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J.R. Henderson is UCLA's leading
scorer (20.2) and rebounder (7.6).
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No. 11 UCLA Hosts Northern Arizona Thursday

Dec. 15, 1997

Bruins Play Three Games in Five Days

Thurs.,Dec. 18 -- No. 11 UCLA (4-1) vs. Northern Arizona (4-3), Pauley Pavilion,7:30 p.m. PST (TV-Fox Sports West 2, with Bill Macdonald and Paul Sunderland;Radio-1150AM with Chris Roberts & Lew Stowers).

Looking Ahead (in December) -- 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. 11 UCLA (4-1) Starting LineupStartersNo. Name             Pos.  Ht.      Cl.  Ppg  Rpg52  J. R. Henderson    C   6-8 1/2  Sr. 20.2  7.6 5  Baron Davis        G   6-1 1/2  Fr. 13.6  4.812  Toby Bailey        G   6-5      Sr. 18.0  5.420  Brandon Loyd       G   5-10     Jr.  4.4  0.625  Earl Watson        G   6-0      Fr.  6.4  4.2Reserves3   Billy Knight     F/G   6-4      Fr.  7.2  1.44   Kevin Daley        F   6-6      So.  3.7  1.313  Travis Reed        F   6-6      Fr.  9.0  4.822  Rico Hines       F/G   6-3      Fr.  1.0  0.854  Kris Johnson     F/G   6-4      Sr. 15.0  2.0

Head Coach Steve Lavin: In his second year as head coach and seventhseason on the Bruin staff with a career and school record of 28-9.

Bruin Notes - UCLA has won four games in a row, with its last win a 120-91victory over CS Fullerton on Dec. 13 in Pauley Pavilion. The Fullerton contestwas Kris Johnson's first game this season, he had 15 points. The Bruins havemoved up to No. 11 on both polls this week.

The Bruins will visit City of Hope (1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA) on Friday,Dec. 19, from 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The media contact is Lauri L. Gavel(213-892-7285). Already this year, the Bruins visited with children in a hospitalin Anchorage during The Great Alaska Shootout.

Northern Arizona (4-3) Starting LineupStartersNo. Name             Pos.  Ht.  Cl.  Ppg  Rpg22  Andrew Mavis       F   6-6  Sr. 15.1  4.432  Billy Hix          F   6-7  So.  6.6  4.143  Casey Frank        C   6-9  Jr.  8.7  6.723  Ross Land          G   6-5  So. 11.3  2.330  Rod Hutchings      G   5-7  So.  9.1  2.0

Head Coach Ben Howland: In his fourth year at the Lumberjack helm with aschool and career mark of 41-46.

1997-98: The Lumberjacks are off to a 4-3 start and have won their lasttwo games--beating Texas-Pan American 105-56 on Dec. 6 and Western Oregon 91-63on Dec. 13, both games in Flagstaff. In the win over Western Oregon, NAU had fourplayers in double figures, led by Dan McClintock's 24 points and Mavis' 18. NAUassistant Pat Sandle was on the San Francisco State team with Bruin head coachSteve Lavin during their playing days. NAU is now at full strength, with thereturn of 6-3 junior guard Michael McNair (preseason ankle injury) and 5-10junior guard Kawika Akina (transfer from Hawaii). Last season, the Lumberjackswere 21-7, won the regular season Big Sky title and advanced to the first roundof the NIT, losing at Arkansas. All five starters return from that squad. Lastseason, the Lumberjacks were the nation's top three-point shooting team andsecond to UCLA in field goal shooting.

Series History: This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Last Game

On Dec. 13 before 9,724 in Pauley Pavilion, UCLA opened the 1997-98 home seasonwith a 120-91 nonconference victory over CS Fullerton. The 120 points was themost by a Bruin team since the 1994-95 NCAA Championship season, when UCLA beatGeorge Mason 137-100 in Pauley and the 120 points was the highest the Bruins havescored against CS Fullerton (UCLA now leads the series 8-0). It was also UCLA'sfirst 100-point game of the season (the last was in 1996-97, a 109-75 win overCharleston Southern in a first round NCAA game at Auburn Hills). The game alsomarked the first time in school history the Bruins have ever started four truefreshmen (Travis Reed, Rico Hines, Earl Watson and Billy Knight). The Bruins hadsix players in double figures, led by J. R. Henderson's team-high 23 points andnine rebounds and season-highs from three freshmen--Billy Knight's 15 points,Travis Reed's first-ever double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Earl Watson'sfirst-ever double-double (11 points,10 assists, 5 steals). The game also markedthe return of Bruin senior Kris Johnson, who played 15 minutes, getting 15points. The Bruins shot a season-best 63.8 from the field, a season-high 50.0from the three-point line and a season-high 72.7 from the foul line, with aseason-best 44 rebounds and a season-worst 22 turnovers. The Titans, led by ChrisDade's game-high 26 points, shot 43.1 from the field, 35.7 from the three-pointline and 65.5 from the foul line, with 33 rebounds and an opponent season-hightying 24 turnovers.

Bruin Notes

Against CS Fullerton, the Bruins' home opener this season, UCLA for the first time in school history started four true freshmen (Travis Reed, Rico Hines, Earl Watson and Billy Knight).

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 4-1 to start the season and it's the first time since 1994-95 (5-0, was 6-0 before losing only game of the season) the Bruins have four wins in the opening five 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 and played his first game of the season vs. CS Fullerton, getting 15 points in 15 minutes. 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. Playboy selected UCLA preseason No. 1. 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 83-18 (82.2)

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 1,408-605 (69.9, 2,013 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 461-51 (512 games, 90.0; 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 15-2, 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      4-11996-97     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 154-41 (79.0)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 (10:30 a.m.-11:38 a.m.) are 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.

Date                  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        Week Five (Dec. 15) 11th     11th        

NCAA Stats (Dec. 8)

Individual - FG %-Baron Davis, 10th, 68.4;

Pac-10 Stats (Dec. 15)

Here are the Bruin rankings for this week (Dec. 15)-
Team--Scoring Offense-3rd, 87.0; Scoring Margin-5th,+7.4; FG %-3rd, 51.3; FT %-8th, 65.6; 3-Pt. %-7th, 35.5; 3-Pt. FG Made-6th, 5.40; Scoring Defense-9th, 79.6; FG % Defense-10th, 46.6; 3-Pt. FG% Defense- 9th, 35.5; Rebounding Margin-6th +2.8; Off. Rebounds-7th, 13.20; Def. Rebounds-9th, 22.60; Turnover Margin-3rd, +3.0; Assists-6th, 16.80; Assist/Turnover Ratio-5th, 1.04; Steals-6th, 8.60; Blocked Shots-7th, 2.80. UCLA's 120 points vs. CS Fullerton is the second-highest Pac-10 scoring output (123, ASU vs. Delaware State); the Bruins' 63.8 (44-69) field goal shooting vs. CS Fullerton is tops in the Pac-10;

Individual--Scoring-J. R. Henderson, 2nd, 20.2, Toby Bailey, 5thT, 18.0, Baron Davis, 17th, 13.6; Rebounding- J. R. Henderson, 6thT, 7.6, Toby Bailey, 18th, 5.4; FG %-Baron Davis, 2nd, 68.3, Travis Reed, 3rdT, 66.7; FT %-Toby Bailey, 5th, 86.4; 3-Pt. FG%- Earl Watson, 3rdT, 50.0(5-10), Brandon Loyd, 8thT, 46.2 (6-13); Assists-Baron Davis, 5thT, 4.8; Steals-Earl Watson, 1stT, 3.0. Toby Bailey's 13-15 free throw shooting vs. Alabama-Birmingham leads the Pac-10 in free throws made and attempted.

Special Stats

UCLA is 3-0 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 22 turnovers in the win over CS Fullerton and 19 turnovers in the win over New Mexico and a season-low 10 in the win over UAB.

UCLA has outrebounded three of its last four opponents (44-33 over CS Fullerton, 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 4-0 when outshooting opponents, including the last four games, and 0-1 when not (vs. North Carolina). UCLA's last four opponents (CSF, NM, UAB, UAA) have shot 42.0 (97-231) from the field.

The Bruins' last four opponents are averaging 72.3 (289) points a game.

In its last four games, UCLA is averaging 91.8 (367) points.

UCLA is 4-0 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, Basketball Weekly and 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, The Sporting News' and Basketball Weekly second-team, Athlon third-team.

1998 Season Highlights -- In his last three games (CS Fullerton, New Mexico, Alabama-Birmingham) he's averaging 35.0 (105) minutes, 21.7 (65) points, 5.0 (15) rebounds, 5.3 (16) assists and 1.3 (4) steals, while shooting 52.3 (23-44) from the field, 4-14 (28.6) from the three-point line and 88.2 (15-17) from the foul line. Scored in double figures for the fifth straight game, with 19 points (8-11, 1-2, 2-2), six (3-3) rebounds, four assists and a season-high tying three steals in 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton. Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Bailey got 18 points (8-18,2-7,0-0), four rebounds (3-1), 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). Started all three games in Alaska and was named to the All-Tournament team. Scored in double figures all three games, getting 10 (3-11,1-5,3-4) vs. North Carolina, 15 (7-16, 0-2,1-1) against Alaska and a career-high 28 (7-15,1-5, 13-15) vs. Alabama-Birmingham, including 20 in the fourth quarter. Also did a good job rebounding, with five (1-4, tying for the team lead) vs. North Carolina and seven (3-4, 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. CS Fullerton and Alaska-Anchorage, one blocked shot vs. UAB and New Mexico and 40 minutes vs. New Mexico. He leads the team in minutes (31.0) and is second in scoring (18.0), rebounding (5.4) and steals (1.4) and third in assists (3.8), while shooting 46.5 from the field, 23.8 (5-21) from the three-point line and 86.4 (19-22) from the foul line (team leader among regulars). In Pac-10 stats, Bailey is fifth (tied) in scoring (18.0), 18th in rebounding (5.4) and fifth in foul shooting (86.4). His 13-15 foul shooting vs. Alabama-Birmingham are Pac-10 leaders in free throws made and attempted.

Career Highlights -- Bruin career charts --scoring (23rd, 1,345; 22nd, Jamaal Wilkes, 1,349, 1972-74; 21st, Roy Hamilton, 1,355, 1976-79; 20th, Rod Foster, 1,365, 1980-83; 19th, Curtis Rowe, 1,371, 1969-71); three-point field goals scored (2nd, 129; lst, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92); three-point field goals attempted (2nd, 377; lst, Tracy Murray, 479, 1990-92); assists (9th, 342; 8th, Andre McCarter, 376, 1974-76). Bailey has scored in double figures 70 times in his career (his last 16 games in a row), including all five 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 81 straight games (played in a total of 101 contests; the school record for games played is 130, set by Mitchell Butler, 1990-93), including all five this season, all 32 in 1997, all 31 in '96 and the last 13 in 1995. Has played 3,193 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, Preview Sports and Basketball Weekly first-team All-Pac-10.

1998 Season Highlights -- UCLA's leading scorer (20.2) and rebounder (7.6), he's also third in minutes (29.8) and fourth in assists (1.8), while shooting 52.1 from the field and 61.0 from the foul line. In his last four games, he averaging 31.8 (127) minutes, 22.3 (89) points, 9.0 rebounds (36), 1.8 (7) assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 55.9 (33-59) from the field and 67.6 (23-34) from the foul line. He's led the Bruins in scoring three times, including the last two games (21 vs. UAA, a season-high 24 vs. NM and 23 vs. CS Fullerton) and in rebounding twice (seven vs. UAA and a season-high 13 vs. UAB). He has scored in double figures all five games and has had four straight games of 20+ points, for the first time in his career (21 vs. UAA, 21 vs. UAB, a season-high 24 vs. New Mexico and 23 vs. CS Fullerton). In 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton (he did not start, was late for practice the Wednesday before the game), Henderson had a team-high 23 points (8-13, 0-1, 7-8), nine rebounds (5-4) and two assists. Vs. New Mexico at The Wooden Classic, Henderson led the Bruins with a season-high 24 (10-18, 0-0, 4-8) points, seven (3-4) 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 (5-14, 0-0, 2-7) vs. North Carolina; led the Bruins vs. Alaska with 21 points (9-15, 0-0, 3-5) and seven (2-5) rebounds; and scored 21 (6-13, 0-0, 9-13) points again vs. UAB, with a game-high 13 (5-8) 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 second-leading scorer (20.2, behind ASU's Jeremy Veal, 20.7) and tied for sixth in rebounding (7.6),

Career Highlights -- On the Bruin career charts - points (25th, 1,276; 24th, Henry Bibby, 1,293, 1970-72; 23rd, Jamaal Wilkes, 1,349, 1972-74); rebounds (21st, 597; 20th, Tracy Murray, 627, 1990-92); field goal percentage (8th, 55.2 (487-882); 7th, Darren Daye, 55.5 (452-815), 1980-83). Henderson has scored in double figures 69 times in his career, including all five 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 15 times in his career, including the last four games, and has six double-doubles, the first three in his sophomore season. He has appeared in 99 games and has started his last 22 games, including all five 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 Season Highlights -- Played in his first game of the season (was not able to start because he was late for practice the Wednesday before the CS Fullerton game) vs. CS Fullerton, getting 15 points (5-7, 1-1, 4-4), two rebounds (1-1) and a career-high tying two steals in 15 minutes. He's the team's third leading scorer (15.0) and is shooting 71.4 from the field, 1.000 (1-1) from the three-point line and 1.000 (4-4) from the foul line. 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.

Career Highlights -- For his career, he is shooting 79.7 (196-246, eighth on the Bruin career chart; 7th, Greg Lee, 80.2, 134-167, 1972-74) from the free throw line and 50.5 (278-551) from the field. Played last year on an injured right ankle that was scoped and repaired last summer. In 1997 as a junior, Johnson led the Pac-10 in free throw shooting (83.5, 96-115), was the team's No. 5 scorer (10.3), appeared in 31 contests and started five games. In 1996 as a sophomore, because of Cameron Dollar's hand injuries, Johnson appeared in all 31 games and started 21 contests, including 18 at the off-guard position. In '96, 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 38 times, including games of 36 points vs. Cal , 30 vs. Washington in Pauley and 21 at Duke, all in 1995-96 and 21 vs. Cal, a, and 20 at Saint Louis last 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.

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

1998 Season Highlights -- Loyd started UCLA's first four games this season (for a career six starts, including two last season), but did not start vs. CS Fullerton. Played eight minutes off the bench vs. Fullerton, with five points (1-2, 1-2, 2-2). Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Loyd played 16 minutes, with three points (1-2, 1-2, 0-0) and a 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 19.6 minutes a game, 4.4 points, shooting 1.000 (4-4) from the foul line and is tied for the team lead in three-pointers (6-13, 46.2). 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. In Pac-10 stats, he's tied for eighth in three-point shooting (6-13, 46.2).

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 -- Played four minutes off the bench vs. CS Fullerton, with a career-high tying three rebounds (1-2), a season-high one assist and a career-high two blocked shots. 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, a career-high tying three rebounds vs. CS Fullerton, one assist vs. CS Fullerton, a career-high two blocked shots vs. CS Fullerton 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 -- Played three minutes off the bench vs. CS Fullerton, scoring two points. 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 -- Played four minutes off the bench vs. CS Fullerton, scoring one point with a season-high tying one rebound. 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 CS Fullerton 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 -- Played seven minutes off the bench vs. CS Fullerton, with a career-high six points and career-high tying one assist. Did not play vs. New Mexico. Played in two games in Alaska off the bench, playing eight minutes vs. North Carolina, with 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- six points vs. CS Fullerton, three rebounds vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one assist vs. North Carolina and and CS Fullerton 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.

Incoming Freshmen (6)

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 -- Basketball Weekly second team, 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 four of five games (did not start vs. CS Fullerton, late for shoot-around on game day) and leads the Bruins in assists (4.8), second in field goal percentage (68.3, 28-41), third in minutes (29.8), scoring (14.8) and rebounding (4.8) and fourth in steals (1.0). Off the bench vs. CS Fullerton, he played 19 minutes (season-low), with nine points (2-3, 0-0, 5-6), three rebounds (1-2) and two assists. Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, he had four points, a season-high six (0-6) 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 (9-12, 2-2, 0-0), 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, 9-13, 1-3, 3-7, 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, where he was named to the All-Tournament team, 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. Last week in NCAA stats, he was ranked No. 10 in the nation in field goal percentage (68.4). In Pac-10 stats, Davis is 17th in scoring (13.6), second in field goal percentage (68.3, 28-41) and tied for fifth in assists (4.8).

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 -- Got his first start of the season vs. CS Fullerton, playing nine minutes, with one rebound and one assist. 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 four times, last vs. CS Fullerton, two assists vs. Alaska-Anchorage and 19 minutes v.s North Carolina. Hines is averaging 1.0 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 -- His first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton, playing a career-high 26 minutes and scoring a career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0), with one rebound, a season-high tying one assist and one steal. 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 nine points and a season-best three rebounds; 17 minutes vs. Alaska, 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 (7.2), with a 1.4 rebound average and shooting 56.0 (14-25) from the field, 40.0 (6, tied for team lead-15) from the three-point line and 1.000 (2-2) from the foul line. His season-highs include- 15 points vs. CS Fullerton, three rebounds vs. North Carolina and Alabama-Birmingham, one assist vs. CS Fullerton and Alabama-Birmingham, one steal vs. CS Fullerton and New Mexico and 26 minutes vs. CS Fullerton.

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 -- Played three minutes off the bench vs. CS Fullerton, with a season-high tying one rebound. 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. CS Fullerton and 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 -- In his last two games, he is averaging 14.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 81.3 (13-16) from the field. Got his first start of the season vs. CS Fullerton and responded with his first career double-double (a season-high tying 14 points (6-8, 0-0, 2-7) and a season and team-high 10 rebounds (4-6). Also had a career-high two assists and one blocked shot, with one steal. 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 six rebounds, a career-high five steals and one assist. UCLA's fourth-leading scorer (9.0) and tied for third in rebounding (4.8), he's also tied for second in steals (1.4) and tied for first in blocked shots (three in five games). He is shooting 66.7 (20-30) from the field. His season highs include - 14 points vs. CS Fullerton and New Mexico, 10 rebounds vs. CS Fullerton, two assists vs. CS Fullerton, five steals vs. Alaska-Anchorage, one blocked shot vs. CS Fullerton, Alabama-Birmingham and North Carolina and 28 minutes vs. New Mexico. In Pac-10 stats, he's tied for third in field goal percentage (66.7, 20-30).

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. Watson has started all five game and has put together two strong performances vs. CS Fullerton and New Mexico. In his last two games, he is averaging 8.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.0 blocked shots and 5.0 steals, while shooting 38.5 (5-13) from the field, 75.0 (3-4) from the three-point line and 66.7 (4-6) from the foul line. Against CS Fullerton, Watson played 31 minutes, with a career-high 11 points (4-6, 2-2, 1-2), three-rebounds, a career-high 10 assists (his first career double-double) and a career-high tying five steals. For his efforts vs. CS Fullerton, he was UCLA's Pac-10 Player of the Week nominee. Vs. New Mexico in The Wooden Classic, Watson tied his season-high in minutes (36) and had a season and team-high nine rebounds, a career-high 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 nine points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals and 26 minutes vs. UAB, with one point, assist and steal. Watson is the team's No. 7 scorer (6.4), fifth-leading rebounder (4.2), first in steals (3.0) and second in assists (4.0), while shooting 34.5 (10-29) from the field, a team-leading 50.0 (5-10) from the three-point line and 70.0 (7-10) from the foul line. His season-highs include - 11 points vs. CS Fullerton, nine rebounds vs. New Mexico, 10 assists vs. CS Fullerton, five steals vs. CS Fullerton and New Mexico, two blocked shots vs. New Mexico and 36 minutes vs. New Mexico and North Carolina. In Pac-10 stats, Watson is tied for first in steals (3.0) and tied for third in three-point shooting (50.0, 5-10).

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.

1997-98 TEAM STATSTriple-Double Players(s)(Pts.-Reb.-Blks.) (Pts.-Reb.-Assts.) Double-Double (Pts.-Reb.) J. R. Henderson (1) Travis Reed (1) (Pts.-Asts.) Earl Watson (1) Double Figures (Pts.) Toby Bailey (5) J. R. Henderson (5) Baron Davis (3) Travis Reed (2) Billy Knight (1) Earl Watson (1) Kris Johnson (1) 30-Pt. Scoring20-Pt. Scoring J. R. Henderson (4) Baron Davis (2) Toby Bailey (1) Double Figures (Reb.) J. R. Henderson (1) Travis Reed (1) Double Figures (Ast.) Earl Watson (1)Leading Scorers Baron Davis (1) (w/Ties) J. R. Henderson (3) Toby Bailey (1)Leading Rebounders J. R. Henderson (2)(w/Ties) Toby Bailey (2) Earl Watson (2) Baron Davis (1) Travis Reed (1)

 

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