UCLA Men's Basketball BIO
Darren Collison
Player Profile:
Darren Collison 1459037
Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 160
Year: Senior
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
High School: Etiwanda
Experience: 3 Letters


UCLA Prepares for the 2009 NCAA Tournament



Bruin Win Streak vs. Arizona Snapped



Bruins Outlast Hilltoppers



No. 4 UCLA Rallies to Edge Arizona, 68-66

Kevin Love scores 24 points and pulls down 15 rebounds


No. 5 UCLA Upset by Washington in Seattle

Josh Shipp posts 19 points for the Bruins


Darren Collison started in 32 of the 33 games he played, missing the first six games of the year with a strained MCL in his left knee ... still finished fourth in minutes with 1144 on the year, averaging 34.7 minutes per game ... he averaged 14.5 points (2nd on the team, 12th in Pac-10), 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists (2nd on the team, 8th in Pac-10) and 1.9 steals per game (led the team, 3rd in Pac-10, 75th nationally) ... he shot 48.1 percent (161-for-335) from the field and 52.5 percent (53-for-101) from three-point range (led the team, led the Pac-10, UCLA single-season record) ... also shot 87.2 percent (102-for-117) from the free-throw line (led the team, led the Pac-10, 20th nationally, 6th on UCLA single-season list) ... his 1.70 assist to turnover ratio was the second on the team and seventh in the Pac-10 ... he became the 48th player in UCLA history to score 1,000 points and ended the season at No. 42 on the career list with 1,135 points ... he scored a career-high 33 points in the win at Oregon State (Jan. 26), becoming the first Bruin in three years to score 30 or more points ... scored in double figures in 26 games, including six games of 20 or more points ... his postseason honors included being named third team All-American (Associated Press); third team All-American (CollegeHoops.net); Bob Cousy Award Finalist; All-District IX Team (USBWA); second team All-Pac-10 (Pac-10 coaches) and Pac-10 All-Defensive Team (Pac-10 coaches) ... he also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Played and started in 35 of the 36 games on the year ... named to the 2007 All-Pac-10 team and as a second team All-American ... scored a career-high 20 points (all in second half) in a loss to California in the Pac-10 Tournament (Mar. 8) ... missed West Virginia game (Feb. 10) with a sprained AC joint in left shoulder ... came back to score a then-career-high 18 points in a win at Arizona State (Feb. 15) ... had the third double-double of his career with 17 points and 15 assists in a win at No. 19 Arizona (Feb. 17) ... the 15 assists tied for the second-best total in UCLA history (Darrick Martin had 15 vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 2, 1991 - Earl Watson holds the record with 16 in a NCAA Tournament win over Maryland on March 18, 2000) ... named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time for his efforts in the Bruins' road sweep of the Arizona schools ... was named the Most Valuable Player of the EA Sports Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 13.3 points, 7.0 assists and 2.7 steals per game ... also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts in Maui, which included shooting 12-of-20 (.600) from the field ... scored in double figures in 28-of-35 games during the season ... had a 12-game double figure scoring streak snapped at Cal (Jan. 25) ... made at least one three-pointer in 26-of-35 games ... tallied 16 points and 10 assists (his first career double-double) in the season-opening win over BYU (Nov. 15) ... had his second double-double of his career with 15 points and 12 assists in a win over Washington (Dec. 31) ... had 13 points (all in the second half), a career-high seven boards and four assists in a win over Washington State (Dec. 28) ... scored 17 points in the win at USC (Jan. 13), in a loss at Stanford (Jan. 28) and in a win at home vs. USC (Feb. 7) ... was named to the NCAA Tournament All-West Regional team after averaging 13.0 points and 2.5 steals per game against Kansas (Mar. 24) and Pittsburgh (Mar. 22) ... he ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific-10 Conference in five statistical categories, including leading the league in steals with 2.2 steals per game (22nd nationally) and in three-point field goal percentage (.447, 51-of-114) ... also ranked second in both assists (5.7 apg, 18th nationally) and in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and 19th in scoring (12.7 ppg).

Played in all 39 games, starting two ... averaged 5.5 ppg and 2.3 apg ... in his first game, he had four points and two assists against New Mexico State ... scored three points vs. Temple ... against Delaware State, his first start, he had six points, a season-high five rebounds and four assists and one steal in 35 minutes ... in 17 minutes against Memphis, he had two points, three assists, one rebound and one steal ... against Drexel, had two rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes ... in his second start against Albany, he logged 28 minutes and recorded 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals ... in 17 minutes vs. Coppin State, contributed six points and two assists ... against Nevada, he had 10 points, four assists and three steals, with one rebound in 17 minutes ... he again provided a spark off the bench at Michigan and finished with seven points, five assists and three steals, with one rebound in 17 minutes ... in 19 minutes versus Wagner, he scored 12 points, including six points in the Bruins' come-from-behind rally late in the second half; also added five assists and three rebounds ... in 21 minutes vs. Sacramento State, Collison had five assists and three rebounds ... in 31 minutes against Stanford, he had four points, a career-high eight assists, one rebound and one steal ... in 18 minutes vs. California, he had eight points ... at Arizona, he had nine points , three assists and a team-high two steals in 30 minutes ... at Arizona State, he contributed five points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal and no turnovers in 18 minutes ... in 16 minutes versus Washington State, he had seven points, including a key layup in the final seconds and UCLA's final rebound of the Cougars last missed shot, four rebounds and two assists ... against Washington, he had four points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 20 minutes ... against USC, he had seven points, five assists, one rebound and one steal ... in 27 minutes against West Virginia, he contributed 11 points, including seven late in the second half when the Bruins were rallying, and a career high-tying five rebounds; suffered a sprained left ankle in the game, but came back to finish the contest ... in 17 minutes vs. Arizona, he had five points, two assists and one rebound ... in 13 minutes at Washington, he had six points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal ... in 18 minutes at USC, he had seven points, one rebound and one steal ... in 15 minutes vs. Oregon State, Collison totaled nine points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal ... in 13 minutes vs. Oregon, he had two points and two assists ... in the win at California, he had 11 points, two assists, one rebound and one steal in 18 minutes and also played outstanding on-ball defense ... in 19 minutes at Stanford, he had six points, two rebounds and one assist ... in the Pac-10 Tourney win over Oregon State, he had five points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 23 minutes ... in the win over Arizona, he had a career-high 15 points, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes ... in the title win against California, he contributed three assists and one rebound in 17 minutes ... in the NCAA first-round win over Belmont, he had 10 points, three steals and two assists in 22 minutes ... in 14 minutes vs. Alabama, he had three points, three assists and one steal ... in the win over Gonzaga, he had five points and two rebounds in 20 minutes ... against Memphis, he had four points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes ... in 21 minutes vs. LSU, he contributed six points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal ... totaled three rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes vs. Florida.

High School
2005: Selected to Parade Magazine All-America fourth-team ... McDonald's All-American Top 40 candidate and the No. 2 point guard in the West ... was an All-CIF Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year and a Los Angeles Times All-Star ... led Etiwanda (31-2) in points (20.7), three-pointers, steals (2.1), assists (4.0) and added 4.0 rebounds per game ... in the CIF Southern Section I-AA championship game, he scored 14 points in a 60-45 win over Hart ... in the CIF-SS Regional Quarterfinals, he tallied 16 points, six rebounds and three assists in an 82-55 victory over Clovis ... won MVP awards in three regular-season tournaments (Oceanview Tournament of Champions/LA City Classic/Desert Heat Invitational) ... in December, averaged 21.0 ppg and led Etiwanda to a 13-0 start and a No. 2 USA Today national ranking.
2005 Preseason Honors: A pure point guard, he entered 2004-05 as the No. 2 point guard in the West by Scout.com ... other preseason honors included Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, The Sporting News' No. 96 Player in the nation and second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West.
2004: In June, he competed for the West team (1-4) at the 2004 USA Men's Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... Collison appeared in five games, making two starts, while averaging 21.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game ... as a junior, he led Etiwanda to a 31-3 overall record (No. 23 in the nation), including a 10-0 mark in the Baseline League, and to the southern California regional final ... in the final, Fairfax, led by current Bruin Josh Shipp's 33 points, defeated Etiwanda 75-68 in overtime ... Fairfax went on to win the 2004 CA State Div. I Championship ... in the Southern CA Regional semifinals, Etiwanda defeated Taft, led by former Bruin Jordan Farmar, who scored 38 points in the loss ... Collison was named the Division 1-AA All-CIF Southern Section co-Player of the Year as well as an All-Area selection in 2004, averaging a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 assists per game for Coach Dave Kleckner.

Full name: Darren Michael Collison ... he is right-handed ... born August 23, 1987 ... parents are June and Dennis Collison ... his parents were elite track & field athletes ... his mother June (Griffith), in 1979 was ranked No. 10 in the world in the 400m and placed second at the Pan American Games ... she represented Guyana at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles ... her personal-best time in the 400m was 51.37/1979 (indoor 52.88/1982) ... his father Dennis, a 200m runner, represented Guyana at the Pan-American Games with personal-best marks of 10.1 (100m) and 20.3 (200m) ... both parents were All-Americans at Adelphi University (NY) ... he has one sister and is majoring in history.


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