UCLA - Rush had an outstanding freshman season ... He started 22 of 28 games, averaged 28 minutes a game and was UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.4, No. 6 on all-time frosh scoring list) and top rebounder (7.3, No. 2 on all-time freshman chart, trailing only Don MacLean's 7.5, 1989) ... Earned 1999 Basketball News Freshman All-American and a member of the All-Pac-10 freshman squad ... Signed with the Bruins in April 1998, helping to establish that year's incoming freshman class as No. 1 in the nation ... A finalist for the 1998 Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award ... Selected by PrepStar as the No. 1 high school small forward in the nation during the 1997-98 season ... Joined then-freshman teammates Dan Gadzuric and Ray Young as 1998 McDonald's All-Americans ... Joined Young on the 1998 USA Basketball Junior Select National Team ... Was named one of the 20 best players to ever come out of the Kansas City area, joining former Bruin All-American Lucius Allen, a 1965 graduate of Wyandotte HS.
1999 - Rush, a member of the 1999 Pac-10 All-Freshman team and a second-team Basketball News freshman All-America, was a rebounding machine last season ... He averaged 28.1 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 11.4 points (No. 3 on the team) and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds while shooting 37.2 from the field, 26.5 (27-102) from three-point range and 62.4 (63-101) from the foul line ... His 7.3 rebound average was the second-highest all-time among Bruin freshmen, trailing only Don MacLean's 7.5 in 1989, and his 11.4 scoring average was sixth on that list ... In the final Pac-10 stats, Rush was ninth in rebounding (7.3) ... In Pac-10 stats for league games only, he finished sixth in rebounding (8.2) ... He led the Bruins in rebounding a team-high 12 times, including eight of the last nine games (six straight prior to the Arizona State,a, contest), and in scoring three times (Oregon,h, Arizona State,h and Santa Clara) ... In Pac-10 play, he averaged a team-high 8.2 rebounds ... He grabbed at least seven rebounds in 15 of his final 20 games (8.6 average), including 15 against Washington,a, 13 vs. Detroit, 12 at both Oregon State and Oregon, 11 at Stanford, 10 vs. USC,h and Arizona,a and nine, five times ... Rush started 22 of 28 games in which he played ... In his final 10 games, Rush averaged 14.6 points and shot 40.6 from the floor and 35.1 from three-point range ... He also averaged 10.2 rebounds in his last nine games, 5.1 on the offensive end ... His season-highs included-36 minutes vs. California,a, Syracuse, Arizona State,a and Detroit; 23 points vs. Syracuse; 15 rebounds vs. Washington,h; three assists vs. Santa Clara, San Francisco and Louisville; six steals vs. Washington,h and two blocked shots vs. CS Northridge and Arizona State,a ... At the Bruins' annual banquet, Rush (and Dan Gadzuric) were given the Seymour Armond Memorial Award as the team's most valuable freshmen.
NCAA Tournament Highlights - In the NCAA game vs. Detroit, Rush started and played a career-high tying 36 minutes, recording his fifth double-double in nine games ... He finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds (five offensive), three steals and one block.
Regular Season Highlights - At Arizona, he started and played 34 minutes, recording his fourth double-double in eight games with 16 points and a team-high 10 rebounds (six offensive), two steals and one block ... In the win at Arizona State, he started and played a career high-tying 36 minutes, contributing 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks ... In the victory over Washington, Rush started and played 35 minutes, recording his third double-double of the year (he grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds (eight offensive), the highest total by a Bruin since J.R. Henderson grabbed 16 against Arizona State on Mar. 5, 1998, scored 12 points and set a career-high with six steals and added two assists and one block) ... In the win over Washington State, he started a played 21 minutes, contributing eight points and a team high-tying six rebounds ... In the win over Syracuse, Rush started and played a career high-tying 36 minutes, scoring a career-high 23 points (9-12, 2-3, 3-5), with nine rebounds (tied for game high) and one assist ... In the victory over USC, he started and played 33 minutes, recording his second double-double with 15 points/10 rebounds and had one assist and a steal ... He started at California and played a career-high 36 minutes, finishing with 10 points, a team-leading (tied) nine rebounds, three steals and one assist ... At Stanford, Rush came off the bench to play 26 minutes and recorded his first double-double (20 points, 6-13, 4-7, 4-8, including a career-best four three-point field goals and 11 rebounds (seven offensive), with one blocked shot ... He did not play against Oregon State in Pauley ... In the win over Oregon, he started and played 25 minutes, finishing with a team-high 17 points, two rebounds and two steals ... At Washington, Rush played 30 minutes off the bench and finished with five points, three rebounds and one steal ... In the win at Washington State, he started and played 30 minutes, contributing four points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist ... In the victory at Louisville, he started and played 32 minutes, finishing with eight points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block ... In his start at USC, Rush broke out of a four-game scoring slump, playing 28 minutes and contributing 15 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block ... Vs. Stanford, he started and played 23 minutes, finishing with four points, four rebounds and one steal ... In the win over California, Rush started and played 22 minutes, contributing seven points and seven rebounds ... At Oregon, he played 32 minutes and led both teams again with a game-high 12 rebounds (10 defensive) and added four points, two assists, three steals and one block ... At Oregon State, he played 27 minutes off the bench and led both teams with a game-high 12 rebounds (five offensive), along with eight points and one steal ... Rush returned from his one-game suspension and played 34 minutes off the bench in the overtime win over Arizona State, leading the Bruins with 19 points and also added eight rebounds and one steal ... He missed the Arizona game due to a suspension after reporting back late from the holidays (Dec. 30) and missing two practices and UCLA's win over Loyola Marymount ... In 18 minutes as a starter vs. American, Rush had two points, but grabbed nine rebounds and added five steals ... In 20 minutes as a starter vs. CS Northridge, he had 14 points with two rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots ... Came back to the starting lineup vs. UNLV, playing 28 minutes, with 12 points, five rebounds, one blocked shot and two steals ... In 23 minutes off the bench vs. Oklahoma State in The Wooden Classic, Rush played 23 minutes, with seven points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal ... He did not start vs. Delaware State because of his injuries, but did play 17 minutes, with 17 points, four rebounds and two steals ... Started all three games at The Puerto Rico Shootout ... Rush played 32 minutes vs. Kentucky, with 14 points ... Also added eight points vs. Maryland and seven points and five rebounds vs. San Francisco ... Started at forward vs. Santa Clara and began his Bruin career in an impressive fashion, playing 28 minutes and led UCLA in both scoring (19) and rebounding (8), while also adding three assists ... His preseason honors included--Basketball News' Heavenly 100, Lindy's No. 17 incoming frosh in the U. S., Preview Sports' No. 6 incoming frosh in the U. S. and The Sporting News' Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
High School - At Pembroke Hill HS under coach Rick Allison, as a senior in 1997-98, Rush averaged 32.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game, while leading Pembroke to its second consecutive MO Class 2A State championship ... In the ?98 title game, Rush had 26 points (10-19 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point range), with nine rebounds and six blocked shots ... In the ?98 playoffs, and in his final game in the Kansas City area, Rush jam shattered the backboard on the game's final play in a victory over Smithville ... His many first-team prep All-American honors included-McDonald's, Parade (as a senior and junior), Student Sports and All Star Sports Report ... Also earned senior prep All-American acclaim from Basketball Weekly (second-team) and Slam (third-team) ... Following his senior high school season, Rush's many all-star games included the McDonald's and Hoop Summit ... On March 25 at the McDonald's game in Norfolk, Rush started for the West squad in its 128-112 loss to the East ... He played 20 minutes and scored a team-high tying 19 points (8-14 from the field, including 2-3 from three-point range), with two rebounds ... On March 29 in San Antonio, Rush played in the Hoop Summit contest on the USA Junior Select team ... He played 29 minutes, scoring 18 points, including 10-10 from the foul line, six rebounds, two blocked shots and three steals in the USA's 104-99 loss to the International Juniors (teammate Gadzuric played on the winning International squad) ... Entering his senior campaign, Rush's preseason accolades included USA Today Super 25 and CNN/SI National Top 10 ... In the summer before his final prep campaign, Rush was named the top wing forward at the 1997 Nike All-American camp ... As a junior in 1996-97, Rush averaged 27.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.0 steals a game, while shooting 59.3 from the floor, leading Pembroke to a 32-0 overall record and the MO Class 2A State championship ... As a sophomore in 1995-96, he averaged 27.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals a game and helped lead Pembroke to a 29-2 mark and a third-place MO State finish ... As a freshman in 1994-95, he averaged 27.2 points, 11.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals a game, while shooting 69.6 from the field, as Pembroke was 21-5 overall and placed fifth in the MO State tournament ... During his four-year high school career, Rush led Pembroke to a 112-9 (92.5) overall record, scored 3,387 points (No. 2 in MO State prep history) and was a four-time All-State, All-Metro (first-time in Kansas City prep history), All-District and All-Conference selection ... During the summers of his prep campaign, Rush played AAU basketball with Bruin teammate Earl Watson ... Golfing legend Tom Watson hails from Pembroke Hill School.
Personal - Full name: JaRon Maurice Rush ... Nickname: Ron ... Right-handed ... Born April 12, 1979 in Kansas City, MO ... Mother: Glenda Rush ... Two brothers, Kareem (19), a freshman recruit at Missouri and Brandon (14) ... History major.
Rush's 1998-99 Game-By-Game
Minutes: 36, four times, last vs. Detroit, 3/11/99
Field Goals: 9 vs. Syracuse, 2/21/99
Field Goals Attempted: 17 vs. California, 2/13/99
Three-Point Field Goals: 4 vs. Stanford, 2/11/99
Three-Point Field Goals Attempted: 8 vs. Maryland, 11/27/98
Free Throws: 8 vs. Santa Clara, 11/19/98
Free Throws Attempted: 10 vs. Santa Clara, 11/19/98
Rebounds: 15 vs. Washington, 2/27/99
Offensive Rebounds: 8, twice, last vs. Washington, 2/27/99
Defensive Rebounds: 10 vs. Oregon, 1/9/99
Assists: 3, three times, last vs. Louisville, 1/23/99
Steals: 6 vs. Washington, 2/27/99
Turnovers: 6 vs. Arizona State, 3/4/99
Blocked Shots: 2, twice, last vs. Arizona State, 3/4/99
Points: 23 vs. Syracuse, 2/21/99