Kapono, Watson Share 2000-2001 MVP Honors
March 12, 2001
UCLA senior guard Earl Watson and sophomore forward Jason Kapono were giventhe Coach John Wooden Award as the Bruins Most Valuable Players at UCLA'sannual awards/dinner banquet held Monday night at the Beverly Hilton. Lastseason, Watson and Kapono shared the MVP award with then-sophomore forwardJerome Moiso.
Watson, with his start on Thursday night vs. Hofstra in an East Region firstround NCAA Tournament game, will tie the school record for starts (127, DonMacLean, 1989-92) and he's looking to become the only four-year player in schoolhistory to start every regular season and NCAA Tournament game. He's alsoUCLA's all-time leader in steals (229). Kapono is No. 1 in school history inthree-point shooting percentage (46.5, 158-340) and recently went over the 1,000point total (1,042), only the third player in school history to do it by the endof his sophomore season and just the fifth player to do it in his first twoyears.
Watson and Kapono's recent honors have included first-team All-Pacific-10 andNABC first-team All-Dist. 15. Kapono is also on the final ballot for the John R.Wooden Award and All-American team. Both players have started all 29 games thisseason for the Bruins.
Below is a complete list of the awards given out Monday night.