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UCLA Signs Four Top 100 Players
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  11/12/2003

Nov. 12, 2003

UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Wednesday announced the National Letter of Intent signings of four players, all ranked in the nation's Top 100 among U. S. high school seniors. The four prep standouts, all from southern California are -6-5, 190-pound shooting guard Arron Afflalo from Compton Centennial HS; 6-2, 170-pound point guard Jordan Farmar from Taft HS in Woodland Hills; 6-9, 220-pound center Lorenzo Mata from South Gate HS and 6-5, 200-pound wing Josh Shipp from Los Angles Fairfax HS. According to national recruiting expert Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop), the 2004 Bruin recruiting class is No. 9 in the U. S.

Here's a biographical breakdown of UCLA's four recruits, all incoming UCLA freshman next fall.

Arron Afflalo
As a junior last season at Compton Centennial HS under coach Rod Palmer (who lettered at UCLA from 1986-87 and concluded his collegiate career at UC Irvine), Afflalo led the Apaches to a 19-11 overall record, to the CIF SS Div. III-A title game, the Div. III regional semifinals and a share of the Bay League title. A prolific scorer, he averaged 26.2 points a game (he scored 30 or more points on seven occasions and had a career-high 42 points vs. Carson at the one-day Pangos Dream Tournament in Pauley Pavilion last January) and also contributed 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In 2003, Afflalo was the Wooden Award Div. III Player of the Year, All-State Cal-Hi Sports, the CIF-SS Div. III-A co-Player of the Year and the Long Beach Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year.

Afflalo's Preseason Rankings and Summer Tournaments
-PrepWestHoops No. 1 shooting guard in the West/No. 7 player in the U. S.
-Basketball News No. 4 shooting guard in the U. S. /No. 23 player in the U. S.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) No. 5 second guard in the U. S.
-Athlon's No. 12 off guard in the U. S.
-Bob Gibbons (All-Star Sports Report) No. 16 player in the U. S.
-Hoopmasters.com No. 18 player in the U. S.
-The InsidersHoops.com No. 25 player in the U. S. /No. 2 shooting guard on the West Coast.
-Lindy's No. 29 player in the U. S.
-The Sporting News (TSN) No. 42 player in the U. S.
-Street & Smith's fourth-team HS preseason All-American/Los Angeles All-Metro first- team.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) rated Afflalo the No. 8 player at the adidas ABCD Camp (where he was the leading scorer) last July in Madison, NJ (Fairleigh Dickinson University).
-6th annual USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, June 25-29, U. S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Afflalo started two of five games and averaged 29.6 minutes, shot 37.8 from the field (28-74), 35.1 (No. 10 among festival leaders) from three-point range (13-37) and 50.0 (8-16) from the foul line and averaged 15.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists (No. 7 among festival leaders).

Howland on Afflalo

"Arron is a classic two guard. I'm excited about his toughness and how he plays the game so hard and aggressive, yet so skillful. He's a good passer and shooter who does a good job of putting the ball to the floor and getting to the basket. He also has a chance to be an excellent defender, but what I like best about Arron is he's a very good competitor."

Jordan Farmar
As a junior last season under coach Derrick Taylor, Farmar led Taft to a 25-6 overall record and to the CIF Los Angeles City section semifinals (the first time in school history). He averaged 28.5 points, 9.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds. At last year's Simi Valley Tournament, Farmar averaged 43 points in four games. He was the 2003 Los Angeles Daily News co-Player of the Year.

Farmar's Preseason Rankings and Summer Tournaments
-PrepWestHoops No. 1 point guard in the West.
-Athlon's No. 7 point guard in the U. S.
-Bob Gibbons (All-Star Sports Report) No. 8 player in the U. S. According to national recruiting expert Gibbons, Farmar was the "best true point guard in the nation, if you were picking a boys of summer team, no point guard did better than Farmar."
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) No. 11 point guard in the U. S.
-Hoopmasters.com No. 14 player in the U. S.
-Basketball News No. 15 player in the U. S. /No. 4 point guard in the U. S.
-Lindy's No. 18 player in the U. S.
-InsidersHoops.com No. 25 player in the U. S. /No. 5 point guard in the U. S. / No. 2
point guard on the West Coast. -TSN No. 32 player in the U. S.
-Street & Smith's Los Angles All-Metro first team.
-Last May, MVP at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) rated Farmar the No. 24 player at the Nike All-America Camp last July in Indianapolis.
-6th annual USA Basketball Youth Development Festival, June 25-29, U. S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. Farmar helped lead the West team to a 3-2 record (bronze medal). He started two of five games and averaged 23.0 minutes, shot 54.3 from the field (25-46), 60.7 (festival leader) from three-point range (17-28) and 75.0 (3-4) from the foul line and averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists (festival leader) and 2.6 steals (festival leader).

Howland on Farmer

"Jordan is a true point guard. Looking at all the point guards (coming out of high school next year) from summer camps, Jordan was without a doubt among the top three in the country. He's an outstanding playmaker and shooter and I like his leadership qualities and competitive nature. Like all great point guards, he makes everyone else around him a better player."

Lorenzo Mata
Mata is the first South Gate HS boys basketball player in the school's history to receive a Div. I scholarship. As a junior last season under coach Sal Serrano, Mata had 25 double-doubles (in 26 contests) and averaged 21.4 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots. He earned All-Los Angeles City Section and was a Long Beach Press-Telegram first-team performer. Mata's only been playing basketball for four years and could be a candidate for the Mexican National Team in the future.

Mata's Preseason Rankings and Summer Tournaments
-PrepWestHoops No. 2 power forward in the West.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) No. 38 power forward in the U. S.
-InsidersHoops.com No. 70 player in the U. S.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) rated Mata the No. 41 player at the adidas ABCD Camp last July in Madison, NJ (Fairleigh Dickinson University).

Howland on Mata

"I'm extremely pleased with Lorenzo's signing and what he brings to UCLA. He's a very strong, athletic inside player who can block shots and rebound. He's a good defender who has a nice touch around the basket."

Josh Shipp
As a junior last season at Fairfax HS under coach Harvey Kitani, Shipp helped lead Fairfax to the City finals and averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists and earned All-State underclassman and All-City second team honors. His father, Joe, was a USC football player; his older brother, Joe, was a senior forward last season at California and in 2003 he led the Pac-10 in scoring (20.4 points) and his sister, Brittany, attends UCLA.

Shipp's Preseason Rankings and Summer Tournaments -PrepWestHoops No. 4 shooting guard in the West.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) No. 17 second guard in the U. S.
-Lindy's No. 28 player in the U. S.
-Rivals.com No. 50 player in the U. S. /No. 12 shooting guard in the U. S.
-TSN No. 50 player in the U. S.
-InsidersHoops.com No. 100 player in the U. S. /No. 6 shooting guard on the West Coast.
-Street & Smith's Los Angeles All-Metro first -team.
-Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) rated Shipp the No. 9 player at the Nike All-America Camp last July in Indianapolis.

Howland on Shipp
"Josh is an outstanding wing player. He is very skilled as an outside shooter and passer who comes from a great athletic family. Josh continues to get better and better each and every year and he will be an outstanding player here at UCLA."


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