Preseason UCLA Men's Basketball Media Notebook

Oct. 31, 2000

Welcome to the start of the 2000-2001 collegiate basketball season. Here aresome important upcoming dates with regard to Bruin basketball:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 31 (Steve Lavin's first weekly press conference, 12:30 p.m., Chancellor's Room)

  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 - Pac-10 Media Day (10:30 a.m., LAX Marriott) and Bruins'exhibition opener, UCLA vs. Team Concept, 7:30 p.m., Pauley Pavilion

  • Monday, Nov. 6 (Lavin weekly press conference, 11:30 a.m., Chancellor's Room)

  • Thursday-Friday, Nov. 9-10 - UCLA regular season opener vs. Kansas (Nov. 9) inthe Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City(Nov. 9 - UCLA vs. Kansas, 3:30 p.m. PST (ESPN 2) and Kentucky vs. St. John's, 6p.m. PST, Nov. 10 - loser's bracket, 3:30 p.m. PST (ESPN 2) and winner'sbracket, 6 p.m. PST (ESPN)

  • Monday, Nov. 13 (Lavin weekly press conference, 11:30 a.m., Chancellor's Room-this is a date/time change from Tuesday, Nov. 14),

  • Wednesday, Nov. 15 (UCLA vs. EA/Sports CA All-Stars (exhibition), PauleyPavilion, 7:30 p.m.),

  • Monday, Nov. 20 (Lavin weekly press conference, 11:30 a.m., Chancellor's Room),

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21 (UCLA vs. CS Northridge, regular-season home opener, PauleyPavilion, 7:30 p.m.).

    Media Policy
    UCLA will continue with the same media schedule it has had forthe last several years. Practices (3-6 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion) on Monday,Wednesday and Thursday are closed. Tuesday (after 4:30 p.m.) and Friday (after4:30 p.m.) practices are open to the media and players are available afterpractice. Exceptions can and will be made, especially over the holiday weeks ofChristmas and New Year's (UCLA Sports Information will keep everyone posted onchanges in the schedule). Lavin and player interviews can also be set up atother times (strongly encouraged) during the day (not just after practice).

    Lavin Press Conference Dates
    On most Tuesdays, Lavin will have his pressconference (12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.) in the Chancellor's Room (upper NE corner ofPauley Pavilion). All Tuesdays unless noted: Dates - Oct. 31, Monday, Nov. 6(11:30 a.m.), Monday, Nov. 13 (11:30 a.m., a date/time change from Tuesday, Nov.14), Monday, Nov. 20 (11:30 a.m.), Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, no scheduled pressconferences during Christmas and New Year's, there will be plenty ofopportunities after practices during that time frame to meet with Lavin and the players (UCLA Sports Information willkeep everyone informed of the holiday schedule), Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23, Jan.30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, March 6.

    Lavin Pac-10 Teleconferences
    The Pac-10 Teleconferences with the league'swomen's and men's head coaches will start on Wednesday, Dec. 13 (the first callof the 2000-2001 season), then will begin again on Tuesday, Jan. 9 and continueeach Tuesday during the regular season. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. with theleague's women's coaches (UCLA's Kathy Olivier at 10 a.m.), then at 10:30 a.m.the conference's men's calls will begin (Lavin is at 11:47 p.m.).

    UCLA's First Exhibition Game

    Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.
    Pauley Pavilion, vs. Team Concept

    Team Concept, in it's fifth year of touring, is sponsored by Team Concept Youth Foundation, an organization that sends disadvantaged youth to fivebasketball camps a year in the Pacific Northwest. UCLA will be Team Concept'ssecond game after opening at Cascade College on Oct. 31. After UCLA, TeamConcept will play at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 3), Loyola Marymount (Nov. 4),Minnesota (Nov. 7), UC Irvine (Nov. 9) and Pacific (Nov. 10).

    Pac-10 Postseason Tournament To Begin In 2001-2002
    On Monday, Oct. 23, thePac-10 Chie Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women'spostseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-teamevent to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament willbe a 10-team event hosted on campus by one of the Pac-10 members. Bothtournaments will begin in March 2002. The Conference previously conducted amen's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored asimilar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earnthe Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

    Johnson Out Four-to Six Weeks With Left Foot Stress Fracture
    UCLA truefreshman Josiah Johnson has a stress fracture in his left foot and will besidelined for the next four-to-six weeks, UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announcedFriday (Oct. 27). Because of chronic pain in his left foot over the last several days, Johnson hadx-rays taken Thursday night, revealing the stress fracture. Placed in a walkingboot, he will be on crutches for about a week and reevaluated after the firstfour weeks in the walking boot.

    Johnson, a 6-7, 237-pound forward, last season was a senior high schoolstandout at Montclair Prep. He averaged 24.2 points and 12.5 rebounds, earningUSA Today honorable mention All-America.

    Josiah is the son of Bruin great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of KrisJohnson, who was a UCLA standout from 1995-98.

    Hines Suspended
    UCLA senior Rico Hines has been suspended from the Bruins'first two games of the 2000-2001 season for a violation of team rules, UCLA headcoach Steve Lavin announced Oct. 12.

    Hines will not play in UCLA's exhibition opener in Pauley Pavilion onWednesday, Nov. 1 vs. Team Concept. He will also miss UCLA's regular-seasonopener, a Nov. 9 meeting with Kansas in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament atMadison Square Garden in New York City. The Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament is atwo-day (Nov. 9-10) affair. On Nov. 9, UCLA plays Kansas and Kentucky faces St.John's and on Nov. 10, the loser's and winner's bracket games will take place. Hines can return tothe Bruin lineup on Nov. 10. He will be allowed to participate in the Bruins'daily practices (UCLA opens practice on Saturday, Oct. 14).

    From Greenville, NC, Hines has appeared in 72 games during his three-year Bruincareer, starting 15 contests and averaging a career 12.8 minutes a game. As ajunior last season, he appeared in 29 games with seven starts. He averaged 14.7minutes, 3.4 points, and 2.1 rebounds.

    'Rico broke a team rule and will accept the consequences for his actions,' Lavinsaid. 'He has been a team leader for us over the years and he knows what itmeans to learn from your mistakes.'

    Bruin Roster
    Here's a quick look at some of the eligible newcomers on theBruin roster: T. J. Cummings, 6-8 freshman recruit from Homewood-Flossmoor inHomewood, IL, son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, Jason Flowers, 6-0senior who sat out last season after transferring from UC Irvine, JosiahJohnson, 6-7 freshman recruit from local Montclair Prep, son of NBA and UCLAgreat Marques Johnson and Ryan Walcott, 6-1 freshman recruit from ShadowMountain HS in Phoenix, cousin to Mike Bibby, Arizona All-American and standoutwith Vancouver Grizzlies.

    UCLA also has several eligible walkons - Ryan Mollins, 6-4 freshman fromRedondo Union who last year averaged 18.0ppg, Sam Nelson, 6-4 sophomore who hasa true freshman last season was on the UCLA men's volleyball roster. Nelsonprepped at Estancia HS in Costa Mesa and was a two-year All-CIF basketballselection, and Janou (ja-now) Rubin, 6-3 freshman who prepped last year at LoganHS in Union City, averaging 28.2ppg.

    The Bruins' also have two ineligible newcomers - Spencer Gloger, 6-7 sophomorewho last year started 28 games at Princeton, tying the Ivy League record forthree-pointers (10) in a game and freshman school records for points in a game(34) and three-pointers (65) in a season. Gloger prepped at Santa Margarita HSand is from Mission Viejo, John Hoffart, 6-10 sophomore who attended CalPoly-SLO last year, appearing in 26 games and averaging 11.8 minutes, 2.6 pointsand 2.5 rebounds. Hoffart attended Davis, CA HS.

    Kapono Honors
    Jason Kapono, 6-8 sophomore forward, is on the Wooden (top 25)and Naismith (top 30) Awards preseason Player of the Year lists. Last year as atrue frosh, Kapono led the Bruins in scoring (16.0), was named the CBSSportsLine National Freshman of the Year and earned All-Pac-10 (first-team) andco-Freshman of the Year honors.

    Preseason UCLA Honors
    Here's a list of some of the Bruin team and individualpreseason honors:

    Athlon
    Team, No. 4 in Pac-10,
    Earl Watson, second-team All-Pac-10
    Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10
    Jason Kapono, third-team All-Pac-10

    Basketball News
    Team, No. 24 in U. S., No. 4 in Pac-10
    Jason Kapono, second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10
    Dan Gadzuric, second-team All-Pac-10

    Blue Ribbon
    Team, No. 16 in U. S.
    Jason Kapono, fourth-team All-America

    CBS SportsLine
    Team, No. 13 in U. S.

    ESPN.com
    Team, No. 15 in the U. S.

    Fox Sports.com
    Team, No. 21 in U. S.

    Lindy's
    Team, No. 12 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10
    Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in U. S., second-team All-Pac-10
    Dan Gadzuric, No. 8 center in U. S.
    Earl Watson, third-team All-Pac-10

    Preview Sports
    Team, No. 25 in U.S., No. 3 in Pac-10

    Slam
    Team, No. 7 in U. S.

    Street & Smith's
    Team, No. 17 in U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10
    T. J. Cummings, All-Midwest incoming freshman

    The Sporting News
    Team, No. 17 in U. S.

    Vitale
    Team, No. 19 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10
    Earl Watson, third-team All-Rolls-Roycer, No. 3 point guard in U. S., first-team All-Pac-10
    Jason Kapono, No. 6 swing forward in U. S., second-team All-Pac-10
    Dan Gadzuric, No. 6 center in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.

    UCLA in the NBA
    Twelve former Bruins were listed on the latest NBA preseasonteam rosters. They are: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler,Indiana Pacers, Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J.R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, DarrickMartin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso,Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets, EdO'Bannon, Orlando Magic.

    Happy Birthday Coach Wooden
    John Wooden celebrated his 90th birthday on Oct. 14. UCLA's head coach from 1949-75, Wooden's UCLA record was 620-147 (80.0),winning a record 10 NCAA Championships, including seven in a row from 1967-73and 16 conference titles.

    Up On The Roof
    Pauley Pavilion got a new roof this summer and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logoon the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline ontop of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof inletters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.

    At Arizona Time Change
    The game time when UCLA travels to Tucson to face Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 20 has been changed to 10:30 a.m. PST (it was 10 a.m.PST).

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