Oct. 13, 2004
Upcoming Major Dates for UCLA Men's Basketball
1. Thursday, Oct. 14
10:30 a.m., Ben Howland Press Conference - Coach Howland's first press conference of the 2004-05 campaign will be held at the (LAAC) Los Angeles Athletic Club (431 W. 7th St.) in the Fleet Room.
Noon - LAAC Tipoff Luncheon, featuring Coach Howland and all the Southern California Div. I head coaches. Media please make luncheon reservations with Matt Draper, Formula PR (310-578-7050).
3 p.m. - In Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins will host their annual Media Day, where coaches and players will be available for interviews and pictures. The Bruins' first practice will be Saturday, Oct. 16 (closed to the media).
2. Thursday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. - Pac-10 Media Day (LAX Hilton/5711 W. Century Blvd.) - featuring all the Pac-10 men's head coaches and returning All-Pac-10 players.
Ben Howland - Begins his second season at UCLA and his 11th year as a head coach (UCLA 2003-04/Pittsburgh 2000-03/Northern Arizona 1995-99/179-116 overall). In his first season (2003-04) at UCLA, the Bruins were 11-17 overall (7-11, Pac-10, 7th tie), started the season at 9-3, defeated NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and made a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In his final two seasons (2001-02/2002-03) 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 (school record for wins)-6 overall, advanced to the NCAA "Sweet 16" and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was named the consensus National Coach of the Year (please see attached Howland bio).
Howland Press Conferences -Following Pac-10 Media Day (Nov. 4), Howland's next press conference will be Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room (please see attached 2004-05 press conference schedule).
UCLA Staff - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second season on the Bruin staff - Donny Daniels, who for three seasons (2000-03) was the head coach at CS Fullerton; Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson; along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who for two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach E. J. "Doc" Kreis (second season), trainer Tony Spino (first season), Video Coordinator Scott Garson (first season), Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, entering his 13th season on the Bruin basketball staff, Administrative Assistant Kristi Tanizaki (first season), Head Equipment Manager Mike McBride (ninth season) and Academic Coordinator Kenny Donaldson (first season).
The Bruins - From last season's team, the Bruins returns a senior-laden (five) club that will feature four starters and an additional five lettermen, including three players who averaged at least eight minutes a game, along with an incoming freshman recruiting class rated No. 4 in the U. S. (HoopMasters.com). UCLA returns two full-time starters (6-7 senior guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6-6 senior guard Cedric Bozeman, and both 7-0 junior centers who last season shared the starting position - Ryan Hollins and Michael Fey). The Bruins return five other lettermen, including three seniors who saw significant playing time - 6-2 guard Brian Morrison, 6-3 guard Janou Rubin and 6-8 forward Josiah Johnson, along with 6-3 junior guard Quinn Hawking and 6-1 sophomore guard Ike Williams. UCLA also returns 6-8 sophomore forward Matt McKinney, who originally redshirted during the 2002-03 campaign, then missed all of last season with a broken left foot. UCLA's highly-acclaimed incoming freshman class will be led by two McDonald's All-Americans - 6-2 point guard Jordan Farmar and 6-5 guard Arron Afflalo, Parade Magazine All-American 6-5 guard Josh Shipp and CalHi Sports All-State performer 6-8 center/forward Lorenzo Mata (please see attached 2004-05 UCLA Outlook).
Ryan Walcott - Announced on Sept. 30 that he was transferring to Grand Canyon University in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Walcott would have been a senior this season. In his Bruin career, he appeared in 80 games (nine starts), with averages of 13.5 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.8 assists.
Exhibition Games - UCLA will have two in Pauley Pavilion - Friday, Nov. 5 vs. Simon Fraser (7:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 11 vs. Centro Universitario Mineiro Uberlandia (Brazil) (7:30 p.m.).
UCLA Regular Season Schedule - Eight teams on this year's Bruin schedule advanced to postseason play in 2004 - five in the NCAA Tournament (nonconference teams Boston College and Michigan State, along with Pac-10 opponents Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (non-league opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant)(please see attached 2004-05 UCLA Schedule).
John Wooden Classic - On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Bruins will play in the John Wooden Classic, at The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. Game one will feature Arizona vs. Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m., followed by UCLA vs. Boston College. In all, the Bruins have appeared in the Wooden Classic seven times, with a 5-2 record. Last season, UCLA lost to Kentucky, 52-50, at the Wooden Classic.
Gail Goodrich Jersey Number Retirement Ceremony - On Saturday, Dec. 18, when UCLA hosts Michigan at 2 p.m., Bruin great Gail Goodrich will have his jersey number (25) retired in a halftime ceremony. The leading scorer on UCLA's 1964 (21.5) and '65 (24.8) NCAA Championship teams under Coach John Wooden, Goodrich earned All-American honors in 1965. In UCLA's 1965 NCAA title win over Michigan, Goodrich scored 42 points, then a school record and NCAA Championship game record. In Goodrich's 14-year NBA career, he was a five-time NBA All-Star and in 1972, he was the leading scorer (25.9) on the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Championship team, a squad that set the NBA record for 33 consecutive regular season wins. A charter member (1984) of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, Goodrich in 1996 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He will be the seventh UCLA men's basketball player to have his jersey number retired, joining - 31 Ed O'Bannon, 32 Bill Walton, 33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 35 Sidney Wicks, 42 Walt Hazzard and 54 Marques Johnson.
UCLA in the NBA - The Bruins have 12 players on Fall Camp 2004-05 rosters - Trevor Ariza (NY Knicks, rookie season); Matt Barnes (Sacramento Kings, second season, spent last season with the LA Clippers); Mitchell Butler (Washington Wizards, ninth season); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, sixth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, third season); Jason Kapono (Charlotte Bobcats, second season, spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers); Darrick Martin (Minnesota Timberwolves, 10th season); Jelani McCoy (Milwaukee Bucks, sixth season); Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 18th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fifth season); Tracy Murray (NY Knicks, 13th season, spent last year with the Portland Trail Blazers); Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, fourth season).
Bibby, Slaughter Inducted into UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame - At a dinner on Oct. 8, Bruin basketball greats Henry Bibby and Fred Slaughter were among eight former UCLA athletes (Class of 2004) who were inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime of the UCLA-Arizona football game at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 9). Under Coach John Wooden, Henry Bibby, the current USC head coach, was a three-year starting guard on three (1970-72) UCLA NCAA Championship teams. He earned All-American honors as a senior in 1972. Under Coach Wooden, Fred Slaughter was a three-year starter (1962-64) at center who played on UCLA's first NCAA Championship team (1964).
Preseason Notes - Preseason magazines have hit the newsstands and here's what the magazines are saying about the Bruins:
Athlon - Team - Postseason Prediction, NIT/5th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10. Lindy's - Team - 6th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, third-team All-Pac- 10; Jordan Farmar, No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10. Street & Smith's - Team - 7th in the Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.
The Sporting News - Team - 5th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 14 small forward in the U. S./2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.