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No. 12 UCLA Hosts CS Fullerton in 1997-98 Home Opener

Dec. 8, 1997

Bruins Play Five of Next Six Games at Home

Sat.,Dec. 13 - No. 12 UCLA (3-1) vs. CS Fullerton (4-2), Pauley Pavilion, 7:30p.m. PST (TV-Fox Sports West 2, with Bill Macdonald and Bill Walton; Radio-1150AMwith Chris Roberts & Lew Stowers).

Looking Ahead (in December) - Thurs.,Dec. 18-UCLA vs. Northern Arizona,7:30 p.m. PST, Pauley Pavilion; Sat., Dec. 20-UCLA vs. Saint Louis, 1 p.m. PST,Pauley Pavilion; Mon., Dec. 22-UCLA vs. Boise State, 7:30 p.m. PST, PauleyPavilion; Sat.,Dec. 27-UCLA at UNLV, 9:30 p.m. PST; Tues.,Dec. 30-UCLA vs.Illinois, 7:30 p.m.PST, Pauley Pavilion.

No. 12 UCLA (3-1) Starting LineupStartersNo. Name             Pos.  Ht.      Cl.  Ppg  Rpg52  J. R. Henderson    C   6-8 1/2  Sr. 19.5  7.3 5  Baron Davis        G   6-1 1/2  Fr. 14.8  5.312  Toby Bailey        G   6-5      Sr. 17.8  5.320  Brandon Loyd       G   5-10     Jr.  4.3  0.825  Earl Watson        G   6-0      Fr.  5.3  4.5Reserves 3  Billy Knight     G/F   6-4      Fr.  5.3  1.5 4  Kevin Daley        F   6-6      So.  2.5  2.013  Travis Reed        F   6-6      Fr.  7.8  3.522  Rico Hines         F   6-3      Fr.  1.3  0.8

Head Coach Steve Lavin: In his second year as head coach and seventhseason on the Bruin staff with a career and school record of 27-9. This will beLavin's first game vs. CS Fullerton as the Bruins' head coach. As a Bruinassistant (1992-96), UCLA beat Fullerton four times.

Bruin Notes - UCLA has won three games in a row, with its last win a 69-58victory over No. 8 New Mexico on Dec. 6 at The Pond in Anaheim in The WoodenClassic. The game vs. Fullerton will be Kris Johnson's first of the 97-98 season.

CS Fullerton (4-2) Starting LineupStartersNo. Name             Pos.  Ht.      Cl.  Ppg  Rpg 5  Ike Harmon         F   6-7      So. 13.2  5.625  Craig Whitehead    F   6-6      Sr. 10.5  4.242  Mark Richardson    C   6-7      Jr.  4.7  5.312  Chris Dade         G   6-2      Sr. 20.2  2.524  Chris St. Clair    G   6-0      Sr. 12.8  3.3

Head Coach Bob Hawking: In his fourth year at the Titan helm with a schooland career mark of 30-56. He is 0-2 vs. UCLA.

1997-98: The Titans are off to a 4-2 start, the same record they had tobegin last season. Fullerton's last game was a victory over San Diego, 76-70 onDec. 6 at Fullerton. The Titans were led by Ike Harmon's 27 points and 10rebounds. After six games, CSF is led by senior guard Chris Dade, who is theteam's leading scorer, 20.2.

Series History: UCLA leads it 7-0 and all the games have been in PauleyPavilion. There have been five games in the 1990s--79-63 in 1995-96, 99-65 in1994-95, 90-82 in 1992-93, 86-80 in 1991-92 and 87-75 in 1989-90.

Last Game

On Dec. 6 before 14,274 at The Pond in Anaheim, No. 15 UCLA defeated No. 8 New Mexico, 69-58 in The Wooden Classic. The Bruins led 34-30 at halftime and held the Lobos to just 28 second half points, while scoring 35. The Bruins were led by seniors, J. R. Henderson and Toby Bailey. Henderson had a season and game- and season-high 24 points, with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 40 minutes of action. On the defensive end, he limited New Mexico's Kenny Thomas, a preseason All-American, to just eight points, including none at halftime, and six boards in 40 minutes. Bailey scored 18 points, with four rebounds and a season-high seven assists, also in 40 minutes (season-high). Bruin freshman Travis Reed added a season-high 14 points. UCLA shot 48.3 from the field, a season-low 28.6 (4-14) from the three-point line and 58.3 from the foul line, with 35 rebounds and a season-high 19 turnovers. New Mexico was limited to 40.8 from the field, 35.0 from the three-point line and 68.8 from the foul line ,with an opponent-season low 26 rebounds and 23 turnovers.

Bruin Notes

The win over New Mexico was UCLA's third victory (with no losses) in The Wooden Classic. In the first Wooden Classic in 1994, UCLA beat Kentucky 82-81, when then-Bruin freshman J. R. Henderson sank two free throws with 0.6 seconds left in the game to seal the win for the Bruins. In 1995, UCLA beat Maryland 73-63, when then-Bruin freshman Jelani McCoy had UCLA's first-ever recorded triple-double--15 points, 10 rebounds and a Pac-10 and school single-game record of 11 blocked shots. UCLA did not play in the Wooden Classic last year.

At the Alaska Shootout, where Baron Davis and Earl Watson started all three games for the Bruins, it was the first time since the 1979-80 season that UCLA started two freshmen at the guard positions. In '79-80, under Larry Brown, the Bruins started freshmen Rod Foster and Michael Holton, now in his second year as a UCLA assistant, and the Bruins advanced to the NCAA championship game, losing to Louisville. The loss to North Carolina was the second worst in school history and the Bruins tied the school record for single-game three-point attempts (23). Against Alaska Anchorage, UCLA at one time had five true freshmen on the floor, for the first time since freshmen became eligible in 1972-73.

UCLA is now 3-1 to start the season and it's the first time since 1994-95 (4-0, was 6-0 before losing only game of the season) the Bruins have three wins in the opening four games. The opening season defeat to North Carolina at The Alaska Shootout was UCLA's third consecutive opening game loss -- 1995, 78-69 to Santa Clara at the Maui Classic (started the season 2-2); 1996, 77-76 OT to Tulsa in Pauley at the Preseason NIT (started the season 2-2) and 1997, 109-68 to North Carolina at The Alaska Shootout.

On Monday, Sept. 29, two UCLA players, senior Kris Johnson and junior Jelani McCoy, were indefinitely suspended from the team for violation of department policies and team rules. On Monday, Nov. 17, Johnson was partially reinstated to return to practice, but was not reinstated for games. On Monday, Dec. 1, McCoy was also reinstated to return to practice, but has not been reinstated for games. Johnson was cleared to play in games on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Johnson and McCoy did not accompany the team to Anchorage or play in the Wooden Classic.

In the early signing period, the Bruins inked 6-4, 200-pound Ray Young, from St. Joseph Notre Dame HS in Alameda, rated the No. 1 prep off-guard in the nation by Dick Vitale's preseason magazine, and 6-7, 215-pound forward Matt Barnes, from Del Campo HS in Fair Oaks, one of the top forward prospects in the State.

In preseason rankings, the Bruin were picked No. 5 by USA Today and No. 6 by AP. In a vote of Pac-10 sportswriters in the conference preseason poll, UCLA was selected second in the Pac-10, behind defending national champion Arizona.

Toby Bailey, J. R. Henderson and Jelani McCoy are all on preseason lists for the Naismith and Wooden Player of the Year and All-American team. On Naismith, Bailey, Henderson and McCoy are on the Best of the Rest chart (10 players) and on the Wooden list, Bailey and McCoy are among the Top 25 candidates and Henderson is on the Players Considered Top 25 chart.

UCLA players and coaches are available for interviews following practices on Tuesday and Friday (3-6 p.m.) and practices are open those days for the media. Interviews at other times can be arranged through the UCLA Sports Information Office.

The Bruins have won the last three Pac-10 titles outright. Should UCLA win its fourth consecutive conference crown in 1998, the Bruins would be the first team since the inception of the Pac-10 Conference in 1978-79 to accomplish this feat. UCLA won 13 straight Pac-10 titles from 1967-79. The Bruins are 48-6 in conference play over the last three years with three outright championships. In the second half of Pac-10 play over the last three years, UCLA is 26-1. In the last six years, it owns a record of 46-8 in the second half of the season.

In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA is the only Pac-10 school to have a winning record against every other team in the league: 9-8 vs. Arizona, 17-0 vs. Arizona State, 10-6 vs. California, 13-4 vs. Oregon, 14-3 vs. Oregon State, 11-5 vs. Stanford, 10-6 vs. USC, 14-2 vs. Washington, 15-1 vs. Washington State (includes 1990 Pac-10 Postseason results).

UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage shooting the last two years --1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698).

UCLA's three seniors (Toby Bailey, J. R. Henderson, Kris Johnson) have participated in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, a record of 9-2, including the 1995 NCAA Title and 1997 Elite Eight; three straight Pac-10 titles, including a conference record of 48-6 (88.9) and three consecutive 20+game winning seasons, averaging 26 wins a year with an overall mark of 82-18 (82.0)

Toby Bailey's younger brother, Ryan 'Moose' Bailey, is sitting out this season at UCLA after transferring from Penn State. In 1997 at Penn State, Bailey started as a true freshman for the Nittany Lions at point guard. He will be a sophomore next season for the Bruins.

The 1997 NCAA Tournament was UCLA's 33rd appearance in the "Big Dance", including bids the last nine consecutive years. Currently, only three schools have advanced to the NCAA Tournament more consecutive times--North Carolina 23, Arizona 13 and Indiana 12. The Bruins hold the record for most NCAA titles (11), last winning in 1995, and victories (77).

UCLA's total of 24 wins in 1997 has been exceeded only three times in the last 18 years - 1987 (25), 1992 (28) and 1995 (32). The last time a Bruin first-year coach won more games than Steve Lavin in 1997 was in 1978, when Gary Cunningham won 25.

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 1,407-605 (69.9, 2,012 games) in 78 years of college basketball. UCLA's 69.9 winning percentage is No. 4 in the nation behind Kentucky, North Carolina and UNLV. Kansas is fifth.

UCLA has the nation's current record of 49 straight winning seasons (1948-49 to 1996-97).

UCLA's sweep of defending NCAA champion Arizona in 1997 was its third in the last six years. In 1992, the Bruins swept the Wildcats and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. In 1995, the Bruins swept the Wildcats and won the NCAA title. In 1997, UCLA advanced to the Elite Eight, giving it an NCAA record of 12-2 in those three years.

Pauley Pavilion (12,819) is in its 33rd season in 1997-98 as the home of the Bruins. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 460-51 (511 games, 89.8; Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion). On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilon history watched that game (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). 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 1994-95 (15-0). The Bruins finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0) for the first time since the 1994-95 season. UCLA's nonconference losses to Kansas on Dec. 7, 1996 and to Tulsa on Nov. 20, 1996 were only the Bruins' third and fourth nonleague defeats at home in the last seven years. In nonconference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1990-91, UCLA is 40-4. The losses were against -- Kansas, 96-83, 1996-97; Tulsa, 77-76 OT, 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.

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. On fall camp rosters to open the 1997-98 season, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters--Mitchell Butler, Cleveland Cavaliers; Tyus Edney, Boston Celtics, Jack Haley, New Jersey Nets; Don MacLean, New Jersey Nets; Darrick Martin, Los Angeles Clippers; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Washington Wizards; Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic; Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, Los Angeles Clippers; George Zidek, Denver Nuggets.

UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN - The 1997 Basketball Times' National Rookie Coach of the Year, NABC District 15 Coach of the Year and USBWA District 9 Coach of the Year, Lavin in 1997 led UCLA to a 24-8 overall mark, a No. 7 national ranking, its third consecutive Pac-10 title and ninth straight NCAA bid, reaching the NCAA Elite Eight Midwest Region title game. He is entering his second season as head coach and seventh on the Bruin staff. His 24 wins in 1997 are the most by a first-year Bruin coach since Gary Cunningham won 25 games in 1978. Since being named head coach on Feb. 11, 1997, the Bruins are 14-2, dating back to last season and including an 11-game winning streak from last year. During his six seasons at UCLA, Lavin has been involved in one NCAA title (1995), three NCAA Elite Eights (1992, '95 and 1997), four Pac-10 championships (1997, '96, '95 and '92) and six straight NCAA Tournament and 20+game winning seasons. He has coached in eight consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA and Purdue. Enjoys coaching the defensive end of the floor. In 1995 and '96, UCLA led the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense and rebound margin.

            Lavin's UCLA Head Coaching Record1997-98      3-11996-97     24-8 (Pac-10 Champ)            27-9 (75.0)Lavin's UCLA Assistant Coaching Record1995-96      23-8  (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ)1994-95      32-1  (NCAA & Pac-10 Champ)1993-94      21-7  (NCAA)1992-93      22-11 (NCAA)1991-92      28-5  (NCAA, Pac-10 Champ)            126-32 (79.7)UCLA Totals 153-41 (78.9)Bruin Defense Under Lavin(FG % Def.)1996-97 42.3 (3rd in Pac-10) 1995-96 41.6 (led Pac-10)1994-95 40.8 (led Pac-10)1993-94 42.11992-93 44.61991-92 45.5

Media Conferences - Here's a list of Lavin's weekly press conferences, held most Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room (upper NE corner of Pauley Pavilion)-- Dec. 16; over the holidays, Lavin will be available after practices; Wednesday, Jan. 7; Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3.

The Pac-10 Teleconferences begin Dec. 15, with other dates on Jan. 13, Jan. 20, Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 3. Lavin's time is from 10:49-10:56 a.m. Media need to call 913-661-0487 to participate.

BRUINS IN THE POLLSDate                  AP  USA Today/CNNPre-Season           6th      5thWeek One (Nov. 17)   7th      5thWeek Two (Nov. 24)   7th      6thWeek Three (Dec. 1) 15th     15thWeek Four (Dec. 8)  12th     14th        

Pac-10 Stats

Here are the Bruin rankings for this week (Dec. 8)-
Team -Scoring Offense-6th, 78.8; Scoring Margin-7th,+2.0; FG %-5th, 47.8; FT %-8th, 63.0; 3-Pt. %-7th, 31.7; Scoring Defense-9th, 76.8; FG % Defense-10th, 47.8; Rebounding Margin-7th, +0.8.

Individual - Scoring-J. R. Henderson, 4th, 19.5, Toby Bailey, 7th, 17.8, Baron Davis, 16th, 14.8; Rebounding- J. R. Henderson, 8th, 7.3, Toby Bailey-Baron Davis, 20thT, 5.3; FG %-Baron Davis, 2nd, 68.4; FT %-Toby Bailey, 5th, 85.0; Assists-Baron Davis, 3rd, 5.5; Steals-Earl Watson, 4thT, 2.5.

Special Stats

UCLA is 2-0 when leading at the five minute mark and 1-1 when trailing (the Bruins trailed Alabama-Birmingham 64-66 at the five minute mark and came back to win and trailed North Carolina 53-32 at the midway point).

The Bruins committed a season-high 19 turnovers in the win over New Mexico and a season-low 10 in the win over UAB.

UCLA has outrebounded two of its last three opponents (35-26 over New Mexico and 41-30 over UAA, both wins; UCLA and UAB tied 31-all and NC outrebounded UCLA 45-28).

UCLA is 3-0 when outshooting opponents, including the last three games, and 0-1 when not (vs. North Carolina). UCLA's last three opponents (NM, UAB, UAA) have shot 41.5 (66-159) from the field.

The Bruins' last three opponents are averaging just 66.0 (198) points a game.

In its last three games, UCLA is averaging 82.3 (247) points.

UCLA is 3-0 when J. R. Henderson scores 13 or more points (in 1996-97, UCLA was 15-0 when he scored 14 or more).

UCLA PLAYER UPDATES

Returning Seniors (3)

12 Toby Bailey, 6-5, Sr., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Loyola HS)

1998 Preseason Honors- National - Wooden Award Top 25 Candidate and Naismith Award Best of the Rest list. A Vitale and Sport Magazine third-team All-American, Street & Smith's high honorable mention All-American, Slam Magazine honorable mention All-American, Street & Smith's No. 1 shooting guard in the U. S., Vitale No. 3 shooting guard, The Sporting News' No. 6 shooting guard. Pac-10 - Street & Smith's first-team; Vitale and The Sporting News' second-team, Athlon third-team.

1998 Season Highlights- Scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, getting 18 points, four rebounds, a game and season-high seven assists, with a season-high tying one blocked shot and steal, in a full 40 minutes (season high; last year Bailey had seven games playing every minute) vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic. Started all three games in Alaska and was named to the All-Tournament team. Scored in double figures all three games, getting 10 vs. North Carolina, 15 against Alaska and a career-high 28 vs. Alabama-Birmingham, including 20 in the fourth quarter. Also did a good job rebounding, with five (tying for the team lead) vs. North Carolina and seven (tying for the team lead vs. Alaska). Played only 21 minutes vs. Alaska, his shortest stint since his freshman season, when he played just 14 minutes at Arizona State. Bailey has led the Bruins in scoring once (career-high 28 vs. UAB) and in rebounding twice (five vs. NC and seven vs. UAA). His season-highs include--a career-best 28 points vs. Alabama-Birmingham, seven rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, seven assists vs. New Mexico, three steals vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one blocked shot vs. UAB and New Mexico and 40 minutes vs. New Mexico. He's second on the team in minutes (32.3) and scoring (17.8), tied for second in rebounding (5.3), second in assists (3.8), tied for third in steals (1.0) and leads the regulars in foul shooting (85.0, 17-20). In Pac-10 stats, Bailey is seventh in scoring (17.8), tied for 20th in rebounding (5.3) and fifth in foul shooting (85.0, 17-20). His 13-15 foul shooting vs. Alabama-Birmingham are Pac-10 leaders.

Career Highlights- Bruin career charts --scoring (23rd, 1,326; 22nd, Jamaal Wilkes, 1,349, 1972-74); three-point field goals scored (2nd, 128; lst, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92); three-point field goals attempted (2nd, 375; lst, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92); assists (9th, 338; 8th, Andre McCarter, 376, 1974-76). Bailey has scored in double figures 69 times in his career (his last 15 games in a row), including all four games in 1997-98, 26 games in 1997, 24 games in '96 and 15 as a freshman in 1995. Has scored 20 or more points 15 times in his career. Bailey has started 80 straight games (played in a total of 100 contests; the school record for games played is 130, set by Mitchell Butler, 1990-93), including all four this season, all 32 in 1997, all 31 in '96 and the last 13 in 1995. Has played 3,167 career minutes, averaging almost 32 minutes a game overall. Recorded UCLA's second ever triple-double, getting 23 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best 10 assists in UCLA's 109-88 win over S. F. Austin on Dec. 18, 1995 in Pauley Pavilion as a sophomore. As a true freshman, was a leader in UCLA's 1995 NCAA championship drive, scoring a then-career-high 26 points twice, vs. Arkansas in the title game and vs. Connecticut in the West Regional final.

52 J.R. Henderson, 6-8 1/2, Sr., F/C, Bakersfield, CA (E. Bakersfield HS)

1998 Preseason Honors - National - On the Wooden Award Players Considered for the Top 25 chart and on the Naismith Best of the Rest list. Vitale, Preview Sports and Basketball Weekly third-team All-American; Street & Smith's honorable mention All-American; Athlon fourth-team All-American; Vitale and Street & Smith's No. 3 power forward; The Sporting News and Athlon No. 6 power forward. Pac-10--Vitale, The Sporting News, Athlon and Preview Sports first-team All-Pac-10.

1998 Season Highlights - UCLA's leading scorer (19.5), rebounder (7.3) and leader in blocked shots (0.8), he's also second in minutes (30.8) and fourth in assists (1.8) and steals (1.0), while shooting 50.0 from the field. He's led the Bruins in scoring twice (21 vs. UAA and a season-high 24 vs. NM) and in rebounding twice (seven vs. UAA and a season-high 13 vs. UAB). He has scored in double figures all four games and has had three straight games of 20+ points, for only the second time in his career (21 vs. UAA, 21 vs. UAB and a season-high 24 vs. New Mexico). Vs. New Mexico at The Wooden Classic, Henderson led the Bruins with a season-high 24 points, seven rebounds, a season-high three assists and three steals, in a season-best 40 minutes (last season Henderson had one game playing the entire contest). Also did a fine job defensively against Lobo preseason All-American Kenny Thomas, limiting Thomas to just eight points (none at halftime) and six rebounds in 40 minutes. For his efforts vs. the Lobos, Henderson was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee. He started all three games in Alaska--got 12 points vs. North Carolina; led the Bruins vs. Alaska with 21 points and seven rebounds; and scored 21 points again vs. UAB, with a game-high 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds was his highest since getting 13 last year at Washington. His UAB double-double was the sixth of his career. His season-highs include--24 points vs. New Mexico, 13 rebounds vs. Alabama-Birmingham, three assists vs. New Mexico, three steals vs. New Mexico, two blocked shots vs. North Carolina and 40 minutes vs. New Mexico. In Pac-10 stats, he's the fourth leading scorer (19.5) and eighth in rebounding (7.3),

Career Highlights - On the Bruin career charts - points (1,253, 25th; 24th, Henry Bibby, 1,293, 1970-72); rebounds (21st, 588; 20th, Tracy Murray, 627, 1990-92); field goal percentage (8th, 55.1 (479-869); 7th, Darren Daye, 55.5 (452-815), 1980-83). Henderson has scored in double figures 68 times in his career, including all four games this season, 26 times in 1997, 25 games in '96 and 13 as a true freshman in 1995. Has scored 20 or more points 14 times in his career and has six double-doubles, the first three in his sophomore season. He has appeared in 98 games and has started his last 21 games, including all four contests in 1997-98, 29 of 32 games in 1997, started all 29 games in which he played in 1996 (missed the regular-season ending Washington series in Pauley with strep throat) and 13 games as a true freshman in 1994-95 when the Bruins won the NCAA title.

54 Kris Johnson, 6-4, Sr., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Crenshaw HS)

1998 Preseason Honors - No. 23 small forward in the U. S. by Dick Vitale preseason magazine.

1998 - On Sept. 29, Johnson and junior Jelani McCoy were indefinitely suspended from the team for violation of department policies and team rules. On Nov. 17, Johnson was partially reinstated to return to practice and on Dec. 9, was cleared to play in games. He did not play at The Great Alaska Shootout or The Wooden Classic.

1997 NCAA Tournament - Came off the bench and played 24 minutes against Minnesota, with 10 points (3-7, 1-2, 3-4), three rebounds (1-2), one assist and one steal. Came off the bench to play 26 minutes against Iowa State, with four points (2-5, 0-3, 0-0), one rebound, a season-high tying four assists and one steal. Came off the bench to play 20 minutes versus Xavier when Toby Bailey picked up two quick fouls. Finished with 10 points (4-8, 2-4, 0-0), four rebounds (0-4), two assists and one steal. Came off the bench and played 18 minutes against Charleston Southern, with nine points, two rebounds and two assists. In the tournament, he averaged 8.3 points (33), 2.5 rebounds (10) and 2.0 assists (8) while shooting 44.4 (12-27) from the floor.

1997 Season Highlights - In his final 20 games, he made 58 of 67 (86.6) free throws. Was slowed since early January with a right ankle injury that has limited his effectiveness and will require arthroscopic surgery during the off-season. Prior to the first ASU game (missed because of the ankle injury), Johnson had played in all 12 games. On the year, he played in 31 games, including five starts - four at off-guard (Stanford, a; UW, h; WSU, h; Saint Louis) and one at forward (Cal, a). He was sixth on the team in minutes (23.1). Johnson ranked fifth on the team in scoring (10.3) and sixth in rebounding (3.0) while shooting 44.4 from the field, 29.4 (15-51) from the three-point line and a team- and Pac-10-leading 83.5 (96-115) from the free throw line. His season-highs included - 21 points vs. California, a, eight rebounds vs. Duke, four assists vs. Iowa State and Morgan State and a career-high tying two steals vs. Tulsa. He scored in double figures in 16 of his 31 games. Johnson led the Bruins in scoring twice (California, a, season-high 21, his fifth career 20-point game; Saint Louis 20). In the final Pac-10 stats (after NCAA), Johnson led the league in free throw percentage (83.5).

Career Highlights - For his career, he is shooting 79.3 (192-242, eighth on the Bruin career chart) from the free throw line and 50.2 (273-544) from the field. In 1995-96, because of Cameron Dollar's hand injuries, Johnson appeared in all 31 games and started 21 contests, including 18 at the off-guard position. Last season, he was UCLA's fourth leading scorer (12.5) and second-best (14.8) in Pac-10 games. His 56.9 field goal percentage was fourth in the Pac-10. In his career, he's scored in double figures 37 times, including games of 36 points vs. Cal , 30 vs. Washington in Pauley and 21 at Duke, all last season and 21 vs. Cal, a, this year. Son of Bruin great Marques Johnson, he became the 19th player in UCLA history to score over 35 or more points when he tallied 36 vs. California on Jan. 13, 1996 in Pauley Pavilion.

Returning Lettermen (4)

20 Brandon Loyd, 5-10, Jr., G, Tulsa, OK (Memorial HS)

1998 Season Highlights - Loyd has started all four games this season (for a career six starts, including two last season). Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Loyd played 16 minutes, with three points and season-high one assist. At The Great Alaska Shootout, Loyd played a career-high 28 minutes vs. North Carolina, with a season-high nine points, including 3-6 from the three-point line. Averaged almost 25 minutes a game in Alaska. He's averaging 22.5 minutes a game, 4.3 points, shooting 1.000 (2-2) from the foul line and leads the team in three-pointers (5). His season-highs include -nine points vs. North Carolina, two rebounds vs. Alabama-Birmingham, one assist vs. New Mexico and a career-high 28 minutes vs. North Carolina.

Career Highlights - As a true frosh in 1996, he played in 17 games. Saved his best for last, hitting two of three, three-pointers in 12 minutes against Princeton, nearly sparking the Bruins to a come-from-behind victory. In the summer of '96, played for the Pac-10 All-Stars on its tour of Japan. The conference All-Stars had an unbeaten 4-0 record against Japanese competition and Loyd started two of the four games. Last year as a sophomore, Loyd scored a career-high 12 points at Oregon State, including four three-pointers.

30 Sean Farnham, 6-6, So., F, Clayton,CA (Concord De LaSalle HS)

1998 Season Highlights - Did not play vs. New Mexico. Played three minutes vs. North Carolina (with two rebounds) and eight minutes (second highest of his career) vs. Alaska (one rebound). His season-highs include-one point vs. Alaska-Anchorage, two rebounds vs. North Carolina and eight minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights - Originally a true freshman walkon, Farnham was given a scholarship before the start of the 1996-97 season. Last year, he played in nine games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.1 rebounds, with career-highs that included -- six points vs. Charleston Southern; three rebounds vs. Jackson State; two assists vs. Charleston Southern and one steal vs. Stanford, a.

15 Matt Harbour, 6-1, So., G, Camarillo, CA (Sabino HS, Tucson, AZ)

1998 Season Highlights - Did not play vs. New Mexico. Played in one contest at Alaska, getting career highs in minutes (seven) and points (four), while also grabbing two rebounds vs. Alaska. His 20th birthday was Dec. 6 when UCLA faced New Mexico in the Wooden Classic. His season-highs include-a career-high four points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, two rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage and a career-best seven minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights - A walkon, Harbour appeared in eight games in 1997, averaging 0.5 points and rebounds. His bests from last season included two points and a career-high three rebounds vs. Charleston Southern in the NCAA.

Prep Highlights - In 1995-96, prepped at Sabino HS in Tucson, AZ and from 1992-95, was at Camarillo, CA HS. At Sabino HS last season, Harbour helped lead his team to a League title, region championship and the Arizona State semifinals. He earned first-team All-Region, second-team All-Southern Arizona and All-State honorable mention, while averaging 15.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.3 assists a game, while shooting 57.0 from the field and 79.0 from the foul line. His father, John, played basketball at Arizona and brother, David, played at Stanford.

23 Vince McGautha, 5-11, Sr., G, Fremont, CA (Washington HS)

1998 Season Highlights - Did not play vs. New Mexico. Played in one contest (vs. Alaska) at The Shootout, playing a career-high nine minutes, with two points and one rebound. His season highs include -two points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one rebound vs. Alaska-Anchorage and a career-high nine minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights - Played in 10 games last year as a walkon, averaging 0.7 points and 0.6 rebounds. Career highs include five points vs. WSU (1/2/97) and two rebounds vs. Morgan State (12/28/96).

Prep Highlights - Prepped at Washington HS in Fremont, CA. A two-time captain,, McGautha participated in two Mission Valley Athletic League championships and was an All-League selection. As a senior in 1993-94, he averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals a game, while shooting 76.0 from the foul line. Also All-League in baseball (outfielder-pitcher), hitting .416 as a senior.

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4 Kevin Daley, 6-6, So., F, Panama City, PAN/Lakewood (Nevada/Artesia)

1998 Season Highlights - Did not play vs. New Mexico. Played in two games in Alaska off the bench, playing eight minutes vs. North Carolina, with a season-high three points, one rebound and one assist, and a season-high nine minutes vs. Alaska, with two points and a season-high three rebounds. His season bests are-three points vs. North Carolina, three rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one assist vs. North Carolina and nine minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Career Highlights - Sat out last year at UCLA after transferring to UCLA from Nevada (Reno). As a true freshman at Nevada in 1995-96, Daley appeared in 26 games, averaging almost six minutes a contest.

Prep Highlights - Standout player at Artesia High School, same school that produced the O'Bannon brothers. As a senior in 1995, he averaged 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game, while earning CIF and Suburban League Player of the Year and first-team All-State honors. As a senior, he led Artesia to the State final, losing to Northgate. Born in Panama City, Panama, Daley lived there almost 13 years and speaks fluent Spanish.

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5 Baron Davis, 6-1 1/2, Fr., G, Los Angeles (Crossroads)

1998 Preseason Honors - National- Slam Magazine honorable mention All-American; Athlon No. 1 incoming freshman, Dick Vitale No. 3 incoming freshman; The Sporting News' No. 12 point guard. Pac-10 -- The Sporting News', Street & Smith's and Preview Sports' Newcomer of the Year.

1998 Season Highlights - One of the top freshmen in the nation, Davis has started all four games and leads the Bruins in minutes (32.5), field goal percentage (among regulars, 68.4, 26-38) and assists (5.5), second in steals (1.3) and tied for second in rebounding (5.3) and is third in scoring (14.8). Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, he had four points, a season-high six rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes. At The Alaska Shootout, Davis started all three games--vs. North Carolina, Davis led the Bruins in scoring (13), rebounding (five), assists (seven) and steals (one); against Alaska, he scored 20 points, including 16 in the first half, with five rebounds, a season-high eight assists and two steals and in UCLA's come-from-behind win over UAB, Davis registered season-highs in minutes (37) and points (22, including 20 in the second half and the most points scored by a Bruin freshman guard since Toby Bailey recorded 26 points twice in the 1995 NCAA Tournament), with five rebounds, three assists, a season-high one blocked shot and two steals. For his efforts in Alaska, Davis was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee. He's led the Bruins in scoring once (13 vs. NC) and in rebounding once (five vs. NC). His season-bests include - 22 points vs. Alabama-Birmingham, six rebounds vs. New Mexico, eight assists vs. Alaska-Anchorage, two steals vs. Alaska-Anchorage and Alabama-Birmingham, one blocked shot vs. Alabama-Birmingham and New Mexico and 37 minutes vs. Alabama-Birmingham. In Pac-10 stats, Davis is 16th in scoring (14.8), tied for 20th in rebounding (5.3), second in field goal percentage (68.4, 26-38) and third in assists (5.5).

Prep Highlights - In 1997 Davis was the nation's No. 1 high school point guard, earning Gatornade National Player of the Year along with first-team McDonald's, USA Today, Slam Magazine, Nike and Parade All-American. Athlon selected Davis as the nation's No. 1 incoming freshman recruit. As a senior in 1997, Davis led Crossroads to the CIF and State Div. IV championships and an overall record of 31-3. His senior stats included --26.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 5.8 steals and 2.1 blocked shots. In his high school career, he had more than 2,300 points (2,336), 1,200 assists, 600 rebounds and 550 steals.

22 Rico Hines, 6-3, Fr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)

1998 Season Highlights - Off the bench, played two minutes vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic. Played all three games in Alaska off the bench -- getting a season-high 19 minutes, three points and one rebound vs. North Carolina, played 13 minutes with two points, one rebound and a season-high two assists vs. Alaska and three minutes vs. UAB, with one rebound. His season highs include- three points vs. North Carolina, one rebound three times, last vs. Alabama-Birmingham, two assists vs. Alaska-Anchorage and 19 minutes v.s North Carolina. Hines is averaging 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds.

Prep Highlights - Signed with UCLA on May 14, 1996 but was unable to enroll for fall quarter because he fell just short of meeting the NCAA initial eligibility requirements (a core course his high school submitted was not deemed acceptable by the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse). Spent last winter at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA, before enrolling at UCLA last spring. At Hargrave, Hines averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while leading the school to a 19-2 overall record. In 1996, at Saint John's at Prospect Hall in Frederick, MD, the same school that produced Cameron Dollar, UCLA's starting point guard last season, Hines helped lead Saint John's to a 21-3 overall record and a No. 7 national ranking. He averaged 11.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals, while shooting 59.0 from the field and 67.0 from the foul line. Also prepped at D. H. Conley HS in Greenville, NC, where he was an outstanding quarterback.

3 Billy Knight, 6-4, Fr., F, Los Angeles (Westchester)

1998 Season Highlights - Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Knight played two minutes, with one rebound and a season-high one steal. Played all three games in Alaska off the bench -- played 14 minutes vs. North Carolina, with a season-high nine points and three rebounds; got a season-high 17 minutes vs. Alaska, with a season-high tying nine points and two rebounds and vs. UAB, he played eight minutes, with three points and a season-high one assist. He's the Bruins' sixth-leading scorer (5.3), with a 1.5 rebound average and shooting 50.0 (8-16) from the field, 33.3 (3-9) from the three-point line and 1.000 (2-2) from the foul line. His season-highs include- nine points vs. North Carolina and Alaska-Anchorage, three rebounds vs. North Carolina, one assist vs. Alabama-Birmingham, one steal vs. New Mexico and 17 minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Prep Highlights - Led Westchester to a 25-7 overall record in 1997. Westchester lost in the LA City final to eventual State champion Crenshaw, 87-70, with Knight scoring 33 points. Averaged nearly 22 points and 10 rebounds as a senior. Two-time first-team LA City honoree. As a junior, he averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds.

11 Todd Ramasar, 6-4, Fr., G, Corona (Riverside North)

1998 Season Highlights - Did not play vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic. Played in one game (vs. Alaska) in The Shootout, getting a season-high seven minutes, one rebound and steal. His season highs include- one rebound vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one steal vs. Alaska-Anchorage and seven minutes vs. Alaska-Anchorage.

Prep Highlights - A walkon this season, Ramasar as both a junior and senior led Riverside North to the CIF final at The Pond in Anaheim. In '97, he averaged 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists, while earning honorable mention All-American from USA Today and All-CIF.

13 Travis Reed, 6-6, Fr., F, Los Angeles/Fontana (AB Miller)

1998 Season Highlights - Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Reed had his second consecutive strong performance. Scored a season-high 14 points (7-8 from the field), with three rebounds in 28 minutes (career-high). Played in all three games off the bench in Alaska and had a breakthrough effort in the second half vs. UAB. His presence in the second half vs. Alabama-Birmingham helped the Bruins come back from an 18-point third quarter deficit. In that game, Reed played 24 minutes (16 in the second half), with eight points (five in the second half) and three rebounds (two in the second half). Vs. North Carolina, he played 11 minutes with four points and two rebounds and against Alaska, he played 14 minutes, with five points and a season-high six rebounds, five steals and one assist. UCLA's fourth-leading scorer (7.8) and No. 5 rebounder (3.5), he's also second in steals (1.5) and is shooting 63.6 (14-22) from the field. His season highs include - 14 points vs. New Mexico, six rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one assist vs. Alaska-Anchorage, five steals vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one blocked shot vs. North Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham and 28 minutes vs. New Mexico.

Prep Highlights - In 1997 as a senior, Reed led A. B. Miller to a 22-9 overall record. He averaged over 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds a game throughout his high school career-- 1997, 28.2 points, 14.7 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 3.0 steals and blocked shots; 1996, 20.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists and blocked shots; 1995, 24.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.0 blocked shots. At the conclusion of his senior season, he was named the Los Angeles Times Inland Empire Player of the Year. Spend his senior and junior campaigns at A. B. Miller, earning All-CIF; his sophomore season at Manual Arts, first-team All-LA City and as a freshman prepped at Crenshaw, playing on Crenshaw's State championship team with Bruin senior Kris Johnson.

25 Earl Watson, 6-0, Fr., G, Kansas City, KS (Washington)

1998 Season Highlights - Joins Baron Davis as the first pair of true freshmen starting guards for UCLA since the 1979-80 season. Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Watson tied his season-high in minutes (36) and had a season-high nine rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots, with six points. Started all three games at The Alaska Shootout -- a season-high 36 minutes vs. North Carolina, with five points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal; 24 minutes vs. Alaska, with a season-high nine points, four rebounds, a season-best six assists and three steals and 26 minutes vs. UAB, with one point, assist and steal. Watson is the team's No. 5 scorer (5.3), fourth-leading rebounder (4.5), first in steals (2.5) and third in assists (3.3), while shooting 26.1 (6-23) from the field, 37.5 (3-8) from the three-point line and 75.0 (6-8) from the foul line. His season-highs include - nine points vs. Alaska-Anchorage, nine rebounds vs. New Mexico, six assists vs. Alaska-Anchorage, five steals vs. New Mexico, two blocked shots vs. New Mexico and 36 minutes vs. North Carolina and New Mexico. In Pac-10 stats, Watson is tied for fourth in steals (2.5).

Prep Highlights - Joins Baron Davis to give the Bruins the finest pair of incoming freshman guards in the nation. He was the first in this year's Bruin freshman class to commit, signing his Letter of Intent last November. As a senior in '97, Watson averaged 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists a game. Earned Kansas City Kansas Player of the Year, Kansas City Star first-team All-Metro and second-team All-AP at the conclusion of his senior season.

As a junior, he averaged 23.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.4 steals.


 

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