Oct. 12, 2001
Welcome - To the start of the 2001-02 men's college basketball season and the opening of UCLA fall camp. UCLA's first practice (closed) will be Saturday morning. For media guidelines (regarding press coverage of this season) and important upcoming dates (including Steve Lavin press conferences), please see the release attached to these notes.
Exhibition Games - The Bruins will open the season with two exhibition games in Pauley Pavilion - Thursday, Nov. 8 vs. EA SPORTS All-Stars (7:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, Nov. 14 vs. Global Sports (7:30 p.m.).
Regular-Season Opener - The Bruins will open the 2001-02 regular season at the 18th annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade, Nov. 19-21 at the Lahaina Civic Center. Joining UCLA are defending National Champion Duke, along with Kansas (the Jayhawks visit Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12), South Carolina, Ball State, Seton Hall, Houston and host Chaminade. UCLA's first round game will be against Houston on Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. PST (ESPN2). Please see the attached bracket for a complete Maui Invitational breakdown.
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin - Is entering his sixth season at the Bruin helm, with a school record of 114-47 (70.8). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Steve Lavin is one of just three coaches in the nation who have led their schools to four NCAA "Sweet 16s" in the last five years (Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the others).
Two New Assistant Coaches - Entering their first season as coaches on the Bruin staff are Gerald Madkins, filling a recruiting position, and Patrick Sandle (pronounced, San-dal). Madkins replaces Michael Holton, who took the head coaching position at the University of Portland and Sandle replaced Steve Spencer, who is the new head coach at Orange Coast College.
Madkins, who spent last year on the staff at CS Stanislaus, was a Bruin standout guard and senior captain in 1992. That season, with fellow seniors Don MacLean and Darrick Martin, Madkins helped lead the Bruins to the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional final. Following his collegiate career, he played six years of professional basketball, including stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
Sandle, who prepped at Crenshaw HS and was a senior in 1980 under the legendary Willie West, for the last five seasons has been on Ben Howland's staff at Pittsburgh (1999-01) and Northern Arizona (1996-99). Overall, he comes to UCLA with 16 years of coaching experience, including seven at the Div. I level.
Madkins and Sandle will join veteran Bruin top assistant Jim Saia, entering his sixth season on the UCLA staff.
Michael Holton Returning to Pauley Pavilion - Now head coach at Portland, Michael Holton will be bringing his Portland Pilots to Pauley Pavilion for a game on Dec. 14, 2002. A freshman starter at guard (1980) on Larry Brown's UCLA squad that lost to Louisville in the NCAA Championship game, Holton was a five-year (1997-01) Bruin assistant before taking the head position at Portland last April.
Kapono and Gadzuric Preseason Wooden Award Nominees - Junior forward Jason Kapono and senior center Dan Gadzuric are on the 2002 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Kapono is also on the Playboy All-American squad. Last season, Kapono was a Wooden Award Finalist. The Naismith Preseason candidates will be released on Oct. 16.
Preseason UCLA Team and Individual Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin team and individual preseason honors.
-The Sporting News - Team-No. 6 in the U. S., first in the Pac-10. Individual - Bruin frontcourt ranked No. 1 in the nation, Jason Kapono No. 5 small forward in the U. S., Dan Gadzuric No. 11 center in the U. S., Matt Barnes No. 18 power forward in the U. S., Jason Kapono/Dan Gadzuric first-team All-Pac-10, Matt Barnes, second team All-Pac-10.
During the Summer - Junior forward Jason Kapono was a member of the U. S. team that won the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men, held at Saitama, Japan. Senior guard Billy Knight was a member of an AIA All-Star team that toured the Ivory Coast.
2001 Recruiting Class - Incoming recruits-McDonald's All-American Cedric Bozeman, Dijon Thompson and Andre Patterson, form one of the nation's top incoming freshman recruiting classes. When Michael Fey was a member of this class (UCLA announced in June he would not be enrolling in the fall), Sports Illustrated labeled UCLA's incoming class as No. 1 in the nation.
Jon Crispin, Ineligible Transfer - Junior guard Jon Crispin, a two-year (1999-01) starter at Penn State, has transferred to UCLA and will sit out this season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2002-03 campaign. Last season, Crispin, along with his brother Joe, currently on the Lakers' roster, helped lead the Nittany Lions to the NCAA "Sweet 16". In 2001, Crispin started 31 of 33 games, averaging 27.8 minutes, 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. His high game was 26 points in Penn State's 73-68 upset over Kentucky on Nov. 25 in the Wildcats' home opener.
Spencer Gloger, Back To Princeton - Sophomore forward Spencer Gloger, who transferred to UCLA from Princton last season and sat out, has returned to Princeton. A standout freshman performer for the Tigers in 1999-00, Gloger, if he wants to continue with basketball, will again have to sit out this season to have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2002-03.
Freshman Walkons - There will be two freshman walkons on this year's roster - No. 13 Gene Barnes (5-10) and No. 15 Quinn Hawking (6-4). Barnes, from Novata and The Branson School (Ross) was a four-year starter at point guard. An All-State, All-CIF and Bay Area All-Metro selection during his prep career, Barnes as a senior prepster in 2000-01, averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and just 2.0 turnovers a game, helping to lead The Branson School to a 29-5 overall record.
Hawking, from Brea and Anaheim HS, is the son of Bob Hawking, former head coach at CS Fullerton who also coached Bruin great Don MacLean at Simi Valley HS. As a senior last season, Quinn averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 44.0% from the three-point line (he hit 94 three-pointers). Last season, Hawking earned All-League and All-County honors.
Cunningham/Green Inducted Into UCLA Hall of Fame - Eleven new members, including Gary Cunningham, who was a UCLA player, assistant and head coach, and John Green, a 1962 All-American guard, will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame Friday, October 12. An invitation-only induction dinner will be held in the new Hall of Fame, located at the east end of the J.D. Morgan Intercollegiate Athletics Center. The new inductees will also be introduced during halftime of Saturday's football game vs. Washington at the Rose Bowl.
Cunningham, now the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara, was a three-year (1960-61-62) starter at forward for John Wooden, and '62 co-captain of the team that came within seconds of a chance at the NCAA championship (lost to Cincinnati 72-70 in a semifinal game and lost to Wake Forest 82-80 for third-place). In 1960, Cunningham made 28 out of 28 free throws in league play, still a school record. He was the coach of Lew Alcindor's freshman team that defeated Wooden's defending NCAA championship team in the opening scrimmage of the 1965-66 season. Cunningham then served as an assistant coach to Wooden from 1969-75 and was a part of six National Championship teams. In 1976 and '77, he served as executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association before returning to the hardwood. Cunningham followed Gene Bartow as UCLA's head coach during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons when the Bruins went 50-8, won two Pac-10 championships and two NCAA berths before resigning to enter the field of athletic administration.
Green, a teammate of Cunningham's, was a three-year starting guard for Wooden from 1960-62 and a consensus first-team All-American and All-Conference selection his senior season. In 1962, he led the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance in school history. In his senior year, Green led the Bruins in scoring with a 19.3 scoring average and his season total 559 points ranked second at the time on the all-time UCLA list.
Green's UCLA career averages were 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1962 NBA draft.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2001 brings the total membership to 166.
Along with Cunningham and Green, the 2001 inductees are Jill Andrews, gymnastics, Sharron Backus, softball, Jim Brown, football, Charles Cheshire, football, Terry Donahue, football, Warren Edmonson, track and field, John Lee, football, Lisa Longaker, softball, and Ozzie Volstad, volleyball.
Happy Birthday Coach Wooden - John Wooden celebrates his 91st birthday on Sunday (Oct. 14). UCLA's head coach from 1949-75, Wooden's UCLA record was 620-147 (80.0), winning a record 10 NCAA Championships, including seven in a row from 1967-73 and 16 conference titles.