T.J. Cummings
T.J. Cummings

Player Profile

Homewood, IL

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 215




UCLA -- Academically ineligible for the 2003-04 first quarter, Cummings, son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, will miss at least five games (two exhibition/three regular season) but will be allowed to practice with the team ... At the conclusion of Fall Quarter final exams (Dec. 8-12), Cummings' academic status will be re-evaluated and if ruled eligible, he could play in some (or all) of UCLA's games between Fall and Winter quarters (depending on when his eligibility is restored/there are six games between quarters/Winter quarter instruction begins on Jan. 8, 2004) ...From last season, Cummings is UCLA's No. 1 returning rebounder (4.9) and No. 2 returning scorer (10.3) ... He has the most career appearances (94, 23 starts) on the squad ... Tied a school record as a sophomore in 2001-02 for games played (33) ... As a true frosh in 2000-01, he earned first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman honors ... Cummings was UCLA's first recruit before the 2000-01 season, announcing his Letter-Of-Intent during the early signing period in November 1999 ... He's the first Chicago-land player to sign with the Bruins in more than 20 years ... T. J. has relatives who live in southern California and his father retired from the Golden State Warriors before the 2000-01 season after an 18-year NBA career ... As a senior prepster in 1999-2000, he earned USA Today Honorable Mention All-America and as a junior, Cummings was his conference Player of the Year ... Also has experience at the international level, playing on the 2000 USA Basketball Junior Select team and winning a gold medal on the 1998 USA Basketball World Youth squad.

2002-03 - In 29 games (started 16 of the first 17 games), he averaged 23.4 minutes (fourth on the team), 10.3 points (No. 3 on the team), 4.9 rebounds (No. 3) and 0.7 assists, while shooting 45.5 from the floor and 81.3 (65-80) from the line ... He scored in double figures 16 of 29 games ... In his final 23 games, he averaged 10.5 points (241) and 5.1 rebounds (117), while shooting 44.7 (93 of 208) from the floor and 79.4 (54 of 68) from the line ... Made 39 of his final 50 free throws (78.0) over 19 games ... Highlight games included - hit 13 of 14 field goals vs. Portland and NAU; led team with season-high 19 points against Michigan and grabbed five boards; against USC in Pauley, he grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and added 13 points and two steals for his second career double-double and in 30 minutes against California, Cummings contributed 17 points and five rebounds, including a rebound basket to force the game into overtime (the Bruins won 76-75 to snap a 10-game Pac-10 losing streak) ... Played well in the Pac-10 Tournament - in UCLA's 96-89OT victory vs. Arizona, Cummings contributed 18 points (one shy of his season high, making seven of 11 from the field and all four free throws) and added five rebounds and vs. Oregon, he had 13 points and six rebounds.

CUMMINGS SEASON-HIGHS - 34 minutes vs. USD (11/26/02); 19 points vs. Michigan (12/28/02); 14 rebounds vs. USC (1/8/03); 3 assists vs. Portland (12/14/02); 2 steals vs. USC (1/8/03); 2 blocked shots vs. Oregon (3/14/03), Oregon State (2/27/03) and USD (11/26/02).

CUMMINGS' PAC-10 RANKINGS (All Games) - FT% - 7thT, 81.2

2001-02 - In 33 games (tied school record for games played/one start), Cummings averaged 17.5 minutes, 7.6 points (No. 5 on the team) and 3.1 rebounds (No. 5) and was No. 2 in field goal percentage (51.0, 103-202) while shooting 74.5 (41-55) from the free throw line ... Had top performances vs.South Carolina (33 minutes, career-high 25 points, including 11-12 from the field, top single-game FG% in the Pac-10) in Maui and Washington (22 points/11 rebounds, first career double/double) in Pauley Pavilion ...In his only start of the year, he played 21 minutes at Stanford and had six points, two rebounds and one assist, at the time, UCLA's third consecutive victory on Stanford's home court.

Maui - Because of the left ankle injury to Dan Gadzuric in Maui, Cummings came off the bench for all three games and was one of the dominant big men at the invitational ... In three games, he averaged 24.3 minutes, 16.3 points (No. 2 on the team) and 5.3 rebounds (No. 2) and shot a team-leading 74.1 (20-27) from field ... His highlight game was against South Carolina, leading the Bruins to third-place by contributing 33 minutes, a career-high 25 points (11-12, 0-0, 3-4), nine rebounds and one steal ... His 11-12 (91.7) shooting from the field vs. South Carolina was tied for the No. 6 best performance in the country.

NCAA -- In seven minutes vs. Missouri, he had two points, four rebounds and one steal ... In 11 minutes vs. Cincinnati, had seven points, one rebound and a career-high tying two blocks ... In 17 minutes vs. Mississippi, Cummings had eight points and six rebounds.

Honors - At UCLA's season-ending awards/dinner banquet, Cummings received the Sixth Man Award.

2000-01 - Appeared in 32 games, started six and averaged 18.8 minutes, 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds ... In 32 games (six starts), he averaged 18.8 minutes, 6.4 points and 3.5 rebounds (No. 5 on the squad) ... He was third on the team with his 48.5 field goal percentage ... In UCLA's final 24 games (19-5), Cummings averaged 6.1 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 51.8 from the field (59 of 114) to rank second on the team.

Coaches vs. Cancer - Record-setting performance at the season-opening Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City, where he was named the Classic's Sixth Man ... Vs. Kansas, in his first game as a Bruin, playing 29 minutes off the bench, and scoring a then-career and game-high tying 24 points, with seven rebounds and two blocked shots ... The 24 points is the best performance ever by a Bruin freshman in his debut game (old mark, 22 points, by Don MacLean vs. Texas Tech, 1988 and Charles O'Bannon, vs. Loyola Marymount, 1993).

NCAA - In first round action vs. Hofstra, Cummings played seven minutes off the bench and grabbed one rebound ... In second round play against Utah State, he started and played 17 minutes, finishing with one rebound, one assist and one steal ... In the "Sweet 16" contest vs. Duke, he played six minutes.

Honors - At UCLA season-ending banquet, he was given the Seymour Armond Memorial Award for Most Valuable Freshman ... Cummings was selected to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman team.

High School -- Standout performer at Homewood-Flossmoor under coach Roy Condotti ... His numerous career prep honors include - Top 50 in the Nation, two-time All-State and All-Area, two-time SICA East Conference Player of the Year (one of the toughest prep conferences in the state of Illinois) and two-time school MVP ... Cummings as a senior in 1999-00 averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.2 blocked shots, leading Homewood-Flossmoor to an 18-9 record ... His preseason senior honors included -- Athlon's No. 7 power forward in the U. S., Basketball News' No. 20 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 23 player in the U. S. and Bob Gibbons' All-Star Scouting Service No. 28 player in the U.S ... As a junior in 1998-99, Cummings averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.0 steals a game ... Spent his freshman season of 1996-97 at La Jolla, CA HS ... Internationally, Cummings in April 2000 played on the winning USA Basketball Men's Junior Select team that defeated the International Select squad, 98-97 on April 2 in Indianapolis, IN ... In 1998, Cummings helped the USA Basketball World Youth team to a 6-0 record and the Gold Medal in Moscow, Russia, averaging 4.4 points and 3.6 rebounds a game ... He also played for the North team at the 1998 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.

Personal -- Full name: Robert Tyrell Cummings ... Right-handed ... Born Aug. 31, 1981 ... Parents: Terry and Vondell ... His father Terry Cummings, played 18 seasons in the NBA, last for the Golden State Warriors in 1999-00 ... In his pro career, Terry was the 1982-83 NBA Rookie of the Year with the San Diego Clippers and was a two-time (1985, '89) NBA All-Star ... Two brothers, Tony and Sean ... Enjoys painting, sketching, video games and sculpting ... History major.