April 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES - UCLA junior guard, Arron Afflalo, the Pacific-10 Player of the Year, was given the Coach John R. Wooden Award as the Bruins' Most Valuable Player Monday at UCLA's annual Hoopsters Awards/Dinner Banquet held at the Beverly Hilton.
UCLA's first consensus All-American since Ed O'Bannon in 1995, Afflalo led the Bruins in scoring (16.9 ppg), which ranked third in the Pac-10 Conference. He helped guide the Bruins to back-to-back Final Four appearances and back-to-back Pac-10 titles. Afflalo also shared the Coach John Wooden Award last year with Jordan Farmar.
During the evening's festivities, Afflalo also was given the Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award (Outstanding Defensive Player) for the third year in a row.
Sophomore guard Darren Collison also was a double award winner, receiving the UCLA Alumni Association Award (Team Assist Leader) after averaging 5.7 apg, which ranked second in the Pac-10. Collison was also given the Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award (Free Throw Champion) by shooting 81.0 percent (94-for-116) from the charity stripe.
Two starting sophomores - Josh Shipp and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - shared the Bruin Hoopsters J.D. Morgan Memorial Award (Outstanding Team Play). Shipp finished second on the team in scoring (13.3 ppg) and in assists (2.6 apg) while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was fourth in scoring (8.2 ppg) and second in steals (1.7 spg). He was also the third and final Bruin to take home two awards on the evening, earning the Gerald A. Finerman Award (Team Rebounding Leader) after averaging 7.4 rebounds per game (259 rebounds).
Bruin freshman Russell Westbrook won the Seymour Armond Memorial Award (Most Valuable Freshman) after averaging 3.4 points per game and shooting 45.7 percent (48-for-105) from the field and 40.9 percent (9-for-22) from three-point range in his first collegiate campaign.
Junior center Lorenzo Mata was given the Bruin Bench Basketball Award for Most Improvement in All-Around Play and Mental Attitude. He averaged 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while leading UCLA in blocks with 42 (1.2 bpg) and was one of only four Bruins (Afflalo, Westbrook and Michael Roll were the other three) to play in all 36 games on the year.
Sophomore forward/center Alfred Aboya was given the Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award for Competitive Spirit, Inspiration and Unselfish Contributions. He averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in his second season with UCLA.
2007 UCLA Men's Basketball/Bruin Hoopsters Annual Awards/Dinner Banquet Award Winners
Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award/Free Throw Champion: Darren Collison
Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award/Competitive Spirit, Inspiration and Unselfish Contributions: Alfred Aboya
Seymour Armond Memorial Award/Most Valuable Freshman: Russell Westbrook
Bruin Bench Basketball Award/Most Improvement in All-Around Play and Mental Attitude: Lorenzo Mata
Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award/Outstanding Defensive Player: Arron Afflalo
UCLA Alumni Association Award/Team Assist Leader: Darren Collison
Gerald A. Finerman Award/Team Rebounding Leader: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
Coach John Wooden Award/Most Valuable Player: Arron Afflalo