine (12/21/99), four assists vs. Oregon State (2/7/99), three steals vs. Kentucky (11/28/98) and Arizona State (2/17/00), two blocked shots vs. USC (2/17/99) and Arizona State (1/22/00).

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 - Was slowed in fall camp with a hyper extended left knee and hampered during the season with tendinitis in the right knee ... Has started 23 of 30 games ... Did not start at Cal, breaking his string of starting 22 consecutive games, and has now come off the bench in the last four games ... On Dec. 18 vs. DePaul, he played a career-high 35 minutes and recorded a double-double with 15 points (7-9, 1-2) and 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.

During the last week of December, 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.

On Jan. 6 in Seattle, he played 32 minutes and just missed a double-double with nine points (4-9, 1-4) and 13 rebounds and added four blocks, two steals and two assists. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he tied his career high (at the time) with 16 points (7-9, 2-6) and added a team-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

On Jan. 12 at USC, he played 22 minutes and finished with four points, five rebounds, one block, one assist and one steal. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he recorded his third double-double of the year, finishing with 10 points (4-10, 2-4) and 10 rebounds (seven offensive) in a career-high tying 35 minutes.

On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played 21 minutes because of his tendinitis and finished with six points (3-7, 0-0), one rebound and one blocked shot. On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he played just 17 minutes and finished with two points, three rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

On Jan. 27 at Oregon State, he played 25 minutes and helped lead the second-half rally. He finished with 13 points (6-10, 1-5), seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist. On Jan. 29 at Oregon, he played just 17 minutes and finished with six points (3-5, 0-0), six rebounds and one block.

On Feb. 3 against Stanford, he contributed three points, two rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 18 minutes. On On Feb. 5 versus California, he played 21 minutes and finished with nine points (3-7, 3-7), seven rebounds and two steals.

On Feb. 9 versus USC, he played 17 minutes because of foul trouble and finished with four points, three steals, two assists and one rebound. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he had a breakthrough game. In 30 minutes, he recorded his fourth double-double of the year, scoring a then-career-high 18 points (7-9, 4-10) and grabbing 12 rebounds, both team highs.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played 19 minutes and contributed eight points, six rebounds and one blocked shot. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he played 34 minutes and contributed 17 points (8-11, 1-5), one shy of his career high, a team-leading nine rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

On Feb. 24 versus Oregon, he started and played 23 minutes, contributing 11 points (5-14, 1-6), seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist. On Feb. 26 vs. Oregon State, again bothered by tendinitis in his right knee, he started but played just eight minutes, finishing with no points, two rebounds and one block.

On March 2 at Cal, he came off the bench (had been bothered all week with tendinitis in his right knee) after starting 22 straight games. He played 30 minutes and led the Bruins with a career-high 22 points (9-12, 0-0, 4-5), 16 (6-10) rebounds (one shy of tying his career-high set this season vs. Colorado State), a season-high tying two assists, two steals and a career-high tying four blocked shots. It was his fifth double-double of the season. In the March 6 win at Stanford, he played 19 minutes off the bench and contributed 10 points (5-9, 0-0), three rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist.

On March 9 against Washington State, he recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 12 points (5-11, 2-5), 12 rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench. On March 11 versus Washington, he played 14 minutes and finished with eight points (4-6, 0-1), three rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

He has now scored in double figures in six of his last nine games and is averaging 11.8 points (106) in that span despite going scoreless in eight minutes against Oregon State (right knee tendinitis). In that same span, he is averaging 7.6 rebounds (68) despite grabbing just two in his eight-minute stint versus OSU. He is shooting 58.8 (47-80) on his field goal attempts in those nine games.

In the final regular-season Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric ranked ninth in rebounding (7.0), fourth in blocked shots (1.53) and third in field goal percentage (55.7). In league games only, he ranked third in blocked shots (1.50), fourth in field goal percentage (55.0) and 11 in rebounding (6.1).

After 30 games, Gadzuric is averaging 22.5 minutes, 9.7 points (fifth on the team), 7.0 rebounds (second on the team) and 1.5 blocked shots, while shooting 55.7 (127-228, second on the team) from the field. He has led the Bruins in rebounding 10 times and in blocked shots in 17 games.

Gadzuric's season-highs are - 35 minutes vs. DePaul and North Carolina, a career-high 22 points at Cal, a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State, two assists five times, last at Cal, three steals vs. USC, a career-high tying four blocked shots twice, last at Cal.

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) and North Carolina (1/15/00), 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. Cal (3/2/00).

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.

On Jan. 8, he played 16 minutes at Washington State and scored 14 points (5-8, 4-7, 0-0), one shy of his career high, and added one rebound and one steal. On Jan. 12 at USC, he played seven minutes off the bench and had two points, three rebounds and one assist. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he played three minutes and recorded one point and one rebound. His free throw gave UCLA it's 38-37 halftime lead. On Jan. 20 - his 21st birthday - he came off the bench to score seven points (2-3, 1-2, 2-4) and grab two rebounds in nine minutes. He played three minutes against ASU (Jan. 22) and had one rebound and one assist.

On Jan. 27 at Oregon State, he played eight minutes and finished with five points and three rebounds. On Jan. 29 at Oregon, he started for the second time this season. In a career-high 29 minutes, he tied for the team lead with 13 points (6-7, 1-2, 0-0) and added a career-high six rebounds, two assists and one block.

On Feb. 3 against Stanford, he started and played 16 minutes, finishing with two points and two rebounds. On Feb. 5 against California, he started for the third straight game and finished with two points and one rebound in 13 minutes. On Feb. 9 against USC, he played four minutes off the bench and contributed two points. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played four minutes and missed his two shot attempts.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played nine minutes and contributed seven points (3-5, 1-1, 0-0), three assists, two rebounds and one steal. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he scored 14 points (5-8, 3-5, 1-3), one shy of his career high, and added two rebounds, two assists and two steals in just seven minutes. He did not play versus Oregon (Feb. 24) or Oregon State (Feb. 26).

In the March 2 win at Cal, he played 11 minutes off the bench and sparked UCLA's comeback. He finished with eight points, including two for two from three-point range, two rebounds and one assist. In the March 4 victory at Stanford, he played 18 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (3-5, 3-5, 0-0) -- all in the first half to help UCLA rally from a 15-point deficit -- one rebound, one assist and one steal. He hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to pull the Bruins to within two points, 43-41.

On March 9 versus WSU, he returned to the starting lineup and played nine minutes. On March 11 against Washington, he started and played 22 minutes, finishing with seven points (3-8, 0-2, 1-1), a team-high six rebounds to tie his career high, a career high-tying three steals and two assists.

In his 25 games (six starts), Knight is averaging 11.3 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 45.9 from the field, 39.7 (23-58, third on the team) from three-point range and 65.4 (17-26) 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.

In his last six games, he is averaging 7.5 points (45) and shooting 56.7 (17-30) from the field and 60.0 (9-15) from three-point range.

His season-highs are - 29 minutes at Oregon, a career-high tying 15 points vs. Morgan State, a career-high six rebounds at Oregon and versus Washington, a career-high three assists vs. Fairfield and Arizona State, a career-high three steals vs. Morgan State and Washington.

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 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 versus 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).

0 Jerome Moiso (Moe-e-zoe), 6-10, So., F/C, Guadeloupe, West Indies (Milford Academy/Milford, CN)
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 has been selected second-team All-District 15 by the NABC and honorable mention All-Pac-10 ... He is currently second on the team in scoring (12.9) and first in rebounding (7.5) ... Has started 27 of 30 games, coming off the bench vs. the Oregon schools in Pauley and starting at center in the final four regular-season games ... Moiso has led the Bruins in scoring seven times (a season-high 22 against Arizona, 20 vs. Fairfield and South Florida, 19 at North Carolina, 15 vs. Maine and Pepperdine and 13 at Oregon) and 13 times (10 of the last 17 games) in rebounding (a career-high 14 versus Arizona, 12 vs. USC and at Stanford, 11 at North Carolina and at Oregon State, 10 vs. California, Iona and Fairfield, eight vs. South Florida and Oregon State and seven against Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford).

Moiso has scored in double figures in 20 of 30 games and 36 times in his career. He has recorded nine double-doubles this season (10 in his career), including back-to-back double-doubles three times ... He has blocked at least two shots in 14 of the last 19 games (40 total, 2.1 average).

In the final regular-season Pac-10 stats, Moiso ranked 19th in scoring (12.9), fifth in rebounding (7.5), third in blocked shots (1.60) and ninth in field goal percentage (50.2). In league games only, he finished fourth in rebounding (7.7), first in blocks (1.94), seventh in field goal percentage (49.7) and 20th in scoring (12.3).

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.

In the last week of December, 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.

On Jan. 6 at Washington, he recorded his third double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points (4-11, 0-1, 5-10), 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. His rebound and pass to Jason Kapono set up the final basket of the game. On Jan. 8 at WSU, he played 26 minutes and contributed six points (3-8, 0-0), five rebounds and three blocked shots.

On Jan. 12 versus USC, he played 29 points and contributed 12 points (5-8, 2-3), six rebounds, three blocks and two assists. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he led the Bruins with 19 points (9-15, 1-2), a career-high tying 11 rebounds (his fourth double-double of the year), three blocks, two steals and two assists in a career-high 40 minutes. He made two key baskets down the stretch to preserve UCLA's lead.

On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played 40 minutes for the second straight game and contributed a season-high 22 points (11-16, 0-0), a career high 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. On Jan. 22 against ASU, he tied his season high with 22 points (7-13, 8-10), including 15 in the second half, and added a team-high seven rebounds, two assists and a career-high five blocked shots. He was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee after averaging 22.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in the two games.

On Jan. 27 at Oregon State, he recorded his third double-double in four games, finishing with 12 points (3-10, 6-8), 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes. On Jan. 29, he played 30 minutes and tied for the team lead with 13 points (5-10, 3-3), led the team with seven rebounds and added two blocks and one assist.

On Feb. 3 against Stanford, he played 36 minutes and contributed 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist. On Feb. 5 versus California, he played 36 minutes and contributed 16 points (6-17, 4-4), 10 rebounds, a career-high tying four steals and three blocks.

On Feb. 9 versus USC, he recorded his eighth double-double of the year with 15 points (7-15, 1-4) and 12 rebounds, the second-highest total of his career. He added three steals and two assists in 37 minutes. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played 29 minutes and finished with nine points (3-9, 3-6), 10 rebounds, two blocks and one assist.

On Feb. 17 at ASU, he played 20 minutes and finished with six points (2-2, 2-5), one rebound, two blocks and one assist. Two days later at Arizona, he played 27 minutes and finished with five points (2-4, 1-2), four rebounds and two assists.

On Feb. 24 vs. Oregon, he played 28 minutes off the bench and contributed nine points (3-5, 3-6), nine rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot. On Feb. 26 versus Oregon State, he played 34 minutes off the bench and contributed 16 points (7-13, 2-4), a team-high eight rebounds, a career-high tying three assists, a team-high two blocked shots and one steal. He also played outstanding post defense in the final 20 minutes.

On March 2 at Cal, Moiso started at center, playing 34 minutes, with nine points, six rebounds, a career-high tying three assists, two blocked shots and one steal. In the March 4 win at Stanford, he started and played 30 minutes, recording his ninth double-double of the year with 17 points (7-11. 3-5) and 12 (4-8) rebounds and added three blocks and a career-high tying three assists. He scored eight of UCLA's final 15 points in regulation (the Bruins were trailing by five prior to his dunk with 3:32 remaining started the comeback), including the game-tying basket with one second remaining on the clock.

On March 9 versus Washington State, he started and played 24 minutes, contributing nine points (3-5, 3-8), five rebounds, one steal and one block. On March 11 versus Washington, he started and played 18 minutes, finishing with eight points (4-8, 0-0), four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot.

After 30 games, Moiso is first on the team in rebounding (7.5) and blocked shots (1.6), second in scoring (12.9) and third in minutes (29.2) and is shooting 50.2 from the field and 60.6 from the line. In Pac-10 play, he averaged 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in 30.6 minutes while shooting 49.7 from the floor and 59.7 from the free throw line.

Moiso's season-high are - 40 minutes vs. North Carolina and Arizona, 22 points vs. Arizona and Arizona State, 14 rebounds vs. Arizona, a career-high tying three assists, three times, last at Stanford, a career-high five blocked shots vs. Arizona State, a career-high four steals vs. Colorado State, South Florida and California.

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 40 minutes at North Carolina (1/15/00) and Arizona (1/20/00), 25 points vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), 14 rebounds vs. Arizona (1/20/00), three assists, four times, last at Stanford (3/4/00), four steals vs. Colorado State (12/22/99), South Florida (12/23/99) and California (2/5/00), five blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/22/00).

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 investigated possible NCAA violations ... On Feb. 1, UCLA was informed Rush had been suspended one-half season (15 games) for receiving money from and agent and one season (29 games) for accepting benefits from a non-scholastic (AAU) coach prior to his enrollment at UCLA ... UCLA filed an appeal on the second penalty on Feb. 17 and the appeal was heard on Feb. 25 ... On Feb. 28, UCLA was informed that Rush's 29-game suspension had been reduced to nine games, making him eligible to play at Stanford on March 4 ... He missed 24 total games.

Rush starred in his first game back. In UCLA's road victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, he played a season-high 26 minutes off the bench and led the Bruins with a season-high 19 points (7-10, 3-5, 2-3) and added three rebounds and one assist. Rush scored eight of UCLA's 14 points in overtime, including the game-winning jumper from the left baseline with three seconds remaining in overtime. He also hit a 28-foot three-point field goal with 48 seconds remaining to cut Stanford's lead to one and set the stage for his final basket.

On March 9 against Washington State, he played 21 minutes off the bench and contributed seven points (2-5, 0-1, 3-4), a season-high 11 rebounds and a season high-tying two steals. On March 11 versus Washington, he played 15 minutes off the bench and contributed 15 first-half points (7-9, 1-2, 0-0), four rebounds, two steals and one assist. During UCLA's 29-5 first-half run, Rush scored 11 of the Bruins' 13 points in a 3:38 span.

Rush came off the bench for UCLA's first three games ... Vs. Morgan State, Rush played 20 minutes and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, a career-high four assists and two steals.

In his six games, Rush is averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 rebounds and is shooting a team-high 61.7 from the field, 41.2 (7-17, second on the team) from three-point range and 76.9 (10-13) from the foul line.

In the three games since his return, he is averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in 20.7 minutes, shooting 66.7 (16-24) from the floor, 50.0 (4-8) from three-point range and 71.4 (5-7) from the free throw line.

His season-highs are-26 minutes at Stanford, 19 points at Stanford, 11 rebounds vs. Washington State, a career-high four assists vs. Morgan State, two steals, four times, last vs. Washington.

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 had started 10 consecutive games before coming off the bench against North Carolina ... Came off the bench to play 17 minutes vs. Iona, and scored a career-high (at the time) 17 points, including a career-best five of six 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.

On Jan 6, he contributed eight points (3-7, 1-2, 1-2), three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes at Washington. On Jan. 8, he played just 15 minutes because of foul trouble and scored one point. On Jan. 12 against USC, he played 12 minutes and finished with one point, one assist and one steal. He came off the bench Saturday at North Carolina (Jan. 15) and had one rebound and one assist in six minutes. On Jan. 20 against Arizona, he played just 10 minutes and finished with one rebound.

On Jan. 22 against Arizona State, he played 27 minutes off the bench and contributed 10 points (4-8, 2-4, 0-0), three rebounds and two assists and had an outstanding defensive effort against Eddie House, who scored just six points (scored 18 for the game, he can into the contest averaging 23.7) in the final 34 minutes of the game.

On. Jan. 27 at Oregon State, he came off the bench to produce the finest game of his career. Playing 32 minutes, he scored a career-high 22 points (8-11, 5-6, 1-2), recorded a career-high six assists and added three rebounds. It was the second time this season he made five three-point baskets. On Jan. 29 at Oregon, he played 27 minutes and finished with three rebounds, one steal and no points (he missed all eight of his shot attempts).

On Feb. 3 against Stanford, he played 23 minutes off the bench and finished with two points, two assists and one rebound. On Feb. 5 against California, he played 15 minutes off the bench and contributed four points (1-8, 0-3, 2-2) and two rebounds.

On Feb. 9 against USC, he played 14 minutes off the bench and finished with six points (2-3, 1-2, 1-2), four rebounds, three steals and one assist. On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played 22 minutes and contributed eight points (4-5, 0-0) and four rebounds.

On Feb. 17, he played 24 minutes and finished with two points (1-5, 0-3, 0-0), four assists and three rebounds. On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he played just 12 minutes before suffering a bruised tail bone. He finished with four points (1-2, 1-2, 1-2), two rebounds and two assists.

On Feb. 24 vs. Oregon, he had three points, three rebounds and one steal. On Feb. 26 against Oregon State, he played 15 minutes and contributed nine points (3-7, 0-3, 3-4) and one rebound. He also played good defense against Josh Steinthal in the second half, holding the Beaver guard to just one three-point basketand two free throws in 16 minutes.

On March 2 at Cal, Young came off the bench and played 18 minutes, with nine points (3-7, 0-3, 3-3) and one rebound. On March 4 at Stanford, he played 16 minutes off the bench and finished with two points ((0-4, 0-1, 2-2), two rebounds and one steal.

On March 9 against Washington State, he played 18 minutes and finished with three points (1-6, 1-4, 0-0), one assist and one steal. On March 11 versus Washington, he played 14 minutes and finished with four points (2-7, 0-2, 0-0), a career high-tying four steals and one rebound.

In 30 games, Young is averaging 20.4 minutes, 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds and shooting 36.7 from the field and 31.8 (27-85) from three-point range.

His season-highs are- 33 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 22 points vs. Oregon State, a career-high tying six rebounds, three times, last vs. DePaul, a career-high six assists vs. Oregon State, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State and Washington.

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), 22 points vs. Oregon State (1/27/00), six rebounds, six times, last vs. DePaul (12/18/99), six assists vs. 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).

Freshman (1)

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 - Jason has been selected National Freshman of the Year by CBS SportsLine ... He has also been named first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of Year by vote of the league's coaches ... The highest scoring freshman in the Pac-10 (16.4 points per game), Kapono is one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to have started all 30 games.

Kapono is the second-highest scoring freshman in UCLA history behind only Don MacLean (18.6) ... He has led the Bruins in scoring 15 times (20, DePaul, 10, Gonzaga, 15, Maine, 19, Purdue, 19, Washington, 20, Washington State, 21, USC, 24, Arizona State, 21, Stanford, 19, California, 27, USC, 24, Arizona State, 27, Arizona, 17, WSU, 18, Washington), including 12 of the last 21 games ... Has scored in double figures in 27 of 30 games, most on the team ... He has scored 20 or more points nine times this season, including three times in the last eight games (20 at Cal, 27 at AZ and 24 at ASU).

He now ranks second on UCLA's single-season three-point field goal list with 74, the most ever by a freshman and the most since Tracy Murray set the school record of 78 in 1992. His 74 three-point field goals also rank No. 1 on the Pac-10's list for freshmen. Kapono's percentage of 47.7 currently ranks third in school history.

In addition, he ranks eighth on UCLA's career three-point field goal list, just three behind No. 7 Charles O'Bannon (77).

Kapono started the very first game of his Bruin career, playing 30 minutes vs. Fairfield, and contributed 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 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.

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 played the point when Earl Watson was on the bench in foul trouble. He was UCLA's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week.

On Jan. 6 in Seattle, he led the Bruins with 19 points (8-11, 3-4, 0-0) in the loss at Washington, including a buzzer-beating basket that could have forced the game to overtime. However, his foot was on the three-point line and the hoop counted for two points instead of three. He added three rebounds, two steals and one assist. On Jan. 8 at Washington State, he led the team with 20 points (8-12, 2-3, 2-2) and added a career-high six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

On Jan. 12, against USC, he played 38 minutes and led the Bruins with 21 points (9-16, 1-5, 2-4) and seven rebounds and added a career-high three steals. On Jan. 15 at North Carolina, he played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble but still contributed 14 points (5-9, 3-4, 1-1) and five rebounds.

On Jan 20, he played 35 minutes and contributed 10 points (4-10, 2-6, 0-0), five rebounds, two steals, one assist and 10 turnovers. He rebounded on Jan. 22 against Arizona State. In 37 minutes, he set a career high (since broken) with 24 points (8-12, 4-6, 4-4) and added four rebounds and three assists. His four three-pointers were a career high.

On Feb. 27 at Oregon State, he played 36 minutes and contributed 16 points (6-11, 4-7, 0-0), five assists and one rebound. On Feb. 29 at Oregon, he played 30 minutes and finished with 12 points (4-11, 4-8, 0-0), three rebounds and one steal.

On Feb. 3 against Stanford, he led the team with 21 points (8-14, 0-4, 5-6) and added one rebound, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes. On Feb. 5 against California, playing 36 minutes, he led the team with 19 points (5-14, 3-8, 6-10), including 15 in the second half, and added three rebounds, one assist and one steal. He scored eight of his points in UCLA's 12-0 second-half run.

On Feb. 9 against USC, he scored a career-high 27 points (10-14, 2-6, 5-9) and added seven rebounds and one assist in 37 minutes. He was unstoppable in the second half, making nine of 10 shots en route to 25 points.

The 27 points were the most by a Bruin since Kris Johnson scored 33 against Arizona State during the 1997-98 season. Kapono's 27 points are the most by a Bruin true freshman since J.R. Henderson scored 28 at Washington State during the 1994-95 season. That total also ranks fourth (tied) on UCLA's freshman list behind Don MacLean's 41 vs. North Texas in 1988-89, Rod Foster's 28 vs. Arizona in 1979-80 and Henderson's 28 at WSU in 1994-95. MacLean also scored 27 against California in 1994-95.

On Feb. 13 at Syracuse, he played 37 minutes and contributed 13 points (5-12, 1-6, 2-5), four assists, three rebounds and two steals. On Feb. 17 at Arizona State, he played 32 minutes and scored a team-high 24 points (8-16, 6-9, 2-3), six rebounds, four assists and two steals. His six three-point field goals were one shy of the school record.

On Feb. 19 at Arizona, he tied his career high with 27 points (10-20, 5-9, 2-3) against the Wildcats. He added six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes. He is now the only UCLA freshman other than MacLean to score at least 27 points twice in a season(see above).

On Feb. 24 versus Oregon, he played just 25 minutes and contributed 15 points (all in the second half), four rebounds and two assists. On Feb. 26 versus Oregon State, he played 32 minutes and contributed seven points (3-7, 1-4, 0-0), breaking a streak of 18 straight games in double figures, four rebounds and one assist.

On March 2 at Cal, Kapono played 38 minutes, finishing with 20 points (6-8, 5-7, 3-6), seven rebounds and three assists. In the March 4 win at No. 1 Stanford, he played 38 minutes and contributed 12 points (4-11, 3-6, 1-2), seven rebounds and one assist.

On March 9 against WSU, he led the Bruins with 17 points (4-8, 2-6, 7-8), including 15 in the second half. He added two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes. He made seven of eight free throws in the last 4:10. On March 11 versus Washington, he led the Bruins with 18 points (7-9, 4-6, 0-0) and added three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes. He scored eight of UCLA's first 10 points of the second half to help the Bruins build a 59-30 lead with just under 16 minutes to play.

In the NCAA stats for the week of March 6, Kapono ranked ninth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (47.6).

In the final regular-season Pac-10 stats, Kapono ranked third in scoring (16.4), sixth in field goal percentage (52.9) and first in three-point field goal percentage (47.7). In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.3), third in field goal percentage (55.9) and second in three-point field goal percentage (49.5).

In 30 games, Kapono is averaging 33.1 minutes (second on the team), 16.4 points (first on the team) and 4.5 rebounds (fourth on the team). He is shooting 52.9 from the field, 47.7 (74-155, first on the team) from three-point range and 67.8 (59-87, second on the team) from the foul line. He has shot at least 50.0 on his overall field goal attempts in 17 of his last 25 games.

In his last 10 games, he is averaging 18.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists, shooting 56.2 from the floor and 50.0 (30-60) from three-point range. In his last 21 games, he is averaging 17.9 points (375), 4.2 rebounds (89) and 2.1 assists (44) while shooting 55.3 (136 of 246) from the field, 49.2 (59-120) from three-point range and 65.7 (44-67) from the line.

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.

His career and season-highs are-39 minutes vs. DePaul and Purdue, 27 points vs. USC and Arizona, 11 rebounds vs. Pepperdine, six assists vs. Washington State, three steals vs. USC and Washington.

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 (30 Games)

Double-Double

(Pts.-Reb.)Jerome Moiso (9)
Dan Gadzuric (6)
Jason Kapono (1)
Earl Watson (1)
Double Figures (Pts.)Jason Kapono (27)
Jerome Moiso (20)
Earl Watson (19)
Dan Gadzuric (15)
Ray Young (5)
Billy Knight (5)
Matt Barnes (5)
JaRon Rush (4)
Ryan Bailey (1)
Rico Hines (1)
20-Pt. ScoringJason Kapono (9)
Jerome Moiso (4)
Earl Watson (3)
Ray Young (1)
Dan Gadzuric (1)
Double Figures (Reb.)Jerome Moiso (10)
Dan Gadzuric (7)
JaRon Rush (1)
Jason Kapono (1)
Earl Watson (1)
Matt Barnes (1)
Double Figures (Ast.)Earl Watson (2)
Leading ScorersJason Kapono (15)
(w/Ties)Jerome Moiso (7)
Earl Watson (5)
Billy Knight (2)
Dan Gadzuric (2)
JaRon Rush (1)
Ray Young (1)
Leading Rebounders Jerome Moiso (13)
(w/Ties)Dan Gadzuric (10)
Jason Kapono (3)
Earl Watson (2)
Matt Barnes (2)
JaRon Rush (1)
Billy Knight (1)
Leading AssistsEarl Watson (24)
(w/Ties)Ryan Bailey (5)
Ray Young (4)
Jason Kapono (3)
JaRon Rush (1)
Jerome Moiso (1)
Matt Barnes (1)
Leading StealsEarl Watson (12)
(w/Ties)Jerome Moiso (8)
Jason Kapono (5)
Ryan Bailey (5)
Dan Gadzuric (5)
Ray Young (4)
Rico Hines (3)
Matt Barnes (3)
Billy Knight (1)

1999-2000 FOR THE RECORD (30 Games)

UCLA 80 Pts. or Over    11-1
UCLA 79 Pts. or Under    8-10

Opp. 80 Pts. or more. 2-3 Opp Under 80 Pts. 17-8

Leading at Half Tied Trailing at Half 11-3 0-0 8-8

FG % of .500 or better Less than .500 12-2 7-9

Opp. FG % under .400 8-1 Opp. FG% between .400-.500 11-7 Opp. FG% over .500 0-3

Outshooting Opp. Outshot by Opp. 17-2 2-9

UCLA Reb. Advantage Opp. Advantage Tied 16-6 3-5 0-0

With five minutes to play (in regulation) UCLA leads with 5:00 to play: 18-1 UCLA trails with 5:00 to play: 1-10 UCLA tied with 5:00 to play: 0-0

Margin of Victory One Point: 1-2 Two Points: 2-0 Three Points: 1-1 Four Points: 0-1 5-10 Pts.: 6-0 11-15 Pts.: 1-5 16-19 Pts.: 2-1 20 or more: 6-1

Overtime: 2-0

By Day Monday 0-0 Friday 0-0 Tuesday 3-0 Saturday 8-4 Wednesday 2-2 Sunday 0-1 Thursday 6-4

By Month November 2-0 February 3-5 December 6-2 March 4-0 January 4-4

Night and Day Night 9-6 Day 10-5


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