June 29, 2006
Jordan Farmar, UCLA's starting point guard the last two seasons who helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Championship Game last April, on Wednesday was selected in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers (26th selection).
Farmar becomes the fourth player in UCLA draft history to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Lakers. Farmar joins an elite list that includes - Brad Holland (1979), Gail Goodrich (1965) and Walt Hazzard (1964). Farmar is UCLA's first, first round selection since Jerome Moiso in 2000 (Boston, 11th overall). The last Bruin player selected in the draft by the Lakers was Toby Bailey in 1998 (2nd round, 45th selection). UCLA has had at least one player taken in the NBA Draft for the last 10 years (since 1997/ UCLA is the all-time collegiate leader in NBA Draft selections, with 99 since 1948).
On April 20, Farmar and his sophomore guard teammate Arron Affalo, announced they were going to test the NBA process (and not sign with agents, so they could return to UCLA). On June 17, Afflalo announced he was returning to UCLA and on June 18 (the last day for early entrants to withdraw from the Draft), Farmar announced that he was remaining in the draft and was not returning to UCLA for his junior season.
"I'm very excited for Jordan's future in the NBA and the fact that's he's able to stay in Los Angeles and play for the Lakers," said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. "He's an outstanding point guard, who No. 1 is a winner. Like all great point guards, he makes his teammates better. His ability to score and make big plays at the end of games truly makes Jordan a special player. He's a very, very intelligent player who also has great athleticism and skill level. The fact that he's only 19 (turns 20 on Nov. 30) and still developing physically - his best years in basketball are ahead of him and he's already had an outstanding career. There's no question Jordan is going to be an outstanding player in the NBA."
Below is a synopsis of Farmar's standout sophomore season, helping to lead UCLA to the NCAA Championship game (first time since 1995) and to the Pac-10 Regular Season (first time since 1997) and Tournament (first time since 1987) championships. In 2005-06, UCLA set the school record for most games played (39, 32-7) and tied the school record for most wins (32, with UCLA 1995 NCAA Championship team that was 32-1).
2005-06 SEASON AVERAGES - One of the top point guards in the country, Farmar has made the clutch plays for the Bruins throughout the season and is a prime candidate for All-America acclaim.
On March 10 was named a CollegeInsider.com All-American and was also a CollegeHoops.net Honorable Mention All-American, on March 7 was named a first-team USBWA All-Dist. IX selection, on March 6 was named a first-team All-Pac-10 performer and is on the 22-man finalist list for the Wooden Award. On March 1 was named the CollegeInsider.com Pac-10 Most Valuable Player. On Feb. 18, Farmar was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. On Feb. 13, it was announced he's on the Mid-Season Naismith Trophy list (30 candidates). On Feb. 2, it was announced that Farmar is one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. On Jan. 28, it was announced that he is on the Mid-Season Wooden Award list (30 candidates). He is the one of just four players in the nation, and the only underclassman, to be on all three lists (joining senior guards - Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara). In addition, he and Arron Afflalo were named the No. 3 backcourt in the nation by SI.com on Jan. 25.
He was also named to the NCAA Oakland Regional and Pac-10 Tournament teams. In addition, he was selected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.
In 37 games and starts (he missed the Delaware State and Albany games with a sprained right ankle), he averaged 30.4 minutes (No. 2 on the team) 13.5 points (No. 2/No. 14 in Pac-10), 5.1 assists (No. 1 on the team and No. 1 in the Pac-10), 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals, while shooting .410 (172-420) from the floor, .333 (63-189, No. 4) from three-point range and .717 (91-127, No. 4) from the free throw line.
His 189 assists rank No. 9 on the UCLA single-season list. His 63 three-point field goals rank ninth while his 189 attempts rank T-third.
Farmar scored in double figures 26 times, including team-highs of 28 points vs. Memphis; 24 points vs. Nevada; 22 vs. West Virginia; 21 points at Michigan, at USC and vs. Oregon State; and 20 points at Washington State. He led the team in scoring 13 times.
Farmar led the team in assists in 23 of the last 27 games and in 30 of his 37 starts (including ties) and in steals on 17 occasions. He had at least six assists in 14 of his 37 games.
In the final 13 games, he averaged 12.2 points (No. 2) and 4.5 assists in 29.5 minutes while shooting .404 from the floor, .347 from three-point range and .696 from the line. In NCAA play, he averaged a team-high 12.5 points and 4.2 assists.
In his final 19 games, he made 36 of 48 (.750) free throws.
FARMAR'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - 39 minutes vs. Memphis (11/23); 28 points vs. Memphis (11/23); 5 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/26), USC (1/18), Stanford (12/29), Michigan (12/17), Memphis (11/23), Temple (11/17); 12 assists vs. Washington (1/14); 3 steals vs. Oregon (1/26), NMS (11/15); 2 blocked shots vs. USC (2/19), SAC. ST. (12/23).
FARMAR'S 2005-06 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Final) - Scoring - 14th, 13.5; Assists - 1st, 5.11; Asst/TO Ratio - 7th, 1.40.
FARMAR'S CAREER HIGHS - 46 minutes vs. WSU (1/6/05); 28 points vs. Memphis (11/23/05); 7 rebounds vs. Oregon State (3/3/05), Cal (2/17/05); 12 assists vs. Washington (1/14/06); 4 steals vs. ASU (2/10/05), WSU (1/6/05); 2 blocked shots vs. USC (2/19/06), SAC. ST. (12/23/05).
UCLA CAREER CHARTS - 3pt. Chart - He ranks T-No. 10 on the career three-point field goal list with 97 and No. 10 with 291 three-point field goal attempts.