June 18, 2006
Afflalo announced Saturday that he had withdrawn his name from the June 28 draft. He did not hire an agent, so he will return for his junior season.
The deadline to withdraw was Sunday.
"It was really tough. It went down to the wire," Farmar said. "There were so many positives both ways."
Farmar said he plans to hire an agent within days. He worked out for five NBA teams, including Sacramento and New Jersey.
"I feel like I'm ready mentally. I know I can play at that level against anybody," he said during a conference call. "I've got nothing but positive feedback from many of the teams. My lifelong dream has been to play in the NBA."
Farmar said he surprised teams with his strength.
"At 170 pounds, they thought I would be a lot weaker than I was. I tested at the top of the charts in just about everything," he said.
He declined to say whether any team had guaranteed taking him in the first round. Second-round picks do not receive guaranteed contracts.
"I'm mentally prepared if that happens," he said.
Farmar and Afflalo led the Bruins to a runner-up finish to Florida in the national championship game after helping them win the Pac-10 regular-season and tournament titles.
Afflalo and Farmar, the Bruins' co-captains, shared the John Wooden Award as the team's most valuable players this season. UCLA finished 32-7, tying a school record for most wins.
Farmar was the second-leading scorer at 13.5 points and led the Pac-10 in assists.
"I'm proud and excited about all the great play he brought to UCLA," coach Ben Howland said. "We are totally supportive of his decision."
Howland said sophomore-to-be Darren Collison would replace Farmar as the Bruins' starting point guard.
UCLA's point guard Jordan Farmar, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer who led the conference in assists (5.11), on Sunday announced he will remain in the 2006 NBA Draft and will not return to UCLA for his junior season.
The deadline for early entrants (who did not sign with an agent) to withdraw their names from the Draft is today (Sunday, June 18/2 p.m.PT). The 2006 NBA Draft will be held June 28 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Yesterday, Bruin junior guard Arron Afflalo announced that he withdrew from the upcoming draft and will remain at UCLA for the upcoming season.
Below is a synopsis of Farmar's standout sophomore season, helping to lead UCLA to the NCAA Championship game (first time since 1995) and to the Pac-10 Regular Season (first time since 1997) and Tournament (first time since 1987) championships. In 2005-06, UCLA set the school record for most games played (39, 32-7) and tied the school record for most wins (32, with UCLA 1995 NCAA Championship team that was 32-1).
1 Jordan Farmar (Far-mar)
6-2, 180, So., G, Los Angeles, CA (Taft)
2005-06 PRESEASON HONORS - Wooden Award/Naismith Trophy candidate; Athlon Honorable mention All-America, No. 8 Top Floor Leader, first-team All-Pac-10; Blue Ribbon All-conference; Collegehoops.net first-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's No. 11 point guard in U.S., second-team All-Pac-10; Sporting News No. 4 point guard in U.S., second-team All-Pac-10.
2005-06 SEASON AVERAGES - One of the top point guards in the country, Farmar has made the clutch plays for the Bruins throughout the season and is a prime candidate for All-America acclaim.
On March 10 was named a CollegeInsider.com All-American and was also a CollegeHoops.net Honorable Mention All-American, on March 7 was named a first-team USBWA All-Dist. IX selection, on March 6 was named a first-team All-Pac-10 performer and is on the 22-man finalist list for the Wooden Award. On March 1 was named the CollegeInsider.com Pac-10 Most Valuable Player. On Feb. 18, Farmar was named first-team NABC All-Dist. 15. On Feb. 13, it was announced he's on the Mid-Season Naismith Trophy list (30 candidates). On Feb. 2, it was announced that Farmar is one of 20 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. On Jan. 28, it was announced that he is on the Mid-Season Wooden Award list (30 candidates). He is the one of just four players in the nation, and the only underclassman, to be on all three lists (joining senior guards - Illinois' Dee Brown, Pittsburgh's Carl Krauser and Syracuse's Gerry McNamara). In addition, he and Arron Afflalo were named the No. 3 backcourt in the nation by SI.com on Jan. 25.
He was also named to the NCAA Oakland Regional and Pac-10 Tournament teams. In addition, he was selected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team.
In 37 games and starts (he missed the Delaware State and Albany games with a sprained right ankle), he averaged 30.4 minutes (No. 2 on the team) 13.5 points (No. 2/No. 14 in Pac-10), 5.1 assists (No. 1 on the team and No. 1 in the Pac-10), 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals, while shooting .410 (172-420) from the floor, .333 (63-189, No. 4) from three-point range and .717 (91-127, No. 4) from the free throw line.
His 189 assists rank No. 9 on the UCLA single-season list. His 63 three-point field goals rank ninth while his 189 attempts rank T-third.
Farmar scored in double figures 26 times, including team-highs of 28 points vs. Memphis; 24 points vs. Nevada; 22 vs. West Virginia; 21 points at Michigan, at USC and vs. Oregon State; and 20 points at Washington State. He led the team in scoring 13 times.
Farmar led the team in assists in 23 of the last 27 games and in 30 of his 37 starts (including ties) and in steals on 17 occasions. He had at least six assists in 14 of his 37 games.
In the final 13 games, he averaged 12.2 points (No. 2) and 4.5 assists in 29.5 minutes while shooting .404 from the floor, .347 from three-point range and .696 from the line. In NCAA play, he averaged a team-high 12.5 points and 4.2 assists.
In his final 19 games, he made 36 of 48 (.750) free throws.
FARMAR'S 2005-06 SEASON HIGHS - 39 minutes vs. Memphis (11/23); 28 points vs. Memphis (11/23); 5 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/26), USC (1/18), Stanford (12/29), Michigan (12/17), Memphis (11/23), Temple (11/17); 12 assists vs. Washington (1/14); 3 steals vs. Oregon (1/26), NMS (11/15); 2 blocked shots vs. USC (2/19), SAC. ST. (12/23).
FARMAR'S 2005-06 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Final) - Scoring - 14th, 13.5; Assists - 1st, 5.11; Asst/TO Ratio - 7th, 1.40.
FARMAR'S CAREER HIGHS - 46 minutes vs. WSU (1/6/05); 28 points vs. Memphis (11/23/05); 7 rebounds vs. Oregon State (3/3/05), Cal (2/17/05); 12 assists vs. Washington (1/14/06); 4 steals vs. ASU (2/10/05), WSU (1/6/05); 2 blocked shots vs. USC (2/19/06), SAC. ST. (12/23/05).
UCLA CAREER CHARTS - 3pt. Chart - He ranks T-No. 10 on the career three-point field goal list with 97 and No. 10 with 291 three-point field goal attempts.
2005-06 HIGHLIGHTS - In 37 minutes vs. New Mexico State, he had 18 points (7-14, 0-4, 4-4), eight assists, season-high three steals and two rebounds. Against Temple, he contributed four points, season-best five rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes and sprained his right ankle late in the contest. He did not play vs. Delaware St. (right ankle sprain). Against Memphis, he scored a career-high 28 points (9-20, 4-9, 6-8), including 23 in the second half (at one point in the second half, he scored 13 consecutive points). He also had seven assists, a season-high tying five rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes. Against Drexel, Farmer made one of two free throws with 0.8 seconds remaining to give UCLA the 57-56 win. He finished with six points, eight assists and two rebounds. Did not play vs. Albany (right ankle sprain). In 35 minutes vs. Coppin State, he had his first career double/double (16 points/10 assists), with three rebounds and one steal. In 33 minutes vs. Nevada, he scored a game-high tying 24 points (10-13, 3-3, 1-4) and added two rebounds, two steals and one assist. In the second-half with UCLA leading by one with 8:42 remaining, he scored 11 of UCLA's next 17 points as the Bruins built a 63-49 lead with 3:15 remaining. In the win at Michigan, he had a game-high 21 points (7-15, 3-5, 4-7), season-high tying five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes. He had 15 of his points (5-9, 3-4, 2-4) in the final 20 minutes. In 32 minutes vs. Wagner, he had 12 points, nine assists, including one to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute for the winning basket with 14 seconds remaining, three rebounds and one steal. In 29 minutes vs. Sacramento State, Farmar had 15 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a career-best two blocked shots. Against Stanford, he played just 14 minutes (four in the second half) because he aggravated his right ankle sprain and finished with five points, five rebounds and four assists. In 36 minutes vs. California, he had six points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. In 24 minutes at Arizona (he aggravated his right ankle sprain), he contributed 11 points (he connected on four consecutive free throws late in the game to preserve the Bruin win), four assists, one rebound and one steal. At Arizona State, his clutch play won the game for the Bruins. His basket with 35 seconds remaining gave UCLA a 59-57 lead. After ASU took a 60-59 lead with 14 seconds remaining, Farmer, with no timeouts available, brought the ball down, drove the lane and hit a short shot with just under four seconds left for the win. On the day, he had nine points (two of this three baskets came in the last 35 seconds), three assists, one rebound and one steal in 29 minutes. In 28 minutes vs. Washington State, he had 12 points, seven assists, two rebounds and one steal. Against Washington, he had three points, a career-high 12 assists and one rebound in 30 minutes. In 27 minutes vs. USC, he had a team-high 15 points, six assists, a season-high tying five rebounds and two steals, including two three-pointers which were UCLA's first two baskets. In 36 minutes against West Virginia, he had a team-high 22 points (7-15, 3-8, 5-6), three rebounds, three assists and one steal. In 32 minutes at Oregon, he had 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and a season-high tying three steals. With the score tied at 45 and just over four minutes remaining, he made steals on back-to-back possessions that led to a layup for himself and two free throws by Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Ducks never got closer than three points. In 31 minutes at Oregon State, he had 13 points, eight assists and three rebounds and again made the clutch plays when Oregon State cut a 15-point lead to seven. In 31 minutes vs. Arizona State, he had a game-high 18 points (7-12, 3-6, 1-1/15 in the first half), four assists, two rebounds and two steals. In the win over Arizona, he had 13 points, four assists, two steals and one rebound in 31 minutes. Sprained his left ankle in the second half (X-rays Saturday night revealed no abnormalities). Early in the week following his injury, he was in a walking boot and had an MRI on Monday (confirming the sprained left ankle). At Washington State, he led the Bruins with 20 (of UCLA's) 50 points (7-13, 2-5, 4-5) and added four rebounds in 29 minutes. In 32 minutes at Washington, he had 13 points (eight of 10 from the line), five assists, two steals and one rebound. In 31 minutes at USC, he had a team-high 21 points (7-17, 4 (career-high tying)-7, 3-4), a game-high five assists, three rebounds, game-high tying two steals and a career high-tying two blocks. He had 14 of his points in the second half, including five in the final minute as UCLA cut a 10-point deficit to three. In 30 minutes vs. Oregon State, he contributed a game-high 21 minutes (8-13, 4-7, 1-1), four assists and two rebounds. He tallied 17 points (6-7, career-high tying 4-4, 1-1) in 12 second-half minutes. Against Oregon, he had 11 points, season-high tying five rebounds and a team-high five assists in 30 minutes. In the overtime win at California, he had eight points, six assists, two rebounds and one block in 34 minutes. With UCLA leading by three in overtime, he scored the final six points of the contest on a basket and four free throws. In 28 minutes at Stanford, he contributed 13 points, seven assists (zero turnovers) and one steal. He scored 11 (5-8, 1-2, 0-0) of his points in the first half, including UCLA's first five after the Bruins trailed 5-0. In the Pac-10 Tourney against Oregon State, he had seven points, five assists and one steal in 22 minutes. In the semis against Arizona, he contributed five points, six assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes. In the Pac-10 title game against California, he led the Bruins with 19 points (7-12, 5-8, 0-1) and added three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes. When Cal cut UCLA's lead to 11 points with 5:53 remaining, he hit back-to-back three-pointers to build the lead to 17 with 4:47 left. He was selected to the All-Tournament team. In 26 minutes against Belmont in the NCAA Tournament, he had eight points, five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block. In the win over Alabama, he led the Bruins with 18 points (6-13, career-high tying 5-10, 1-2), including his first three three-point attempts, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. In 33 minutes vs. Gonzaga, he tied for the team lead with 15 points and added a game-high six assists and two steals. His pass led to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's winning basket with just nine seconds remaining in the game. In the victory over Memphis, he had four points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes. Against LSU, he had 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes. In the national championship game vs. Florida, he led the Bruins with 18 points and added four assists, two rebounds and two steals in 34 minutes. He was named to the Final Four All-Tournament team for his efforts.