2002-03 UCLA Pac-10 Media Day Notes
Nov. 5, 2002
Welcome to Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day set for Wednesday, Nov. 6/10:30a.m. at the LAX Sheraton Gateway Hotel (6101 W. Century Blvd., 310-642-1111).
Practices Begin - The Bruins have been working out since the weekend of Oct. 12. Practices are closed. On Friday, Nov. 1, UCLA scrimmaged and held out of the scrimmage were junior guard Jon Crispin (right foot strain), junior center T. J. Cummings (low back tightness) and sophomore guard/forward Dijon Thompson (right quad strain). All have returned to practice this week.
Steve Lavin - Begins his seventh season at the Bruin helm, and 12th overall, with a school and overall record of 135-59 (69.6). In 2001-02, UCLA advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16', the fifth time in the last six years under Lavin (only second current coach to have accomplished that feat, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski).
Steve Lavin Weekly Press Conferences - Lavin's first weekly press conference is Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, located in the upper northeast corner of Pauley Pavilion (it was originally scheduled for the Hall of Fame Press Room). Please see the attached sheet for Lavin's 2002-03 press conference dates.
Preseason Team Ranking - The USA Today/ESPN preseason Top 25 came out Nov. 1 and the Bruins are No. 12. Also rated from the Pac-10 - No. 1 Arizona and No. 9 Oregon, with California, USC and Stanford receiving votes. Other Bruin opponents ranked are - No. 2 Kansas (Dec. 21 at Lawrence) and No. 6 Duke (Nov. 30 Wooden Tradition at Indianapolis), along with receiving votes Georgetown (Feb. 8 at Georgetown).
Opening Exhibition Games - UCLA will open the exhibition season on Wednesday, Nov. 13, hosting Branch West and on Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosting EA Sports East All-Stars. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.Branch West
Schedule RosterNov. 4-Miami (OH)(L, 91-76) 2 Chris Dade, G, 6-2, CS FullertonNov. 6-San Diego St. 12 Nate Poindexter, G, 6-4, QuinnipiacNov. 8-Lamar 14 Clive Bentick, G, 6-2, CanisiusNov. 9-Mississippi St. 20 Ron Bruton, F, 6-6, SW Missouri StateNov. 13-UCLA 24 Craig Austin, G, 6-5, ColumbiaNov. 16-Marshall 25 Percy White, F, 6-8, TampaNov. 18-Oklahoma St. 30 Steve Bridgemohan, F, 6-8, MonmouthHead Coach: Bob Gottlieb 35 Durelle Brown, F, 6-8, Manhattan 44 Doug Gottlieb, G, 6-1, Oklahoma State
EA Sports East All-StarsSchedule RosterNov. 2-Missouri (L, 81-80 OT) 2 Adonis Jordan, G, 6-0, KansasNov. 4-Kansas (L, 111-94) 3 Corey Andrews, G, 6-3, PacificNov. 5-Xavier 4 Brian Jones, G, 6-3, Santa ClaraNov. 6-Louisville 5 Mike Nilson, G, 6-4, GonzagaNov. 8-Tennessee 20 Shea Seals, G-F, 6-5, TulsaNov. 9-Pittsburgh 21 Kelvin Gibbs, F, 6-6, PepperdineNov. 11-Florida 23 DJ Harrison, F, 6-7, ColoradoNov. 12-South Alabama 31 Matt Garrison, F, 6-9, BiolaNov. 15-Auburn 33 Ed Johnson, C, 6-10, UtahNov. 16-Murray St. 44 Marion Thurmond, F-C, 6-8, San Jose St.Nov. 17-Florida St. Head Coach: Phil BryantNov. 18-Georgia Assts: Matt Bryant, Todd FranklinNov. 19-UCLA
Regular Season Opener - The Bruins will open the 2002-03 regular season in Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday, Nov. 26, vs. Univ. of San Diego, coached by former Bruin standout (1976-79) and assistant coach (1988-92) Brad Holland.
Jason Kapono - is on the preseason lists for the Wooden (and All-American team) and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award.
2002-03 UCLA Schedule - The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ('Sweet 16' Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, 'Sweet 16' Arizona, Stanford, California and 'Elite Eight' Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State). In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).
Bruins in the NBA - Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.
Preseason Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors: