Jan. 13, 2000
LOS ANGELES - Junior guard Earl Watson needs just seven steals (has 138, Baron Davis (1998-99), Shon Tarver (1991-94), Ralph Jackson (1981-84), all tied for No. 8 all-time with 145 steals) and just one assist (has 315, Bill Walton (1972-74) is No. 10 all-time with 316 assists) to enter UCLA's career Top 10 charts.
Sophomore forward Matt Barnes missed UCLA's first five games because he was academically ineligible for the first quarter (the quarter ended Friday, Dec. 17). His first games of 1999-2000 were at The Pearl Harbor Classic.
Sophomore forward Billy Knight announced his intentions to transfer before the Purdue game (he did not play in the Purdue contest), then changed his mind and returned to the team on Jan. 2.
Sophomore forward JaRon Rush was suspended from competition on Dec. 10. UCLA is currently investigating a possible NCAA violation by Rush. As part of the process, UCLA has suspended Rush from competition. His future status will be determined when UCLA concludes the investigation. There is no timetable for the conclusion of the investigation.
UCLA is 1-1 this season vs. ranked teams, losing to Gonzaga (No. 24 Gonzaga 59, at No. 11 UCLA 43, Dec. 11) and beating DePaul (at No. 18 UCLA 83, No. 19 DePaul 58, Dec. 18).
In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 5-2 during his three+ years as head coach, including a 103-98 (OT) win over South Florida this season in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic. The Bruins have won four overtime games in a row (1999-2000, UCLA 103-South Florida 98 (OT), 1998-99, at UCLA 88-Arizona State 85 (OT), 1997-98, UCLA 82-at USC 75 (OT), 1996-97, UCLA 74-Iowa State 73 (OT)-NCAA Sweet 16) dating back to 1996-97, last losing at Oregon 87-85 (OT) during the 1997 Pac-10 season.
In games decided by two points or less this season, UCLA is 2-2, beating Purdue (55-53) and Pepperdine (68-66) and losing to Colorado State (54-55) and Washington (63-62). In Steve Lavin's three+ years as the Bruin head coach, UCLA is 10-6 in games decided by two points or less and 18-9 in games decided by three-points or less.
UCLA's 22-point victory at Washington State (86-64) was its largest in a Pac-10 road game since the 1988-89 season when the Bruins defeated Oregon, 97-66, at Eugene.
In UCLA's loss at Washington, the Bruins' five performers off the bench scored only four points (all by Matt Barnes). In UCLA's win at Washington State, UCLA's six players off the bench scored 35 points, including 14 points from Billy Knight (including a career-high four three-pointers) and a career-high 12 points from Rico Hines. In the loss at USC, UCLA's four players off the bench scored 23 points, led by season-high tying efforts from Matt Barnes (10) and Ryan Bailey (nine).
The Bruins have started the same opening lineup for the last nine games in a row.
UCLA's game at Oregon State on Jan. 27 will start at 7:30 p.m. PST (Fox Sports Net 2).
Injury Update: The Bruins have been slowed in fall camp and during the early season because of nagging injuries (UCLA was only able to use six players in the first exhibition game vs. Kraitene and had only eight players for Gonzaga). Here's a list-- sophomore center Dan Gadzuric (hyperextended left knee, tendonitis right knee, flu), junior guard Ryan Bailey (plantar faciitis, right foot, missed Gonzaga contest), sophomore forward JaRon Rush (right elbow strain), sophomore guard Ray Young (right thumb sprain, neck strain), junior guard Earl Watson (bruised tailbone), sophomore forward Jerome Moiso (flu), senior forward Sean Farnham (concussion, left knee, right elbow) and freshman forward Jason Kapono (concussion).
Junior guard Todd Ramasar had left shoulder surgery in mid-October and will be out a minimum of eight-12 weeks.
Saturday, Jan. 15 - UCLA at No. 13 North Carolina
1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST, Smith Center, Chapel Hill, NC (TV-CBS (national), Radio- XTRA Sports 1150am with Chris Roberts)
UCLA (9-4 overall, 1-2 Pacific-10)UCLA Starting Lineup (Rankings - AP-not ranked,first time since week of Feb. 3, 1997, ESPN/USA Today- No. 25)
Bruin Starters (UCLA has used this starting lineup for the last nine games)
Head Coach Steve Lavin: In his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins and ninth on the UCLA staff, with a school and career record of 79-30 (72.5, 109 games). In his career, Lavin is 0-1 vs. North Carolina.
UCLA's win over Maine in the first round of The Pearl Harbor Classic was Lavin's 75th victory as UCLA's head coach. He reached the 75-win plateau faster than any UCLA coach in modern history (post WWII), including John Wooden (Steve Lavin, 102nd game, 75-27, 73.5, Jim Harrick, 105th game, 75-30, 71.4, John Wooden, 106th game, 75-31, 70.8, Walt Hazzard, 121st game, 75-46, 62.0). UCLA's win over DePaul was Lavin's 200th as a member of the Bruin staff (ninth season, as a Bruin assistant coach (1992-96) and in his fourth season as head coach). During his eight+ seasons on the UCLA staff as head coach and assistant, he is 205-62 (76.8, 267 games). This season's Gonzaga contest was Lavin's 100th game as the Bruin head coach.
Lavin is 5-3 in NCAA Tournament play. In his first three seasons, the Bruins averaged over 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' (1998) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title.
Lavin is the only coach in school history to win at least 22 games in each of his first three seasons at UCLA and also the only coach to win at least 70.0% of his games in each of his first three years.
On March 30, 1999, Lavin received a contract extension through 2004-2005. His current contract, which runs through the 2001-2002 season, will be extended through the 2004-2005 campaign, giving him a six-year contract that will also include a rollover clause.
Lavin's weekly press conferences are on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion. Dates - Jan. 18-25, Feb. 1-8-15-22-29, March 7.
Pac-10 Conference men's head coaches teleconference schedule is - Jan. 18-25, Feb. 1-8-15-22-29, March 7. The teleconference call starts at 10:35 a.m. and Lavin is the 10th coach at 11:47-11:55 a.m. The taped replay number is 402-220-9927.
NCAA Stats (Week of Jan. 10, before USC)Team Single-Game Highs - FG % - 5th, 67.9 (38-56 vs. Morgan State).
Pac-10 Stats (Week of Jan. 10 - 12 games, before USC)Team--Scoring Offense-7th, 75.9, Scoring Defense-2nd, 62.3, Scoring Margin-3rd, +13.7, FT %-10th, 60.2, FG %-4th, 47.5, FG % Def.-4th, 39.3, 3-Pt. FG %-5th, 36.0, 3-Pt. FGs Made-5th, 5.92, 3-Pt. FG % Def.-6th, 31.6, Reb. Off.- 3rd, 39.9, Reb. Def.- 5th, 34.0, Reb. Margin- 4th, +5.9, Bkd. Shots- 4th, 4.17, Asst.- 7th, 16.25, Stls.- T-3rd, 9.50, TO Margin- 3rd, +2.75, Asst./TO Ratio- 6th, 0.99, Off. Reb.- 3rd, 14.50, Def. Reb.-3rd, 25.42.
UCLA Individual Leaders (Top 4) -- Field Goal Percentage - Dan Gadzuric, 1st, 57.3, Rebounds - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 8.1, Blocks - Dan Gadzuric, 3rd, 1.92, 3-Pt Field Goal Percentage - Jason Kapono, 3rd, 48.9, Assists- Earl Watson, 4th, 5.25.
Special Team Stats
Going into the USC contest, the Bruins had outshot their last five opponents and outrebounded their last seven. But in the loss to USC, the Bruins were outshot (49.3-45.7) and outrebounded (45-35, including 28-10 in the first half) for only the second time this year (the first was in the loss to Gonzaga).
The Bruins have trailed four times at halftime this season, DePaul (24-26), Colorado State (20-29), Pepperdine (32-37) and at USC (34-47). UCLA's highest first half output is 54 vs. South Florida and the lowest is 20 vs. Colorado State.
UCLA has scored over 100 points on three occasions this season (105-73 vs. Iona, 100-39 vs. Morgan State, 103-98, OT vs. South Florida). The Bruins high-game output is 105 vs. Iona and the low is 43 vs. Gonzaga. The opponent game-high is 98 (OT) by South Florida and 91 at USC in regulation. The low is 39 by Morgan State. UCLA is averaging 76.2 points and giving up 64.5.
The Bruins have outrebounded 10 of 13 opponents, including seven of the last eight games. Only Gonzaga (43-46, a 59-43 loss), DePaul (43-55, a 76-58 win) and at USC (35-45, a 91-79 loss) have outrebounded the Bruins.
The Bruins have held four opponents below 35.9 shooting from the field (35.9, Pepperdine, 35.4, Purdue, 30.4, Morgan State, 30.1, DePaul) and four others under 42.0 (41.5, WSU, 40.4, Gonzaga, 40.3 Iona, Washington, 39.3). Only three schools (49.3, USC, 46.9, South Florida, 46.3, Colorado State) have shot better than 44.0 against UCLA.
UCLA from the field has outshot 10 of 13 opponents, including the last five of the last six games. Three of UCLA's losses occurred when it was outshot from the field (Gonzaga (26.2-40.4), Colorado State (37.7-46.3) and USC (49.3-45.7). Washington is the only team to defeat the Bruins while shooting a lower percentage from the field (42.1-39.3). The Bruins' highest FG% this year is 67.9 (38-56) vs. Morgan State and the low is 26.2 (16-61) vs. Gonzaga. UCLA's opponent high is 49.3 by USC and the low is 30.1 by DePaul. Against Morgan State, the Bruins shot over 60.0 from the field (67.9) and three-point range (62.5).
No. 13 North Carolina (11-5 overall, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference)North Carolina Starting Lineup
Tar Heel Starters
Head Coach Bill Guthridge: In his third year as North Carolina's head coach, he's 69-19. He was an assistant at UNC under Dean Smith from 1967-97.
The Tar Heels - Had their three-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, losing at Wake Forest, 66-57. In the loss, UNC had two players in double figures, led by Kris Lang's 14 points.
Series History - North Carolina leads it 5-2 and the Tar Heels have won the last four meetings, including the last encounter, a 109-68 North Carolina win over UCLA in a first round game at the 1997 Alaska Shootout. UCLA's last win was an 89-84 victory in Pauley Pavilion during the 1986-87 season.
Jan. 12 - at USC 91, UCLA 79 - Before 10,001 at the Sports Arena, UCLA's 10-game winning streak over USC came to a halt when the Trojans took a 47-34 lead at halftime and went on to defeat the Bruins 91-79.
All five USC starters scored in double figures, led by Jeff Trepagnier's game-high 26 points. The Bruins had four players in double figures, led by freshman Jason Kapono's season-best 21 points. Earl Watson had 18 points (tying his career-high with four three-pointers) and six assists and Matt Barnes (10) and Ryan Bailey (nine) tied their season-bests in points.
The Bruins were outshot and outrebounded for only the second time this season. UCLA shot 45.7 from the field, 46.7 (7-15) from three-point range and 44.4 (8-18) from the foul line, with 35 rebounds and 15 turnovers. USC shot an opponent season-high 49.3 from the field, 18.2 (2-11) from three-point range and 74.2 (23-31) from the foul line, with 45 rebounds and 14 turnovers.
Over the holidays, the Bruins competed in The Pearl Harbor Classic, hosted by BYU-Hawaii in Laie, HI. UCLA placed third, beating Maine in the first round, 83-62, losing to eventual champion Colorado State, 55-54 in a semi-final game and beating South Florida, 10-398, OT, in the third-place contest. Bruin junior guard Earl Watson was named to the All-Tournament team.
UCLA visited the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
UCLA's margin of victory vs. Morgan State (100-39, 61, the school record is 65, three times, last vs. Portland, 122-57, 1/20/67, in Pauley) was the fifth greatest in school history. Morgan State's 39 points was the least scored by a Bruin opponent since 1981-82 when the Bruins won at Stanford, 42-34 and the least scored by a Bruin opponent in Pauley Pavilion since 1972-73, when UCLA beat Bradley, 73-38, in the second game of the season.
In UCLA's second and third games of the current season, the Bruins scored at least 100 points, defeating Morgan State, 100-39 and beating Iona 105-73 on Nov. 27, both games in Pauley Pavilion. It's the first time (back-to-back 100-point games) since the NCAA Championship season of 1994-95 (UCLA 104-@ California 88 and UCLA 100-Duke 77 in Pauley). The last time UCLA scored 100 or more points in three consecutive games was at the start of the 1971-72 season, when UCLA actually scored over 105 points for seven straight games. That team scored over the century mark 12 times and won UCLA's eighth NCAA title with an unbeaten 30-0 record.
In all, the Bruins have scored over 100 points three times this season (including a 103-98, OT over South Florida in the third-place game at The Pearl Harbor Classic).
On Nov. 10, the Bruins inked 6-9, 205-pounder T. J. Cummings, son of DePaul and NBA great Terry Cummings, from Homewood-Flossmoor, IL HS. His many preseason honors, entering his senior campaign, include--Athlon's No. 7 power forward in the U. S., Basketball News' No. 20 player in the U. S. and The Sporting News' No. 23 player in the U. S. As a junior last season, he averaged 18.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 5.0 steals. Cummings chose UCLA over Duke.
The Bruins have added to their roster true freshman Brandon Brooks (will be wearing No. 44 arrives), a 6-6, 225-pound forward, from Punahou HS in Honolulu. He's made two appearances this season, playing five minutes vs. Maine at The Pearl Harbor Classic and five minutes at Washington State. Brooks was the starting goalkeeper on the UCLA men's water polo team that won the NCAA Championship on Dec. 5. At the NCAA Water Polo Final Four, in UCLA's 14-6 semifinal win over UMass on Dec. 4, Brooks tied a career-high with 11 saves and in the Bruins' 6-5 win over Stanford in the NCAA title game on Dec. 5, Brooks knocked down a possible Cardinal game-winning two-point shot with six seconds left to play. He was selected honorable mention All-American for his efforts. As a prepster at Punahou during his basketball career, he earned All-State honors three times and as a senior last spring, led Punahou to the HI State Championship title, while earning tournament MVP honors. He was named Mr. Basketball by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
Jason Flowers has been added to the Bruin roster. Ineligible this season, Flowers attended UCLA in 1996-97 (did not play basketball), then attended UC Irvine for two seasons, playing for Pat Douglass. As a sophomore last year, Flowers appeared in 23 games for the Anteaters, starting six and averaging 17.0 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and shot 40.0 from the field, 47.2 (17-36) from three-point range and 79.5 from the foul line. As a freshman at Irvine in 1997-98, Flowers played in 24 games and started 15, averaging 21.1 minutes, 8.2 points (No. 4 on the team), 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 36.7 from the field, 37.1 from three-point range an 84.0 from the foul line.
Here's how UCLA nationally ranked as a team in some of the preseason magazines- Basketball News (No. 10), Basketball Times (No. 4), Blue Ribbon (No. 11), Lindy's (No. 6), Playboy (No. 17), Sport (No. 17), Sports Illustrated (No. 10), Street & Smith's (No. 14), The Sporting News (No. 15), Vitale's (No. 11).
In the AP preseason poll, the Bruins were selected No. 12 and No. 14 by ESPN/USA Today.
In the Pac-10 preseason poll, UCLA was picked second, behind Arizona and ahead of defending champion Stanford.
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U. S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories, UCLA's is fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).
In 1999-2000, the Bruins have used five different starting lineups (in 13 games). The Bruins have used the same lineup for each of the last nine games. UCLA's 1999-2000 starting lineups: USC/WSU/Washington/Purdue/Pepperdine/ South Florida/ Colorado State/Maine/DePaul - forwards, sophomore Jerome Moiso and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Ray Young, Gonzaga-forwards, junior Rico Hines and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso, guards, junior Earl Watson and sophomore Ray Young, Morgan State-forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Dan Gadzuric, guards, juniors, Rico Hines and Earl Watson, Iona-forwards, senior Sean Farnham and freshman Jason Kapono, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso, guards, juniors, Rico Hines and Earl Watson, Fairfield (and both exhibition games) - forwards, freshman Jason Kapono and sophomore Billy Knight, center, sophomore Jerome Moiso and junior guards, Rico Hines and Earl Watson.
In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games) and did not use the same lineup in back-to-back games after the Louisville (Jan. 23, 1999) and Washington State (Jan. 28, 1999) games - a span of 12 straight games
The 1999 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 35th appearance in the "Big Dance," including bids the last 11 consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times--North Carolina 25, Arizona 15 and Indiana 14. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and are second in victories (79).
UCLA reached the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season (1997 and '98) for the first time since the 1979 and 1980 seasons. The Bruins are one of just six schools to reach the Sweet 16 in both 1997 and 1998. The others are Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Stanford and Utah. UCLA is one of just six schools to reach the Sweet 16 in at least three of the last four years. Kentucky has done it in all four years while Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Utah have also done it three times.
UCLA won multiple NCAA Tournament games in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1979 and '80 seasons. In 1998, the Bruins beat Miami (FL) and Michigan to advance to the Sweet 16 and in 1997, UCLA beat Charleston Southern, Xavier and Iowa State to move into the Elite Eight. In 1979, the Bruins beat Pepperdine and San Francisco (before losing to DePaul) and in '80, UCLA won five games (over Old Dominion, DePaul, Ohio State, Clemson and Purdue) before losing in the Championship contest to Louisville.
UCLA's victory over WSU on Feb. 25, 1999 gave the Bruins 20 wins for the 1998-99 season. That marked the 38th time in UCLA history that the Bruins have won 20 or more games in a season. It was also the 11th year in a row of 20 or more victories, dating back to 1989.
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes the last three seasons. Last year's freshman class--guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.
The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte in the NBA), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar, was voted No. 2 in the nation.
Entering 1999-2000, the Bruins signed one recruit, McDonald's All-American Jason Kapono.
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting two of the last four years --1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins entered the NCAA Tournament shooting 45.6, third in the Pac-10 (finished at 45.4, third in the Pac-10).
After 13 games in 1999-2000, UCLA is shooting 47.4 from the field, fourth in the Pac-10.
UCLA's total of 24 wins in 1998 and '97 has been exceeded only three times in the last 18 years - 1987 (25), 1992 (28) and 1995 (32).
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in the school's history.
The Bruins have an overall record of 1,459-626 (70.0, 2,085 games) in 80+ years of college basketball. UCLA's 70.0 winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.
UCLA has stretched its NCAA-record streak of consecutive winning seasons to 51 (1948-49 to 1998-99).
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) is in its 35th season in 1999-2000 as the home of the Bruins. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 494-55 (549 games, 90.0, Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996).
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 15-1 at Pauley (losing only to Stanford).
The Bruins finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
The Bruins had won 16 straight games in Pauley before losing to Stanford on Feb. 12, 1998. The Bruins had won nine in a row in Pauley since dropping the 1997-98 final regular-season home game to Arizona, 91-87, before losing to Stanford, 72-59, on Jan. 16, 1999 and then won the last six home games of last year. Overall, the Bruins' nine-game home winning streak in Pauley (last six home games of last season and first three this year) was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga.
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 67-5 (93.1, 72 games). The losses were against - Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000, Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97, Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92. The Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga.
There's a new scoreboard (the previous one was 14 years old) in Pauley Pavilion. The new scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' X 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to "fit the house" and given excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
Bruins in the 1999-2000 NBA: UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Mitchell Butler (waived), Washington, Tracy Murray, Houston, Don MacLean (waived), Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Portland, Charles O'Bannon (waived), Sacramento, Darrick Martin, Seattle, Jelani McCoy, Vancouver, J. R. Henderson (waived), Detroit, Jerome "Pooh" Richardson (waived). Henderson recently signed with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) and Kris Johnson is with Quad Cities (CBA). Former Bruins Tyus Edney and George Zidek, two seniors who helped lead UCLA to the 1995 NCAA title, are playing in Europe. Mitchell Butler and Jack Haley have been practicing with Magic Johnson's All-Stars in Pauley Pavilion. Charles O'Bannon is playing for the CA West Coast All-Stars.
In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections--Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.
From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country.
In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVINCareer Highlights--Chosen UCLA's head coach, the 11th in school history, on Feb. 11, 1997.
Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record
|1997-98||24-9 (NCAA Sweet 16)|
|1996-97||24-8 (NCAA Elite Eight & Pac-10 Champ)|
|Totals||79-30 (72.5, 109 games)|
Lavin's UCLA Assistant Coaching Record
|1995-96||23-8 (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ)|
|1994-95||32-1 (NCAA & Pac-10 Champ)|
|1991-92||28-5 (NCAA Elite Eight, Pac-10 Champ)|
|Totals||126-32 (79.7, 158 games)|
|UCLA Totals||205-62 (76.8, 267 games)|
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
|Week One (Nov. 16)||12th||----|
|Week Two (Nov. 22)||13th||12th|
|Week Three (Nov. 29)||12th||13th|
|Week Four (Dec. 6)||11th||11th|
|Week Five (Dec. 13)||18th||17th|
|Week Six (Dec. 20)||18th||16th|
|Week Seven (Dec. 27)||23rd||21st|
|Week Eight (Jan. 3)||24th||20th|
|Week Nine (Jan. 10)||**||25th|
**unranked for the first time since week of Feb. 3, 1997 (Bruins had been unranked for seven straight weeks at that point).
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UCLA PLAYER UPDATESSenior (1)
30 Sean Farnham, 6-6, Sr., F, Clayton, CA (Concord De LaSalle)1999-2000 - The only senior on this year's team and a co-captain with juniors, Earl Watson and Rico Hines ...Has started two games this season (Morgan State/Iona, in his career, the Bruins are 8-1 when he starts, losing only to Detroit Mercy last year in the NCAA first round) ... Started for the first time this year vs. Iona, playing a career-high 20 minutes, with a career-high eight points (3-3, 0-0, 2-4), a career-high five rebounds (1-4) and a career-high tying one steal.
In his eight games, Farnham is averaging 8.6 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds, shooting 60.0 (9-15, best on the team) from the field. Last Thursday, he played one minute at Washington. Saturday at Washington State, he played seven minutes, his longest stint since theGonzaga game on Dec. 11, and had one rebound, one assist and one steal.
His season-bests are-a career-high 20 minutes vs. Iona, a career-high eight points vs. Iona, a career-high five rebounds vs. Iona, a career-high tying two assists vs. Morgan State, a career-high tying one steal vs. Iona and WSU.
UCLA Career - Originally a true freshman walk-on, Farnham was given a scholarship before the start of the 1996-97 season ... Farnham had a breakthrough season in 1998-99 as a junior ... He appeared in a season-high 19 games, averaged a career-best 7.9 minutes and started seven times, including six of the Bruins' last seven contests ... UCLA's record was 6-1 (losing only to Detroit in the NCAA) when Farnham started last year ... In 19 games last year, Farnham averaged 7.9 minutes, 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds while shooting 59.1 from the field (best on the team) and 57.1 (4-7) from the foul line ... In his last seven games (six starts), he averaged 12.6 minutes (88), 2.7 points (19) and 2.0 rebounds (14) while shooting 69.2 (9-13) from the floor. In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played five minutes with one steal ... His career-highs are--20 minutes vs. Iona (11/27/99), eight points vs. Iona (11/27/99), five rebounds vs. Iona (11/27/99), two assists, five times, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), one steal, seven times, last vs. WSU (1/8/00), two blocked shots vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97).
21 Ryan "Moose" Bailey, 6-2, Jr., G, Los Angeles (Loyola/Penn State)
1999-2000 - Has been slowed this fall with plantar faciitis in his right foot that flares up from time to time... Missed the Gonzaga game because of the foot injury ... On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he came off the bench to play a career-high tying 26 minutes and contributed four points (1-4, 2-4), a career-high seven rebounds, a career-high tying five assists and three steals. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 4.3 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals while shooting .545 from the field in 20.3 minutes. He scored a season-high nine points (4-7, 1-2) in the game against South Florida.
Last Thursday at Washington, he played 16 minutes and contributed four assists, two rebounds and one steal. On Saturday at Washington State, he had three points (his first three-point field goal of the year), two rebounds and one assist in seven minutes.Wednesday at USC, he played 21 minutes and tied his season high with nine points (4-10, 1-2, 0-0) and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
In 13 games, Bailey is averaging 16.8 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.
His season-bests are - a career-high tying 26 minutes vs. DePaul, nine points vs. South Florida and USC, a career-high seven rebounds vs. DePaul, a career-high tying five assists vs. DePaul, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - Bailey, younger brother of Bruin standout Toby Bailey, now with the Phoenix Suns, in 1998-99, averaged 15.2 minutes, 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists (No. 3 on the team) and 0.8 steals, while shooting 45.4 from the field, a team-leading 39.3 (11-28, No. 3 on the team) from three-point range and 58.3 (28-48) from the foul line ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he played nine minutes off the bench and missed his only field goal attempt from three-point range ... Bailey's UCLA career-highs are -- 26 minutes vs. Arizona (3/6/99) and DePaul (12/18/99), 11 points, twice, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), seven rebounds vs. DePaul (12/18/99), five assists vs. Delaware State (12/2/98) and DePaul (12/18/99), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99) ... His 1998-99 preseason honors included Preview Sports Top Newcomer in the Pac-10 and Vitale's Impact Transfer in the Pac-10 ... He sat out 1997-98 after transferring from Penn State ... At Penn State during 1996-97, Bailey started for the Nittany Lions at point guard ... He started 24 of 27 games and averaged 34 minutes, 4.2 assists (113, tying PSU freshman record), 1.1 steals and was third in scoring (8.4) and rebounding (4.0).
22 Rico Hines, 6-4, Jr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)1999-2000 -- Hines is a co-captain this year with fellow junior Earl Watson and senior Sean Farnham ... Started the first four games of the year before coming off the bench against DePaul ... Versus Iona, he played 18 minutes, with nine points, three rebounds and two assists and steals.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 4.7 points, making five of nine field goals, in 14.7 minutes. Last week, he played 16 minutes against Pepperdine and contributed seven points (3-6, 0-1, 1-2), four rebounds and two assists. In the win over Purdue, he played a season-high 26 minutes and contributed a season-high five rebounds and two points in addition to outstanding defense down the stretch.
Last Thursday at Washington, he played 10 minutes but did not score. On Saturday at Washington State, he scored a career-high 12 points (4-6, 1-2, 3-4) in 23 minutes. He also contributed five assists, one shy of his career high, two rebounds and two steals as well as his usual fine defensive effort. At USC on Wednesday, he played 17 minutes off the bench and had two points and two rebounds.
In his 14 games, Hines is averaging 17.7 minutes, 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.
His season-highs are - 26 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 12 points at WSU, five rebounds vs. Purdue, five assists at WSU, a career-high tying two steals three times, last at WSU.
UCLA Career - In 1998-99, Hines versatility and defensive prowess were missed when he was out for 11 games during mid-year with a right foot injury that required surgery (fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, a pin was inserted on Jan. 14, 1999) ... Prior to the injury, Hines played in the Bruins' first 14 games and started six ... He came back to play in UCLA's final six games, but was not at full strength and averaged just 4.2 minutes a game ... In 20 games (six starts) last year, Hines averaged 12.6 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists and shooting 38.3 from the field, 33.3 (7-21) from three-point range and 43.8 (7-16) from the foul line ... In the 1999 NCAA Tournament vs. Detroit, he played five minutes off the bench ... In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament ... In the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky, he played 18 minutes and contributed four points (1-2, 2-2), four rebounds and one steal ... In the NCAA win over Michigan, he played 15 minutes ... In the NCAA victory over Miami, he played 20 minutes, grabbed two rebounds and had one assist ... His career-highs are-33 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), 12 points vs. Washington State (1/8/00), six rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), six assists vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), two steals, five times, last vs. WSU (1/8/00), one blocked shot, three times, last vs. Delaware State (12/2/98).
11 Todd Ramasar, 6-5, Jr., G, Corona (Riverside North)1999-2000 -- Ramasar had left shoulder surgery on Oct. 18 and is scheduled to miss at least eight-12 weeks of practice ... The three-and-one-half hour procedure, to stabilize the joint and repair a cartilage tear, was performed at the UCLA Medical Center by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman.
UCLA Career - Ramasar as a sophomore in 1998-99, appeared in 13 games (he also started both of UCLA's exhibition contests) and averaged 2.7 minutes, 0.8 points and 0.2 rebounds and shot 23.1 (3-13) from the field and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line ... As a freshman in 1997-98, Ramasar played in six games (Alaska-Anchorage, CS Fullerton, USC, WSU, Oregon and Kentucky) ... His career-highs are nine minutes vs. Washington State (2/25/99), six points vs. Washington State (2/25/99), one rebound, six times, last vs. Washington State (2/25/99), one assist vs. Kentucky (3/20/98), one steal vs. Alaska-Anchorage (11/28/97).
25 Earl Watson, 6-1, Jr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News' No. 20 point guard in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's second-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's All-Pac-10 team, The Sporting News' No. 18 point guard in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 17 point guard in the U.S., first-team All-Pac-10, One of 25 players considered for selection to the Wooden Award preseason All-America team.
1999-2000 - A co-captain with fellow junior Rico Hines and senior Sean Farnham ... One of two Bruins (with Jason Kapono) to start all 13 games ... UCLA's iron man, Watson has started every UCLA game (77) for the last two+ seasons ... Needs just seven steals (has 138, Baron Davis (1998-99), Shon Tarver (1991-94), Ralph Jackson (1981-84), all tied for No. 8 all-time with 145 steals) and one assist (has 315, Bill Walton (1972-74) is No. 10 all-time with 316 assists) to enter UCLA's career Top 10 charts ... Has led the Bruins in scoring three times (Iona, 18, Colorado State, 15, South Florida, season-high 20) and in rebounding once (eight vs. Gonzaga) ... Has scored in double figures six times this season and 36 times in his career ... Including ties, Watson has led the Bruins in assists 11 times and in steals on five occasions.
After 13 games, Watson is averaging 34.3 minutes (first on the team), 10.8 points (third among active players), 4.2 rebounds and a team-high 5.3 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 42.5 from the field, 39.0 (16-41) from three-point range and 65.7 (23-35) from the foul line.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he was named to the All-Tournament team, Watson averaged 13.7 points, 6.3 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals while shooting .536 from the field, .667 from three-point range and .778 from the free throw line. In the third-place game against South Florida, he scored a season-high 20 points (7-10, 3-5, 3-4) and added seven assists, four rebounds and three steals in a career-high tying 44 minutes. He nailed a three-point field goal to give the Bruins a lead with 22 seconds remaining in regulation and another three-pointer with 3:18 left in overtime to give UCLA the lead for good. In the opener against Maine, he passed for a season-high 10 assists.
In the win over Pepperdine, he scored 11 points, grabbed a career-high tying nine rebounds and had three assists. Against Purdie, he was limited to just 21 minutes because of foul trouble (he fouled out of both games) and finished with four points, three rebounds and two steals.
At Washington, he played 36 minutes and finished with nine points (4-8, 1-3, 0-0), four assists and three rebounds. In the win at WSU, he played 31 minutes and contributed eight points (3-6, 0-2, 2-2), six assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Wednesday at USC, he played 39 minutes and contributed 18 points, including a career-high four three-point field goals, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one block.
In his last seven games, he is averaging 12.1 points (85) while shooting 51.6 from the floor (33-64) and 45.5 (10-22) from three-point range.
In this week's Pac-10 stats, Watson is fourth in assists (5.25) and seventh in steals (2.0).
His season-highs are - a career-high tying 44 minutes vs. South Florida, 20 points vs. South Florida, a career-high tying nine rebounds vs. Purdue, 10 assists vs. Maine, two blocked shots at WSU, four steals vs. Fairfield and DePaul.
UCLA Career - In 1998-99 as a sophomore, Watson enjoyed a solid season and earned second-team All-Dist. 15 acclaim from the NABC and honorable mention All-Pac-10 for his efforts ... For the second consecutive year, he was the only Bruin to start every game (31) ... In 1998-99, he led the team in minutes played (34.0) and was UCLA's second-leading scorer (13.3), fourth-leading rebounder (3.7) and was second in assists (4.6) and steals (1.6) ... Watson shot 43.5 from the field, 32.0 (33-103) from three-point range and 70.3 (90-128) from the foul line, best among players with at least one attempt per game ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 16th in scoring (13.3) and sixth in assists (4.58) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished 20th in scoring (13.4) and 10th in assists (4.06) ... On the offensive end, Watson scored in double figures in 25 of 31 games, most on the team ... He led the Bruins in scoring last year seven times, including two of the last four games and in assists in 17 of 31 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Watson started his 64th straight game and played a team-high 39 minutes, contributing nine points (4-9, 1-4, 0-2), a game-high seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal ... His 1998-99 Preseason Honors included Athlon second-team All-Pac-10.
As a frosh in 1997-98, Watson, who was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, was the only Bruin to start all 33 games, tying a UCLA single-season record, last set by Ed and Charles O'Bannon and George Zidek during the Bruins' 1995 NCAA Championship season ... He was the team's No. 5 scorer (5.8) and No. 5 rebounder (3.7) and was second in steals (1.9), third in assists (3.2) and fourth in minutes (32.0), while shooting 39.2 from the field, 32.3 from the three-point line and 60.6 from the foul line ... His 64 steals in 1998 tied for No. 4 on UCLA's season list ... In final 1998 Pac-10 stats Watson was sixth in steals (1.9) ... In the 1998 NCAA Tournament, he averaged 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists ... Watson started all three games in the 1997 Alaska Shootout and joined Baron Davis as the first set of true freshman starting guards in UCLA history since 1979-80.
Watson's career-highs are 44 minutes vs. Arizona State (1/4/99) and South Florida (12/23/99), 24 points at Washington (1/31/99), nine rebounds, three times, last vs. Purdue (12/30/99), 11 assists vs. Washington (1/31/98), seven steals vs. Northern Arizona (12/18/97), two blocked shots, four times, last vs. WSU (1/8/00).
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, So., F, Citrus Heights, (Del Campo)1999-2000 - Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the year. He became eligible on Dec. 20.
In three games off the bench at the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 12.3 minutes. In the opener against Maine, he grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds and added eight points.
Against Purdue, he played an important role in the win with a season-high 10 points, one shy of his career high, and six rebounds. Last week, he played 14 minutes at Washington, finishing with four points and three rebounds in 14 minutes. Against WSU, he contributed six points, five rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes.
Wednesday at USC, he played 15 minutes and tied his season-high with 10 points (4-7, 1-1, 1-5) and added two rebounds and one assist.
In his eight games, he is averaging 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.8 minutes while shooting 48.7 from the field (62.1 from two-point range).
His season-highs are - a career-high tying 28 minutes vs.Purdue, 10 points vs. Purdue and USC, a career-high 10 rebounds vs. Maine, two assists vs. WSU, one blocked shot, three times, last vs. Purdue, one steal vs. Maine and WSU.
UCLA Career -Barnes in 1998-99 as a freshman averaged 13.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and shot 43.4 from the field, 29.4 (10-34) from three-point range and 47.8 (22-46) from the foul line ... He led the Bruins three times in rebounding (8 vs. Santa Clara and San Francisco and six vs. Oregon State,h) and started eight of his 30 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he played two minutes ... His career-bests are 28 minutes vs. Santa Clara (11/19/98) and Purdue (12/30/99), 11 points vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), 10 rebounds vs. Maine (12/21/99), four assists vs. Oregon State (2/7/99), three steals vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), two blocked shots vs. USC (2/17/99).
50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, So., C, Den Haag, Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA)1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 14 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 15 center in the U. S., Vitale's No. 12 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
1999-2000 - Has been slowed all fall camp with a hyper extended left knee and tendinitis in the right knee ... Has started 10 of 13 games, including each of the last nine ... On Dec. 18 vs. DePaul, he played a career-high 35 minutes and recorded a double-double with a season-high 15 points (7-9, 1-2) and a career-high tying 14 rebounds ... He also added three blocked shots, one assist and one steal.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 12.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, making 15 of 30 field goal attempts. Against Colorado State, he accounted for 14 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. His 17 boards were the most by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon grabbed 17 in the 1995 NCAA title game against Arkansas. The last time a Bruin had more boards was in the 1994 NCAA Tournament when O'Bannon grabbed 18 in the loss to Tulsa. Gadzuric also had 14 points and eight rebounds versus Maine.
During the last week of December, he contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes against Pepperdine and seven points, six rebounds and three blocks in 24 minutes versus Purdue.
Last Thursday in Seattle, he played 32 minutes and just missed a double-double with nine points (4-9, 1-4) and 13 rebounds and added four blocks, two steals and two assists. On Saturday at Washington State, he tied his career high with 16 points (7-9, 2-6) and added a team-high seven rebounds in 21 minutes of action. On Wednesday at USC, he played 22 minutes and finished with four points, five rebounds, one block, one assist and one steal.
In this week's Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric is first in field goal percentage (57.3), third in rebounding (8.1) and third in blocked shots (1.92).
In his last nine games, he is averaging 10.9 points (98) and 9.3 rebounds (84) while shooting 55.8 (43 of 77) from the field.
After 13 games, Gadzuric is averaging 23.3 minutes, 10.1 points (fourth among active players), 7.8 rebounds (first on the team) and a team-high 1.8 blocked shots, while shooting 56.4 (57-101, second on the team among players with at least four games) from the field. He has led the Bruins in rebounding five times and in blocked shots in 10 of 13 games.
Gadzuric's season-highs are - 35 minutes vs. DePaul, a career-high tying 16 points vs. Washington State, a career-high 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State, two assists three times, last vs. Washington State, two steals vs. Washington, a career-high tying four blocked shots vs. Washington.
UCLA Career - In 1998-99 as a frosh, Gadzuric was selected to the five-man Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman squad ... He suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Feb. 24, tearing the leteral meniscus in his left knee (underwent a 90-minute arthroscopic surgery procedure on Feb. 25, 1999) and missed the Bruins' final five games ... Prior to his injury, Gadzuric averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points and 5.7 rebounds (third on the team) and 1.3 blocked shots (team-leader) and shot a team-leading 54.0 (88-163) from the field and 50.0 (31-62) from the foul line ... His 5.7 rebound average was the seventh-highest ever among Bruin freshmen ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric was 16th in rebounding (5.7) and sixth in blocked shots (1.25) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished 14th in rebounding (5.7) and ninth in blocked shots (0.93) ... Gadzuric started 17 of the 24 games in which he played ... He led the Bruins three times in scoring, six times in rebounding and 16 times (including ties) in blocked shots ... Gadzuric's 1998-99 preseason honors were Basketball News' Heavenly 100, Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, Lindy's No. 6 incoming frosh in U. S., third-team All-Pac-10, Preview Sports No. 1 incoming frosh in U. S, Sport All-Class of 2002, Street & Smith's Top Newcomer in Pac-10 and Vitale's No. 4 Diaper Dandy ... Gadzuric's career-highs are 35 minutes vs. DePaul (12/18/99), 16 points, three times, last vs. Washington State (1/8/00), 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/22/99), three assists vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), five steals vs. Oklahoma State (12/5/98), four blocked shots vs. Santa Clara (11/19/98) and Washington (1/6/00).
3 Billy Knight, 6-5, So., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)1999-2000 - Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2 ... UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his play vs. Morgan State ... Played a career-game vs. Morgan State, coming off the bench and playing 16 minutes, with a career-high tying and game-high 15 points (5-7, 3-4, 2-2), a career-high four rebounds, one assist and a career-high three steals ... Started vs. Fairfield (his second career start), playing 21 minutes, with 10 points, three rebounds, a career-high three assists and one steal. He did not play against DePaul.
Last week, he played six minutes at Washington and had one rebound. On Saturday, he played 16 minutes at Washington State and scored 14 points (5-8, 4-7, 0-0), one shy of his career high, and added one rebound and one steal. On Wednesday at USC, he played seven minutes off the bench and had two points, three rebounds and one assist.
In his 10 games (one start vs. Fairfield), Knight is averaging 11.7 minutes, 6.3 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 43.1 from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from three-point range and 87.5 (7-8) from the foul line.
His season-highs are - 21 minutes vs. Fairfield, a career-high tying 15 points vs. Morgan State, a career-high four rebounds, twice, last vs. Gonzaga, a career-high three assists vs. Fairfield, a career-high three steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - In 1998-99, Knight was hampered with a severe groin strain and redshirted ... In 1997-98 as a true frosh, Knight appeared in 24 games and was the Bruins' No. 7 scorer (2.8), with an 0.9 rebound average and shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from the three-point line and 72.7 (8-11) from the foul line ... The first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton as a freshman, playing a career-high 26 minutes and scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0), with one rebound, a season-high tying one assist and one steal ... Knight's career-highs are 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton (12/13/97), 15 points, twice, last vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), four rebounds, twice, last vs. Gonzaga (12/11/99), three assists, vs. Fairfield (11/23/99), three steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99).
0 Jerome Moiso (Moe-e-zoe), 6-10, So., F/C, Guadeloupe, West Indies (Milford Academy/Milford, CN)1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Athlon third-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 19 power forward in the U. S., third-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News' No. 19 power forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 13 power forward in the U. S..
1999-2000 - Jerome is currently second on the team in both scoring (12.9) and rebounding (6.8) ... Has started 12 of 13 games (did not start vs. Morgan State because of the flu) ... Moiso has led the Bruins in scoring four times (a season-high 20 vs. Fairfield and South Florida and 15 vs. Maine and Pepperdine) and three times in rebounding (a season-high 10 vs. Iona and Fairfield and eight vs. South Florida) ... Has scored in double figures in 10 of 13 games and 26 times in his career ... Had back-to-back double-doubles (14/10 vs. Iona and 20/10 vs. Fairfield, was Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee for his efforts) for first time in his career (has four in his career).
In this week's Pac-10 stats, Moiso is 16th in scoring (13.0), ninth in rebounding (6.8) and eighth in blocked shots (1.1).
On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing 17 points (6-10, 5-6), six rebounds and two blocks. In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 15.0 points and 8.7 rebounds. In the third-place game against South Florida, he tied for the team lead with 20 points, including five in the overtime period, and led the squad with eight boards and a career-high tying four steals.
In the last week of December, he led the Bruins with 15 points and added six rebounds in the 68-66 win over Pepperdine. His bank shot with 43 seconds remaining gave the Bruins a 67-66 lrad and he added a free throw with 23 seconds to play. Against Purdue, he played just 19 minutes due to foul trouble and finished with four points and two rebounds. One of his two baskets gave UCLA a 53-51 lead with 1:36 remaining in the contest.
Last Thursday at Washington, he recorded his third double-double of the year, finishing with 13 points (4-11, 0-1, 5-10), 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks. His rebound and pass to Jason Kapono set up the final basket of the game. On Saturday at WSU, he played 26 minutes and contributed six points (3-8, 0-0), five rebounds and three blocked shots.
On Wednesday versus USC, he played 29 points and contributed 12 points (5-8, 2-3), six rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
After 13 games, Moiso is second on the team in scoring (12.9) and rebounding (6.8) and third in minutes (26.2) and is shooting 49.6 from the field and 61.7 from the line.
Moiso's season-high are - 35 minutes vs. South Florida, 20 points vs. Fairfield and South Florida, 10 rebounds, three times, last vs. Washington, two assists, five times, last vs. USC, three blocked shots vs. Washington State and USC, a career-high four steals vs. Colorado State and South Florida.
UCLA Career - As a true freshman in 1998-99, Moiso averaged 23.8 minutes per game and earned All-Pac-10 Freshman honorable mention and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman team ... He was UCLA's second-leading rebounder (5.8) and No. 4 scorer (10.8) and shot 48.7 (131-269, No. 3 on the team) from the field and 61.5 (48-78) from the foul line ... His 5.8 rebound average ranked sixth all-time among Bruin freshmen and his 10.8 scoring average ranked seventh all-time among freshmen ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, he was 15th in rebounding (5.8) ... In '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he was 19th in rebounding (5.3) and eighth in blocked shots (0.86) ... He started 21 of 29 games in which he played and led the Bruins in scoring five times and in rebounding 11 times ... He scored in double figures in 16 of 29 games ... Moiso was bothered by arch problems in both feet over the last month of the season ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played 35 minutes, contributing five points (2-5, 1-2), six rebounds, two blocks and one assist ... His 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 14 incoming frosh in U. S. and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... Moiso's career-bests are 36 minutes at Louisville (1/23/99), 25 points vs. Kentucky (11/28/98), 11 rebounds vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), three assists vs. Arizona (1/2/99), four steals vs. Colorado State (12/22/99) and South Florida (12/23/99), three blocked shots vs. American (12/23/98), Washington State (1/8/00) and USC (1/12/00).
4 JaRon Rush, 6-7, So., F, Kansas City, MO (Pembroke Hill School)1999-2000 Preseason Honors - One of 28 players on the USBWA Oscar Robertson Trophy preseason Player of the Year list, Athlon third-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News' No. 13 "slasher" in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 11 small forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's Top 5 small forward in the U.S., The Sporting News' No. 12 small forward in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10, Vitale's No. 9 swing forward in the U.S., second-team All-Pac-10.
1999-2000 - Was suspended on Dec. 10 while UCLA investigates a possible NCAA violation (his future status will be determined when UCLA concludes the investigation, no timetable has been set) and has missed the last seven contests ...Has been slowed most of fall camp with a strained right elbow ... Came off the bench for UCLA's first three games ... Has led the Bruins in rebounding once (seven vs. Morgan State) ...Vs. Morgan State, Rush played a season-high 20 minutes, with season-high totals in points (14), rebounds (seven), assists (four, career-high) and steals (two).
In his three games, Rush is averaging 11.3 points (No. 4 on the team), 4.7 rebounds (third on the team) and shooting 56.5 from the field (third on the team), 33.3 (3-9) from three-point range and 83.3 (5-6, No. 2 on the team) from the foul line.
His season-highs are-20 minutes vs. Morgan State, 14 points vs. Morgan State, seven rebounds vs. Morgan State, a career-high four assists vs. Morgan State, two steals, twice, last vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - Rush, a member of the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and a second-team Basketball News freshman All-America, was a rebounding machine in 1998-99 as a true freshman ... He averaged 28.1 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 11.4 points (No. 3 on the team) and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.2 from the field, 26.5 (27-102) from three-point range and 62.4 (63-101) from the foul line ... His 7.3 rebound average was the second-highest all-time among Bruin freshmen, trailing only Don MacLean's 7.5 in 1989, and his 11.4 scoring average was sixth on that list ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Rush was ninth in rebounding (7.3) and in the '99 Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished sixth in rebounding (8.2) ... He led the Bruins in rebounding a team-high 12 times, including eight of the last nine games (six straight prior to the Arizona State), and in scoring three times) ... In Pac-10 play, Rush averaged a team-best 8.2 rebounds ... He grabbed at least seven boards in 15 of his final 20 games (171 total for an 8.6 average), including 15 against Washington, 13 vs. Detroit, 12 at both Oregon State and Oregon, 11 at Stanford, 10 vs. USC and Arizona and nine five times ... Rush started 22 of 28 games in which he played ... In his final 10 games, Rush averaged 14.6 points (146) and shot 40.6 (52-128) from the floor and 35.1 (13-37) from three-point range and he averaged 10.2 rebounds in his last nine games (92, 5.1 (46) on the offensive end ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, he started and played a career-high tying 36 minutes, recording his fifth double-double in nine games, finishing with 10 points (2-11, 2-6, 4-6), 13 rebounds (five offensive), three steals and one block ... Rush's 1998-99 preseason honors included Basketball News' Heavenly Hundred, Lindy's No. 17 incoming frosh in the U. S., Preview Sports' No. 6 incoming frosh in the U. S., The Sporting News' Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... His career-highs are 36 minutes, four times, last vs. Detroit (3/11/99), 23 points vs. Syracuse (2/21/99), 15 rebounds vs. Washington (2/27/99), four assists vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), six steals vs. Washington (2/27/99), two blocked shots, twice, last vs. Arizona State (3/4/99).
34 Ray Young, 6-3, So., G, Oakland (St. Joseph Notre Dame)1999-2000 -He has started the last 10 games and has played at least 22 minutes in eight of those contests ... Came off the bench to play 17 minutes vs. Iona, and scored a career-high 17 points, including a career-best 5-6 from three-point range (the most three-pointers since Toby Bailey hit five vs. Arizona State on 1/16/97) ... Started against DePaul and contributed 15 points (5-15, 0-5, 5-9), a career-high tying six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes.
In the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 8.0 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting .533 from the floor, .444 from three-point range and 1.000 from the free throw line.
Last Thursday, he contributed eight points (3-7, 1-2, 1-2), three rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes at Washington. On Saturday, he played just 15 minutes because of foul trouble and scored one point. On Wednesday against USC, he played 12 minutes and finished with one point, one assist and one steal.
In 13 games, Young is averaging 22.9 minutes, 7.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists and shooting 40.2 from the field and 39.5 (17-43, second on the team) from three-point range. In his last six games, he is averaging 7.0 points (42) while shooting 45.5 (15-33) from the field, 41.2 (7-17) from three-point range and 62.5 (5-8) from the free throw line.
His season-highs are- 33 minutes vs. Purdue, a career-high 17 points vs. Iona, a career-high tying six rebounds, three times, last vs. DePaul, a career-high four assists vs. Morgan State, a career-high four steals vs. Morgan State.
UCLA Career - As a true freshman in 1998-99, Young concluded the season averaging 16.1 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 46.9 from the field, 40.8 (20-49, No. 1 on the team) from three-point range and 70.4 (19-27, No. 2 on the squad) from the free throw line ... He played double-figure minutes in 21 of his last 25 games ... In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Young played 25 minutes off the bench and contributed 11 points (4-7, 3-5, 0-0) and four rebounds ... Young's 1998-99 preseason honors included Lindy's No. 30 incoming frosh in U. S. ... His career-bests are--34 minutes at Louisville (1/23/99), 17 points vs. Iona (11/27/99), six rebounds, six times, last vs. DePaul (12/18/99), four assists vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), four steals vs. Morgan State (12/1/99), two blocked shots vs. Arizona State (1/4/99).
24 Jason Kapono, 6-7, Fr., F, Lakewood (Artesia)1999-2000 Preseason Honors - Lindy's No. 7 incoming college/NBA freshman in the U. S., Street & Smith's All-West Freshman, Vitale's No. 7 Diaper Dandy in the U. S.
1999-2000 - One of the top freshmen in the Pac-10 Conference, Kapono is one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to have started all 13 games ... Has led the Bruins in scoring seven times (20, DePaul, 10, Gonzaga, 15 Maine, 19, Purdue, 19. Washington, 20, Washington State, 21, USC), including each of the last four games ... Has scored in double figures in 11 of 13 games, most on the team ... A true freshman, Kapono started his very first Bruin game, playing 30 minutes vs. Fairfield, with 16 points (in UCLA's opener last season vs. Santa Clara, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso both started as true freshmen, and scored 19 and 16 points, respectively), seven rebounds, one assist and two steals.
On Dec. 18 against DePaul, he led the Bruins with 20 points (7-14, 3-6, 3-4) and added four rebounds. In the three games of the Pearl Harbor Classic, he averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds, making seven of 13 three-point field goal attempts (.538). In the game against South Florida, he contributed 17 points and a career-high tying seven rebounds.
Against Pepperdine, he recorded his first career double-double, finishing with 13 points (5-10, 1-2, 2-3) and a career-high 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. Against Purdue, he scored eight of UCLA's final 11 points, including the winning basket with 1.1 seconds remaining on a coast-to-coast layin (Purdue had tied the game with 7.2 seconds remaining). On the night, he led the team with 19 points (8-14, 3-5, 0-0) and added four rebounds and a career-high four assists in a career-high tying 39 minutes. He also played the point when Earl Watson was on the bench in foul trouble. He was UCLA's nominee for Pac-10 Player of the Week.
Last Thursday in Seattle, he led the Bruins with 19 points (8-11, 3-4, 0-0) in the loss at Washington, including a buzzer-beating basket that could have forced the game to overtime. However, his foot was on the three-point line and the hoop counted for two points instead of three. He added three rebounds, two steals and one assist. On Saturday at Washington State, he led the team with 20 points (8-12, 2-3, 2-2) and added a career-high six assists, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.
On Wednesday against USC, he played 38 minutes and led the Bruins with a career-high 21 points (9-16, 1-5, 2-4) and seven rebounds and added a career-high three steals. His 21 points are a UCLA high this season.
In this week's Pac-10 stats, Kapono is 10th in scoring (14.7), ninth in field goal percentage (51.9) and third in three-point field goal percentage (48.9).
In 13 games, Kapono is averaging 33.5 minutes (second on the team), 15.2 points (first on the team) and 4.8 rebounds (third on the team). He is shooting 52.4 from the field, 46.2 (24-52, first on the team) from three-point range and 73.1 (19-26, first on the team among players with two attempts per game) from the foul line. He has made three three-point field goals in five of the last nine games and is shooting 52.6 (20 of 38) from the arc in that span.
In his last four games, he is averaging 19.8 points (79), 4.5 rebounds (18) and 3.0 assists (12) while shooting 62.3 (33 of 53) from the field, 52.9 (9-17) from three-point range and 66.7 (4-6) from the line.
His career and season-highs are-39 minutes vs. DePaul and Purdue, 21 points vs. USC, 11 rebounds vs. Pepperdine, six assists vs. Washington State, three steals vs. USC.
Prep Career - One of the top high school players in the nation last year at Artesia HS, Kapono signed with the Bruins on May 20 ... A 1999 first-team prep All-America honoree by McDonald's, Parade and Street & Smith's ... The O'Bannon brothers, Ed and Charles, also played at Artesia HS under coach Wayne Merino ... In 1998-99 as a senior prepster, Kapono led Artesia to 32 wins and led the team in scoring (23.5) and assists (7.6), was second in rebounding (9.0) and third in steals (3.3) and blocked shots (1.4), while leading his team in foul shooting (92.5) ... During his prep career, he hit a school-record 211 three-pointers.
1999-2000 TEAM STATS (13 Games)
|(Pts.-Reb.)||Jerome Moiso (3)|
|Dan Gadzuric (2)|
|Jason Kapono (1)|
|Double Figures (Pts.)||Jason Kapono (11)|
|Jerome Moiso (10)|
|Dan Gadzuric (7)|
|Earl Watson (6)|
|Ray Young (3)|
|Billy Knight (3)|
|JaRon Rush (2)|
|Matt Barnes (2)|
|Rico Hines (1)|
|20-Pt. Scoring||Jason Kapono (3)|
|Jerome Moiso (2)|
|Earl Watson (1)|
|Double Figures (Reb.)||Jerome Moiso (3)|
|Dan Gadzuric (3)|
|Jason Kapono (1)|
|Matt Barnes (1)|
|Double Figures (Ast.)||Earl Watson (1)|
|Leading Scorers||Jason Kapono (7)|
|Jerome Moiso (4)|
|(w/Ties)||Earl Watson (3)|
|Billy Knight (1)|
|Leading Rebounders||Dan Gadzuric (5)|
|Jerome Moiso (3)|
|(w/Ties)||Matt Barnes (2)|
|Jason Kapono (2)|
|JaRon Rush (1)|
|Earl Watson (1)|
|Leading Assists||Earl Watson (11)|
|(w/Ties)||Ryan Bailey (3)|
|Ray Young (2)|
|Jason Kapono (2)|
|JaRon Rush (1)|
|Leading Steals||Earl Watson (5)|
|(w/Ties)||Jerome Moiso (4)|
|Jason Kapono (3)|
|Ray Young (2)|
|Ryan Bailey (2)|
|Dan Gadzuric (2)|
|Rico Hines (2)|
1999-2000 FOR THE RECORD (13 Games)
|UCLA 80 Pts. or Over||5-0|
|UCLA 79 Pts. or Under||4-4|
|Opp. 80 Pts. or more.||1-1|
|Opp Under 80 Pts.||8-3|
|Leading at Half||Tied||Trailing at Half|
|FG % of||.500 or better||Less than .500|
|Opp. FG % under .400||4-1|
|Opp. FG% between .400-.500||5-3|
|Opp. FG% over .500||0-0|
|Outshooting Opp.||Outshot by Opp.|
|UCLA Reb. Advantage||Opp. Advantage||Tied|
With five minutes to play (in regulation)
|UCLA leads with 5||00 to play||9-1|
|UCLA trails with 5||00 to play||0-3|
|UCLA tied with 5||00 to play||0-0|
Margin of Victory
|One Point: 0-2||Two Points: 2-0|
|Three Points: 0-0||Four Points: 0-0|
|5-10 Pts.: 1-0||11-15 Pts.: 0-1|
|16-19 Pts.: 2-1||20 or more: 4-0|
Night and Day