Oct. 12, 2005
10:45 a.m. - Ben Howland Press Conference/Los Angeles Athletic Club Fleet Room (LAAC-431 W. 7th St./213-630-5231/Mike Solum)
Noon - LAAC Tipoff Luncheon (Featuring all Div. I head coaches from southern California)
3 p.m. UCLA Men's Basketball Media Day/Pauley Pavilion
Ben Howland's UCLA men's team and Kathy Olivier's Bruin women's squad invite the students to Pauley Pavilion. ONLY UCLA STUDENTS AND MEDIA ARE INVITED TO THIS EVENT.
Here's the schedule - 5-5:30 p.m. - men's scrimmage/5:30 p.m.-slam dunk competition/5:45 p.m. - three-point shooting competition/6 p.m.-women's scrimmage/6:20 p.m. - Coach Howland and Coach Olivier address the students/6:30 p.m. conclusion/coaches and athletes available for interviews. PLEASE-ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS AND CAMERA PERSONS MUST SHOOT FROM THE UPPER BLUE SEAT SECTIONS-NOT FROM THE FLOOR. Thank You.
Pac-10 Media Day/10 a.m. /LAX Hilton Hotel (5711 W. Century Blvd/310-410-4000) (Head Coaches and returning All-Pac-10 Players, including UCLA's Jordan Farmar).
Ben Howland - Begins his third season at UCLA and his 12th year as a head coach (UCLA 2003-present/Pittsburgh 2000-03/Northern Arizona 1995-99/ 29-28 at UCLA, 197-127 overall). Last season, Howland led the Bruins back to the NCAA Tournament (for the first time since 2002) with an overall mark of 18-11 and a Pac-10 record of 11-7 (3rd-place). He is the 28th coach in NCAA history to guide three teams to the NCAA Tournament (2005 UCLA/2002-03 Pittsburgh "Sweet 16s"/1998 Northern Arizona). In his first season (2003-04) at UCLA, the Bruins were 11-17 overall (7-11, Pac-10, 7th tie), started the season at 9-3, defeated NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and made a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In his final two seasons (2001-02/2002-03) at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29 (school record for wins)-6 overall, advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was named the consensus National Coach of the Year (please see attached Howland bio).
Howland Press Conferences -Following Pac-10 Media Day (Nov. 3), Howland's next press conference will be Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room (please see attached 2005-06 press conference schedule).
Wooden Classic Press Conference - To highlight the upcoming Wooden Classic, a press conference, featuring all four head coaches and John Wooden, will be held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim (Service Level/East End) at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. The 12th annual Wooden Classic will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Arrowhead Pond (noon-Washington vs. New Mexico/2:30 p.m.-UCLA vs. Nevada/KCAL). This will be UCLA's ninth appearance (third consecutive) in the Wooden Classic. The Bruins have a Classic record of 5-3 (last year, UCLA was defeated by Boston College 74-64).
2005 Preseason NIT - For the first time since 1996 and for the fourth time in school history (2005-1996-1992-1987), the Bruins will play in the Preseason NIT. The first game (Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Pauley Pavilion, 7 p.m./ESPN2), will be against Sun Belt Conference member New Mexico State, under new head coach and NBA and UNLV great Reggie Theus. If UCLA wins its first round home contest, a quarterfinal game will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 (site to be determined/vs. the winner of Army at Temple) and should the Bruins win both games - the Preseason NIT semifinals (Wednesday, Nov. 23) and championship/third-place games (Friday, Nov. 25) will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City (ESPN2).
The first-round NIT matchups are - Nov. 14 - Boston U. at Duke, Manhattan at Seton Hall, Sam Houston State at Missouri and Drexel at Princeton; Nov. 15- Miami (Ohio) at Alabama, Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Memphis, Army at Temple and New Mexico State at UCLA.
In UCLA's preseason NIT history, the Bruins - in 1996, lost in the first round to Tulsa in Pauley Pavilion (77-76, OT); in 1992, lost a semifinal game to Seton Hall 73-64 and defeated Florida State 86-83 for third-place and in 1987, lost a second round contest at New Mexico State 77-66.
UCLA Staff - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their third season on the Bruin staff - Donny Daniels, who for three seasons (2000-03) was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson; along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach E. J. "Doc" Kreis (third season), trainer Tony Spino (second season), Video Coordinator Scott Garson (second season), Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, entering his 14th season on the Bruin basketball staff, Administrative Assistant Leslie Dalziel (first season), Head Equipment Manager Mike McBride (tenth season), Interim Director of Academic Services Mike Casillas (eighth season) and Academic Coordinator Kenny Donaldson (second season).
The Bruins - The Bruins in 2005-06 will return four starters from last year's squad that finished 18-11 overall, tied for third in the Pac-10 and returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002. UCLA's returning starters are - sophomores - 6-2 point guard Jordan Farmar, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, 6-5 guard Arron Afflalo and 6-5 forward Josh Shipp (on Sept. 28 underwent right hip surgery and is expected to miss 8-12 weeks), along with 7-0 senior Michael Fey. Joining that quartet will be - two lettermen, 7-0 ½ senior center Ryan Hollins and 6-8 sophomore center Lorenzo Mata; 6-6 redshirt senior guard/forward Cedric Bozeman, who missed all of last season with a right knee injury (that required surgery), and a freshman recruiting class featuring five players rated among the Top 100 in North America - 6-8 forward/center Alfred Aboya (Tilton, NH Prep Academy), 6-0 point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga), 6-7 forward/guard Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (Montverde, FL Academy), 6-5 guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA) and 6-8 forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). The Bruins will have four walkons on this year's squad - 6-2 redshirt freshman Joey Ellis (who had left knee surgery last Friday), 5-10 freshman Kelvin Kim (El Toro HS/Lake Forest), 6-5 redshirt freshman DeAndre Robinson and 5-10 freshman Nican Robinson (Oakland Tech).
Janou Rubin - In what has been a lengthy procedural process, the UCLA Athletic Department and the Rubin family have been dealing with the NCAA, attempting to get Rubin a sixth year of eligibility (he did not compete in 2001-02/Rubin also missed the final 19 games of last season with a left knee injury that required surgery). But as of Oct. 12, Rubin's status for 2005-06 is still undecided.
Injury Update -
-Josh Shipp -On Sept. 28 had a successful outpatient arthroscopic right hip procedure performed by Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. According to Dr. Guanche, the procedure repaired a torn labrum (cartilage) and also included a debridement of the femoral neck (bone spur removal). Guanche also said that there was no arthritis or degenerative condition in Shipp's right hip. Guanche said rehabilitation should take 8-12 weeks (Shipp will spend the first month on crutches). Dr. Guanche is a family physician to the Shipp family. Approximately a year ago, he performed a successful arthroscopy hip procedure (unrelated to Josh's injury) on Joe Shipp, Josh's older brother, who played at California and was the Pac-10 leading scorer in 2003 (20.4).
- Michael Fey - Last week was diagnosed with a severe groin pull (following a negative MRI). It could be 2-3 weeks for a complete recovery.
- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - Last week, Mbah a Moute was diagnosed with a sprained right shoulder (following a negative MRI). He's listed as day-to-day.
- Alfred Aboya - Aboya has had two knee surgeries in the last three months. On Oct. 12, he had a successful left knee arthroscopic procedure (cartilage) performed at the UCLA Medical Center by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman. The rehabilitation time is 4-5 weeks. Then, on July 11, Aboya had a successful right knee arthroscopic procedure (cartilage) performed by Dr. Finerman at the UCLA/Santa Monica Medical Center. The rehabilitation time was approximately four-to-seven weeks. Aboya had been on campus attending summer school, which started June 27.
- Joey Ellis - Last Friday, had a left knee arthroscopic procedure and could be out for 12 weeks.
Exhibition Games - UCLA will have two in Pauley Pavilion - Friday, Nov. 4 vs. Carleton University (from Ottawa, Ontario, the defending Canadian collegiate champion) (7:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 10 vs. CS Monterey Bay (7:30 p.m.). UCLA Regular
Season Schedule - UCLA's 2005-06 men's basketball schedule will feature eight teams that advanced to postseason play last season (NCAA/NIT) and the Bruins will also participate in the Preseason NIT and Wooden Classic. Teams from last year's NCAA include - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State (Saturday, Nov. 19 in Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.), Western Athletic Conference Nevada in the Wooden Classic (Saturday, Dec. 10 in Anaheim, 2:30 p.m./KCAL), Big East West Virginia (Saturday, Jan. 12 in Pauley Pavilion, 12:45 p.m., CBS/the Mountaineers in the 2005 NCAA advanced to the Albuquerque Regional final, losing to Louisville 93-85OT) and Pac-10 foes Washington, Arizona and Stanford. Also in 2005, conference opponents Oregon State and Arizona State participated in the NIT. For the fourth consecutive season, UCLA will play Big 10 Michigan (Dec. 17 in Ann Arbor, 9 a.m. PT/ESPN) -UCLA leads the series 8-3 and defeated the Wolverines last season in Pauley 81-79.
Ed O'Bannon, Kenny Washington Inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame - On Friday, Sept. 30, Bruin basketball greats Kenny Washington and Ed O'Bannon were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime during UCLA's football game vs. Washington in the Rose Bowl on Oct. 1). Kenny Washington was a three-year letterman (1964-66) under Coach John Wooden and played on the Bruins' first two NCAA Championship squads (1964-65). In the 1964 NCAA Championship game vs. Duke, Washington came off the bench and scored 26 points in UCLA's 98-83 victory. In the Bruins' 91-80 victory over Michigan in the 1965 NCAA Final, Washington again came off the bench to scored 17 points. He was a senior starting guard in 1966. Ed O'Bannon in 1995 led the Bruins to their 11th NCAA title. In the Championship game vs. defending champion Arkansas, O'Bannon scored 30 points, with 17 rebounds, in UCLA's 89-78 triumph. He was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player and also went on to receive the Wooden Award, as the nation's top collegiate performer. In the 1995 NBA Draft, O'Bannon was a first round choice (No. 9 selection) by the New Jersey Nets. On Feb. 1, 1996 in a ceremony in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA retired O'Bannon's No. 31 jersey number.
UCLA in the NBA -On 2005-06 fall rosters, the Bruins have eight players - Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks), Matt Barnes (New York Knicks), Baron Davis (Golden State Warriors), Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks), Jason Kapono (Miami Heat), Dijon Thompson (Phoenix Suns), Earl Watson (Denver Nuggets) and Ray Young (Golden State Warriors). Since 1948, UCLA has the most NBA selections of any school (98), followed by North Carolina (92), Kentucky (90) and Duke (70).
Preseason Notes - Preseason magazines have hit the newsstands and here's what the magazines are saying about the Bruins:
Athlon - Team - Postseason Prediction, NCAA "Sweet 16"/3rd in Pac-10; No. 2 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual -Jordan Farmar - Honorable Mention All- America/1st-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - 3rd-team All-Pac-10.
Basketball News - Team /Individual
Blue Ribbon - Team - No. 21 in the U. S.
Lindy's - Team - No. 25 in U. S./3rd in Pac-10; No. 6 backcourt in the nation; No. 18 recruiting class in the nation. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 11 point guard in the U. S. /second-team All-Pac-10.
Slam Magazine - Team - No. 18 in U. S.
The Sporting News - Team - No. 17 in U. S. /3rd in Pac-10; No. 5 backcourt in U. S.; No. 3 recruiting class in Pac-10. Individual - Jordan Farmar - No. 4 point guard in U. S. /first-team All-Pac-10; Arron Afflalo - No. 13 shooting guard in the U .S./second-team All-Pac-10; Ryan Wright - No. 5 Pac-10 recruit; Alfred Aboya - No. 8 Pac-10 recruit; Darren Collison - No. 12 Pac-10 recruit.
Dick Vitale's Top 25 - Team - No. 20 in the U. S.