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UCLA Men's Hoops Squad Holds Annual Awards Banquet
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  03/13/2000

March 13, 2000

LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior guard Earl Watson, sophomore forward/center Jerome Moiso and freshman forward Jason Kapono were given the Coach John Wooden Award as the Bruins' Most Valuable Players at UCLA's annual awards/dinner banquet held Monday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Watson and Kapono were the only two Bruins this season who started every game (30), while Moiso started 27. Kapono is the team's leading scorer (16.4), Moiso the second-leading scorer (12.9) and top rebounder (7.5) and Watson is the team's No. 4 scorer (11.6) and team-leader in assists (5.4) and steals (1.7). Kapono was the CBS National Freshman of the Year and Moiso was an NABC second-team All Dist. 15 selection and Honorable Mention All-Pac-10.

Along with the co-Most Valuable Player honor, Kapono was also named the team's Most Valuable Freshman and top free throw shooter.

Below is a complete list of the awards given out Monday night.

  • Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award (free throw champion): Jason Kapono (67.8, 59-87)
  • Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award (for competitive spirit, inspiration and unselfish contributions): Billy Knight
  • Bruin Hoopsters J. D. Morgan Memorial Award (outstanding team play)': Rico Hines
  • UCLA Alumni Association Award (academic achievement and team contribution): Sean Farnham (3.23 fall quarter gpa, history major)
  • Bruin Bench Basketball Award (most improvement in all-around play and mental attitude): Ryan Bailey
  • Seymour Armond Memorial Award (most valuable freshman): Jason Kapono
  • Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award (outstanding defensive player): Ray Young
  • Coach John Wooden Award (most valuable player): Earl Watson, Jerome Moiso, Jason Kapono

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