(Preseason Rankings AP na, USA Today/ESPN No. 19, 1999-00, 21-12 overall, 10-8 Pacific-10, T4th, 2-1 NCAA Sweet 16, USA Today No. 23)
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin - Entering his fifth season as UCLAs head coach and 10th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 91-38 (70.5, 128 games).
Lavin is 7-4 (63.6) in NCAA Tournament play. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985, he is the first UCLA head coach to lead UCLA to three NCAA Sweet16 appearances in a four-year stretch. In his four seasons, the Bruins have averaged almost 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four seasons, including the Elite Eight (1997) and Sweet 16 twice (1998 and 2000) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.
Lavin is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16s in the last four years. The others are Purdues Gene Keady, Michigan States Tom Izzo and Dukes Mike Krzyzewski
UCLA In 1999-00 UCLA ended the season with an eight-game winning streak, before losing to Iowa State, 80-56 in the NCAA Midwest Region Sweet 16. From that team, the Bruins return three starters (Kapono, Gadzuric, Watson) and six other lettermen. The Bruins major losses were sophomore forwards Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th pick by Boston Celtics) and JaRon Rush (not drafted), who both declared for the NBA Draft.
COACHES VS. CANCER IKON CLASSIC
Thursday, Nov. 9 UCLA vs. Kansas, 3:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2), second game, St. John's vs. Kentucky (ESPN2)
Friday, Nov. 10 Consolation (3:30 p.m. PST, ESPN2), second game, Championship (ESPN)
In five years, the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic has become the nation's premier college basketball tournament, raising over $1.0 million for the American Cancer Society. The Coaches vs. Cancer program is a joint collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Coaches vs. Cancer is an initiative dedicated to defeating cancer using contributions raised to help fund cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services offered by the American Cancer Society. In 1999, Stanford, Duke, Iowa and UConn participated, with Stanford winning the championship.
Tuesday, Nov. 7 The four head coaches will participate in a teleconference call, from 8-9 a.m. PST. UCLA head coach Steve Lavin starts at 8:50 a.m. Media should call 1-888-604-5275 and reference "Coaches vs. Cancer" call. The Bruins will arrive in New York City Tuesday evening.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 - Activities will be at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday afternoon. At 4 p.m. EST, the four head coaches will ring the closing bell, at 4:30 p.m., there will be a press conference with all four head coaches, at 5:30 p.m., the four teams will receive an educational tour of the NYSE and from 6-8 p.m., there is a Tip Off Reception.
The Last Time UCLA played in New York City and The Garden to open the 1992-93 season in the Preseason NIT. After beating Saint Louis (68-54) and UTEP (73-72) in Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins traveled to New York City, losing to Seton Hall (73-64) in the semis, but beating Florida State (86-83) for third place.
KANSAS STARTING LINEUP (Preseason Rankings AP na, USA Today/ESPN No. 6, 1999-00, 24-10 overall, 11-5 Big 12, 5th, 1-1 NCAA second round, USA Today not ranked)
Kansas Head Coach Roy Williams - In his 13th season as head coach of the Jayhawks, Williams has won more games (329-82, all at KU) in the first 12 years of a coaching career than anyone in Div. I history.
The Jayhawks - Picked by most preseason publications to place first in the Big 12, KU returns its top six scorers from last year Kenny Gregory (12.8), Drew Gooden (10.6), Nick Collison (10.5), Jeff Boschee (10.0), Luke Axtell (8.7) and Eric Chenowith (8.6).
Series History UCLA leads it 8-2, but Kansas has won the last two contests, 85-70 during the 1995-96 season at Lawrence and 96-83 in Pauley Pavilion, the third game of 1996-97 and the third game for Lavin, who at the time was UCLA's interim head coach.
UCLA IN THE POLLS
Pre-Season - - 19th (AP USA Today/ESPN)
On Nov. 1 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA opened the exhibition season with a 118-64 win over Team Concept. The Bruins used 14 players and led 25-0 to start the game. UCLA was led by Earl Watson's 21 points, three rebounds, 11 assists and four steals in 27 minutes and Jason Kapono's 20 points and seven rebounds, also in 27 minutes. All five of UCLA's starters scored in double figures (six players in all). See attached box score.
When the Bruins return from New York, they will continue exhibition play, hosting EA Sports/CA All-Stars on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA has its regular season home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 21, hosting CS Northridge at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
In openers as head coach, Lavin is 2-2. He has won the last two openers (1999-2000, 76-57 over Fairfield in Pauley and 1998-99, 89-76 over Santa Clara in Pauley), after losing the first two (1996-97, losing to Tulsa 77-76 (OT) in Pauley in a first-round NIT game and 1997-98, losing to North Carolina 109-68 in a first round game at the Great Alaska Shootout)
In the 1990s, UCLA was 7-3 in opening games.
Jason Kapono, 6-8 Bruin sophomore forward, is on the Wooden (Top 25) and Naismith (Top 30) Awards preseason Player of the Year lists. Last year as a true frosh, Kapono led the Bruins in scoring (16.0), was named the CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 (first-team) and co-Freshman of the Year honors.
Here's a list of some of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors: Athlon Team, No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News Team, No. 24 in U. S., No. 4 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, second-team
All-Pac-10, Blue Ribbon Team, No. 16 in U. S., Individual, Jason Kapono, fourth-team All-America, CBS SportsLine Team, No. 13 in U. S., ESPN.com Team, No. 15 in the U. S. , Fox Sports.com Team, No. 21 in U. S., Lindy's Team, No. 12 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 8 center in the U. S., Earl Watson, third-team All-Pac-10, Preview Sports Team, No. 25 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Slam Team, No. 7 in the U. S., Street & Smith's Team, No. 17 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10, Individual, T. J. Cummings, All-Midwest incoming freshman, The Sporting News Team, No. 18 in U. S, No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, No. 14 point guard in the U. S., Jason, Kapono, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 17 center in the U. S., Vitale Team, No. 19 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10, Individual, Earl Watson, third-team All-Rolls-Roycer, No. 3 point guard in U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Jason Kapono, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Dan Gadzuric, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
UCLA senior Rico Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee and had successful surgery on Nov. 1. The arthroscopic procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center.
Hines, a 6-5, 210-pound senior from Greenville, NC, injured his right knee on Oct. 27 during practice. After a re-evaluation of the knee on Oct. 28, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was ordered for Oct. 30, revealing the cartilage tear. The estimated rehabilitation time is approximately four-to-six weeks.
On Oct. 12, Bruin head coach Steve Lavin announced Hines will miss UCLA's first two games of this season for a violation of team rules. He was to miss the Bruins' exhibition home opener vs. Team Concept on Nov. 1 and UCLA's Nov. 9 season-opener vs. Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Hines will now serve his two-game suspension when he is cleared to play following his rehabilitation stint, Lavin said.
Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruin career, starting 15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes. As a junior last season, he appeared in 29 games with seven starts, averaging 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
Because of chronic pain in his left foot, Johnson had x-rays taken Oct. 26, revealing the stress fracture. Placed in a walking boot, he will be on crutches for about a week and reevaluated after the first four weeks in the walking boot.
Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward, last season was a senior high school standout at Montclair Prep. He averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds, earning USA Today honorable mention All-America.
Josiah is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.
UCLA has several eligible walkons on their 2000-01 roster Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman from Redondo Union who last year averaged 18.0ppg, Sam Nelson, 6-4 sophomore who has a true freshman last season was on the UCLA men's volleyball roster. Nelson prepped at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and was a two-year All-CIF basketball selection , Janou (ja-now) Rubin, 6-3 freshman who prepped last year at Logan HS in Union City, averaging 28.2ppg.
The Bruins' also have two ineligible newcomers Spencer Gloger, 6-7 sophomore who last year started 28 games at Princeton, tying the Ivy League record for three-pointers (10) in a game and freshman school records for points in a game (34) and three-pointers (65) in a season. Gloger prepped at Santa Margarita HS and is from Mission Viejo, John Hoffart, 6-10 sophomore who attended Cal Poly-SLO last year, appearing in 26 games and averaging 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. Hoffart attended Davis, CA HS.
On Nov. 1 at Pac-10 Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were selected to finish fourth in the media preseason poll 1. Arizona (290), 2. Stanford (255), 3. USC (206), 4. UCLA (205), 5. California (160), 6. Oregon (138), 7. Oregon State (133), 8. Arizona State (109), 9. Washington (58), 10. Washington State (41).
On Oct. 23, the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Both tournaments will begin in March 2002. The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The 2000 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 36th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 12 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times?North Carolina 26, Arizona 16 and Indiana 15. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (81).
UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000) is one of just six schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 three times in the last four years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999), Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000), North Carolina (1997, 1998, 2000) and Purdue (1998, 1999, 2000).
UCLA has won multiple NCAA Tournament games in three of the last four years for the first times since 1995-97-98. The last time prior to that was 1973-74-75-76.
UCLA's victory over No. 1 Stanford last year on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.
According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team seven times to rank third on that list behind Notre Dame (nine) and Duke (eight). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have also recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.
With the win at California last season on March 2, 2000, UCLA stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 52 (1948-49 to 1999-2000).
UCLA set a school single-season record with 205 three-point field goals last season, breaking the old mark of 173, set in 1992. The 552 attempts in 1999-00 were the most in school history and the percentage of 37.1 ranks fifth in school history and is the highest since 1996, when the Bruins shot 37.6.
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).
In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes the last four seasons. The 1998 freshman class?guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Boston Celtics), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.
The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte in the NBA), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
During the 1998-99 year, the Bruins McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.
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. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacifc-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.
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 1,471-634 (69.9, 2,105 games) in 81 years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35 seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 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.
Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.
The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its second season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' X 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to "fit the house" and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
Bruins in the 2000-01 NBA: UCLA in the NBA ? Twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remain for the current regular season. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets, Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 player were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.
In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections?Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.
From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.
1999-00 NCAA Stats (Final)
3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 8th, 47.7, Team stats: Field Goal Percentage, 16th, 48.0.
1999-00 Pac-10 Stats (Final)
TeamScoring Offense-6th, 75.5, Scoring Defense-5th, 70.3, Scoring Margin-5th, +5.2, FT %-10th, 58.7, FG %-1st, 48.0, FG % Def.-3rd, 42.6, 3-Pt. FG %-2nd, 37.1, 3-Pt. FGs Made-4th, 6.21, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-2nd, 33.2, Reb. Off.- 4th, 37.9, Reb. Def.- 3rd, 34.2, Reb. Margin- 2nd, +3.8, Bkd. Shots- 3rd, 4.39, Asst.- 3rd, 16.52, Stls.- 3rd, 8.55, TO Margin- 6th, -0.45, Asst./TO Ratio- 6th, 0.99, Off. Reb.- 2nd, 13.55, Def. Reb.-3rd, 24.39.
UCLA Individual Leaders (Top 6) Scoring -- Jason Kapono, 5th, 16.0, Rebounds Jerome Moiso, 4th, 7.6, Blocks - Jerome Moiso, 2nd, 1.67, Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 1.58, Field Goal Percentage - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 56.5, 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 1st, 47.4, Assists- Earl Watson, 2nd, 5.91.
1999-00 Special Team Stats
The Bruins trailed 18 times at halftime last season. They were 9-9 in those games. UCLA's highest first half output was 54 vs. South Florida and the lowest was 20 vs. Colorado State. It also scored 56 in the second half vs. Maryland, 54 in the second half at Arizona 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 scored over 100 points on four occasions in 1999-00 (105-73 vs. Iona, 100-39 vs. Morgan State, 103-98, OT vs. South Florida, 105-70 vs. Maryland in the NCAA second round). The Bruins high-game output was 105 vs. Iona and Maryland and the low was 43 vs. Gonzaga. The opponent game-high was 104 by Arizona State. The low was 39 by Morgan State. UCLA averaged 75.5 points and gave up 70.3.
The Bruins outrebounded 24 of 33 opponents, including six of the final seven 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), Oregon State (31-38, a 69-59 win) and Iowa State (32-43, an 80-56 loss) outrebounded the Bruins.
The Bruins held six opponents below 35.9 shooting from the field (35.9, at Cal/Pepperdine, 35.8, Ball State, 35.4, Purdue, 30.4, Morgan State, 30.1, DePaul) and 10 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, Maryland and Oregon State, 37.1, Oregon State, 36.7).
UCLA shot better than 20 of its 33 opponents, including in seven of the last nine games. Ten of UCLA's losses 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), Arizona (51.6-51.7) and Iowa State (33.9-51.7). Washington (42.1-39.3) and Syracuse (51.9-43.1) were 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% last year was 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the low was 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga. UCLA's opponent high was 56.1 by Arizona State and the low was 30.1 by DePaul. Against Morgan State, the Bruins shot over 60.0 from the field (67.9) and three-point range (62.5).
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
Career HighlightsChosen 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 four years as head coach of the Bruins and nine on the UCLA staff, he currently owns a school and career record of 91-38 (70.5, 129 games) as a head coach.
Owns a 7-4 record in the NCAA Tournament as UCLA's head coach, leading UCLA to the Elite Eight in 1997 and the Sweet 16 in 2000 and 1998. He has led the Bruins to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. During his nine years as a Bruin assistant and head coach, UCLA's record is 17-9 (65.4) in the NCAA Tournament.
He is one of just four coaches in the nation to lead his school to three Sweet 16's in the last four years. The others are Purdue's Gene Keady, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
During his four years as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 16-7 (69.6) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999 and 6-1 in 2000.
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 coach to lead the Bruins to three Sweet 16 appearances in a four-year span since the NCAA Tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
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 1999 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 on Dec. 18, 1999 was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season).
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.
-- In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 6-2 during his four years as head coach. The Bruins were 2-0 in 1999-00, including a 94-93 win over No. 1 Stanford at Maples Pavilion and a 103-98 (OT) win over South Florida 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.
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 two Sweet 16 (2000, 1998) appearances.
11 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue, including 1999-00.
Steve Lavin-A Decade Of Bruin Basketball
Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record
1999-00 21-12 (NCAA Sweet 16)
1998-99 22-9 (NCAA)
1997-98 24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16)
1996-97 24-8 (NCAA Elite Eight & Pac-10
Totals 91-38 (70.5, 129 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 217-70 (75.6, 287 games)
Lavin Press Conference Dates On most Tuesdays, Lavin will have his press conference (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) in the Chancellor's Room (upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion). All Tuesdays unless noted: Dates -- Monday, Nov. 6 (11:30 a.m.), Monday, Nov. 13 (11:30 a.m.), Monday, Nov. 20 (11:30 a.m.), Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, no scheduled press conferences during Christmas and New Year's, there will be plenty of opportunities after practices during that time frame to meet with Lavin and the players (UCLA Sports Information will keep everyone informed of the holiday schedule), Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6.
Lavin Pac-10 Teleconferences The Pac-10 Teleconferences with the league's women's and men's head coaches will start on Wednesday, Dec. 13 (the first call of the 2000-2001 season), then will begin again on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and continue each Tuesday during the regular season. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the league's women's coaches (UCLA's Kathy Olivier at 10 a.m.), then at 10:30 a.m. the conference's men's calls will begin (Lavin is at 11:47 p.m.).
UCLA MEDIA SERVICES
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UCLA PLAYER UPDATES
21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-3, 195, Sr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)
2000-01 Entering his third season of eligibility for the Bruins, Bailey is one of UCLA's three senior tri-captains, with Earl Watson and Rico Hines ? Bailey will see playing time at point guard.
UCLA Career Bailey, younger brother of Bruin standout Toby Bailey, last season as a junior in 32 games (eight starts) averaged a career-high 16.8 minutes, 3.2 points, 2.4 assists (second on the team) and 1.8 rebounds.
As a sophomore in 1998-99, Bailey averaged 15.2 minutes, 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists (No. 3 on the team) and 0.8 steals, while shooting 45.4 from the field, a team-leading 39.3 (11-28, No. 3 on the team) from three-point range and 58.3 (28-48) from the foul line ? His 1998-99 preseason honors included Preview Sports Top Newcomer in the Pac-10 and Vitale's Impact Transfer in the Pac-10.
Bailey's 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).
Bailey sat out 1997-98 after transferring from Penn State ? At Penn State during 1996-97, Bailey started for the Nittany Lions at point guard ? He started 24 of 27 games and averaged 34 minutes, 4.2 assists (113, tying PSU freshman record), 1.1 steals and was third in scoring (8.4) and rebounding (4.0).
22 Rico Hines, 6-5, 210, Sr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
2000-01 A senior tri-captain with Earl Watson and Ryan Bailey, Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee on Oct. 27 and had successful arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 1. He will be out 4-6 weeks. On Oct. 12, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced Hines would miss UCLA's first two games of the season (Nov. 1 vs. Team Concept and Nov. 9 vs. Kansas) for a violation of team rules. Hines will now serve his two-game suspension when he is cleared to play following his rehabilitation.
UCLA Career As a junior tri-captain last season, Hines in his 29 games (seven starts) averaged 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Hines versatility and defensive prowess were missed when he was out for 11 games during mid-year with a right foot injury that required surgery (fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, a pin was inserted on Jan. 14, 1999) ? In 20 games (six starts) that year, Hines averaged 12.6 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists and shooting 38.3 from the field, 33.3 (7-21) from three-point range and 43.8 (7-16) from the foul line.
In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament.
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, four times, last vs. Arizona State (2/17/00).
25 Earl Watson, 6-1, 195, Sr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)
2000-01 Preseason Honors Athlon, second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's, third-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News, No. 14 point guard in the U. S, Vitale, third-team All-Rolls Roycer, No. 3 point guard in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10.
2000-01 A senior tri-captain with Rico Hines and Ryan Bailey ? UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (97) the last three years and looking to become only the second UCLA player in school history to get over 600 assists and 200 steals (Tyus Edney, 652 assists, 224 steals, 1992-95) ? Needs 22 points to become the 40th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
UCLA Career As a junior tri--captain, Watson was one of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 33 games, tying the school record he also had tied as a freshman ? Ranks No. 8 on UCLA's career assist list with 441 (No. 7, Cameron Dollar, 451, 1994-97) ? Set the school assist single-game record vs. Maryland in the NCAA Tournament with 16, the best single-game effort in the 2000 Tournament ? His 12 assists vs. Ball State in the 2000 NCAA tied for the fourth-best single-game Tourney effort ? Ranks No. 5 on the career steals list with 173 (No. 4, Darrick Martin, 179, 1989-92, needs 52 assists to overtake school leader Edney, 224) ? Ranks No. 6 on the career three-point field goal list with 95 (No. 5, Edney, 97, 1992-95) and No. 5 on the three-point field goal attempts list with 282 (No. 4, Kevin Walker, 286, 1987-90) ? Scored in double figures 20 times last year and has done it 50 times in his career ? In his 33 games in 1999-00, Watson averaged 34.7 minutes (first on the team), 11.4 points (third on the team among players with at least 10 games), 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 45.1 from the field, 36.0 (41-114) from three-point range and 64.9 (61-94) from the foul line ? His 195 assists last season ranked eighth on UCLA's single-season list and his 60 steals was ninth ? In the 2000 final Pac-10 stats, Watson ranked second in assists (5.91) and seventh in steals (1.82)
In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Watson enjoyed a solid season and earned second-team All-Dist. 15 acclaim from the NABC and honorable mention All-Pac-10 for his efforts ? In 1998-99, he led the team in minutes played (34.0) and was UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.3), fourth-leading rebounder (3.7) and was second in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6) ? Watson shot 43.5 from the field, 32.0 (33-103) from three-point range and 70.3 (90-128) from the foul line, best among players with at least one attempt per game ? In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 16th in scoring (13.3) and sixth in assists (4.58) ? His 1998-99 Preseason Honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10.
As a frosh in 1997-98, Watson, who was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, was the only Bruin to start all 33 games, tying a UCLA single-season record, at the time last set by Ed and Charles O'Bannon and George Zidek during the Bruins' 1995 NCAA Championship season ? He was the team's No. 5 scorer (5.8) and No. 5 rebounder (3.7) and was second in steals (1.9), third in assists (3.2) and fourth in minutes (32.0), while shooting 39.2 from the field, 32.3 from the three-point line and 60.6 from the foul line ? His 64 steals in 1998 tied for No. 4 on UCLA's season list ? In final 1998 Pac-10 stats Watson was sixth in steals (1.9) ? In the 1998 NCAA Tournament, he averaged 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists ? Watson started all three games in the 1997 Alaska Shootout and joined Baron Davis as the first set of true freshman starting guards in UCLA history since 1979-80.
Watson's career-highs are 45 minutes at Stanford (3/4/00), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), 10 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/24/00), 16 assists vs. Maryland (3/18/00), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, six times, last vs. WSU (3/9/00).
1 Jason Flowers, 6-0, 182, Sr., G, Bellflower (UC Irvine/Bellflower HS)
2000-01 One of four seniors on this year's squad, Flowers has one year of eligibility after transferring to UCLA from UC Irvine ? Flowers could see time at point guard for the Bruins this season.
Career Ineligible last 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 in 1998-99, Flowers appeared in 23 games for the Anteaters, starting six and averaging 17.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and shot 40.0 from the field, 47.2 (17-36) from three-point range and 79.5 from the foul line ? As a freshman at Irvine in 1997-98, Flowers played in 24 games and started 15, averaging 21.1 minutes, 8.2 points (No. 4 on the team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 36.7 from the field, 37.1 from three-point range an 84.0 from the foul line.
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, 230, Jr., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)
2000-01 Barnes will challenge for a starting forward position this season.
Career - As a sophomore in 1999-00, Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the season ? He became eligible on Dec. 20, 1999 ? In his 28 games (one start), he averaged 14.8 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 from the field. He averaged 6.1 points and shot 48.9 from the floor in Pac-10 play ? In the four games in which he played at least 20 minutes (Purdue, Arizona State, h and the two Stanford games) last season, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 51.3 from the floor.
As a freshman in 1998-99, Barnes averaged 13.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and shot 43.4 from the field, 29.4 (10-34) from three-point range and 47.8 (22-46) from the foul line ? He appeared in 30 games and started on eight occasions.
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) and Ball State (3/16/00), 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, 235, Jr., C, Den Haag,
Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield,MA)
2000-01 Preseason Honors Athlon, second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News, second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 8 center in the U. S., The Sporting News, No. 17 center in the U. S., Vitale, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10
2000-01 Projected to be one of the top centers in the U. S. this season, Gadzuric is one of UCLA's three returning starters from a year ago, joining guard Earl Watson and forward Jason Kapono.
Career - Started 23 of 33 games last year as a sophomore ? Did not start at California, breaking his string of starting 22 consecutive games, and came off the bench in the last seven games ? In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric ranked eighth in rebounding (7.0), third in blocked shots (1.58) and third in field goal percentage (56.5) ? In his 33 games (tying a single-season school record in 1999-00), Gadzuric averaged 22.4 minutes, 9.7 points (fifth on the team), 7.0 rebounds (second on the team) and 1.6 blocked shots, while shooting a team-high 56.5 (140-248) from the field ? He led the Bruins in rebounding 11 times and in blocked shots in 19 games ? Gadzuric's 1999-00 preseason honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 14 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 15 center in the U. S. and Vitale's No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
In 1998-99 as a frosh, Gadzuric was selected to the five-man Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman squad ? He suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Feb. 24, 1999, tearing the leteral meniscus in his left knee (underwent a 90-minute arthroscopic surgery procedure on Feb. 25, 1999) and missed the Bruins' final five games ? Prior to his injury, Gadzuric averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points and 5.7 rebounds (third on the team) and 1.3 blocked shots (team-leader) and shot a team-leading 54.0 (88-163) from the field and 50.0 (31-62) from the foul line ? His 5.7 rebound average was the seventh-highest ever among Bruin freshmen ? In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric was 16th in rebounding (5.7) and sixth in blocked shots (1.25) ? Gadzuric started 17 of the 24 games in which he played ? He led the Bruins three times in scoring, six times in rebounding and 16 times (including ties) in blocked shots ? Gadzuric's 1998-99 preseason honors were Basketball NewsHeavenly 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. California (3/2/00).
3 Billy Knight, 6-5, 203, Jr., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)
2000-01 Will contend for a starting guard position this season after starting nine games as a sophomore in 1999-00, including UCLA's final five contests last year, when UCLA was 4-1 and 2-1 in the NCAA.
Career - Last year as a sophomore, in 28 games (nine starts), Knight averaged 11.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.3 from the field, 39.7 (25-63, second on the team) from three-point range and 65.6 (21-32) from the foul line ? In Pac-10 play, he averaged 5.8 points in 11.7 minutes while shooting 51.5 (34-66) from the floor and 45.5 (15-33) from three-point range ? Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine (Dec. 28, 1999) game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue (Dec. 30, 1999) game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2, 2000.
In 1998-99, Knight was hampered with a severe groin strain and redshirted.
In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Knight appeared in 24 games and was the Bruins' No. 7 scorer (2.8), with an 0.9 rebound average and shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from the three-point line and 72.7 (8-11) from the foul line ? The first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton as a freshman, scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0).
Knight's career-highs 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 vs. Washington (3/11/00), three assists, vs. Fairfield (11/23/99) and Arizona State (2/17/00), three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) and Washington (3/11/00), one blocked shot vs. Oregon (1/29/00).
11 Todd Ramasar, 6-4, 213, Jr., G, Corona (Riverside North)
2000-01 Ramasar has been slowed in fall camp with back spasms.
Career In 1999-00, Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Oct. 18, 1999 and redshirted.
As a sophomore in 1998-99, Ramasar appeared in 13 games (he also started both of UCLA's exhibition contests) and averaged 2.7 minutes, 0.8 points and 0.2 rebounds and shot 23.1 (3-13) from the field and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line.
As a freshman in 1997-98, Ramasar played in six games (Alaska-Anchorage, CS Fullerton, USC, WSU, Oregon and Kentucky).
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).
34 Ray Young, 6-3, 210, Jr., G, Oakland (St.Joseph Notre Dame)
2000-01 Young will contend for a starting guard position this season.
Career - Last year as a sophomore, Young started 10 consecutive games before coming off the bench against North Carolina ? In 33 games in 1999-00, he averaged 19.4 minutes, 5.8 points and 2.4 rebounds and shot 36.8 from the field and 31.5 (28-89) from three-point range.
As a true freshman in 1998-99, Young concluded the season averaging 16.1 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 46.9 from the field, 40.8 (20-49, No. 1 on the team) from three-point range and 70.4 (19-27, No. 2 on the squad) from the free throw line ? He played double-figure minutes in 21 of his last 25 games ? Young's 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 30 incoming frosh in U. S.
His career-bests are34 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).
24 Jason Kapono, 6-8, 206, So., F, Lakewood (Artesia)
2000-01 Preseason Honors Athlon, third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Blue Ribbon, fourth-team All-America, Lindy's, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News, No. 2 small forward in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Vitale, No. 6 swing forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
2000-01 After earning CBS SportsLine National Freshman of the Year and All-Pac-10 honors in 2000, Kapono is on the Wooden (Top 25) and Naismith (Top 30) preseason 2000-01 Player of the Year lists ? He returns for his sophomore season after "testing the waters" last summer with regard to the 2000 NBA Draft ? One of the nation's top outside shooters.
Career His freshman honors last season included National Freshman of the Year by CBS SportsLine, first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of Year by vote of the league's coaches ? Also selected second-team District 9 by the USBWA and second-team Freshman All-America by Basketball Times.
The highest scoring freshman in the Pac-10 (16.0 points per game) last season, Kapono was one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to start all 33 games, tying the school record. Kapono was the second-highest scoring freshman in UCLA history behind only Don MacLean (18.6) ? He led the Bruins in scoring 16 times, including 13 of the final 24 games ? Scored in double figures in 29 of 33 games, most on the team ? He scored 20 or more points nine times.
Kapono in 1999-00 set a UCLA single-season record for three-point field goals with 82, breaking the old mark of 78, set by Tracy Murray in 1992. His 82 three-point field goals also ranked No. 1 on the Pac-10's list for freshmen ? Kapono's percentage of 47.4 ranked third in school single-season history ? In addition, he ranks eighth on UCLA's career three-point field goal list with 82 (No. 7, Ed O'Bannon, 82, 1992-95).
In the final 2000 NCAA stats, Kapono ranked eighth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (47.7) ? In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Kapono ranked fifth in scoring (16.0), seventh in field goal percentage (51.9) and first in three-point field goal percentage (47.4).
In 33 games, Kapono averaged 32.7 minutes (second on the team), 16.0 points (first on the team) and 4.4 rebounds (fourth on the team) ? He shot 51.9 from the field, 47.4 (82-173, first on the team) from three-point range and 68.4 (65-95, second on the team) from the foul line ? Kapono shot at least 50.0 on his overall field goal attempts in 18 of his last 28 games.
In Pac-10 play, he averaged a team-leading 18.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists and shot 55.9 from the floor, 49.5 from three-point range and 67.2 from the free throw line.
Kapono's 1999-2000 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 7 incoming college/NBA freshman in the U. S., Street & Smith's All-West Freshman, Vitale's No. 7 Diaper Dandy in the U. S.
His career highs from last season were - 39 minutes vs. DePaul (12/18/99) and Purdue (12/30/99), 27 points vs. USC (2/9/00) and Arizona (2/19/00), 11 rebounds vs. Pepperdine (12/28/99), six assists vs. Washington State (1/8/00), three steals vs. USC (1/12/00) and Washington (3/11/00), one blocked shot vs. Maine (12/21/99) and Washington State (1/8/00).
43 T. J. Cummings, 6-8, 208, Fr., F, Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS)
2000-01 Cummings has played well in fall camp and is challenging for a starting forward position.
Prep Career - The son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, T. J. is the first Chicago-land player to sign with UCLA in over 20 years ? As a senior prepster at Homewood-Flossmoor under coach Roy Condotti, Cummings earned USA Today honorable mention All-America and as a junior, he was his Conference Player of the Year ? As a senior he averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 blocked shots.
54 Josiah Johnson, 6-7, 237, Fr., F, Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)
2000-01 Johnson has a stress fracture in his left foot and will be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced Oct. 27.
Prep Career - The son of NBA and UCLA great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, a Bruin standout from 1995-98, Josiah will wear his father's retired jersey number (54), the same jersey number that brother Kris wore during his Bruin career ? As a senior at Montclair Prep, Johnson averaged 24.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots ? As a senior prepster, Johnson was a USA Today honorable mention All-America, Los Angeles Times first-team All-Valley selection and first-team All-CIF Div. 5.
10 Ryan Walcott, 6-1, 170, Fr., G, Phoenix, AZ (Shadow Mountain HS)
2000-01 Walcott will add depth to the Bruins' point guard corps.
Prep Career Walcott's cousin is point guard Mike Bibby, former Arizona star and current standout with the Vancouver Grizzlies ? As a senior last season at Shadow Mountain HS under coach Jerry Conner, Walcott helped lead Shadow Mountain to the Arizona 5A State Championship ? In 1999-00, Walcott averaged 16.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5.0 steals, while earning USA Today honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Arizona from the Arizona Republic Four-year starting point guard at Shadow Mountain.