UCLA Faces Alabama Saturday In Wooden Classic At Anaheim
Dec. 6, 2001
Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried -
Is in his fourth season as head coach at his alma mater, with a school record of 61-43. Last season, Gottfried led the Crimson Tide to the NIT final. Before Alabama, he was the head coach at Murray State (1996-98) and has a career mark of 129-67. From 1989-95, he was an assistant coach at UCLA. In 1994-95, Gottfried and UCLA head coach Steve Lavin were Bruin assistants on Jim Harrick's UCLA staff when the Bruins won the 1995 NCAA Championship.
The Crimson Tide - Alabama is 6-1, winning its last game, 74-68, over Tennessee-Chattanooga on Dec. 3 in Tuscaloosa. Alabama's only loss was to No. 2 Missouri, 75-68, on Nov. 20 in Kansas City. Since then, Alabama has won four games in a row. 6-8 junior forward Rod Grizzard is the team's leading scorer (16.0) and second in rebounding (6.7).
Series History - Alabama leads it 1-0. The Crimson Tide defeated UCLA in Pauley Pavilion, 70-67, on Jan. 28, 1983.
UCLA'S LAST GAME
Dec. 5-at No. 20 UCLA 65, UC Riverside 50 - UCLA used a 16-0 run in the second half to pull away from UC Riverside and beat the Highlanders 65-50 before 6,704 in Pauley Pavilion.
With UCLA leading 38-37 with 14:43 left to play, the Bruins went on a 16-0 run and led 54-37 with 7:53 remaining. The score was tied 28-all at halftime.
UCLA shot 36.2 from the field, 26.7 (4-15) from three-point range and 65.5 (19-29) from the foul line, with 48 rebounds and 18 turnovers.
UCR shot 34.7 from the field, 33.3 (9-27) from three-point range and 63.6 (7-11) from the foul line, with 30 rebounds and 20 turnovers. The Highlanders were led by Lloyd Cook's 14 points.
UCLA Head Coach Steve Lavin -
'When you sit down with Coach Wooden to talk about life and basketball, you are fortunate enough to be with one of the great teachers of all-time. He is always so giving of his time and knowledge.
'As the Wooden Classic approaches its eighth season, it has been a special honor for UCLA to participate in the event on five occasions. When the Bruins face Alabama in this year's Wooden Classic, the game will have even more special meaning for Mark Gottfried (Alabama head coach) and me. We were both Bruin assistants in 1994-95 in the first John Wooden Classic, when UCLA defeated Kentucky and the Bruins then went on that season to win the NCAA Title.
'Like the treasured moments I have spent with Coach Wooden, The Wooden Classic will always have a special place in my basketball memory.
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN
The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Lavin is entering his sixth season as UCLA's head coach and 11th on the Bruin staff, with a school and career record of 117-49 (70.5, 166 games).
Lavin is 2-1 in the Wooden Classic, beating New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State (1998) and losing last season to Georgia Tech.
In his first five seasons, the Bruins have averaged nearly 23 wins a year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all five seasons, including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' three times (1998, 2000 and 2001) and also won the 1997 Pacific-10 title. On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-year contract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005 season.
Lavin is one of just three coaches in the nation to lead his school to four Sweet 16's in the last five years. The others are Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski
Entering 2001-02, Lavin is No. 1 in the nation in wins and percentage on the chart of current Div. I head coaches also entering their sixth season (Top 6, record after five seasons: Lavin, 114-47, 70.8, Billy Donovan, Florida, 102-56, 64.6, Charlie Coles, Miami, Ohio, 94-60, 61.0, Ben Braun, California, 95-61, 60.9, Gary Waters, Kent State, 92-60, 60.5).
UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3, 2001 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than a year (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime on Mar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavin is only the second coach in college history to record consecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor (USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and 1970).
UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova on Jan. 13 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's 100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300th game as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavin reached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, the second-fastest in modern school history (after WWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-win milestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93, 100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as the Bruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53, 100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach, Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game of his 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).
Lavin's initial three-year (1997-99) total of 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 all-time (with seven other coaches, based on wins) on the NCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach after his first three seasons.
In overtime games under Steve Lavin, the Bruins are 9-2 during his five years as head coach, including eight consecutive overtime victories dating back to 1997.
During his career as head coach, UCLA owns a record of 20-10 (66.7) in March, including 6-1 in 1997, 3-3 in 1998, 1-2 in 1999, 6-1 in 2000 and 4-3 in 2001.
Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins have recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruiting classes.
Lavin has been to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournaments at UCLA (10) and Purdue (2).
Cedric Bozeman Injures Right Knee-Surgery Monday (Dec. 3)
UCLA true freshman Cedric Bozeman, who started the Bruins' first four games at the point guard position, has a torn meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on Monday (Dec. 3). The successful one-half hour procedure was performed by Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman at the UCLA Medical Center. The recuperation and rehabilitation period is scheduled to take four-to-six weeks.
After the Bruins returned from the Maui Invitational, Bozeman's right knee began swelling and the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was ordered Thursday (Nov. 29) as a precautionary measure (and it revealed the tear).
Bozeman, a 6-6 McDonald's All-American as a senior prepster at Mater Dei HS last season, after four starts for the Bruins was averaging 25.0 minutes, 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and a team-high 3.3 assists. He's shooting 47.4 (9-19) from the field, 33.3 (1-3) from three-point range and 66.7 (2-3) from the foul line.
Pac-10 Stats (Dec. 3)
In this week's (Dec. 3) Pac-10 statistics, UCLA leads the conference in FG% (50.7, 114-225) and 3-pt. FG% (45.2, 28-62).
Individually, Jason Kapono is No. 2 in scoring (22.2), No. 3 in free throw percentage (94.7, 18-19), No. 1 in 3-pt. FG% (65.2, 15-23) and No. 2 in 3-pt. FGs (3.75). T. J. Cummings is tied for first in FG% (64.9, 24-37), No. 10 in scoring (14.5) and tied for No. 16 in rebounding (5.5).
Pauley Pavilion -
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 72-8 (90.0, 80 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 29-6 (35 games, 82.9) and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6, a record since 1989-90 of 72-8, 80 games, 90.0).
UCLA's 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28, 2001 in Pauley was just the eighth non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Along with Pepperdine this season, the losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70, fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74, season home opener of 2000-01, Gonzaga, 59-43, fourth game of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconference home winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga), Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT, first game of 1996-97, Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 and Duke, 75-65, 1991-92.
In 11+ seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion have been unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions (1998-99, 7-0, 1997-98, 6-0, 1994-95, 6-0, 1993-94, 6-0, 1992-93, 8-0, 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).
From Nov. 19-21, UCLA, rated No. 3 by AP and No. 4 by USA Today/ESPN, competed in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational hosted by Chaminade University at the Lahaina Civic Center.
The Bruins placed third, winning their opening game over Houston, 71-60, losing a semi-final match to Ball State, 91-73 and beating South Carolina, 89-77, for third-place.
UCLA was led by Jason Kapono's 20.3 three-game scoring average. He was named to the All-Tournament team. During the Maui Invite, Kapono moved into second-place on UCLA's all-time three-point chart. UCLA center Dan Gadzuric suffered a sprained left ankle in the second half vs. Houston and played limited minutes (13.7 a game) for the remainder of the invitational. Because of Gadzuric's injury, T. J. Cummings in three games off the bench averaged 24.3 minutes, 16.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and shot 74.1 (20-27) from the field.
Duke won the 2001 Maui Invite, beating Ball State 83-71 in the championship game. Ball State defeated No. 4 Kansas and No. 3 UCLA to get to the title contest.
It was UCLA's second trip to the Maui Invitational. In 1995, following UCLA's l995 NCAA Champion, the Bruins opened the 1995-96 season in Maui, finishing with a 1-2 record, losing to Santa Clara (78-69, beating Wisconsin (68-57) and losing to Vanderbilt (75-71).
UCLA 2-0 in Exhibition Season -
UCLA won both of its exhibition games - UCLA 102-EA SPORTS 77 on Nov. 8 and UCLA 86-Global Sports 60 on Nov. 14.
Bruins Picked To Win 2002 Pacific-10 Title -
On Oct. 31 in Los Angeles, at Pac-10 Media Day in the Staples Center, UCLA was an overwhelming favorite to finish first in the 2001-02 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball race, according to a poll of media members who cover the league. The Bruins gathered 24 of 27 possible first-place votes. Here's the balloting - 1. UCLA (24) 267, 2. Stanford (1) 222, 3. USC 208, 4. Arizona (2) 200, 5. California 161, 6. Oregon 117, 7. Arizona State 111, 8. Oregon State 95, 9. Washington State 57, 10. Washington 47.
Kapono and Gadzuric Preseason Wooden Award Nominees -
Junior forward Jason Kapono and senior center Dan Gadzuric are on the 2002 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list. Kapono is also on the Playboy All-American squad and the Naismith Preseason list (Top 30) and is a preseason AP second-team All-America. Last season, Kapono was a Wooden Award Finalist and first-team All-Pac-10 performer (for the second consecutive season).
Two New Assistant Coaches -
Entering their first season as coaches on the Bruin staff are Gerald Madkins, filling a recruiting position, and Patrick Sandle (pronounced, San-dal). Madkins replaces Michael Holton, who took the head coaching position at the University of Portland and Sandle replaced Steve Spencer, who is the new head coach at Orange Coast College.
Madkins, who spent last year on the staff at CS Stanislaus, was a Bruin standout guard and senior captain in 1992. That season, with fellow seniors Don MacLean and Darrick Martin, Madkins helped lead the Bruins to the Pac-10 Championship and the NCAA West Regional final. Following his collegiate career, he played six years of professional basketball, including stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
Sandle, who prepped at Crenshaw HS and was a senior in 1980 under the legendary Willie West, for the last five seasons has been on Ben Howland's staff at Pittsburgh (1999-01) and Northern Arizona (1996-99). Overall, he comes to UCLA with 16 years of coaching experience, including seven at the Div. I level.
Madkins and Sandle will join veteran Bruin top assistant Jim Saia, entering his sixth season on the UCLA staff.
Ray Young-Probable Redshirt for 2001-02 -
UCLA head coach Steve Lavin announced on Nov. 8, before the game with EA SPORTS, that 6-4 senior Ray Young will probably redshirt for the 2001-02 season. Young has 94 career appearances, more than any other Bruin on this season's roster. Last year as a junior, he appeared in 31 games (started seven) and averaged 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while shooting 35.2 from the field, 21.2 from three-point range and 82.2 from the foul line.
Jon Crispin, Ineligible Transfer -
Junior guard Jon Crispin, a two-year (1999-01) starter at Penn State, has transferred to UCLA and will sit out this season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2002-03 campaign. Last season, Crispin, along with his brother Joe, currently on the Lakers' roster, helped lead the Nittany Lions to the NCAA 'Sweet 16'. In 2001, Crispin started 31 of 33 games, averaging 27.8 minutes, 7.2 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals. His season-high was 26 points in Penn State's 73-68 upset over Kentucky on Nov. 25, 2000 in the Wildcats' home opener.
Spencer Gloger, Back To Princeton -
Sophomore forward Spencer Gloger, who transferred to UCLA from Princton last season and sat out, has returned to Princeton. A standout freshman performer for the Tigers in 1999-00, Gloger, if he wants to continue with basketball, will again have to sit out this season to have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2002-03.
Freshman Walkons -
There will be two freshman walkons on this year's roster - No. 13 Gene Barnes (5-10) and No. 15 Quinn Hawking (6-4).
Barnes, from Novata and The Branson School (Ross) was a four-year starter at point guard. An All-State, All-CIF and Bay Area All-Metro selection during his prep career, Barnes as a senior prepster in 2000-01, averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and just 2.0 turnovers a game, helping to lead The Branson School to a 29-5 overall record.
Hawking, from Brea and Anaheim HS, is the son of Bob Hawking, current head coach at Anaheim HS and former head coach at CS Fullerton, who also coached Bruin great Don MacLean at Simi Valley HS. As a senior last season, Quinn averaged 25.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 44.0% from the three-point line (he hit 94 three-pointers). Last season, Hawking earned All-League and All-County honors.
Matt McKinney Signs NLI to Play Basketball, Volleyball at UCLA -
Matt McKinney, a 6-8, 200-pound basketball and volleyball standout at Santa Ynez, CA HS, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UCLA and also compete in volleyball, Bruin head men's basketball coach Steve Lavin announced Nov. 13.
Entering his senior season on the basketball court, McKinney is rated the No. 3 forward in the State by PrepWestHoops. As a junior hoopster in 2000-01, McKinney averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds, earning All-CIF honors.
In volleyball, McKinney helped Santa Ynez win itsthird consecutive Southern Section Div. III championshipand he is a two-time All-CIF outside hitter. Santa Ynez HSis a national prep volleyball power, producing U. S. National Team members George Roumain and Andy Witt.
'Matt McKinney is one of the nation's top two-sport high school athletes,' Lavin said. 'He has impressive athletic talents that enable him to excel at two different sports. His versatility and athletic ability will make him a great addition to our team next year.'
Bruin men's head volleyball coach Al Scates agrees with Lavin's assessment of McKinney's talents. 'Matt McKinney is an elite volleyball player with Olympic-team potential,' said Scates, who has won 18 NCAA Men's Volleyball crowns during his 39+years at UCLA. 'In my opinion, he's one of the two best high school volleyball players in the nation. We look forward to him playing volleyball for the Bruins after the men's basketball season is completed.'
On Nov. 13 UCLA also signed the nation's other top-ranked prep men's volleyball player - Pat Nihipali from Mira Costa HS in Manhattan Beach.
UCLA in the NBA -
There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters when the season officially started on Oct. 30. - Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis (Charlotte Hornets, third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin (Dallas Mavericks, eighth year in the NBA, released), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 15th season with the Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Charlotte Hornets, second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray (Toronto Raptors, 10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookie season).
During the preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.
UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.
John Wooden, Nine Others, In Pac-10 Basketball Hall of Honor Inaugural Class -
Legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, who turned 91 on Oct. 14, heads a list 10 former conference coaches and athletes that the Pac-10 Conference will honor with their induction into the Pac-10 Hall of Honor, during the 2002 Pac-10 Postseason Men's Basketball Tournament, held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 7-9).
During his 27 years (1949-75) as the Bruin men's basketball coach, Wooden led UCLA to a record 10 NCAA Championships (1964-65-67-68-69-70-71-72-73-75), including seven titles in a row from 1967-73 and 19 conference crowns. His overall Bruin record was 620-147 (80.8), including a 316-68 (82.3) conference mark.
Joining Wooden in the inaugural class are - former Cal head coach Pete Newell, Arizona's Sean Elliott, Arizona State's Byron Scott, Oregon's John Dick, Oregon State's Gary Payton, Stanford's Hank Luisetti, USC's Bill Sharman, Washington's Bob Houbregs and Washington State's Craig Ehlo.
Cunningham/Green Inducted Into UCLA Hall of Fame -
Eleven new members, including Gary Cunningham, who was a UCLA player, assistant and head coach, and John Green, a 1962 All-American guard, were inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 12.
Cunningham, now the athletic director at UC Santa Barbara John Wooden, and '62 co-captain of the team that came within seconds of a chance at the NCAA championship (lost to Cincinnati 72-70 in a semifinal game and lost to Wake Forest 82-80 for third-place), was a three-year (1960-61-62) starter at forward for In 1960, Cunningham made 28 out of 28 free throws in league play, still a school record. He was the coach of Lew Alcindor's freshman team that defeated Wooden's defending NCAA championship team in the opening scrimmage of the 1965-66 season. Cunningham then served as an assistant coach to Wooden from 1969-75 and was a part of six National Championship teams. In 1976 and '77, he served as executive director of the UCLA Alumni Association before returning to the hardwood. Cunningham followed Gene Bartow as UCLA's head coach, during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons, when the Bruins went 50-8, won two Pac-10 championships and two NCAA berths before resigning to enter the field of athletic administration.
Green, a teammate of Cunningham's, was a three-year starting guard for Wooden from 1960-62 and a consensus first-team All-American and All-Conference selection his senior season. In 1962, he led the Bruins to their first Final Four appearance in school history. In his senior year, Green led the Bruins in scoring with a 19.3 scoring average and his season total 559 points at the time ranked second on the all-time UCLA list.
Green's UCLA career averages were 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds. He was a third-round pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1962 NBA draft.
The UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame was dedicated in 1984 with 25 charter members. The Class of 2001 brings the total membership to 166.
Along with Cunningham and Green, the 2001 inductees are Jill Andrews, gymnastics, Sharron Backus, softball, Jim Brown, football, Charles Cheshire, football, Terry Donahue, football, Warren Edmonson, track and field, John Lee, football, Lisa Longaker, softball, and Ozzie Volstad, volleyball.
UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time last season, on Feb. 3, 2001, was its second against the No. 1 team in the nation in less than one year. Its victory over No. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's first over a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruins defeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion. The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in the season was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in the second round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the title game against Louisville.
According to Associated Press, UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team eight times. Notre Dame has done it nine times, followed by UCLA and Duke (eight times). North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio State have recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.
In the NCAA Tournament, the Bruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 ranked team, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001 NCAA East Region 'Sweet 16'.
UCLA/PAC-10 IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA concluded the 2001 NCAA Tournament as the all-time leader in championships with 11 - 1964. 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 and 1995.
The Bruins own a record of 83-30 (73.5) in NCAA play. UCLA ranks second in victories (83), trailing only Kentucky's 89 wins and just ahead of North Carolina's 81 victories. Its winning percentage of 73.5 also ranks second, trailing only Duke's 75.3 (entering the 2001 Tournament). Between 1964 and 1974, UCLA won 38 consecutive NCAA Tournament games - a record.
2001 was UCLA's 37th appearance in the 'Big Dance,' including each of the last 13 years. Only three schools have a longer current streak-North Carolina 27, Arizona 17 and Indiana 16.
UCLA (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001) is one of just four schools to reach the NCAA Sweet 16 four times in the last five years. The others are Duke (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), Kentucky (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001) and Michigan State (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001).
UCLA won multiple NCAA Tournament games in four of the last five years for the first time since 1972-73-74-75-76.
2001 was UCLA's highest seed (No. 4 East Region) since 1997, when the Bruins were No. 2 in the Midwest. Here are UCLA's year-by-year seedings since the process began in 1979: 2001 - No. 4 in East, 2000 - No. 6 in Midwest, 1999 - No. 5 in South, 1998 - No. 6 in South, 1997 - No. 2 in Midwest, 1996 - No. 4 in Southeast, 1995 - No. 1 in West, 1994 - No. 5 in Midwest, 1993 - No. 9 in West, 1992 - No. 1 in West, 1991 - No. 4 in East, 1990 - No. 7 in East, 1989 - No. 7 in Southeast, 1997 - No. 4 in West, 1983 - No. 2 in West, 1981 - No. 3 in East, 1980 - No. 8 in West, 1979 - No. 1 in West.
The Pac-10 placed five schools (UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, USC, California) in the 2001 NCAA Tournament for only the third time, advanced three schools (Arizona, Stanford, USC) to the 'Elite Eight' for the first time in league history and owned the best record (13-5, 72.2) of any conference in the Tournament. The Pac-10 became just the second conference in history to have three teams reach the NCAA 'Elite Eight' in men's basketball and to have three teams ranked in the Top 10 in the final AP football poll (No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Oregon State, No. 7 Oregon). The only previous time this rare double has been accomplished was 1986 when the Southeastern Conference had Auburn, Kentucky and LSU reach the basketball 'Elite Eight' and had Auburn (6th), Alabama (9th) and LSU (10th) in the Top 10 of the final AP football poll.
UCLA finished 14-4 (third-place) in the Pac-10 in 2001, its best record since winning the title in 1997 with a 15-3 mark.
Late in the 2001 season, UCLA's eight-game winning streak was snapped by Stanford in Pauley Pavilion. It was UCLA's longest since 2000 when the Bruins won their final six regular-season contests and their first two NCAA games. The last time the Bruins had a longer streak was in 1997-98, when they won nine straight games after a season-opening loss to North Carolina.
In 2000-01, UCLA won 19 of its final 24 games and 21 of its last 27 contests.
Jason Kapono -
On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (183-386, 47.4), No. 2 (183) in three-point field goals (No. 1, Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) and No. 4 (386) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 390, 1998-01). He also ranks No. 6 in free throw percentage (218-269, 81.0, No. 5, Henry Bibby, 82.3, 275-334, 1970-72). Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1187, No. 33), but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons. He has 25 career, 20-point games.
Dan Gadzuric -
No. 19 rebounder (665, No. 18 Kenny Fields, 1981-84, 667), No. 11 in field goal percentage (54.3, 394-726, No. 10, Kenny Fields, 54.4, 686-1260, 1981-84), No. 2 in blocked shots (147, No. 1, Jelani McCoy, 188, 1996-98).
Billy Knight -
No. 4 3pt. FG% (41.3, 86-208, No. 3, Reggie Miller, 43.9, 69-157, 43.9), No. 9 in 3pt. FGs (86, No. 8, Ed O'Bannon, 91, 1992-95).
In 2001-02, UCLA has used two different starting lineups:
UC Riverside: (forwards-Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center-Dan Gadzuric, guards-Billy Knight/Rico Hines)
Pepperdine/South Carolina/Ball State/Houston: (forwards-Matt Barnes/Jason Kapono, center-Dan Gadzuric, guards-Billy Knight/Cedric Bozeman).
In 2000-01, the Bruins used nine different starting lineups (in 32 games). The lineup used the most had UCLA's four returning starters-forwards, Matt Barnes and Jason Kapono, center, Dan Gadzuric and guard Billy Knight (13 games, 9-4 record, the other guard was senior Earl Watson).
In 1999-2000, the Bruins used 12 different starting lineups (in 33 games). In 1998-99, UCLA used 22 different starting lineups (in 31 games).
2002 Pac-10 Postseason Tournament, March 7-9, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA - On Oct. 23, 2000 the Pac-10 Chief Executive Officers approved the establishment of men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will be an eight-team event to be staged at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The women's tournament will be a 10-team event hosted by the University of Oregon (March 1-4). The Conference previously conducted a men's tournament following the 1987-1990 seasons. It has never sponsored a similar event for women. In each case, the winner of the Tournament will earn the Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
MORE BRUIN NOTES
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 10 in the U.S. in victories (241) and winning percentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketball historical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourth in All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 total selections), second in most consecutive final wire-service Top 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wire-service Top 20 rankings (35).
UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the last five seasons. The 2001 class - 6-6 McDonald's All-American guard Cedric Bozeman, 6-7 guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6-7 forward Andre Patterson - was named the nation's top incoming class by Sports Illustrated when 6-11 center Michael Fey was a member of the group (the Bruins announced on June 29 that Fey would not be enrolling in the fall).
The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young, forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBA Draft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Charlotte Hornets), along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in the nation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar and Basketball News.
The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (now at Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard Earl Watson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte Hornets), forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar (did not return for his senior season of 2000-01), was voted No. 2 in the nation.
During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signed McDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.
In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked 6-8 basketball/volleyball standout Matt McKinney from Santa Ynez, CA HS.
During Lavin's five-year tenure as UCLA's head coach, the Bruins have recruited six McDonald's All-Americans- 2001, Cedric Bozeman, 1999 Jason Kapono, 1998, Dan Gadzuric, JaRon Rush, Ray Young, 1997, Baron Davis.
UCLA has led the NCAA in field goal percentage two of the last six years -1997, 52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698). Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins ranked sixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 to rank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLA shot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacific-10 Conference and rank 16th in the NCAA.
In 2000-2001, UCLA shot 46.3 (fourth in the Pac-10) from the field and opponents shot 43.7. UCLA's single-game high was 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).
In 2001-02 after five games, the Bruins are shooting 47.7 from the field, to their opponents' 44.3.
The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in Pauley Pavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history. The Bruins have an overall record of 1,497-645 (69.9, 2,141 games) in 82 years of college basketball. UCLA's winning percentage is No. 5 in the nation all-time behind Kentucky, North Carolina, UNLV and Kansas.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home of Bruin basketball for 35+ seasons. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 513-62 (575 games, 89.2). Jackson State was the 500th game in Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on its homecourt.
The Bruins finished the 2001 regular season 12-3 at home overall and 8-1 in the Pac-10. UCLA last finished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996 (9-0).
On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC, the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched that game (13,382, previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon, 3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) in the 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a new attendance record 13,478, breaking the old one by 96.
The last time the Bruins were unbeaten at home for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0, California did beat UCLA at home that season but later forfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley 15-1 (losing only to Stanford).
Pauley Pavilion got a new roof during the summer of 2000 and while working on it, the roofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) to put the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof (for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline on top of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of the Pauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA from LAX.
The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in its third season (the previous one was 14 years old). The scoreboard had been in the planning for three years. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm to package eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on a center-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in Pauley Pavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes four sides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that have team scoring, game time and period, possession indicator (all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each. Each video screen is 7' x 9' and is the best LED technology the market offers today. The board was sized to 'fit the house' and gives excellent visibility to patrons in all seating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall (manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is 14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that can lower and/or raise the board for maintenance. The centerboard, statistic board and production room cost is about $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely by the corporate sponsorship that is displayed on the advertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
Bruins in the 2001-02 NBA
UCLA in the NBA - There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters when the current 2001-02 season officially started on Oct. 30. - Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh year in the NBA), Baron Davis (Charlotte Hornets, third year in the NBA), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers, fourth year in the NBA), Darrick Martin (Dallas Mavericks, eighth year in the NBA, released), Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 15th season with the Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers, traded to Charlotte Hornets, second year in the NBA), Tracy Murray (Toronto Raptors, 10th year in the NBA) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookie season).
During the 2001 preseason fall camps, the Bruins had two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean, who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors and then released, along with JaRon Rush, who was released by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had a nine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rush was drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in the newly formed National Basketball Development League.
UCLA's eight players in the NBA are No. 5 on the chart of schools with players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leading the pack is North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona (11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9) and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn and Michigan, all with eight.
The Pac-10 had more players selected in the 2001 NBA Draft, including second-round pick Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics), than any other conference.
In 2000-01, twelve former Bruins were listed on NBA preseason team rosters and eight remained for the regular season. They were: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived), Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived), Baron Davis, Charlotte Hornets, Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers, J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived), Don MacLean, Miami Heat, Darrick Martin, Sacramento Kings, Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics, Jerome Moiso, Boston Celtics, Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets (traded to the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 13), Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic (waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000 NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round, 11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.
In 1999-00, UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters and six played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte, Baron Davis, Indiana, Reggie Miller, Washington, Tracy Murray, Phoenix, Toby Bailey, Sacramento, Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the 1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts were among the 58 players selected. The six selections were the second-highest total of all conferences (tied with the Western Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player taken was UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the way in the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona and North Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins had three second-round selections-Jelani McCoy, Seattle, Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R. Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eight players drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in the U. S.
From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sent more players (26) into the NBA than any school in the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 former players on NBA rosters ranked second to North Carolina.
2001-02 Special Team Stats (five games)
The Bruins have led four times (2-1, led Pepperdine 36-33) at halftime and trailed only once (Ball State 44-UCLA 40).
UCLA has outrebounded all five opponents, for an average of 40.4 (30.2 opponents).
UCLA has outshot three (3-0, beating Houston, South Carolina and UC Riverside) of five opponents. Pepperdine (47.8-41.2) and Ball State (45.7-42.6) outshot UCLA from the field. Vs. South Carolina, the Bruins shot 72.9 (35-48), No. 2 in school history (the Bruins 36.2 vs. UC Riverside and 50.9 vs. Houston). After five games, UCLA is shooting 47.7 from the field (44.3 opponents).
From three-point range, UCLA has outshot three (2-1, lost to Pepperdine) of five opponents, only Ball State (BS 45.7 (12-34)-UCLA 33.3 (6-18)) and UC Riverside (UCR 33.3 (9-27)-UCLA 26.7 (4-15)) outshot the Bruins from three-point range. After five games, UCLA is shooting 41.6 from the three-point line (32.6 opponents)
UCLA in three of five games had a better free throw percentage than its opponents (Pepperdine 68.8/UCLA 56.0, Houston 68.4/UCLA 63.6), including two contests over 80.0 (UCLA 81.3 vs. South Carolina and UCLA 84.0 vs. Ball State). After five games, the Bruins are shooting 69.8 from the line (64.8 opponents).
UCLA had more turnovers than its opponent in four of five games, including a 22-3 disadvantage vs. Ball State. The Bruins are averaging 18.2 turnovers a game (12.2 opponents).
The Bruins are UCLA 3-0 when leading at the five minute mark and 0-2 when trailing (Pepperdine led 73-70 and Ball State led 83-66 with five minutes left to play).
UCLA MEDIA SERVICES
Media Policy - UCLA will close practices this year.
Steve Lavin's weekly press conferences are Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Hall of Fame Press Room (the next press conference is Tuesday, Dec. 4). Players are available for interviews before practice (2:15-3:15 p.m.) in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday and Friday. Lavin and player interviews can also be set up during the day (not just before practice) on Monday, Tuesday and Friday (strongly encouraged).
The Pac-10 Head Coaches Teleconference call begins on Thursday, Dec. 13, then continues every Tuesday during the Pac-10 season, starting Jan. 8. Lavin's time segment is 11:47-11:55 a.m. The media number is 913-981-5510. A taped replay of the teleconference will be available beginning at 4 p.m. PT following the teleconference (402-220-9927).
23 Matt Barnes, 6-7, 235, Sr., F, CitrusHeights, (Del Campo)
2001-02 Preseason Honors - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's second-team All-Pac-10, Most Versatile, The Sporting News No. 18 power forward in the U. S., second-team All-Pac-10.
2001-02 - Season Averages - After five starts, Barnes is averaging 22.4 minutes, 8.4 points (No. 4 on the team), leading the Bruins in rebounding (6.4), No. 3 (tied) in steals (1.0) and shooting 45.2 from the field, 16.7 (1-6) from three-point range and 72.7 (13-18) from the foul line ... He's led the Bruins in rebounding twice (12, career-high vs. Houston, 7 Ball State).
Game-by Game - Played 26 minutes vs. UC Riverside and finished with nine points, six rebounds and two assists. Played just 16 minutes vs. Pepperdine, with three points and rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Maui - In three starts at the Maui Invite, Barnes averaged 10.0 points (No. 3 on team), 7.7 rebounds (No. 1) and 1.3 steals (No. 2) and shot 50.0 from the field and 77.8 from the foul line ... His highlight game was Houston, getting his sixth career double-double (13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds).
BARNES' 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 30 minutes vs. Houston (11/19/01), 13 points vs. Houston (11/19/01), 12 rebounds vs. Houston (11/19/01), two assists, three times, last vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), three steals vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), 0 blocked shots.
BARNES' 2001-02 PAC-10 RANKINGS - Rebounding, 11th, 6.5, Def. Reb., 8th, 5.25.
Career - 2000-01 - As a junior, Barnes was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection ... He started 26 of his 32 games at forward and was a key factor in the success of the fullcourt press as the front man ... On the year, he averaged 30.3 minutes (third on the team), 11.6 points, No. 4 on the squad, and 7.3 rebounds, second on the team ... He also ranked second on the team in steals (1.6) and assists (2.7) and fourth in field goal percentage (47.8).
1999-00 - As a sophomore, Barnes was academically ineligible during the fall quarter and missed the first five games of the season ... He became eligible on Dec. 20, 1999 ... In his 28 games (one start), he averaged 14.8 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds, while shooting 47.1 from the field. He averaged 6.1 points and shot 48.9 from the floor in Pac-10 play ... In the four games in which he played at least 20 minutes (Purdue, Arizona State, h and the two Stanford games) last season, he averaged 12.3 points and 3.8 rebounds and shot 51.3 from the floor.
1998-99 - As a freshman, Barnes averaged 13.1 minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds and shot 43.4 from the field, 29.4 (10-34) from three-point range and 47.8 (22-46) from the foul line ... He appeared in 30 games and started on eight occasions.
BARNES' CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Stanford (3/3/01), 32 points vs. Stanford (3/3/01), 12 rebounds vs. Houston (11/19/01), seven assists vs. California (3/1/01) and Washington State (3/8/01), six steals vs. Hawaii (12/9/00) and Villanova (1/13/01), three blocked shots vs. Utah State (3/17/01).
50 Dan Gadzuric, 6-11, 240, Sr., C, Den Haag,Holland (Gov. Dummer Academy/Byfield, MA)
2001-02 Preseason Honors - 2002 Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidate, Athlon honorable mention All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, Basketball News first-team All-Pac-10, Lindy's No. 5 center in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News No. 11 center in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10.
2001-02 - Season Averages - After five starts, Gadzuric is averaging 16.8 minutes, 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds, leads the team in blocked shots (0.8) and is shooting 43.5 from the field and 31.3 (5-16) from the foul line.
Game-by-Game - Played 19 minutes vs. UC Riverside, and had his first double-double of the year with 11 points, 10 rebounds and one steal. Played 24 minutes vs. Pepperdine, with three points, a team and season-high nine rebounds and two blocked shots.
Maui - Was slowed in Maui by foul trouble and a sprained left ankle, but did start all three games. In the first game vs. Houston, Gadzuric picked up two fouls in the first four minutes of the first half, then in the second half, he sprained his left ankle. Because of the injury, he averaged only 13.7 minutes a game in Maui (he tweaked the ankle in the first half vs. South Carolina and did not play in the second half). In three games, he averaged 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds.
GADZURIC'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 24 minutes vs Pepperdine (11/28/01), 11 points vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), 10 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), two assists vs. Ball State (11/20/01), one steal, five times, last vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), two blocked shots vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01).
GADZURIC'S 2000-01 PAC-10 RANKINGS (Final Reg. Season) - Scoring, 20th, 11.7, Rebounding, 2nd, 8.6, FG%, 8th, 53.4, Blocked Shots, 3rd, 1.88, Off. Rebounds, 4th, 3.06, Def. Rebounds, 3rd, 5.53.
Career - 2000-01 - Gadzuric established himself as one of the most dominating centers in the nation as a junior ... On the year (32 games, 29 starts), he averaged 26.9 minutes (No. 4 on the team), 11.7 points (No. 3 on the squad) and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds ... His 8.6 average was the highest by a Bruin since Ed O'Bannon averaged 8.8 rebounds in 1994 ... He led the Bruins in field goal percentage (53.4) and blocked shots (1.9) ... He led the Bruins in rebounding 15 times ... His 60 blocked shots rank fifth on UCLA's single-season list ... His highlight game as a junior was against Arizona in Pauley Pavilion in the Bruins' overtime victory ... After being doubtful all week due to a left ankle sprain, he started vs. Arizona and played a career-high 41 minutes ... Gadzuric tied his career highs with 22 points (9-14, 4-7) and 17 rebounds (7-10) and added three blocks and two assists ... He scored UCLA's final two baskets in regulation, both on rebounds, and scored what proved to be the game-winning basket with 1:03 left in overtime, giving UCLA a 79-75 lead (the Bruins won 79-77) ... The last time a Bruin had more rebounds in a game was on Mar. 18, 1994, when Ed O'Bannon grabbed 18 in an NCAA loss to Tulsa.
1999-00 - Started 23 of 33 games as a sophomore ... Did not start at California, breaking his string of starting 22 consecutive games, and came off the bench in the last seven games ... In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric ranked eighth in rebounding (7.0), third in blocked shots (1.58) and third in field goal percentage (56.5) ... In his 33 games (tying a single-season school record in 1999-00), Gadzuric averaged 22.4 minutes, 9.7 points (fifth on the team), 7.0 rebounds (second on the team) and 1.6 blocked shots, while shooting a team-high 56.5 (140-248) from the field ... He led the Bruins in rebounding 11 times and in blocked shots in 19 games.
1998-99 - As a frosh, Gadzuric was selected to the five-man Pac-10 All-Freshman team and was on College Hoops Insider's All-Freshman squad ... He suffered a season-ending injury in practice on Feb. 24, 1999, tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee (underwent a 90-minute arthroscopic surgery procedure on Feb. 25, 1999) and missed the Bruins' final five games ... Prior to his injury, Gadzuric averaged 20.0 minutes, 8.6 points and 5.7 rebounds (third on the team) and 1.3 blocked shots (team-leader) and shot a team-leading 54.0 (88-163) from the field and 50.0 (31-62) from the foul line ... His 5.7 rebound average was the seventh-highest ever among Bruin freshmen ... In the final 1999 Pac-10 stats, Gadzuric was 16th in rebounding (5.7) and sixth in blocked shots (1.25) ... Gadzuric started 17 of the 24 games in which he played ... He led the Bruins three times in scoring, six times in rebounding and 16 times (including ties) in blocked shots.
GADZURIC'S CAREER HIGHS - 41 minutes vs. Arizona (2/15/01), 22 points vs. California (3/2/00) and Arizona (2/15/01), 17 rebounds vs. Colorado State (12/22/99) and Arizona (2/15/01), three assists vs. CS Northridge (12/19/98), five steals vs. Oklahoma State (12/5/98), five blocked shots vs. California (3/1/01) and Stanford (3/3/01).
GADZURIC'S CAREER CHARTS - On UCLA blocked shot chart, Gadzuric is No. 2 with 146 (No. 1, Jelani McCoy, 188) ... He also ranks No. 11 on the field goal percentage list (54.3, 394-726) and No. 19 on the rebound chart (665).
22 Rico Hines, 6-5, 194, Sr., F, Greenville, NC (Hargrave Military Academy/Saint John's at Prospect Hall)
2001-02 - Hines, a fifth year senior, is the captain of this year's squad.
Season Averages - After five games (four off the bench), Hines is averaging 16.8 minutes, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Game-by-Game - Against UC Riverside, he started and played 24 minutes with five rebounds, three steals and two assists. Vs. Pepperdine, Hines played just five minutes with one rebound.
Maui - In three games in Maui off the bench, Hines averaged 18.3 minutes.
HINES' 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 24 minutes vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), 0 points, five rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), three assists vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), three steals vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), 0 blocked shots.
UCLA Career - 2000-01 - Hines suffered a torn lateral meniscus (cartilage) in his right knee on Oct. 27,2000 and had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 1,2000 ... He redshirted and returns in 2001-02 for his fifth season.
1999-00 - As a junior tri-captain, Hines in his 29 games (seven starts) averaged 14.7 minutes, 3.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.
1998-99 - As a sophomore, Hines versatility and defensive prowess were missed when he was out for 11 games during mid-year with a right foot injury that required surgery (fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, a pin was inserted on Jan. 14, 1999) ... In 20 games (six starts) that year, Hines averaged 12.6 minutes, 2.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists and shooting 38.3 from the field, 33.3 (7-21) from three-point range and 43.8 (7-16) from the foul line.
1997-98 - As a true frosh, Hines played in 23 games and had a strong NCAA Tournament.
HINES' CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), 12 points vs. Washington State (1/8/00), six rebounds, twice, last vs. San Francisco (11/26/98), six assists vs. Loyola Marymount (12/29/98), three steals vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01) and North Carolina (1/15/00), one blocked shot, four times, last vs. Arizona State (2/17/00).
3 Billy Knight, 6-6, 201, Sr., G, Los Angeles (Westchester)
2001-02 -One of UCLA's four seniors, Knight is entering his fifth year in the Bruin program, and a starter during segments of the last three seasons ... He is one of the top three-point shooters in the Pac-10 ... During the summer, he was a member of an AIA All-Star team that toured the Ivory Coast
Season Averages - After five starts, Knight is averaging 27.6 minutes (No. 2 on the team), 11.8 points (No. 3), 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists (T-No. 2) and 1.7 steals (No. 1), and shooting 47.2 from the field, 47.4 (9-19, No. 2) from three-point range and 84.2 (16-19, No. 2) from the foul line.
Game-by-Game - In 28 minutes vs. UC Riverside, he he had 11 points, five rebounds and one block. Vs. Pepperdine, Knight played a season-high 34 minutes, with a season-best 21 points, two rebounds, assists and steals.
Maui - In three starts at Maui, Knight averaged 25.3 minutes, 9.0 points (No. 4 on team), 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists (No. 2) and 1.7 steals (No. 1) and shot 45.0 from the field, 40.0 (4-10) from three-point range and 83.3 (5-6) from the foul line ... His highlight game was vs. South Carolina (28 minutes, 12 points, three rebounds, a career-high five assists and one steal) ... Also tied career-highs in rebounds (six vs. Ball State) and steals (four vs. Houston).
KNIGHT'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 34 minutes vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), 21 points vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), six rebounds vs. Ball State (11/20/01), five assists vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), four steals vs. Houston (11/19/01), 1 blocked shot vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01).
KNIGHT'S 2001-02 PAC-10 RANKINGS - Stls, 10thT, 1.75, 3pt. FG%, 10th, 46.7 (7-15), 3pt. FGs, 10thT, 1.75.
Career - 2000-01 - As a junior, Knight earned a starting guard position at Stanford on Feb. 3, 2001 (after starting nine games as a sophomore in 1999-00, including UCLA's final five contests in 1999-00, when UCLA was 4-1 and 2-1 in the NCAA) ... In the win at No. 1 Stanford, he started and played a then-career-high 36 minutes ... He also scored a then career-high 22 points in the win over the Cardinal, making eight of 15 shots from the floor, including three of seven from three-point range, and three of six from the line, with four rebounds, one assist and one block ... The Bruins were 11-3 when Knight re-entered the starting lineup for the Stanford game ... In those 14 games, he averaged 13.1 points (third on the squad), shooting 49.6 (60-121) from the floor, 49.2 (30-61) from three-point range and 75.6 (34-45) from the free throw line ... He averaged 19.8 points on the four Saturdays in February (79 points), shooting 66.7 (26 of 39) on his field goals, 60.0 (12 of 20) on three-point field goals and 75.0 (15 of 20) on his free throws ... In 2000-01 (32 games, 18 starts), Knight averaged 17.6 minutes, 7.9 points and 1.9 rebounds ... He was second on the team in three-point field goal percentage (42.1), third in free throw percentage (73.2) and fifth in field goal percentage (46.0) ... In Pac-10 games, he averaged 9.4 points in 19.6 minutes, shooting 49.6 (56-113) from the floor and a team-high 43.3 (26-60) from three-point range.
1999-00 - As a sophomore redshirt, in 28 games (nine starts), Knight averaged 11.2 minutes, 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 45.3 from the field, 39.7 (25-63, second on the team) from three-point range and 65.6 (21-32) from the foul line ... In Pac-10 play, he averaged 5.8 points in 11.7 minutes while shooting 51.5 (34-66) from the floor and 45.5 (15-33) from three-point range ... Announced his intentions to transfer after the Pepperdine (Dec. 28, 1999) game (played two minutes), missed the Purdue (Dec. 30, 1999) game, then changed his mind and rejoined the team on Jan. 2, 2000.
1998-99 - As a sophomore, Knight was hampered with a severe groin strain and redshirted.
1997-98 - As a true frosh, Knight appeared in 24 games and was the Bruins' No. 7 scorer (2.8), with an 0.9 rebound average and shot 44.4 (24-54) from the field, 38.7 (12-31) from the three-point line and 72.7 (8-11) from the foul line ... The first start of his career was vs. CS Fullerton as a freshman, scoring a then-career-best 15 points (6-9, 3-6, 0-0).
KNIGHT'S CAREER HIGHS - 37 minutes at Oregon State (2/24/01), 23 points vs. Arizona State (2/17/01), six rebounds four times, last vs. Ball State (11/20/01), five assists, vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), four steals, twice, last vs. Houston (11/19/01), 1 blocked shot vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01).
KNIGHT'S CAREER CHARTS - No. 9 on 3pt. FGs (83) and No. 6 on 3pt. FG% (40.9, 83-203).
24 Jason Kapono, 6-8, 213, Jr., F, Lakewood (Artesia)
2001-02 Preseason Honors - Kapono enters 2000-01 on the Wooden (Top 50) and Naismith (Top 30) Preseason Player of the Year lists and is also a Playboy All-American. His other preseason honors include - AP second-team All-America, Athlon honorable mention All-America, first-team All-Pac-10 ... Basketball News second-team All-America. first-team All-Pac-10, College Insider.com All-American, Lindy's No. 3 small forward in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Street & Smith's second-team All-America, first-team All-Pac-10, The Sporting News No. 5 small forward in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10.
2001-02 - During the summer, Kapono was a member of the U. S. team that won the gold medal at the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men, held at Saitama, Japan.
Season Averages - In five starts, Kapono leads the Bruins in minutes (34.6), points (21.4), three-point field goal (58.6, 17-29) and free throw percentage (95.2, 20-21) ... Also averaging 5.2 rebounds (No. 2 on team) and 1.8 assists ... He has led the Bruins in scoring in four games this season, with two contests (28, tied career-high vs. Pepperdine, 26 Ball State) over 20 points.
Game-by-Game - Against UC Riverside, he played a season-high 37 minutes with 18 points, six rebounds and one assist. Vs. Pepperdine, Kapono played 36 minutes, equaling his career-high in points (28), with season-best seven rebounds and one assist, blocked shot and steal.
Maui - In three starts at Maui, Kapono averaged 33.3 minutes (No. 1 on the team), 20.3 points (No. 1), 4.3 rebounds (No. 3) and 2.3 assists (No. 3) and shot 54.5 (18-33) from the field and led the team from the three-point (66.7, 10-15) and foul lines (93.8, 15-16). His highlight game was vs. Ball State, getting 26 points (6-14, 4-6, 10-10, two short of tying his career-high in points), five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. During the tournament, he moved into second-place (176) on the Bruin all-time three-point chart ... Kapono was a member of the All-Tournament team.
KAPONO'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), 28 points vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), seven rebounds vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), three assists, twice, last vs. Ball State (11/20/01), one steal, twice, last vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), one blocked shot vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01).
KAPONO'S 2001-02 PAC-10 RANKINGS - Scoring, 2nd, 22.2, FT% - 3rd, 94.7 (18-19), 3pt. FG%, 1st, 65.2 (15-23), 3pt. FGs, 2nd, 3.75.
KAPONO'S 2000-01 NCAA RANKINGS (March 12, 2001) -3pt. FG%, 11th, 45.5, FT%, 17th, 87.6.
Career - 2000-01 - One of the nation's top outside shooters, as a sophomore in 2000-01, Kapono was on the list of 20 finalists for the Wooden Award and was also selected first-team All-Dist. 15 by the NABC and All-Dist. 9 by the USBWA as well as All-Pac-10 Conference by the league's coaches (for the second consecutive season).
Kapono has already scored over 1,000 points in his career ... He is only the third sophomore to accomplish this feat (Don MacLean and Tracy Murray are the others) and only the fifth Bruin to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his first two seasons (MacLean, Murray, Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton are the others).
In 32 games (31 starts) last season, Kapono lead the Bruins in scoring in 16 of the 32 contests ... As a sophomore, he averaged 35.1 minutes (No. 1 on the squad) and led the Bruins in scoring (17.2), three-point field goal shooting (45.7, 84-184) and foul shooting (86.9, 133-153) ... Kapono was third in assists (2.3), rebounding (5.7) and steals (1.2) ... He scored at least 20 points in 14 games and was in double figures 25 times ... He also led the team in rebounding seven times ... He made at least one three-point field goal in all but four of his games this season ... He made 28 free throws to start the year, missing for the first time on his first attempt versus Hawaii ... He had made 23 straight free throws before missing his second attempt versus Duke.
Kapono made 84 three-point field goals in 2000-01, breaking his own school record and his three-point field goal percentage of 45.7 ranked fourth on that single-season list ... His free throw percentage of 86.9 ranked sixth on the single season list.
1999-00 - His true freshman honors included National Freshman of the Year by CBS SportsLine, first-team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of Year by vote of the league's coaches ... Also selected second-team Dist. 9 by the USBWA and second-team Freshman All-America by Basketball Times.
The highest scoring freshman in the Pac-10 (16.0 points per game) in 1999-00, Kapono was one of two Bruins (Earl Watson) to start all 33 games, tying the school record. Kapono was the second-highest scoring freshman in UCLA history behind only Don MacLean (18.6) ... He led the Bruins in scoring 16 times, including 13 of the final 24 games ... Scored in double figures in 29 of 33 games, most on the team ... He scored 20 or more points nine times in 1999-00.
Kapono in 1999-00 set a then- UCLA single-season record for three-point field goals with 82, breaking the old mark of 78, set by Tracy Murray in 1992. His 82 three-point field goals also ranked No. 1 on the Pac-10's list for freshmen ... Kapono's percentage of 47.4 ranked third in school single-season history.
In the final 2000 NCAA stats, Kapono ranked eighth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (47.7) ... In the final 2000 Pac-10 stats, Kapono ranked fifth in scoring (16.0), seventh in field goal percentage (51.9) and first in three-point field goal percentage (47.4).
In 33 games, Kapono averaged 32.7 minutes (second on the team), 16.0 points (first on the team) and 4.4 rebounds (fourth on the team) ... He shot 51.9 from the field, 47.4 (82-173, first on the team) from three-point range and 68.4 (65-95, second on the team) from the foul line ... Kapono shot at least 50.0 on his overall field goal attempts in 18 of his last 28 games.
KAPONO'S CAREER HIGHS - 42 minutes vs. Oregon State (2/24/01), 28 points vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), Washington State (3/8/01), DePaul (2/10/01) and Villanova (1/13/01), 13 rebounds vs. Oregon (2/22/01), six assists vs. Washington State (1/8/00), Kansas (11/9/00) and Hawaii (12/9/00), three steals six times, last vs. Duke (3/22/01), two blocked shots vs. UCSB (11/29/00).
KAPONO'S CAREER CHARTS - On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 1 in percentage (183-386, 47.4), No. 2 (183) in three-point field goals (No. 1 Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) and No. 4 (386) in attempts (No. 3, Earl Watson, 390, 1998-01). He also ranks No. 6 in free throw percentage (218-269, 81.0). Kapono is the 41st Bruin in history to score 1000 or more points (1187, No. 33) but only the third player to do it by the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to do it in his first two seasons.
43 T. J. Cummings, 6-10, 223, So., F, Homewood, IL (Homewood-Flossmoor HS)
2001-02 - One of the top freshmen in the U. S. last season, Cummings, son of NBA and DePaul great Terry Cummings, has a year of experience and is bigger and stronger as a sophomore.
Season Averages - After five games off the bench, Cummings is averaging 24.8 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 12.8 points (No. 2), 5.0 rebounds (No. 3) and is second on the team in field goal percentage (56.8, 25-44).
Game-by-Game - In 21 minutes against UC Riverside, he had six points and three rebounds. In 30 minutes vs. Pepperdine, Cummings had nine points, six rebounds and a career-high tying two assists.
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, 25 points (11-12, 0-0, 3-4), nine rebounds and one steal, all career-highs.
CUMMINGS' 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), 25 points vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), nine rebounds vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), two assists vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), one steal, vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), 0 blocked shots.
CUMMINGS' 2001-02 PAC-10 RANKINGS - Scoring, 10th, 14.5, Rebounding, 16thT, 5.5, FG% - 1stT, 64.9 (24-37).
Career - 2000-01 - Cummings was selected to the Pac-10 Conference All-Freshman team... 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.
Burst onto the college scene last year in the season-opening Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic in New York City, where he was named the Classic's Sixth Man in All-Classic voting ... Vs. Kansas, playing 29 minutes off the bench, and scoring a game-high tying and career-high 24 points (8-10, 0-0, 8-10), with a career-best seven rebounds and a career-high 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).
CUMMINGS' CAREEER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), 25 points vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), nine rebounds vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), two assists, twice, last vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), one steal, eight times, last vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), two blocked shots, three times, last vs. Arizona State (2/17/01).
52 John Hoffart, 6-10, 279, So., C, Davis, CA (Cal Poly-SLO/Davis HS)
2001-02 - Hoffart (Ho-fert) redshirted last season after transferring from Cal-Poly SLO and will have three years of eligibility remaining ... He will give the Bruins depth at the center position.
Season Averages - Hoffart has played in one game this year (one minute vs. South Carolina).
Game-by-Game - Maui - Hoffart played one minute in the South Carolina contest.
Career - Cal-Poly SLO - As a true freshman in 1999-00, Hoffart appeared in 26 games, including 15 Big West Conference contests, starting seven ... He averaged 11.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds, while shooting 44.1 from the field and 48.5 from the foul line.
2 Janou Rubin, 6-3, 188, So., G, Union City, CA (Logan HS)
2001-02 - (Ja-now) Rubin is a sophomore walkon for the Bruins.
Season Averages - Rubin has not appeared in a game this season.
Game-by-Game - Rubin did not make the trip to Maui.Career - 2000-01 - He appeared in four games last season as a true freshman walkon, including three Pac-10 games ... He averaged 1.3 minutes, 1.5 points and 0.3 rebounds ... Rubin shot 1.000 from the field, hitting all three of his field goal attempts.
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54 Josiah Johnson, 6-8, 240, FrR., F, Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)
2001-02 - (Jo-sigh-a) Johnson had a stress fracture in his left foot earlier in the 2000-01 season and redshirted ... He did not appear in a game last year and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Season Averages - Johnson has appeared in one game this year (one minute vs. South Carolina.
Game-by-Game - Maui - Johnson played one minute in the South Carolina game.
Prep Career - The son of NBA and UCLA great Marques Johnson and the younger brother of Kris Johnson, a Bruin standout from 1995-98, Josiah will wear his father's retired jersey number (54), the same jersey number that brother Kris wore during his Bruin career ... As a senior at Montclair Prep, Johnson averaged 24.2 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots ... As a senior prepster, Johnson was a USA Today honorable mention All-America, Los Angeles Times first-team All-Valley selection and first-team All-CIF Div. 5.
10 Ryan Walcott, 6-1, 177, FrR., G, Phoenix, AZ(Shadow Mountain HS)
2001-02 - Walcott redshirted last season and will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
Season Averages - In three games off the bench, Walcott is averaging 6.0 minutes, 1.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists.
Game-by-Game - Against UC Riverside, he played nine minutes with two rebounds. Vs. Pepperdine, Walcott played six minutes, with one rebound and assist.
Maui - Walcott played three minutes vs. South Carolina, with one assist.
WALCOTT'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - nine minutes vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), 0 points, two rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), one assist, twice, last vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), 0 steals, 0 blocked shots.
Prep Career - Walcott's cousin is point guard Mike Bibby, former Arizona star and current standout with the Vancouver Grizzlies ... As a senior last season at Shadow Mountain HS under coach Jerry Conner, Walcott helped lead Shadow Mountain to the Arizona 5A State Championship ... In 1999-00, Walcott averaged 16.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5.0 steals, while earning USA Today honorable mention All-America and first-team All-Arizona from the Arizona Republic ... Four-year starting point guard at Shadow Mountain.
21 Cedric Bozeman, 6-6, 193, Fr., G, Los Angeles, CA (Mater Dei HS)
2001-02 Preseason Honors - Athlon No. 28 Top College Freshman, Basketball News No. 20 final high school ranking, Street & Smith's All-West Incoming Freshman.
2001-02 - A right knee MRI on Nov. 29 revealed a tear in the lateral meniscus ... On Dec. 3, Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman repaired the injury in a successful one-half hour arthroscopic procedure at the UCLA Medical Center ... Bozeman will be out four-to-six weeks. ...
A McDonald's All-American (one of six to sign with the Bruins during Lavin's tenure) last season, Bozeman, before the injury, was slated to step into Earl Watson's starting guard position ...
Season Averages - In four starts, Bozeman is averaging 25.0 minutes, 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, a team-high 3.3 assists and shooting 47.4 from the field, 33.3 (1-3) from three-point range and 66.7 (2-3) from the foul line.
Game-by-Game - He did not play versus UC Riverside. In 22 minutes vs. Pepperdine, Bozeman had four points, a season-high four rebounds and four assists.
Maui - Bozeman started all three games (the last time UCLA started a freshman point guard was in 1997-98, when Baron Davis started at the point and Earl Watson at the No. 2 spot), averaging 26.0 minutes, 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and a team-leading 3.0 assists and shooting 58.3 from the field, 33.3 (1-3) from three-point range and 66.7 (2-3) from the foul line ... His highlight game was vs. Houston, playing 31 minutes, with 13 points, two rebounds and four assists.
In UCLA's first exhibition game, Bozeman bruised his tail bone and was held out of the second exhibition contest as a precautionary measure.
BOZEMAN'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 31 minutes vs. Houston (11/19/01), 13 points vs. Houston (11/19/01), four rebounds vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), four assists, twice, last vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01), 0 steals, 0 blocked shots.
BOZEMAN'S 2001-02 PAC-10 RANKINGS - Assists, 9th, 3.25, Assist/TO Ratio, 10th, 0.87.
Prep Career - In the McDonald's All-American game on March 28 in Durham, NC, Bozeman scored eight points in 14 minutes as his West team defeated the East 137-125 ... Led Mater Dei HS, under coach Gary McKnight, to a 33-2 record and the CIF Div. I State title last season ... Averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per contest as a senior ... His senior prep honors included - Parade Magazine third-team All-America, first-team All-State, CIF Div. 1A co-Player of the Year, Orange County Register Player of the Year and Los Angeles Times Orange County Player of the Year ... Entering his senior season, Bozeman was rated the 10th-best high school player in the U. S. by HoopScoop, a rating he maintained at the end of his prep career ... Was ranked No. 9 among all prep shooting guards by The Sporting News.
5 Andre Patterson, 6-7, 197, Fr., F., Los Angeles, CA (Washington Prep)
2001-02 Preseason Honors - Athlon No. 55 Top College Freshman, Basketball News No. 29 final high school ranking, Street & Smith's All-West Incoming Freshman.
2001-02 - The co-LA City Player of the Year last season, Patterson will see time on the Bruins' front-line this season as a true freshman.
Season Averages - In five games off the bench, Patterson is averaging 12.0 minutes, 4.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-high shooting 57.9 from the field and 40.0 (2-5) from the foul line.
Game-by-Game - Against UC Riverside, he played 11 minutes, with seven points, five rebounds and one steal. Vs. Pepperdine, Patterson played seven minutes, with two points, a season-high five rebounds and one blocked shot.
Maui - Patterson appeared in all three games off the bench, averaging 14.0 minutes, 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals and shooting 63.6 (7-11, No. 2 on the team) from the field ... Highlight games were Houston (12 minutes, five points, two rebounds, one blocked shot, three steals) and South Carolina (13 minutes, six points, four rebounds, one assist).
PATTERSON'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS -17 minutes vs. Ball State (11/20/01), seven points vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), five rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01) and Pepperdine (11/28/01), one assist vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), three steals vs. Houston (11/19/01), one blocked shot, twice, last vs. Pepperdine (11/28/01).
Prep Career - A finalist for the McDonald's All-American game, Patterson last year averaged 26.8 points and 13.0 rebounds, leading Washington Prep to the quarterfinals of the City Tournament ... Named to Cal-Hi Sports CIF Div. I team and cited by the Los Angeles Times as co-Player of the Year for the Central City area ... Patterson was touted as one of the nation's top recruits, placing 16th in Hoop Scoop's preseason poll and 28th in the final 2001 poll ... Patterson attended Concordia Lutheran HS in Ft. Wayne, IN for three seasons (1998-00) before moving to Los Angeles.
1 Dijon Thompson, 6-7, 192, Fr., F/G, Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union)
2001-02 Preseason Honors - Athlon No. 21 Top College Freshman, Basketball News No. 33 final high school ranking, Street & Smith's All-West Incoming Freshmen.
2001-02 - With the injury to Cedric Bozeman, Thompson could see more time at the Bruin point guard position.
A versatile performer, (Dee-jon) Thompson can play either forward or guard who last season as a senior prepster was one of the top shooters on the West Coast.
Season Averages - In five games off the bench, Thompson is averaging 21.0 minutes, 6.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals (second on the team) and shooting 48.3 from the field and 30.0 (3-10) from three-point range
Game-by-Game - Against UC Riverside, he played 25 minutes, with three points, two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Vs. Pepperdine, Thompson played 20 minutes, with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot and steal.
Maui - Thompson came off the bench in all three games and averaged 20.0 minutes, 7.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals and shot 56.3 from the field. ... His highlight game was South Carolina (22 minutes, 10 points, one rebound, four assists and three steals).
THOMPSON'S 2001-02 SEASON HIGHS - 25 minutes vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01), 10 points vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), five rebounds vs. Ball State (11/20/01), four assists vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), three steals vs. South Carolina (11/21/01), one blocked shot vs. UC Riverside (12/5/01) and Pepperdine (11/28/01).
Prep Career - A finalist for the McDonald's All-American game, Thompson last season was the CIF State 2A co-Player of the Year ... Led Redondo Union to a 27-6 record and the Southern Section Div. 2A title ... In 2000-01, Thompson averaged 22.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.5 blocks and shot 51.0 from the field and 74.0 from the foul line ... Was named one of the five best players in CA, selected as a CIF first-team All-Star (all divisions) ... Also was named to the CIF Div. 2 first-team ... Member of the Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside team ... Began senior season rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in the West, while The Sporting News rated Thompson eighth in its list of top high school small forwards.
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