Dec. 18, 2003
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
SATURDAY, DEC. 20 -MICHIGAN STATE (4-4) at UCLA (3-2), Pauley Pavilion, 3:30 p.m. (TV-Fox Sports Net, Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean). The "Nell and John Wooden Court" dedication will begin at 3 p.m.
LOOKING AHEAD - UCLA at Michigan (Saturday, Dec. 27, Crisler Arena, 2 p.m.PT/5 p.m. EST (TV-CBS/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150,with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA BRUINS STARTING LINEUP (Overall 3-2/Pac-10 , place ) No. Name Pos. Ht. Cl. Ppg Rpg 1 Dijon Thompson F 6-7 Jr. 15.6 6.0 4 Trevor Ariza F 6-7 Fr. 11.0 4.5 45 Michael Fey C 7-0 So. 10.0 6.0 3 Brian Morrison G 6-2 Jr. 12.0 3.4 21 Cedric Bozeman G 6-6 Jr. 13.4 5.6
In his last two seasons 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 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.
This will be Howland's first meeting vs. Michigan State.
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches - Donny Daniels, for the last three seasons was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, for the last two years served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, for the last two seasons was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for the last two seasons served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff is Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, in his 12th season.
UCLA'S LAST GAME - Dec. 17 - UC Santa Barbara 61, at UCLA 60 - Casey Cook's two free throws with 18 seconds remaining were the difference as the Gauchos defeated UCLA 61-60 before 7,432 in Pauley Pavilion. It was UCSB's first win over the Bruins in the 19-game series history.
With 40 seconds left to play, Trevor Ariza stole the ball and his driving slam dunk gave UCLA a 60-59 advantage. Following a foul by T. J. Cummings, Cook hit both free throws to give UCSB the winning one-point advantage. UCLA's final attempt at a potential game-winning play ended in a turnover with 2.4 seconds left in the game.
The Bruins were led by three players in double figures - Cummings, in his first game this season after being academically ineligible fall quarter, 14 points; Dijon Thompson, 13 points and Cedric Bozeman, 10 points, four rebounds and six assists.
UCLA, the Bruins led 35-31 at halftime, shot 52.3 (23-44) from the field, 37.5 (6-16) from three-point range and 66.7 (8-12) from the foul line, with a season-low 20 rebounds and a game-high 17 turnovers.
UCSB, the Gauchos shot 63.2 from the field in the first half, shot an opponent season-high 52.2 (24-46) from the field, 41.7 (5-12) from three-point range and 61.5 (8-13) from the foul line, with a game-high 25 rebounds and 16 turnovers. The Gauchos were led by Cook's 15 points and six rebounds and improved to 5-2 overall.
HEAD COACH TOM IZZO - In his ninth year at MSU, Izzo has directed the Spartans to six consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including three consecutive (1999-01, the Spartans won the 2000 NCAA title) Final Four appearances, along with four straight (1998-01) Big 10 regular season championships. Last season, the Spartans were 22-13 overall, tied for third (10-6) in the Big 10 and advanced to the NCAA "Elite Eight".
THE SPARTANS - Have played one of the toughest schedules in the U. S. The four losses have been against - at Kansas 84-71, Duke 72-50, vs. Oklahoma 80-77 (OT) and on Dec. 13 vs. Kentucky, 79-74, before 78,129 fans at Detroit's Ford Field, the largest crowd in history to ever watch a basketball game. On Dec. 16, MSU defeated South Florida 73-60 in East Lansing.
SERIES HISTORY - UCLA leads it 3-1. UCLA won the last game, 98-61 on Dec. 28, 1960 in a first round Los Angeles Basketball Classic contest at the Sports Arena. In the first meeting (1952-53), UCLA won 60-55 at East Lansing; in 1953-54, the Bruins won 67-57 in Los Angeles at the Pan Pacific Auditorium and in 1957-58, Michigan State won 63-61 in Los Angeles.
NELL AND JOHN WOODEN COURT - On Saturday, Dec. 20, when UCLA hosts Michigan State (3:30 p.m./FSN), the floor of Pauley Pavilion will be dedicated - "Nell and John Wooden Court", named after the Bruins' legendary coach John Wooden and his late wife, Nell. The court dedication will begin at 3 p.m. (a luncheon honoring Coach Wooden was held at Covel Commons before the court ceremony).
There are 64 of Coach Wooden's players scheduled to attend, including Bruin All-Americans -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Walton, Marques Johnson, Dave Meyers, Jamaal Wilkes, Henry Bibby, Sidney Wicks, Michael Warren, Lucius Allen, Walt Hazzard, John Green, Willie Naulls and George Stanich.
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2003 Wooden Classic was its seventh, with an overall mark of 5-2. It was also announced the Bruins will appear in the 2004 Wooden Classic (Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004 - along with Arizona/the other two teams and the pairings will be announced at a later date).
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED SIXTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 6 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2004 conference title, the Bruins were selected sixth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (26) 339, 2. Stanford (7) 321, 3. California (1) 238, 4. Oregon 215, 5. USC (1) 207, 6. UCLA 188, 7. Arizona State 185, 8. Washington 108, 9. Washington State 69, 10. Oregon State 55.
Trevor Ariza - UCLA freshman Trevor Ariza made his regular season debut in the Bruins' win over LMU, playing 32 minutes, with 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists and blocked shots. Since Nov. 28, Ariza had been sidelined with spontaneous pneumothorax. (the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs).
T. J. CUMMINGS - Cummings, 6-9 senior forward from Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS) was cleared to play on Wednesday (Dec. 17) after being academically ineligible for the first quarter. In his debut contest vs. UC Santa Barbara, Cummings led the Bruins with 14 points in 26 minutes.
Matt McKinney - On Nov. 4, UCLA announced that McKinney, 6-8 redshirt freshman forward from Santa Ynez HS, would miss 6-8 weeks because of a fractured bone in his left foot. The foof is casted and no surgery is planned. McKinney originally injured his left foot on June 15 during his first game in the Say-No Summer League at West Los Angeles College.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Featuring nine NCAA Tournament teams (14 games), along with two NIT representatives. The teams from last season's NCAA are- "Elite Eight" Kentucky, Michigan State and Arizona; "Sweet 16" Notre Dame and Vermont, along with Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford and California. St. John's won the 2003 NIT title and UC Santa Barbara also played in last year's NIT.
UCLA SIGNS TOP 10 NATIONAL CLASS - ARRON AFFLALO, JORDAN FARMAR, LORENZO MATA AND JOSH SHIPP UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Wednesday (Nov. 12) 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 expe rts, the Bruin class is ranked - No. 7 by Rob Harrington (prepstars.com), No. 9 by Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) and No. 10 by Dave Telep (the insidershoops.com).
Here's a biographical breakdown of UCLA's four recruits, all incoming UCLA freshman next fall.
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.
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."
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. 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."
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.
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."
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, Britteny, attends UCLA.
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."
WALT HAZZARD NAMED TO 2004 PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR - Hazzard, who led the Bruins to their first NCAA Championship (1964) and coached UCLA from 1985-88, will be UCLA's third inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden and 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). A three-year starter and two-time All-American (1963-64) for the Bruins as a 6-2 guard under Wooden, Hazzard was the keystone to UCLA's first NCAA Championship in 1964 and first unbeaten season (30-0). As a senior co-captain in 1964, he averaged a career-high 18.6 points, was named the Outstanding Player at the NCAA Final Four and earned National Player of the Year honors from the USBWA and the Helms Athletic Foundation. At the conclusion of his Bruin career, Hazzard's 1,401 points were tops in school history. In 1964 after winning the NCAA crown, Hazzard also won a gold medal representing the U. S. team at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. A first-round draft choice of the Lakers, he played 10 years in the NBA, including one appearance in the NBA All-Star game. From 1985-88, Hazzard returned to UCLA as the Bruins' head men's basketball coach. In four winning seasons (his overall record was 77-47, 62.1), he led UCLA to two 20+ win campaigns, the 1987 Pac-10 regular and postseason championships, a 1987 NCAA second round advancement and two NIT bids, including the 1985 NIT Championship, in his first season as the Bruins' head coach. In 1987, Hazzard was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Joining Hazzard in the 2004 class are - Khalid Reeves (Arizona), Lafayette "Fat" Lever (Arizona State), Jason Kidd (California), Ron Lee (Oregon), Mel Counts (Oregon State), Howard "Howie" Dallmar (Stanford), Bob Boyd (USC), James Edwards (Washington) and George Raveling (Washington State).
The 2004 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place on Wednesday, March 10 in conjunction with the 2004 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 11-13).
JEROME "POOH" RICHARDSON INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME -UCLA's standout point guard from 1986-89, Richardson was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 3. During his four years (1986-89) as the Bruins' point guard, Richardson earned All-Pac-10 honors for three consecutive seasons (1987-89) and ended his career as the school's all-time leader in assists (833), steals (189, now No. 4), three-point FG% (46.4, 52-112) and games played (122, now No. 15). Following his collegiate career, Richardson had a 10-year career in the NBA, last playing with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he has endowed a UCLA athletic scholarship.
STREET & SMITH'S COLLECTORS ADDITION - GREATEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS - Seven Bruins are highlighted - No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor/1967-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1972-74), No. 49 Gail Goodrich (1963-65), No. 66 Sidney Wicks (1969-71), No. 68 Walt Hazzard (1962-64), No. 73 Marques Johnson (1974-77) and No. 86 Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes (1972-74). Also noted is legendary Bruin head coach John Wooden, No. 81 during his playing days at Purdue (1929-32)
HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m./following Holland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m.) - Press gatherings will be announced during the holidays, Jan. 6, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 2 (last regular season press conference).
HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 30 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 9). It begins at 10:35 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-981-5571.
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years. On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford 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.
UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list. Behind UCLA (as of Dec 12) - North Carolina/Maryland (9), Duke (8), Oklahoma/Georgia Tech (7) and Kentucky,/Notre Dame/Ohio State (6).
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-11 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's overtime win over Arizona in the Pac-10 Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region "Sweet 16".
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 39th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 531-76 (607 games, 87.5).
UCLA overtime win vs. then-No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th victory on its home court.
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 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
UCLA HISTORY - Entering 2003-04 (84 years), the Bruins had an overall school record of 1,525-674 (.693), No. 11 on the all-time NCAA chart. With a current 3-2 record, UCLA's overall mark is 1528-676 (2,204 games, .693).
UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (36, Kentucky is first with 44). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85) and winning percentage (.733).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
2003-04 - Entering the preseason, UCLA had 11 players on NBA rosters - Matt Barnes (Seattle Supersonics, released; signed with ABA Long Beach); Mitchell Butler (Washington Wizards, eighth season); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, fifth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, second season); Jason Kapono (Cleveland Cavaliers, rookie); Jelani McCoy (Cleveland Cavaliers, sixth season, released); Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 17th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fourth season); Tracy Murray (Portland Trail Blazers, 12th season) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, third season) and Ray Young (Boston Celtics, released, signed with the CBA Gary, IN Steelheads).
In all, the Pac-10 had 41 players on opening day NBA rosters, the second-highest conference total (behind the ACC's 50).
Darrick Martin (1989-92, who played seven years in the NBA), is a member of the Harlem Globetrotters. On Nov. 1, the Globetrotters, with Earvin "Magic" Johnson a member of the team, defeated Michigan State (Magic's alma mater), 97-83 and were led by Martin's 38 points.
XTRA SPORTS 690/1150 - The 2003-04 basketball season will be UCLA's seventh on XTRA Sports 690/1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 12th season as the voice of the Bruins. Joining Roberts in his second season as analyst is Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608) in UCLA and Pac-10 history.
Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his "All-Radio Voices Team". Vitale called it his "All-Cawood Ledford Team", in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's "Sweet 16" broadcast team.
ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games are also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929). UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).
PAC-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 17 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.
UCLA PLAYER UPDATES/ALPHABETICAL
4 Trevor Ariza 6-7, 194, Fr., F, Los Angeles, CA (Westchester)
2003-04 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 29 incoming freshman in the U. S., Street & Smith's All-West Incoming Freshman (Top 100 College Freshman).
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - Ariza has played two games and is averaging 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.5 minutes.
ARIZA'S 2003-04 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 32 minutes vs. Loyola; 14 points vs. Loyola; 7 rebounds vs. Loyola; 4 assists vs. UCSB; 2 steals vs. UCSB; 2 blocked shots vs. Loyola. ARIZA'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS -
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - Ariza did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky due to a spontaneous pneumothorax (the presence of air within the pleural cavity of the lungs/Nov. 28) ... He made his debut against Loyola and accounted for 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 32 minutes off the bench ... He made his first career start vs. UCSB and had eight points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.
CAREER - A second-team Parade Magazine All-American in 2002-03, in his prep career Ariza helped lead Westchester to the 2003 and 2002 CIF Div. I State titles . . . As a senior last season under Westchester coach Ed Azzam, the Comets were 32-3 overall and No. 5 in the final USA Today national prep rankings (No. 2 in the West) . . . In 2003, Ariza averaged 21.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 3.0 blocked shots and steals ...Was also an EA Sports All-American (Ariza represented the West squad at the 2003 EA Sports Roundball Classic held at the United Center in Chicago on March 31), HoopScoop No. 15 U. S. senior, (southern CA top-ranked senior), Cal-HiSports Mr. Basketball State Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Los Angeles City Player of the Year and first-team All-CIF.
13 Gene Barnes, 5-10, 165, So, G, Novato, CA (The Branson School)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - He has not yet played in a game.
BARNES' 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS- minutes vs. ; points vs. ; rebound vs. ; assist vs. ; steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - Barnes has not played in the Bruins' first five games.
BARNES' CAREER HIGHS-4 minutes vs. Portland (12/14/02) and Long Beach State (12/8/02); points vs. ; 1 rebound vs. Portland (12/14/02) and Long Beach State (12/8/02); 1 assist vs. Duke (11/30/02); steals vs. ; blocked shots vs.
CAREER - At UCLA's end-of-the-year 2003 banquet, Barnes, a walkon guard, was given the UCLA Alumni Association Award (academic achievement and team contribution award) ... A redshirt freshman in 2002-03, he appeared in UCLA's first four games (averaged 2.3 minutes), then was sidelined with a back injury and missed the rest of the season ... Barnes redshirted in 2001-02 ... In 2001 as a senior at The Branson School, Barnes was named a Top 25 Nor Cal prep and was nominated by Who's Who in Sports as one of the nation's finest high school athletes ... As a senior in high school, he averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and only two turnovers a game.
21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 199, Jr., G, Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games, he is averaging 13.4 points (No. 3 on the squad), a team-high 5.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds in a team-leading 38.2 minutes, shooting .410 from the floor.
BOZEMAN'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Kentucky; 17 points vs. UC Riverside; 10 rebounds vs. Loyola; 9 assists vs. Vermont; 2 steals vs. UCSB; 1 blocked shot vs. Kentucky. BOZEMAN'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 15) - Scoring - 12th, 14.2; Assists - T-3rd, 5.00; Rebounding - 16th, 6.0; Def. Rebs. - 10th, 4.75.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - Entering his third season as the Bruins' starting point guard, Bozeman, along with junior Dijon Thompson, are UCLA co-captains for 2003-04 ... Against Vermont, he contributed 12 points, a career-high nine assists with just one turnover, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes ... It was his pass to Ryan Hollins that resulted in the free throw for the game-winning points ... Against UC Riverside, he had a career-high tying 17 points (7-14, 1-2, 2-3), seven assists, six rebounds, five turnovers and one steal in 38 minutes ... Against Kentucky, he played a career-high tying 40 minutes and had 12 points, a career-high tying seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block ... Against Loyola, he hit a three-point basket with two seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bruins a 69-66 victory ... On the night, he played 39 minutes, recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 16 points (5-12, 2-4, 4-8) and a career-high 10 rebounds and added two assists ... In 37 minutes vs. UCSB, Bozeman had 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
BOZEMAN'S CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Kentucky (12/6/03), Oregon (1/30/03) and USD (11/26/02); 17 points vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Oregon (1/30/03); 10 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 9 assists vs. Vermont (11/29/03); 2 steals vs. UCSB (12/17/03), Oregon (1/30/03), California (1/25/03) and USD (11/26/02); 1 blocked shot, four times, last vs. Kentucky (12/6/03).
CAREER - Injuries have interrupted Bozeman's last two seasons ... Last year as a sophomore, he missed the final eight games with a shoulder injury (had surgery to correct the instablility on March 25) and as a true freshman in 2001-02, he missed seven early season games (and four additional starts), because of a right knee cartilage tear that required surgery ... Before last season's shoulder surgery, he started 17 of 21 games and as a freshman, he started 17 of the last 18 games and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team ... One of the top high school players in the nation in 2000-01 at Mater Dei, Bozeman committed to the Bruins on Nov. 8, 2000 ... A 2001 McDonald's All-American.
5 Jon Crispin, 6-0, 205, Sr., G, Pitman, NJ (Penn State/Pitman HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - Crispin has played one game.
CRISPIN'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 3 minutes vs. UCSB; points vs. ; 1 rebound vs. UCSB; assists vs. ; steal vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - Crispin did not play in the Bruins' first four games ... In three minutes vs. UCSB, he had one rebound.
CRISPIN'S CAREER HIGHS-22 minutes vs. Duke (11/30/02); 11 points vs. Long Beach State (12/8/02); 3 rebounds vs. Kansas (12/21/02); 2 assists vs. Arizona (2/13/03), California (1/25/03) and Kansas (12/21/02); 1 steal vs. California (2/20/03), Arizona (2/13/03) and Michigan (12/28/02); 0 blocked shots vs.
CAREER - During the off-season season, Crispin had foot surgery (left big toe) to repair an old injury ... Appeared in 23 games last season as a junior, started once (Duke, season-high 22 minutes) and averaged 8.4 minutes a contest ... Sat out the 2001-02 campaign after transferring from Penn State ... A mainstay at Penn State from 1999-2001, Crispin, along with is brother Joe, helped lead the Nittany Lions to the 2001 NCAA "Sweet 16" ... As a sophomore at Penn State, Crispin started 31 of 33 games, averaged 27.8 minutes, 7.2 points and shot 35.6 (42-118) from three-point range ... Scored a career-high 26 points in the Nittany Lions' 73-68 win at Kentucky on Nov. 25, 2000 ... Superb all-around athlete (football, basketball, baseball) at Pitman, NJ HS.
43 T. J. CUMMINGS, 6-10, 215, Sr., F, Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - Cummings has played in one game and is averaging 14.0 points in 26 minutes.
CUMMINGS' 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. UCSB; 14 points vs. UCSB; 1 rebound vs. UCSB; 1 assist vs. UCSB; steals vs. USC ; blocked shots vs. . CUMMINGS' 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS -
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - Cummings did not play in UCLA's first four games (he was academically ineligible Fall Quarter and regained his eligibility on Dec. 17 following Fall Quarter exams/Dec. 8-12). ... He came off the bench against UCSB and had 14 points (5-5, 4-5), one rebound and one assist in 26 minutes.
CUMMINGS' CAREER HIGHS - 34 minutes USD (11/26/02); 25 points vs. South Carolina (11/21/01); 14 rebounds vs. USC (1/8/03); 3 assists vs. Portland (12/14/02) and USC (1/10/02); 2 steals vs. USC (1/8/03); 2 blocked shots, seven times, last Oregon (3/14/03).
CAREER - From last season, Cummings, son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, is UCLA's No. 1 returning rebounder (4.9) and No. 2 returning scorer (10.3) ... He has the most career appearances on the team (94, 23 starts) ... Tied a school record as a sophomore in 2001-02 for games played (33) and received UCLA's Sixth-Man Award at the 2002 season-ending banquet) ... As a true freshman in 2000-01, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman honors (burst onto the collegiate scene on Nov. 9, 2000, at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York City, getting a then career-high 24 points and seven rebounds in the Bruins' season-opener vs. Kansas/the 24 points was the best performance ever by a Bruin freshman in his debut game) ... Cummings was UCLA's first recruit before the 2000-01 season, announcing his NLI during the early signing period in Nov. 1999 ...As a senior prepster in 1999-00 at Homewood-Flossmoor HS (IL), he earned USA Today Honorable Mention All-America ... Experience at the international level, playing on the 2000 USA Basketball Junior Select team and winning a gold medal on the 1998 USA Basketball World Youth squad.
45 Michael Fey, 7-0, 257, So., C, Olympia, WA (Capital HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games, he is averaging 10.0 points (No. 6 on the team), 6.0 rebounds (T-No. 1) and a team-high 2.0 blocks while shooting .543 (No. 2) from the floor and .600 from the line in 24.4 minutes.
FEY'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UC Riverside; 20 points vs. Vermont; 8 rebounds vs. Vermont; 1 assist vs. UCSB; 1 steal vs. Kentucky; 3 blocked shots vs. UC Riverside. FEY'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 15) - Rebounding - 13th, 6.2; Blkd. Shots - T-4th, 2.00; Off. Rebs. - 5th, 3.25.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - In the opener against Vermont, he recorded career highs for points (20) and rebounds (eight, four offensive) and minutes (24) and added two blocks ... He made eight of 13 shots from the floor and four of seven from the line ... He had 18 points and six rebounds in the second half ... Against UC Riverside, he contributed 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks in a career-high 33 minutes ... He played 25 minutes vs. Kentucky due to foul trouble and had five points, five rebounds, one block and one steal ... He played 14 minutes against Loyola, all in the first half, and finished with six points, six rebounds and two blocks ... He was poked in the left eye (corneal abrasion) near the end of the half and was sent to the UCLA Medical Center for evaluation ... In 26 minutes against UCSB, he had nine points (4-5, 1-1), five rebounds, two blocks and one assist.
FEY'S CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 20 points vs. Vermont (11/29/03); 8 rebounds vs. Vermont (11/29/03); 1 assist vs. UCSB (12/17/03), Oregon (1/30/03), Arizona (1/18/03), Washington (1/2/03), Kansas (12/21/02) and Portland (12/14/02); 1 steal vs. Kentucky (12/6/03), Arizona (2/13/03), Portland (12/14/02) and USD (11/26/02); 3 blocked shots vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Portland (12/14/02).
CAREER - Appeared in 20 games last year as a true freshman, starting early in the season vs. Long Beach State, Portland and Northern Arizona ... Averaged almost eight minutes a contest in 2002-03 ... Originally signed his NLI in Nov. 2000, but in June 2001, it was announced that he could not attend UCLA in 2001-02 because he had not met NCAA initial eligibility requirements ... During his senior prep campaign of 2000-01, Fey (Capital HS) was rated by insiderhoops.com as the No. 10 high school center in the nation, averaging 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots and shooting 56.0 from the field and 80.0 from the foul line.
55 Quinn Hawking, 6-3, 199, So., G, Brea, CA (Anaheim HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - Hawking has not yet appeared in a game.
HAWKING'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - minutes vs. ; points vs. ; rebound vs. ; assists vs. ; steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He has not played in the Bruins' first four games.
HAWKING'S CAREER HIGHS - 4 minutes vs. Arizona (1/18/03) and Portland (12/14/02); 3 points vs. Long Beach State (12/8/02); 1 rebound vs. Portland (12/14/02); assists vs.; steals vs.; blocked shots vs.
CAREER - Hawking is a walkon sophomore following a redshirt season in 2001-02 ... Appeared in five games last year as a redshirt freshman (averaged 2.2 minutes) ...Quinn's father, Bob Hawking, coached UCLA all-time leading scorer Don MacLean at Simi Valley HS and was also head coach at CS Fullerton and now Anaheim HS ... As a senior in 2001 at Anaheim HS, Quinn averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game and also connected on 94 three-pointers.
52 John Hoffart, 6-10, 258, Sr., C, Davis, CA (Cal Poly-SLO/Davis HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - Hoffart has played in one game and is averaging 2.0 points in 4.0 minutes.
HOFFART'S 2003-04 HIGHS - 4 minutes vs. Loyola; 2 points vs. Loyola; rebounds vs. ; assists vs. ; steals vs. ; blocked shots, vs. .
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He did not play vs. Vermont, UC Riverside or Kentucky ... He played four second-half minutes against Loyola and scored two points and drew an offensive foul ... He did not play vs. UCSB.
HOFFART'S CAREER HIGHS - 6 minutes vs. Portland (12/14/02); 3 points vs. Portland (12/14/02) and Oregon (1/31/02); rebounds vs.; 1 assist vs. Oregon (3/31/02); steal, vs.; blocked shots, vs.
CAREER - Hoffart (Ho-fert) as a junior last season appeared in five games and as a sophomore in 2001-02, eight contests ... Sat out 2000-01 after transferring from Cal-Poly SLO ... As a true frosh at CP-SLO in 1999-00, Hoffart appeared in 26 games, including 15 Big West Conference contests and started seven ... Football and basketball standout at Davis, CA HS.
15 Ryan Hollins, 7-0, 225, So., C, Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games (three starts), Hollins is averaging 3.8 points and 6.0 rebounds (tied for the team lead) in 26.0 minutes while shooting .500 from the floor (T-No. 3) and .583 from the line.
HOLLINS' 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 32 minutes vs. UC Riverside, Vermont; 10 points vs. Kentucky; 9 rebounds vs. Loyola; 4 assists vs. UC Riverside; 1 steal vs. Loyola; 3 blocked shots vs. Loyola. HOLLINS' 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 15) - Rebounding - T-8th, 7.2; Def. Rebs. - T-6th, 5.25; Blkd. Shots - 8th, 1.25.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He came off the bench in the opener against Vermont and contributed two points and five rebounds in 32 minutes ... His free throw with four seconds remaining in the game (he made the first of two) provided the game-winning point ... He started at forward and played 32 minutes against UC Riverside, finishing with six points, seven rebounds and four assists ... Against Kentucky, he started and played 28 minutes, finishing with 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks ... He started and played 28 minutes against Loyola, contributing nine rebounds, three blocks, one point and one steal ... In 10 minutes off the bench against UCSB, he had one rebound and two blocks.
HOLLINS' CAREER HIGHS - 34 minutes vs. ASU (2/15/03) and Oregon (1/30/03); 14 points vs. Georgetown (2/8/03); 11 rebounds vs. Oregon (1/30/03); 4 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 1 steal, seven times, last vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 7 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/30/03).
CAREER - Hollins, who started the Bruins' final 14 games last season and earned Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 Freshman team, was a member of last summer's USA Junior World team and last spring was a high jumper (7-0.25) on the UCLA men's T & F team ... In his final 14 games last season, he averaged 22.1 minutes, 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks (his seven blocks vs. Oregon on Jan. 30 was a Pac-10 single-game best) and shot 62.3 from the field ... At UCLA's end-of-the-year banquet, he was given the Seymour Armond Memorial Award as the Bruins' Most Valuable Freshman ... On the 2003 summer USA Junior World team, Hollins helped lead the U. S. to a 7-1 record (fifth-place) at the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championship (Thessaloniki, Greece, July 10-20) ... He started the final six games for the U. S. and overall averaged 22.1 minutes, 7.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks and shot 48.0 from the field and 63.6 from the foul line ...A late addition to the Bruin roster, Hollins signed his UCLA Grant-in-Aid in June 2002 ... In Nov. 2001, he originally signed a NLI with Saint Louis ... But in April 2002, Billiken head coach Lorenzo Romar, a former Bruin assistant coach, left Saint Louis to take the head coaching position at Washington, his alma mater ... Hollins then requested to get out of his NLI and Saint Louis gave him a complete release, making him eligible to play for the Bruins as a true freshman (in 2002-03) with four years of eligibility ... As a senior at Muir HS, Hollins was rated the No. 3 center on the West Coast by PrepWestHoops.com. averaging 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots ... Also placed third at the 2002 CA State T & F meet in the triple jump (48-2.75).
54 Josiah Johnson, 6-8, 257, Jr., F, Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In four games, Johnson is averaging 1.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 19.0 minutes.
JOHNSON'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Kentucky; 5 points vs. Loyola; 9 rebounds vs. Loyola; 1 assist vs. UC Riverside; 1 steal vs. UC Riverside; 0 blocked shots vs. . JOHNSON'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 15) - Rebounding - T-18th, 5.5.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He started vs. Vermont and contributed a career-high six rebounds and two points in 20 minutes ... Against UC Riverside, he had three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 15 minutes ... He had four rebounds in 26 minutes against Kentucky ... In 15 minutes against Loyola, he grabbed a career-high nine rebounds and added five points ... He did not play vs. UCSB.
JOHNSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 25 minutes vs. Stanford (1/23/03); 9 points vs. USD (11/26/02); 9 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 1 assist vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Washington State (1/4/03), Michigan (12/28/02), Long Beach State (12/8/02) and Ole Miss (3/15/02); 2 steals vs. Arizona (1/18/03); 2 blocked shots vs. USD (11/26/02).
CAREER - (Jo-sigh-a) Johnson, son of NBA and Bruin great Marques Johnson, appeared in 19 games (10.2 minutes) last year as a sophomore and as a redshirt freshman in 2001-02, eight contests ... He redshirted the 2000-01 campaign as a true freshman ... Older brother Kris, played for UCLA from 1995-98 ... Josiah wears his father's retired Bruin jersey (54), the same number his brother Kris wore during his Bruin career ... Signed his Grant-in-Aid with the Bruins on April 12, 2000 ...As a senior prepster at Montclair Prep, Johnson averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds.
25 Matt McKinney, 6-8, 208, Fr RS., F, Santa Ynez, CA (Santa Ynez)
UPDATE - On Nov. 4, it was announced that McKinney will miss at least 6-8 weeks because of a fractured bone in his left foot (casted, no surgery). He injured the foot on June 15 during his first game in the Say-No Summer League at West Los Angeles College.
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - McKinney has not yet appeared in a game.
McKINNEY'S 2003-04 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs. ; points vs. ; rebounds vs. ; assist vs. ; steals vs. ; blocked shots vs.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He has not played in the Bruins' first four games.
CAREER - A freshman redshirt for the Bruins in 2002-03, McKinney was a member of Al Scates' Bruin men's volleyball team last spring ... As a senior at Santa Ynez HS in 2001-02, McKinney was a two-sport standout in basketball (ESPN No. 24 small forward in the U. S.) and was considered one of the top prep volleyball players in the U. S.
3 Brian Morrison, 6-2, 189, Jr., G, Redmond, WA (Lake Washington HS)
2003-04 PRESEASON HONORS - Basketball News Impact Transfer
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games, Morrison is averaging 12.0 points (No. 4 on the team) and 3.4 rebounds in 32.6 minutes, shooting .438 from the field and .412 (14-34) from three-point range.
MORRISON'S 2003-04 SEASON/UCLA HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Loyola; 28 points vs. UC Riverside; 9 rebounds vs. UC Riverside; 5 assists vs. UCSB; 1 steal vs. Loyola and Kentucky; 1 blocked shot vs. Kentucky. MORRISON'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 15) - Scoring - 17th, 13.5; 3-PT.FGs - T-1st, 3.00.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He started against Vermont and contributed nine points (three of seven from three-point range) and four rebounds in 29 minutes ... He was three of four from three-point range in the second half including one with 48 seconds remaining to give UCLA a 67-64 lead ... He also took a key charge with 1:15 remaining in the game ... Against UC Riverside, he scored a career-high 28 points, making 11 of 15 shots from the floor and six of eight from three-point range, and added a team and career-best nine rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes ... He scored 20 of his points in the second half (it was the most total points by a Bruin guard since last season when Ray Young scored 30 vs. Washington State on March 6 in Pauley Pavilion) ... He had nine points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes against Kentucky ... In 40 minutes vs. Loyola, he had eight points, one rebound, one assist and one steal ... In 34 minutes vs. UCSB, he had six points and a career-high five assists.
CAREER - A two-year (2000-02) letterman at North Carolina, Morrison transferred to UCLA at the conclusion of the 2001-02 school calendar ... He sat out last season (2002-03) and will have two years of eligibility with the Bruins ... As a sophomore (2001-02) at NC, playing both point and shooting guard, Morrison appeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led the Tar Heels with 42 three-pointers, was third on the team in assists (2.6) and shot 75.7 from the foul line ... Scored a then career-high 21 points in Carolina's win over Georgia Tech ... As a freshman, he played in 32 of 33 games, averaging 3.0 points, 1.2 assists and shot 37.8 (17-45) from three-point range ... On Dec. 23, 2000 when No. 15 North Carolina defeated UCLA 80-70 in Pauley Pavilion, Morrison scored seven straight points, including 1-2 from three-point range and added an assist ... Averaged better than 18 points as a senior prepster at Lake Washington HS and was a WA All-State selection.
2 Janou Rubin, 6-3, 193, Jr., G, Union City, CA (Logan HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games, he is averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 11.2 minutes.
RUBIN'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 18 minutes vs. UC Riverside, Vermont; 5 points vs. UC Riverside, Vermont; 2 rebounds vs. Kentucky and Vermont; 3 assists vs. UC Riverside; 1 steal vs. UC Riverside; 0 blocked shots vs. . 2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - In 18 minutes against Vermont, he had five points and two rebounds in a career-high 18 minutes ... In 18 minutes vs. UC Riverside, he had five points, three assists, one rebound and one steal ... In 12 minutes vs. Kentucky, he had two rebounds ... In five minutes vs. Loyola, he had two points ... He played three minutes against UCSB.
RUBIN'S CAREER HIGHS - 18 minutes vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Vermont (11/29/03); 9 points vs. Arizona (1/18/03); 3 rebounds vs. Portland (12/14/02); 3 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Portland (12/14/02); 1 steal vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); blocked shots vs.
CAREER - Janou (Ja-now) Rubin appeared in a career-high 10 games last season as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 5.1 minutes a game ... Entering his fourth season in the program, Rubin redshirted in 2001-02 and walked on in 2000-01 as a true freshman (played in four games) and made the squad (Rubin is on scholarship for 2003-04) ... A three-year standout at Logan HS, Rubin is Logan's all-time leader in scoring, rebounding and assists.
1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 198, Jr., F/G, Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union)
2003-04 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Basketball News second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's No. 13 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10; The Sporting News No. 12 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10.
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In five games, Thompson is averaging a team-high 15.6 points and 6.0 rebounds (tied for No. 1 on the team) in 36.8 minutes while shooting .409 from the floor, .318 (7-22) from three-point range and .850 (17-20) from the line.
THOMPSON'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 42 minutes vs. Loyola; 18 points vs. UC Riverside, Vermont; 9 rebounds vs. Vermont; 4 assists vs. Loyola; 1 steal vs. UCSB, Loyola, UC Riverside, Vermont; 1 blocked shot vs. Kentucky, Vermont. THOMPSON'S 2003-04 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Dec. 15) - Scoring - 5th, 16.2; Rebounding - T-11th, 7.0; FT Pct. - 8th, .850; Def. Rebs. - 8th, 5.00.
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - Thompson, along with junior teammate Cedric Bozeman, were appointed by Ben Howland as UCLA's season-long captains ... In the opener against Vermont, he contributed 18 points (8-16, 2-4, 0-0), a team-high nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes ... Vs. UC Riverside, he had 18 points (7-11, 1-2, 3-4), three rebounds and one steal in 32 minutes ... Against Kentucky, he had a team-high 14 points a team-high tying eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 39 minutes ... In 42 minutes against Loyola, he had 15 points, making 11 of 12 free throws, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and nine turnovers ... He was six of six from the line in the second half and overtime ... In 34 minutes against UCSB, he had 13 points (5-9, 3-6, 0-0), two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
THOMPSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. California (2/20/03); 26 points vs. Washington (3/8/03); 11 rebounds vs. California (2/20/03); 6 assists vs. Washington State (3/6/03); 4 steals vs. California (1/25/03) and Kansas (12/21/02); 3 blocked shots vs. USC (2/5/03).
CAREER - Dijon (Du-jon) is UCLA's No. 1 returning scorer (14.0) and No. 2 rebounder (4.7) from last season ... Started 17 games in 2002-03, including the Bruins' final 15 contests (averaging 14.5 points a game) ... Thompson scored in double figures the last four games in 2003, including a career-high 26 points vs. Washington in Pauley Pavilion ... At UCLA's end-of-the-year 2003 banquet, Thompson was given the Bruin Bench Award (most improvement in all-around play and mental attitude) ... Came on strong at the end of his freshman season (2001-02), scoring in double figures in three of the last seven games, including two of three NCAA contests (scored a season-high 16 points vs. Mississippi)... Committed to the Bruins on Nov. 8, 2000, joining future teammate Cedric Bozeman ... A McDonald's finalist as a senior at Redondo Union HS in 2000-01, Thompson was rated as one of the top high school shooters in the nation (2001 CIF State 2A co-Player of the Year, averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals).
10 Ryan Walcott, 6-1, 190, Jr., G, Phoenix, AZ (Shadow Mountain HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - In three games, Walcott is averaging 0.7 assists in 3.7 minutes.
WALCOTT'S 2003-04 SEASON HIGHS - 6 minutes vs. Loyola; points vs. ; rebounds vs. ; 1 assist vs. Loyola, Vermont; steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He played three minutes in the opener vs. Vermont and had one assist ... Against UC Riverside, he played two minutes ... He did not play vs. Kentucky ... He played six minutes vs. Loyola and had one assist ... He did not play vs. UCSB (back spasms).
WALCOTT'S CAREER HIGHS - 34 minutes vs. Washington State (1/4/03); 10 points vs. Georgetown (2/8/03), Washington State (1/4/03), Michigan (12/28/02) and California (3/7/02); 5 rebounds vs. Oregon (3/1/03) and Washington (1/2/03); 11 assists vs. USC (1/8/03); 3 steals vs. Washington State (3/6/03) and Long Beach State (12/8/02); 0 blocked shots.
CAREER - Walcott, a cousin to point guard Mike Bibby, former Arizona All-American and current standout with the Sacramento Kings, was major contributor last season as a sophomore, appearing in 27 games (started nine consecutive games in the middle of the 2002-03 campaign) ... Averaged 21.5 minutes a game and led the team in assists (3.3, 10th in the Pac-10) and was second in total steals (24) ... At UCLA's end-of-the-year 2003 banquet, Walcott was given the Bruin Hoopsters J. D. Morgan Memorial Award (outstanding team play) ... Walcott contributed off the bench in 2001-02 as a redshirt freshman ... Made an impact at the end of that season - in the final five games, he averaged 20.4 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.4 assists and only 2.0 turnovers ... 2000-01 redshirt ... He was UCLA's third recruit entering 2000-01, signing his Grant-in-Aid on June 19, 2000 ... As a senior prepster, Walcott helped lead Shadow Mountain HS to the 2000 AZ 5A State title.
22 Ike Williams, 6-1, 170, Fr RS., G, Murrieta, CA (Murrieta Valley HS)
2003-04 SEASON AVERAGES - Williams has not appeared in a game.
WILLIAMS' 2003-04 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - minutes vs. ; points vs. ; rebounds vs. ; assists vs. ; steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
2003-04 HIGHLIGHTS - He has not played in the Bruins' first five games.
CAREER - Williams redshirt last season (2002-03) after making the squad as a walkon freshman guard ... He was a three-year varsity letterman at Murrieta Valley HS (as a guard, was named to the Top 50 So Cal Hoops Class of 2002).