This Week In UCLA Basketball
Dec. 28, 2004
Happy New Year!
UCLA (6-2) opens 2005 Pac-10 play at Oregon State (Dec. 31) and Oregon (Jan. 2); Bruins end 2004 nonconference slate with a 76-64 loss at No. 23 Michigan State on Dec. 21
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
FRIDAY, DEC. 31 - UCLA (6-2) at OREGON STATE (7-3, hosts Sacramento State Dec. 28) - Gill Coliseum, 3 p.m. (Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
LOOKING AHEAD - SUNDAY, JAN. 2 - UCLA at OREGON (7-1, hosts Portland Dec. 28 and USC Dec. 31) - McArthur Court, 4 p.m. (Radio-XTRA 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA BRUINS STARTING LINEUP (Overall 6-2/Pac-10 0-0)
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA and 11th year as a collegiate head coach.
2004-05 - UCLA 6-2, 8 games/.750-Howland is 1-1 vs. Oregon State and Oregon. He is 1-0 in Pac-10 openers, beating Oregon State 77-66 on Jan. 2, 2004 in Pauley Pavilion.
2003-04 - UCLA (11-17, 28 games/39.3)
2000-03 - Pittsburgh (89-40, 129 games/69.0)
1995-99 - N. Arizona (79-59, 138 games/57.2)
Totals- 11th Season (185-118, 303 games/.611)
In Howland's first year (2003-04) at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
In his last two seasons (2002-03) at Pittsburgh - in 2003, he led the Panthers to a 28-5 overall record, No. 4 national ranking, NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament Championship and in 2002, Pittsburgh was 29-6 overall (school record for wins), advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was the consensus National Coach of the Year.
UCLA STAFF - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second season - Donny Daniels, who was head coach at CS Fullerton for three seasons (2000-03); Ernie Zeigler, who for two years (2002-03) served on Howland's Pittsburgh staff and Kerry Keating, who for two seasons (2002-03) was at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson, along with Director of Operations Chris Carlson, who two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh.
UCLA'S LAST GAMES
Dec. 21 - at No. 23 Michigan State 76, UCLA 64 - Michigan State used scoring runs in both halves to defeat UCLA (the Bruins started four freshmen) 76-64 before a sold out 14,759 at the Jack Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI.
In the first half, with the scored tied at 25 (8:03), MSU outscored the Bruins 12-1 to take a 37-26 lead with 4:21 left in the first half and led 42-32 at halftime. The Spartans opened the second half with a 10-0 spark, including two three-pointers by Chris Hill, to take a 20 point lead (52-32) with 17:51 left to play (MSU had another 20 point lead, 55-35, 16:21 left). UCLA closed to within 11 points (63-52, 10:27 left) on a three-pointer by Arron Afflalo, but that was the closest the Bruins would get. UCLA (6-2) had three players in double figures - a season-high and game-high tying 18 points by Josh Shipp, Afflalo 16 points and a second consecutive double-double from Dijon Thompson (15 points/game-high 11 rebounds).
The Bruins shot .386 (22-57) from the field, .370 (10-27, season high attempts) from three-point range and .667 (10-15) from the foul line, with a game-high 38 rebounds, 16 assists and a game-high 18 turnovers (the Spartans scored 22 points from UCLA's turnovers).
MSU (7-2) shot .448 (26-58) from the field, an opponent season-high .400 (8-20) from three-point range and an opponent season-high tying .800 (16-20) from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 16 assists and 12 turnovers. The Spartans were led by Paul Davis' 18 points and seven rebounds.
Dec. 18 - at UCLA 81, Michigan 79 - Playing with 13 stitches in his right shooting hand, Dijon Thompson scored a career-high 29 points, leading UCLA to an 81-79 victory over Michigan before 10,782 in Pauley Pavilion. At halftime, Bruin great Gail Goodrich became the seventh men's player in school history to have his jersey number retired (No. 25).
In a tight game throughout the contest, UCLA led 42-40 at halftime, Michigan led 73-67 with 4:30 left to play. Thompson, from the 4:14 mark to the :44 mark, would score seven of UCLA's next 11 points, including his three-point basket with 44 seconds left to play, that gave UCLA the lead for good (78-77, it was the Bruins' first lead since the 6:49 mark/67-66). Jordan Farmar then hit three of four free throws down the stretch to seal the Bruin victory. Farmar contributed 11 points and a season-high nine assists.
Along with his 29 points (12-14, 3-4, 2-3), Thompson also had a game-high 10 rebounds (his second season double/double). It was Thompson's first game since reinjuring his shooting hand in UCLA's 74-64 loss to Boston College on Dec. 5 and taking the 13 stitches (he originally injured the hand on Oct. 20 in practice, suffering a cut in the webbing between his index and middle fingers and needed four stitches to seal the wound). He then missed UCLA's 85-83 home victory over Pepperdine on Dec. 11.
The Bruins (6-1) shot a season-high .587 (27-46) from the field, .400 (6-15) from three-point range and .700 (21-30) from the foul line, with 28 rebounds, 16 assists and a game-high 16 turnovers. Michigan (6-5) shot .467 (28-60) from the field, .350 (7-20) from three-point range and .800 (16-20) from the foul line, with a game-high 31 rebounds, 11 assists and 14 turnovers. The Wolverines were led by Chris Hunter's 21 points.
OREGON STATE (Overall 7-3/Big 10 Conference 0-0)
HEAD COACH JAY JOHN - Is in his third season at OSU with a school and career mark of 31-35.
THE BEAVERS - Are on a three-game winning streak, last winning at Prairie View A&M 67-63 on Dec. 21. OSU has four players in double figures, led by Sasa Cuic's 14.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. Senior David Lucas, who last season was a first-team All-Pac-10 performer, has not played this season after suffering a right big toe injury (that required surgery) on Oct. 28.
SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 75-31. The teams split last season, with UCLA winning in Pauley (77-66) and OSU winning in Corvallis (65-56, last year's loss snapped the Bruins' four-game winning streak in Corvallis).
UCLA . . .
UCLA ended the 2004 nonconference campaign with two consecutive Pac-10 Players of the Week (Jordan Farmar, Dec. 13/Dijon Thompson, Dec. 20). It's the first time the Bruins have had back-to-back conference Players of the Week since Ed O'Bannon (Feb. 20, 1995/Feb. 27, 1995) . . . UCLA is 6-2 for the first time since 2001-02 - that team started the season 11-2, including a nine-game winning streak . . . The Bruins were 5-0 starting the 2004 Pac-10 season, beating the Oregon schools in Pauley Pavilion, winning at the Washington schools and beating Arizona State in Pauley Pavilion (the Bruins lost their sixth Pac-10 contest to Arizona in Pauley) ... In Pac-10 openers since 2000, UCLA is 4-1, including four consecutive victories (last Pac-10 opening loss was Jan. 6, 2000, Washington 63-UCLA 62 in Seattle).
UCLA BACK-to-BACK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dijon Thompson (DEC 13-19) UCLA forward Dijon Thompson was named the U. S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 13-19, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. Thompson, a senior from Inglewood, CA, scored a career-high 29 points, including 17 in the second half, in leading UCLA to an 81-79 victory over Michigan on Dec. 18. In the second half, from the 4:14 mark to the :44 mark, Thompson scored seven of UCLA's 11 points, including his three-point basket with 44 seconds remaining, that gave UCLA the lead for good (78-77, it was UCLA's first lead since the 6:49 mark/67-66). He also collected 10 rebounds for (at the time) his second double-double of the season and third of his career. For the contest, Thompson made 12 of his 14 field goal attempts (.857), including three of four three-point attempts (.750). He played despite 13 stitches in his shooting hand and his index finger taped to his middle finger. Thompson had been out of the Bruins' starting lineup since reinjuring the hand vs. Boston College on Dec. 5.
This is the first weekly honor for Thompson and UCLA's 41st Player of the Week all-time.Jordan Farmar (DEC. 6-12) - UCLA guard Jordan Farmar was named the U. S. Bank Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for December 6-12, announced Commissioner Tom Hansen.
Farmar, a freshman from Los Angeles, Calif., scored a career-high 25 points (21 in the second half), and nine of UCLA's final 11 points, in the Bruins' 85-83 comeback win over Pepperdine on Dec. 11. With UCLA trailing 78-74, Farmar's two free throws brought the Bruins within two points. With UCLA trailing by five with 1:30 left, Farmar hit a three-pointer that again pulled UCLA to within two. With nine seconds left, Farmar sank another pair of free throws to tie the game. Finally, with four seconds remaining, Farmar drove the lane and sank a five-foot bank shot to give UCLA the victory.
For the contest, Farmar made eight of 11 field goals (.727), was perfect from three-point range (2-2) and sank all seven of his free throws attempts. Farmar's game-high 25 points were the most scored by a UCLA freshman since Jason Kapono scored 27 points twice during the 1999-2000 season.
This is the first weekly honor for Farmar, and UCLA's 40th Player of the Week all-time.
Farmar was also named by ESPN's Dick Vitale as the Diaper Dandy of the Week (it's his second Diaper Dandy honor this season) and the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week.
THOMPSON JOINS 1,000 POINT CLUB - UCLA senior Dijon Thompson has joined the elite Bruin 1,000 point club. Thompson, who has three double/doubles this season and has led the Bruins in scoring (four times) and in rebounding (six times), now has 1,065 points, No. 41 on the all-time Bruin scoring chart (No.40, Matt Barnes, 1,066, 1999-02; No. 39, Montel Hatcher, 1,115, 1984-87).
TEAM STATISTICS - In UCLA's eight-game stats, the Bruins have held their opponents to .438 from the field, .274 from the three-point line, have outrebounded their opponents (36.2/30.4) and limited their opponent's scoring to 69.0 points a game.
UCLA is 6-1 when leading at the half (lost to BC, led 37-32), 6-0 when outshooting the opponent from the field, 3-0 when shooting .500 or higher from the field, 3-1 with a rebound advantage (lost at Michigan State/38-33) and 4-0 when leading at the five minute mark.
The Bruins have three players averaging in double scoring figures (Dijon Thompson 17.6, Jordan Farmar 12.8, Arron Afflalo 12.5). In the victory over WIU, the Bruins had five players in double scoring and four players in double scoring in the wins over Pepperdine, UC Irvine and CSU.
STARTING FRESHMEN - UCLA started four freshmen at Michigan State (forward Josh Shipp, center Lorenzo Mata and guards, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar) and the Bruins started three freshmen vs. Pepperdine - forward Josh Shipp and guards, Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar.
For most of the 1998-99 season, the Bruins started three freshmen - forwards, JaRon Rush and Jerome Moiso, along with center Dan Gadzuric, with sophomore guards, Baron Davis and Earl Watson (in the first two games of that season, the Bruins started four freshmen - Rush, Moiso, Gadzuric and Matt Barnes, along with Watson/Davis missed the first four games of that season because of a knee injury (that required surgery) suffered the previous season during the NCAA Tournament).
FRESHMEN STARTING GUARDS - This will be just the third time since 1980 that the Bruins will start a pair of freshmen at the guard positions (Jordan Farmar/Arron Afflalo). The last time was the 1997-98 season (Baron Davis/Earl Watson) and before that, the 1979-80 season (Michael Holton/Rod Foster).
CO-DIAPER DANDIES OF THE WEEK - For the week of Nov. 29, ESPN's Dick Vitale named Bruin freshmen guards Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo his Co-Diaper Dandies of the Week. In wins over UC Irvine and Western Illinois, Afflalo averaged 13.5 points and Farmar averaged 5.0 assists and 33+ plus minutes in the two victories.
INJURY UPDATE -
-6-7 senior Dijon Thompson reinjured his right shooting hand with about five minutes remaining in the Bruins' loss to Boston College in the Wooden Classic. He spent the final minutes of the game in the lockerroom getting 13 stitches to close the gash. He did not play on Dec. 11 vs. Pepperdine. He played vs. Michigan/Dec. 18 (career-high 29 points/10 rebounds) and Michigan State/Dec. 21 (15 points/11 rebounds) with the 13 stitches in place and had them removed on Dec. 26.
Thompson originally injured the hand on Oct. 20 during a scrimmage. The cut is located in the webbing between his index and middle fingers (the cut then took four stitches) and the original stitches came out on Nov. 5.
-6-8 freshman Lorenzo Mata sprained his left ankle in practice on Friday (Nov. 19) and did not play vs. Chicago State/Nov. 20 and Western Illinois/Nov. 23. His first game as a Bruin was vs. UC Irvine (Nov. 27, seven minutes, one rebound, one blocked shot).
-6-6 senior Cedric Bozeman, UCLA's starting point guard the last three seasons who in 2004 led the Pac-10 in assists, on Nov. 10 underwent a successful two-and-one-half hour arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that was injured during practice on Nov. 4. Bruin team physician Dr. Gerald Finerman performed the surgery at the UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital. Recovery from this type of injury is usually in the eight-month range. Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), said he wants to return for the 2005-06 season.
WALKONS - The Bruins have two freshmen walkons this season - 6-5 freshman guard DeAndre Robinson (Riverside, CA/King HS) and 6-1 guard Joey Ellis (Hidden Hills/Crespi HS). Robinson, a two-year first-team All-League performer, as a senior led King HS to a No. 23 State ranking, averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Ellis in 2004 was Crespi's captain and team MVP and earned All-Mission League honors. As a senior, Ellis averaged 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.9 steals.
PAC-10 MEDIA DAY-BRUINS SELECTED FIFTH IN PRESEASON VOTE - Nov. 4 was Pac-10 Media Day at the LAX Hilton. According to a poll of media members who cover Pac-10 men's basketball, Arizona was picked to win the 2005 conference title, the Bruins were selected fifth. Here's the vote total -1. Arizona (19) 253, 2. Washington (7) 237, 3. Stanford 194, 4. Oregon 167, 5. UCLA 156, 6. USC 116, 7. California 87, 8. Oregon State 86, 9. Washington State 73, 10. Arizona State 64.
UCLA REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE - Eight teams on this year's Bruin schedule advanced to postseason play in 2004 - five in the NCAA Tournament (nonconference teams Boston College and Michigan State, along with league foes Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (nonleague opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant).
In the 2004-05 AP Preseason Top 25, the Bruins will play four ranked teams - No. 10 Arizona, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 22 Washington.
PRESEASON HONORS - Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.-Athlon - Team-postseason prediction/NIT/5th in Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 5 USA (Bruin recruit ratings - No. 4 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Lorenzo Mata, No. 54 Arron Afflalo, No. 55 Josh Shipp).
-Basketball News -Team - No. 51 in the U. S./4th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, 2nd team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 6 in the U. S. (Bruin recruit ratings-No. 20 Jordan Farmar, No. 25 Arron Afflalo).
-Lindy's - Team - 6th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, third-team All-Pac-10; Jordan Farmar, No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 4 in the U. S.
-Street & Smith's - Team- No. 7 in the Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.
-The Sporting News - Team-5th in the Pac-10. Individual - Dijon Thompson, No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10. Jordan Farmar, No. 13 top freshman in the U. S. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10.
GAIL GOODRICH JERSEY NUMBER (25) RETIREMENT/PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR - On Saturday, Dec. 18, when UCLA hosted Michigan in Pauley Pavilion, Bruin great Gail Goodrich had his jersey number (25) retired in a halftime ceremony. The leading scorer on UCLA's 1964 (21.5) and 1965 (24.8) first two NCAA Championship teams under legendary head coach John Wooden, Goodrich earned All-American honors in 1965. In UCLA's 1965 NCAA title 91-80 win over Michigan, Goodrich scored 42 points, then a school record and NCAA Championship game record. In Goodrich's 14-year NBA career, he was a five-time NBA All-Star and in 1972, he was the leading scorer (25.9) on the LA Lakers' NBA Championship team, a squad that set the NBA record for consecutive regular season wins (33). A charter member (1984) of the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, Goodrich in 1996 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is the seventh UCLA men's basketball player to have his jersey number retired, joining - 31 Ed O'Bannon, 32 Bill Walton, 33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), 35 Sidney Wicks, 42 Walt Hazzard and 54 Marques Johnson.
UCLA sophomore Matt McKinney also wears No. 25. Goodrich has told McKinney that he can continue to wear No. 25 during his Bruin career.
Goodrich will also be UCLA's nominee for the 2005 Pac 10 Hall of Honor (March 9 at a dinner in Los Angeles). He will be joined by - Pete Williams (Arizona), Joe Caldwell (Arizona State), Darrall Imhoff (California), Blair Rasmussen (Oregon), Ed Lewis (Oregon State), Rich Kelley (Stanford), John Rudometkin (USC), Jack Nichols (Washington) and Gene Conley (Washington State).
Goodrich will be UCLA's fourth inductee into the prestigious Pac-10 Hall of Honor (joining 2002 charter member John Wooden, 2003 inductee Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 2004 inductee Walt Hazzard).
Alfred Aboya, Darren Collison, Luc Richard Mbaha Moute, Michael Roll, Ryan Wright
Five players considered to be among the Top 150 high school performers in North America have signed National-Letters-of Intent to attend UCLA - 6-8, 242 pound Alfred Aboya (Tilton Prep Academy/Tilton NH), 6-0, 165-pound point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA), 6-5 195-pound guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA), 6-7, 215-pound Luc Richard Mbaha Moute (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL) and 6-9 225-pound center/forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). All will be freshmen at UCLA next fall.
Rated the No. 18 center in the U. S. by Athlon, Aboya's other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, Lindy's No. 89 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 91, Scout.com No. 92 and Basketball News' No. 100.
As a junior in 2004, Aboya led Tilton Prep to the New Hampshire Class B State title. He averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as an inside player for coach Scott Willard.
From the African republic of Cameroon, he has played for the Cameroon National team.
'I'm very pleased with Alfred's commitment,'Bruin head coach Ben Howland said. 'He was the last of our five commitments. He's a very gifted athlete at 6-9 and 242 pounds. He's tough, physical and athletic. As he continues to develop, he's going to be a very good player.'
Luc Richard Mbaha Moute
A good rebounder and defender with exceptional quickness, Mbaha Moute is a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American, a Scout. Com Top 150 and rated the No. 15 prospect in Florida by FloridaHoops.com
Last summer, Mbaha Moute improved his perimeter play and he can play either guard position or small forward.
As a junior honor roll student in 2004 at the Montverde Academy, he averaged 12.0 points a game for coach Kevin Sutton.
Mbaha Moute, who came to the U. S. last season from the African republic of Cameroon, is slated to be a prince in his village after he graduates from UCLA.
'At 6-7, Luc has a long wing span and he is very athletic,' Howland said. 'He has good ball-handling skills, can pass and shoot the basketball. He has a chance to be an outstanding defender, who could guard three positions - the point, off-guard and wing. He's extremely versatile.'
A pure point guard, Collison enters 2004-05 as the No. 2 point guard in the West by insider.com. His other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, The Sporting News' No. 96 Player in the U. S. and second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West.
Last summer, Collison competed for the West team (1-4) at the 2004 USA Men's Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, CO. He appeared in five games (two starts) and averaged 21.6 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.2 steals, and shot .409 (18-44) from the field, .348 (8-23) from three-point range and .800 (4-5) from the foul line.
As a junior last season, Collison helped Etiwanda HS to a 31-3 overall record (No. 23 in the U. S.), 10-0 in the Baseline League and to the southern CA Regional final. In the final, Fairfax, led by current Bruin freshman Josh Shipp's 33 points, defeated Etiwanda 75-68OT. Fairfax went on to win the 2004 CA State Div. I Championship. In the Southern CA Regional semifinals, Etiwanda defeated Taft, led by current Bruin freshman Jordan Farmar, who scored 38 points in the loss.
The Div. 1-AA All-CIF Southern Section co-Player of the Year and an All-Area selection in 2004, Collison averaged a team-high 15.6 points and 5.4 assists for coach Dave Kleckner.
'Darren is an outstanding point guard,' Howland said. 'He's quick and fast. He has a feel for the game, with good passing abilities and court vision. He's a good on-ball defender with quick hands. He has a bright future in our program.'
One of the premeir shooters in the western USA, Roll was recently named second-team Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West. Last summer, Roll was impressive at the adidas Superstar Camp in Suwanee, GA.
As a junior in 2004, Roll helped lead Aliso Niguel HS to a 17-11 record. He led his team in three-point shooting and averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists for coach Keith Barnett.
A two-time All-Sea View League performer, as a sophomore in 2003, Roll averaged 13.0 points and in the CIF Playoffs, he averaged 20.0 points a contest.
'Michael is tough and hard-nosed,' said Howland. 'He's a good shooter who understands the game. He has an excellent work ethic. Michael is a solid player with a promising future as a Bruin.'
A fleet-footed big man who is a great leaper, Wright is rated the No. 15 power forward and No. 54 overall by Rivals.com. His other preseason honors include - No. 50 HoopScoop, No. 52 Scout.com, No. 53 TheInsidersHoops.com and No. 54 Future Stars.
Last summer, Wright was the top prospect at the Nike All-Canada Camp and played well at the NBA Players Association Camp in Richmond, VA.
Wright, who grew up in Toronto and moved to the suburb of Mississauga, in 2004 averaged 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds for coach Tony Santafonte. Regarded as a top Canadian Junior player, Wright is a potential 2008 Canada Olympic team candidate.
'Ryan has outstanding athletic talents,' Howland said. 'His ability to run and jump, at his size, is as good as any player of his size in the country. He has good hands and can block shots. I like his upside and as he develops, he has a chance to be a special player.'
'I am happy with this year's class,' said Howland. 'I think we filled our team's needs with quality players, as well as outstanding young men who will be joining our program.'
BIBBY, SLAUGHTER INDUCTED INTO UCLA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME - At a dinner on Oct. 8, Bruin basketball greats Henry Bibby and Fred Slaughter were among eight former UCLA athletes (Class of 2004) who were inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame (they were also introduced at halftime of the UCLA-Arizona football game at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 9). Under legendary Bruin coach John Wooden, Henry Bibby, the current USC coach, was a three-year starting guard on three (1970-72) UCLA NCAA Championship teams. He earned All-American honors as a senior in 1972. Under Coach Wooden, Fred Slaughter was a three-year starter (1962-64) at center who played on UCLA's first NCAA Championship team (1964).
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland
Ben Howland is in his second season as UCLA's head coach. Here's a quick year-by-year review of his previous Div. I collegiate head coaching career.
2003-04 (UCLA)- In Howland's first year at UCLA, highlights included a 9-3 start (5-0 in the Pac-10), wins over NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and an appearance in the Pac-10 Tournament.
2002-03 (Pittsburgh) - led the Panthers to its second consecutive NCAA 'Sweet 16', to the school's first ever Big East Tournament title and second consecutive Big East West crown.
2001-02 (Pittsburgh) - Consensus National Coach of the Year, leading the Panthers to a school record 29 victories, NCAA 'Sweet 16', Big East West title and Big East Tournament Championship game.
2000-01 (Pittsburgh) - Pitt advanced to the second round of the NIT and to the Big East Tournament Championship game.
1999-00 (Pittsburgh) - first season at Pitt.
1998-99 (Northern Arizona) - first team in NCAA history to lead the NCAA in both FG% (52.3) and 3-PT FG% (44.5).
1997-98 (Northern Arizona) - led NAU to first-ever NCAA Tournament bid and to the Big Sky regular and postseason titles. Led nation in 3-PT FG% (43.0), second in FG% (52.3).
1996-97 (Northern Arizona) - orchestrated the 10th best single-season turnaround in NCAA history. Big Sky regular season champion and led nation in 3-PT FG% (4.19) and second in FG% (51.6).
1995-96 (Northern Arizona) - second year at NAU.
1994-95 (Northern Arizona) - first year at NAU.
HOWLAND PRESS CONFERENCES - held (most Tuesdays) in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room at 1:30 p.m./following Howland, Bruin players will be available in the press room at 2 p.m.. Here's the schedule - Dec. 28, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, Feb. 1, Feb. 8, Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8
HOWLAND/PAC-10 WEEKLY HEAD COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE CALL - Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 28 (and every Tuesday during the regular season/last call Tuesday, March 9). It begins at 10:30 a.m. through 11:47 a.m. (Howland is 11:47-11:55 a.m.). The media telephone number is 913-981-5532(taped replay-402-222-9927).
UCLA VS. NO. 1 - UCLA's 96-89OT victory over No. 1 Arizona on Mar. 13, 2003, in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was the fourth over a top-ranked team in as many years (best in NCAA history, beating a No. 1 ranked team four years in a row). On Jan. 12, 2002, UCLA defeated No. 1 Kansas, 87-77, at Pauley Pavilion. On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory over No. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at the time, 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.
UCLA has defeated the nation's No. 1 team on the Associated Press poll on 10 occasions, ranking first on the all-time list along with North Carolina. Behind the Bruins and the Tar Heels - Maryland (9), Duke/Georgia Tech (8), Oklahoma/Notre Dame (7) and Kentucky/Ohio State (6).
In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLA is 7-12 vs. the No. 1 team, including last season's 73-60 loss to Stanford in Pauley Pavilion and an overtime win vs. Arizona in the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament. 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'.
PAULEY PAVILION (12,819) - Pauley is in its 40th season as the home of Bruin basketball. UCLA's all-time Pauley Pavilion record is 543-81 (624 games, .870). The Bruins are 6-0 in Pauley this season and were 9-6 in 2003-04 and 5-10 in 2002-03.
UCLA's overtime win vs. No. 18 Cal on Feb. 20, 2003 was UCLA's 600th game in Pauley Pavilion. The win over Washington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th victory on its home court.
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).
On Dec. 20, 2003, the playing floor in Pauley Pavilion was dedicated 'Nell and John Wooden Court'.
UCLA HISTORY - Entering 2004-05 (85 years), the Bruins have an overall school record of 1,542-693 (2,235 games, .690).
UCLA's 11 NCAA Championships is an NCAA record (Kentucky is second with seven), UCLA has been to 14 Final Fours (Kentucky 13) and the Bruins are second in NCAA Tournament appearances (36, Kentucky is first with 44). In NCAA play, the Bruins are also second in victories (85) and winning percentage (.733).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
The Bruins had 11 players on Fall Camp 2004-05 rosters (nine on regular season rosters): Trevor Ariza (New York Knicks, rookie season); Matt Barnes (Sacramento Kings, second season, spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers); Mitchell Butler (waived-Denver Nuggets, ninth season/retired from the NBA and returned to the Washington Wizards, where he played in 2003-04, and was named Director of Player Development); Baron Davis (New Orleans Hornets, sixth season); Dan Gadzuric (Milwaukee Bucks, third season); Jason Kapono (Charlotte Bobcats, second season, spent his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers); Jelani McCoy (waived-Milwaukee Bucks/picked up by Atlanta Hawks-waived, sixth season/signed with Long Beach-ABA); Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers, 18th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fifth season); Tracy Murray (waived-NY Knicks, 13th season, spent last year with Portland Trail Blazers) and Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, fourth season).
XTRA SPORTS 690/1150 - The 2004-05 basketball season is UCLA's eight on XTRA Sports 690/1150. Chris Roberts, a four-time Golden Mike Award winner, is in his 13th season as the voice of the Bruins. Joining Roberts, who is a Wooden Award and Heisman Trophy voter, in his third season as analyst is Don MacLean, the leading scorer (2,608, 1989-92) in UCLA and Pac-10 history.
Roberts was nationally recognized on Oct. 27, 2003 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, when Vitale placed Roberts on his 'All-Radio Voices Team'. Vitale called it his 'All-Cawood Ledford Team', in honor of the legendary Kentucky broadcaster. Roberts joined 15 other well-known college play-by-play voices on Vitale's 'Sweet 16' broadcast team.
ON THE INTERNET - UCLA games were also available via the internet at (www.uclabruins.com). Fans could also listen to the broadcasts on the telephone by dialing 1-800-846-4700 (ext. 5929).UCLA releases and results for all sports are on the internet (www.uclabruins.com).
PAC-10 - Updated notes released each Monday beginning Nov. 15 and continuing through the season. Pac-10 information is available on the Pac-10 home page. Point your web browser to http://www.pac-10.org.
UCLA PLAYER UPDATES/ALPHABETICAL
4 Arron Afflalo (A-fla-lo)
6-5, 206, Fr., F, Compton, CA (Centennial)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 54 incoming freshman in the U. S., Basketball News No. 25 incoming freshman in the U. S..
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight starts, Afflalo is averaging 32.5 minutes (No. 2 on the team), 12.5 points (No. 3), 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists (No. 2) and shooting .467 (35-75) from the field, .382 (13-34) from three-point range and .708 (17-24) from the foul line.
He has scored in double figures in six games (16 Mich. St., 11 Pepp, 11 BC, season-high 21 LBS, 14 UCI, 13 WIU) and has led the Bruins in scoring twice (14 UCI, 13 WIU).
In his last two games (Mich. St./Mich.), he's averaged 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists and shot .529 (9-17) from the field and .714 (5-7) from three-point range.
AFFLALO'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 38 minutes vs. Mich. St. (12/21); 21 points vs. LBS (11/30); 5 rebounds vs. Mich. St. (12/21), Mich. (12/18), LBS (11/30); 6 assists vs. LBS (11/30); 2 steals vs. BC (12/5); blocked shot vs. .
AFFLALO'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/27) - Scoring - 18th, 12.5, Mins. Played - 8th, 32.50.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in his first collegiate start, Afflalo played 34 minutes, with five points, three rebounds and assists and one steal and limited opposing guard Terren Wilson to just two points ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 24 minutes, with a game-high tying 13 points (5-10, 207, 1-2) and two rebounds ... In his third start vs. UC Irvine, Afflalo played 31 minutes, with a team-high tying 14 points (4-9, 1-3, 5-6), four rebounds, two assists and one steal (with frershman backcourt teammate Jordan Farmar, for the week of Nov. 29, named a Dick Vitale Co-Diaper Dandy of the Week) ... In 36 minutes (fourth start) vs. Long Beach State, Afflalo missed only one shot and scored a season-best 21 points (7-7, 3-3, 4-5), and recorded season-highs in rebounds (team-high tying five), assists (team-high tying six) and one steal ...In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Afflalo played 30 minutes, with 11 points (4-10, 1-5, 2-4), three rebounds, three assists and a season-high two steals ... Vs. Pepperdine (sixth start), he played 33 minutes, with 11 points (4-11, 0-4, 3-3), one rebound and two assists ... In 34 minutes vs. Michigan (seventh start), Afflalo had nine points, a season-high tying five rebounds and two assists ... Vs. Michigan State (eighth start), in a season-high 38 minutes, he scored 16 points (6-11, a season-best 4-5, 0-2), with a season-high tying five rebounds, two assists and one steal.
11 Jordan Farmar (Far-mar)
6-2, 170, Fr., G, Los Angeles, CA (Taft)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 4 incoming freshman in the U. S., Basketball News No. 20 incoming freshman in the U. S., Lindy's No. 4 Fabulous Freshman in the U. S./Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year., The Sporting News No. 13 incoming freshman in the U. S.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight starts, Farmar is averaging a team-high 33.9 minutes, 12.8 points (No. 2 on the team), 2.4 rebounds, a team-high 5.25 assists and shooting .417 (30-72) from the field, .385 (10-26) from three-point range (No. 2) and a team-high .889 (32-26) from the foul line.
He has scored in double figures six of eight games (11 Mich., season-high 25 Pepp, 14 BC, 14 UCI, 12 WIU, 11 CSU), has led the Bruins in scoring on three occasions (25 Pepp, 14 BC, 14 UCI) and has been UCLA's assist leader in every contest (Mich. St. 4, Mich. 9, 4 Pepp, 4 BC, 6 LBS, 4 UCI, 6 WIU, 5 CSU). In the Pepperdine (7-7) and Boston College (8-8) games, he hit 15 consecutive free throws.
In his last two games (Mich St./Mich.), Farmar averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists (and only 2.5 turnovers) and shot .800 (8-10) from the foul line.
FARMAR'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. BC (12/5), WIU (11/23); 25 points vs. Pepp (12/11); 6 rebounds vs. Mich. St. (12/21); 9 assists vs. Mich. (12/18); 3 steals vs. LBS (11/30); 1 blocked shot vs. Mich. St. (12/21).
FARMAR'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/27) - Scoring - 16th, 12.8; Assists - 5th, 5.25; FT% - 3rd, .889; Min. Played - 2nd, 33.88.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in his first collegiate start, Farmar played a game-high 35 minutes, with 11 points (3-6, 3-5, 2-2), four rebounds and a game-high five assists ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played a season-high 36 minutes, with 12 points (4-9, 2-4, 2-2), two rebounds and a game high six assists ... In his third start vs. UC Irvine, Farmar played 31 minutes, with a team tying 14 points (5-10, 1-2, 3-4), three rebounds, a team-high four assists and one steal (with freshman backcourt teammate Arron Afflalo, for the week of Nov. 29, named a Dick Vitale Co-Diaper Dandy of the Week) ... In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, he played 33 minutes, with eight points, one rebound, six assists and a season and game-high three steals ... In his fifth collegiate start vs. Boston College, Farmar played a season-high tying 36 minutes, with a team-high 14 points (3-11, 0-3, 8-8), a game-high tying four assists and one steal ... Vs. Pepperdine (sixth start), in 31 minutes, Farmar scored a season-high 25 points (8-11, 2-2, 7-7, including 21 in the second half/most points by a Bruin freshman since Jason Kapono scored 27, twice in 1999-00), and nine of UCLA's final 11 points, including the game winning drive and bucket with four seconds remaining, in the Bruins' 85-83 comeback win ...Also contributed three rebounds, a team-high four assists and only one turnover ... Was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, Dick Vitale's Diaper Dandy of the Week (second time this season) and Rivals.com National Freshman of the Week ... In 35 minutes vs. Michigan (seventh start), Farmar played 35 minutes, with 11 points (2-6, 1-2, 6-8) and a season-best nine assists ... In 34 minutes at Michigan State (eighth start), he had seven points, a season-high six rebounds, four assists and a season-high one blocked shot.
45 Michael Fey (Fay),
7-0, 270, Jr., C, Olympia, WA (Capital HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight games (seven starts), Fey is averaging 21.8 minutes (No. 5 on the team), 8.5 points (No. 4), 4.3 rebounds (No. 2T) and shooting .585 (24-41, No. 2) from the field and .714 (20-28, No. 4T) from the foul line.
Has scored in double figures three times (season-high 13 Pepp, season-high 13 UCI, 11 WIU) and led the Bruins in rebounding once (season-high 9 UCI) and blocked shots twice (1 Mich., season-high 2 Pepp).
FEY'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27); 13 points vs. Pepp (12/11), UCI (11/27); 9 rebounds vs. UCI (11/27); 2 assists vs. CSU (11/20); 1 steal vs. BC (12/5), CSU (11/20); 2 blocked shots vs. Pepp (12/11).
FEY'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/27) - FG% - 3rd, .585.
FEY'S CAREER HIGHS - 33 minutes vs. UCI (11/27/04), UC Riverside (12/3/03); 20 points vs. Vermont (11/29/03); 9 rebounds vs. UCI (11/27/04); 2 assists vs. Chicago State (11/20/04), Arizona (1/17/04); 2 steals vs. Washington (1/10/04); 3 blocked shots vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03), Portland (12/14/02).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In a start vs. Chicago State, Fey played 32 minutes, with six points, seven rebounds, a career-high tying two assists and one blocked shot and steal and held CSU center Deji Akindele scoreless ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played 22 minutes, with 11 points (5-8, 0-0, 1-2), four rebounds and one assist ... In a career-high tying 33 minutes vs. UC Irvine (start), Fey scored a season-high 13 points (5-7, 0-0, 3-3/11 points in the first half), with a career and game-high nine rebounds ...In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, Fey played 22 minutes, with six points and two rebounds ...In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Fey played 17 minutes, with five points, four rebounds and one steal ... In 18 minutes (sixth start) vs. Pepperdine, he had a season-high tying 13 points (4-5, 0-0,5-6), six rebounds and a season-best two blocked shots ... In 16 minutes vs. Michigan (seventh start), Fey had eight points, one rebound and one assist and blocked shot ... He did not start at Michigan State, in 14 minutes, with six points, one rebound and one assist.
15 Ryan Hollins,
7-0, 225, Jr., C, Pasadena, CA (Muir HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight games (six starts), Hollins is averaging 23.6 minutes (No. 4 on the team), 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, a team-high 1.38 blocked shots and shooting a team-high .593 (16-27) from the field and .750 (15-20) from the line (No. 3).
He's led the Bruins in blocked shots on four occasions (2 Mich. St., 1 LBS, season-high 5 UCI, 2 CSU).
HOLLINS' 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 29 minutes vs. WIU (11/23); 11 points vs. CSU (11/20); 7 rebounds vs. CSU (11/20); 2 assists vs. BC (12/5), UCI (11/27); steals vs.; 5 blocked shots vs. UCI (11/27).
HOLLINS' 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/27) - BLKS - 4th, 1.38.
HOLLINS' CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. Arizona State (2/12/04); 21 points vs. USC (1/28/04); 11 rebounds vs. Oregon (1/30/03); 4 assists vs. UC Riverside (12/3/03); 2 steals vs. California (2/19/04); 7 blocked shots vs. Oregon (1/30/03).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In a start vs. Chicago State, Hollins played 24 minutes, with season-high 11 points (4-5, 0-0, 3-4), a season-best seven rebounds, one assist and a game-high two blocked shots ... In his second start vs. Western Illinois, he played a season-high 29 minutes, with nine points and three rebounds ... In 27 minutes vs. UC Irvine (start), Hollins had six points, three rebounds, a season-high two assists and a season and game-high five blocked shots ... In his fourth start vs. Long Beach State, Hollins played 22 minutes with four points, two rebounds and one assist and blocked shot ... In 26 minutes off the bench vs. Boston College, he contributed two points, one rebound and a season-high tying two assists ... Vs. Pepperdine (start), Hollins played 28 minutes, with six points, five rebounds and one assist and blocked shot ...In 17 minutes vs. Michigan (start), he had nine points and two rebounds ... He did not start at Michigan State, in 16 minutes, had one rebound and two blocked shots.
54 Josiah Johnson (jo-sigh-a),
6-8, 255, Sr., F, Los Angeles, CA (Montclair Prep)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After three games, Johnson is averaging 3.7 minutes and 0.3 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Josiah wears No. 54, the same number as his father's (Marques Johnson) retired No. 54 (the same number his older brother Kris wore from 1995-98). At the conclusion of Josiah's UCLA career, No. 54 will be permanently retired.
JOHNSON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 5 minutes vs. Mich. (12/18); 1 point vs. CSU (11/20); 3 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); assist vs. ; steal vs. ; blocked shot vs. .
JOHNSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Kentucky (12/06/03); 9 points vs. USD (11/26/02); 9 rebounds vs. Loyola (12/13/03); 2 assists vs. California (1/24/04); 2 steals vs. Arizona (1/18/03); 2 blocked shots vs. USD (11/26/02).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Played three minutes off the bench vs. Chicago State, with one point and rebound ... Vs. Western Illinois, Johnson played three minutes with a season-high three rebounds ...Did not play vs. UC Irvine, Long Beach State, Boston College and Pepperdine ... In a season-best 5 minutes off the bench vs. Michigan, Johnson had two rebounds.
14 Lorenzo Mata,
6-8, 231, Fr., C/F, Huntington Park, CA (South Gate)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 25 incoming freshman in the U. S.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After six games (one start), Mata is averaging 12.8 minutes, 2.7 points and 3.8 rebounds, and shooting .455 (5-11) from the field and .545 (6-11) from the foul line.
MATA'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 22 minutes vs. Pepp (12/11); 7 points vs. Pepp (12/11); 11 rebounds vs. Pepp (12/11); assists vs. ; 1 steal vs. Pepp (12/11); 1 blocked shot vs. Pepp (12/11), UCI (11/27).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Missed the Chicago State and Western Illinois games with a sprained left ankle ...In his first collegiate game vs. UC Irvine, Mata played seven minutes with one rebound and blocked shot ... In his second collegiate game vs. Long Beach State, he played six minutes with one point ... Vs. Boston College, Mata played 18 minutes, with four points and five rebounds ... Vs. Pepperdine, Mata recorded season-highs in minutes (22), points (seven), rebounds (11), blocks (one) and steals (one) ... In nine minutes vs. Michigan, he had four points ... In his first start vs. Michigan State, Mata played 15 minutes, with six rebounds.
25 Matt McKinney,
6-8, 222, So., F, Santa Ynez, CA (Santa Ynez)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight games (one start), averaging 9.6 minutes, 1.1 points and 3.1 rebounds.
McKinney wears No. 25, Gail Goodrich's recently retired number. Goodrich has told McKinney that he can continue to wear No. 25 throughout his UCLA career.
McKINNEY'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 13 minutes vs. UCI (11/27), WIU (11/22); 3 points vs. UCI (11/27); 9 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); 1 assist, four times, last vs. Mich. (12/18); 1 steal vs. BC (12/5); blocked shots vs.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in the first game of his Bruin career, McKinney came off the bench and played 11 minutes with one rebound ... In a season-high 13 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, he had two points and a season-high nine rebounds and one assist ... In a season-high tying 13 minutes vs. UC Irvine, McKinney had a season-high three points, three rebounds and one assist ... In 11 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had three rebounds ... In his first career start (10 minutes) vs. Boston College, he had four rebounds and a season-high one steal ... In 12 minutes vs. Pepperdine, McKinney contributed two points, two rebounds and one assist ... Vs. Michigan in six minutes, he contributed two points, three rebounds and a season-high tying one assist ... At Michigan State, he played one minute.
3 Brian Morrison,
6-2, 192, Sr., G, Redmond, WA (Lake Washington HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight games off the bench, Morrison is averaging 19.0 minutes, 5.9 points (No. 6 on the team), 2.0 rebounds and 1.63 assists and shooting .714 (10-14) from the foul line.
MORRISON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. WIU (11/23); 13 points vs. WIU (11/23); 4 rebounds vs. LBS (11/30), CSU (11/20); 4 assists vs. WIU (11/23); 1 steal, four times, last vs. Mich. St. (12/21); blocked shot vs.
MORRISON'S CAREER HIGHS - 40 minutes vs. Loyola Marymount (12/13); 28 points vs. UC Riverside (12/3); 9 rebounds vs. UC Riverside (12/3); 5 assists vs. UC Santa Barbara (12/17); 2 steals vs. Arizona State (2/12); 1 blocked shot vs. Kentucky (12/6), Michigan State (12/20).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Vs. Chicago State, in 21 minutes off the bench, Morrison had 11 points (4-9, 2-6, 1-3), four rebounds, two assists and one steal ... In a season-best 26 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Morrison had a season-best and game-high tying 13 points (4-10, 305, 2-2), two rebounds, a season-best four assists and a season-high tying one steal ... In 21 minutes off the bench vs. UC Irvine, Morrison had three points, two rebounds, one assist and steal ... In 23 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had 10 points (2-5, 1-2, 5-5) and a season-high tying four rebounds ... Vs. Boston College (16 minutes), Morrison had three points and one rebound and fouled out ... In 14 minutes vs. Pepperdine, he had three points and two assists ... In 16 minutes vs. Michigan, Morrison scored two points with one assist ... In 15 minutes vs. Michigan State, he had two points, three rebounds and assists and a season-high tying one steal.
2 Janou Rubin (ja-now),
6-3, 208, Sr., G, Union City, CA (Logan HS)
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After four games, Rubin is averaging 3.3 minutes and 1.3 points.
RUBIN'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 6 minutes vs. Pepp (12/11) ; 3 points vs. Pepp (12/11); 1 rebound vs. Pepperdine (12/11); 1 assists vs. Mich. St. (12/21); steals vs. ; blocked shots vs. .
RUBIN'S CAREER HIGHS - 26 minutes vs. Notre Dame (2/28/04); 13 points vs. Oregon (1/4/04), Oregon State (1/2/04); 4 rebounds vs. USC (1/28/04), California (1/24/04); 4 assists vs. Washington (1/10/04); 1 steal, six times, last vs. USC (2/25/04); 2 blocked shots vs. Oregon State (3/4/04).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - Did not play vs. Chicago State, Western Illinois, UC Irvine and Long Beach State ... Played two minutes off the bench vs. Boston College ... Vs. Pepperdine, Rubin recorded season-bests in minutes (six), points (three) and rebounds (one) ... In two minutes vs. Michigan, scored two points ... In three minutes vs. Michigan State, played three minutes with a season-high one assist.
12 Josh Shipp,
6-5, 200, Fr., G/F, Los Angeles, CA (Fairfax)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon No. 55 incoming freshman in the U. S.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After eight games (three starts), Shipp is averaging 20.1 minutes, 8.3 points (No. 5 on the team), 4.3 rebounds (No. 2T), 1.25 assists and a team-high tying 1.25 steals, and shooting .540 (27-50, No. 3) from the field.
Shipp has scored in double figures three of the last four games(season-high 18 Mich. St., 15 Pepp, 13 BC), has led the Bruins in scoring once (season-high 18 Mich. St.), rebounding once (season-high 12 Pepp) and in steals on four occasions (season-high 3 Mich., 1 Pepp, 3 BC, 1 WIU).
In his three starts (Mich. St., Mich., Pepperdine), Shipp is averaging 33.0 minutes, 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals, and shooting .556 (15-27) from the field, .357 (5-14) from three-point range and .750 (3-4) from the foul line.
SHIPP'S 2004-05 SEASON/CAREER HIGHS - 36 minutes vs. Pepp (12/11); 18 points vs. Mich. St. (12/21); 12 rebounds vs. BC (12/11); 3 assists vs. Mich. St. (12/21); 3 steals vs. Mich. (12/18), BC (12/5); blocked shots vs.
SHIPP'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/27) - FG% - 9th, .540; OFF Reb. - 10th, 2.25.
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In his first game as a Bruin, in 10 minutes off the bench vs. Chicago State, Shipp had two points and rebounds and one assist ... In 12 minutes off the bench vs. Western Illinois, Shipp had four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal ... In 10 minutes off the bench vs. UC Irvine, Shipp had nine points (scored seven points in 59 seconds in the first half), with three rebounds and one steal ... In 12 minutes off the bench vs. Long Beach State, he had four rebounds and one steal ... Vs. Boston College, Shipp played 18 minutes., with 13 points (5-8, 2-4, 1-3/all in the second half, scored seven straight from 11:15-9:24), four rebounds, two assists and a season-best three steals ... In his first career start vs. Pepperdine, he recorded his first double/double - 15 points (7-12,1-3, 0-0) and a game and season-best 12 rebounds, with two assists and one steal ... In his second start vs. Michigan, Shipp played 32 minutes, with five points, three rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying three steals ... In 31 minutes vs. Michigan State (third start), Shipp had a game-high tying and season-best 18 points (6-11, 3-8, 3-3), with two rebounds and a season-best three assists.
1 Dijon Thompson,
6-7, 209, Sr., F/G, Inglewood, CA (Redondo Union)
2004-05 PRESEASON HONORS - Athlon second-team All-Pac-10; Basketball News second-team All-Pac-10; Lindy's third-team All-Pac-10; The Sporting News No. 14 small forward in the U. S./second-team All-Pac-10.
2004-05 SEASON AVERAGES - After seven games (six starts), Thompson is UCLA's scoring (17.6) and rebound (8.9) leader. He's averaging 30.7 minutes (No. 3 on the team), 2.0 assists (No. 3) and 1.14 steals (No. 2), and shooting .512 (44-86) from the field (No. 4), .476 (10-21, No. 1) from three-point range and .833 (25-30, No. 2) from the foul line.
Thompson has scored in double figures all seven games (15 Mich. St., career-high 29 Michigan, 12 BC, 25 LBS, 14 UCI, 11 WIU, 17 CSU), has led the Bruins in scoring four times (career-high 29 Mich., 25 LBS, 14 UCI, 17 CSU), in rebounding on six occasions, including the last two games (11 Mich. St., 10 Mich., 6 BC, 5 LBS, career-high 16 WIU, 8 CSU), in steals twice (2 UCI, 2 CSU) and in blocked shots three times (2 BC, 1 LBS, 1 WIU). For the season, he has three double/doubles (15-11 Mich. St., 29-10 Mich., 11-16 WIU), including the last two games and has scored over 20 points on two occasions (career-high 29 Mich., 25 Long Beach St.).
In games vs. the Michigan schools, Thompson averaged 30.5 minutes, 22.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists, and shot .667 (18-27) from the field, .625 (5-8) from three-point range and .600 (3-5) from the foul line.
THOMPSON'S 2004-05 SEASON HIGHS - 35 minutes vs. LBS (11/30), WIU (11/23); 29 points vs. Mich. (12/18); 16 rebounds vs. WIU (11/23); 4 assists vs. WIU (11/23); 2 steals, three times, last vs. LBS (11/30); 2 blocked shots vs. BC (12/5).
THOMPSON'S 2004-05 PAC-10 RANKINGS (12/27) - Scoring - 3rd, 17.6; Rebounding - 3rd, 8.9; FT% - 8th, .833; 3 PT FG% - 2ndT, .476; OFF Rebs. - 9th, 2.29; DEF Rebs. - 2nd, 6.57.
THOMPSON'S CAREER HIGHS - 43 minutes vs. California (2/20/03); 29 points vs. Michigan (12/18/04); 16 rebounds vs. Western Illinois (11/23/04); 6 assists vs. Washington (1/10/04), Oregon State (1/2/04), Washington State (3/6/03); 4 steals vs. California (1/25/03) and Kansas (12/21/02); 3 blocked shots vs. USC (2/5/03).
CAREER CHARTS - Pts. - 1,065, 41st Bruin in history to score 1,000 points (40th, 1,066, Matt Barnes, 1999-02; No. 39, Montel Hatcher, 1,115, 1984-87; No. 38, John Green, 1,148, 1960-62); 3-Pters - 100, 8th (7th, Kevin Walker, 116, 1987-80); 3-PT Atts - 273, 9th (8th, 286, Kevin Walker, 1987-90).
2004-05 HIGHLIGHTS - In 30 minutes (start), Thompson led the Bruins vs. Chicago State, scoring a game-high 17 points (8-13, 1-3, 0-0) and a game-high tying eight rebounds, with two assists and a game-high tying and season-best two steals ... In a season-best 35 minutes (start) vs. Western Illinois, Thompson had a career-best 16 rebounds (Pac-10 leader/most rebounds since Dan Gadzuric got 16 rebounds on Feb. 14, 2002 in UCLA's 77-76 win over Arizona in Pauley Pavilion), with 11 points (2-8, 2-4, 5-6/first season double/double, second career), four assists and one blocked shot ...In 27 minutes (start) vs. UC Irvine, Thompson scored a team-high tying 14 points (4-13, 1-2, 5-6), with six rebounds, two assists and a game-high two steals ... In a season-high tying 35 minutes (start) vs. Long Beach State, he scored a game-high 25 points (7-12, 0-0, 11-12/one shy of tying his then-career-high of 26), a game-high tying five rebounds, one assist and a season-high tying two steals and one blocked shot ... In his fifth start vs. Boston College, Thompson played 27 minutes, with 12 points (5-13, 1-4, 1-1), a team-high six rebounds, two assists, one steal and a season-high two blocked shots ... With about five minutes left in the BC game, Thompson reopened the cut on his right hand and spent the remainder of the game in the lockerroom getting stitches (13) to repair the wound ... Because of his cut right hand, Thompson did not play vs. Pepperdine ... With the stitches still in his shooting hand, Thompson came off the bench vs. Michigan (28 minutes) and scored a career-best and game-high 29 points (12-14, 3-4, 2-3), a game-high 10 rebounds (second season double-double/third career), with one assist and steal (he was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week) ... In a start vs. Michigan State (33 minutes), he had 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds (third season double-double/fourth career), with two assists ... His 13 stitches were removed on Dec. 26.