This Week In UCLA Basketball
Jan. 5, 2005
UCLA'S NEXT GAME
THURSDAY, JAN. 6 - UCLA (7-3 Overall, 1-1 Pac-10) vs. WASHINGTON STATE (6-5 Overall, 1-1 Pac-10) - Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
LOOKING AHEAD - SATURDAY, JAN. 8 - UCLA vs. NO. 12 WASHINGTON (12-1 Overall, 2-0 Pac-10, at USC Jan. 6) - Pauley Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. (TV- FSNW2/Radio-XTRA 690/1150, with Chris Roberts and Don MacLean).
UCLA HEAD COACH Ben Howland - In his second season at UCLA and 11th year as a collegiate head coach.
2004-05 - UCLA 7-3, 10 games/.700-Howland is 1-1 vs. Washington State and 2-1 vs. Washington. In Pac-10 home openers, he is 2-0, defeating the Oregon schools last season 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 (186-119, 305 games/.610)
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
Jan. 2, UCLA 70, at Oregon 62 - Behind five players in double figures, including a season-high 15 points from Brian Morrison, and a strong defensive effort that limited Oregon to an opponent season low in points, UCLA held off the Ducks 70-62 before a sellout 9,087 at McArthur Court in Eugene. It was UCLA's first road win of the season and first victory in Eugene since 2001. Going into the contest, Oregon had won 10 consecutive games and had a 47-5 record at McArthur Court dating back to 2001-02.
Morrison's scoring aided UCLA in both halves. Late in the first half, his two three-pointers helped UCLA to a nine-point halftime lead (35-26). In the second half, his three, three-pointers assisted the Bruins in overcoming a late Oregon rally. UCLA led by 15 points (49-34, 12:09 left) in the second half, but in the next nine minutes, Oregon outscored the Bruins 22-5 and closed to within two points (56-54, 3:06). Morrison then hit a three-pointer with 2:36 left to play (59-54) and UCLA never relinquished the lead. In the final seven minutes, UCLA connected on 13-16 free throws, including 6-6 from Jordan Farmar and 4-4 by Dijon Thompson.
Along with Morrison's season-high and game-high tying 15 points and career-best three steals, four other Bruins scored in double figures - Dijon Thompson, 13 points, team-high tying seven rebounds and four assists; Michael Fey, 13 points and four rebounds; Jordan Farmar, 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and only one turnover in 27 minutes (it was his sixth game of not missing a free throw/ 8-8) and 12 points, four rebounds and three assists from Arron Afflalo.
The Bruins shot .386 (22-57) from the field, .438 (7-16) from three-point range and .792 (19-24) from the foul line, with a game-high 35 rebounds (the Bruins have outrebounded their last three opponents), 13 assists and game-low 11 turnovers.
Oregon (9-2, 1-1) shot .449 (22-49) from the field, .250 (3-12/Oregon season-lows) and .750 from the foul line, with 33 rebounds, 10 assists and a game-high 16 turnovers. The Ducks were led by Mitch Platt's 15 points.
Dec. 31, at Oregon State 85, UCLA 80 - Oregon State's Chris Stephens made five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the Beavers' 85-80 victory over UCLA before 9,042 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. It was UCLA's first Pac-10 opening loss since 2000.
The Bruins led 42-37 at halftime, but to start the second half (in the first eight minutes), OSU outscored the Bruins 22-7 to take a 59-49 lead with 12:14 left to play. With 10:57 left, OSU leading scorer Sasa Cuic fouled out (Dijon Thompson made both technical foul shots/Michael Fey hit one of two free throws (on the foul), and the Bruins trailed 61-54 with 10:57 remaining). Although Oregon State increased its lead to 14 (71-57, 7:33 left), the Bruins cut the Beaver advantage to three points on four occasions, the final time with five seconds remaining, on a three-pointer by Josh Shipp (83-80). Stephens then made two free throws with two seconds left to seal the Beaver win.
UCLA (6-3, 0-1) was led by four players in double figures - a career and game-high 23 points, with a team-high tying seven rebounds from Michael Fey; 18 points and six rebounds by Dijon Thompson; 12 points and a game-high tying six assists from Jordan Farmar and 11 points off the bench by Brian Morrison.
The Bruins shot .476 (30-63) from the field, .364 (8-22) from three-point range and .632 (12-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 43 rebounds, 19 assists and a game-high 19 turnovers.
OSU (9-3, 1-0) shot .475 (28-59) from the field, an opponent-season high .625 (10-16) from three-point range and .731 (19-26) from the foul line, with 27 rebounds, 19 assists and 10 turnovers. The Beavers were led by David Lucas' 21 points and J. S. Nash's 20 points (5-6, 5-5, 5-6).
HEAD COACH DICK BENNETT - Is in his second season at WSU with a school mark of 32-35. In his 26th season as a major college coach, Bennett's career mark is 473-278. In 2000, he led Wisconsin to the NCAA Final Four.
THE COUGARS - Split their Pac-10 openers in Spokane, beating Stanford 60-51, but losing to California 59-47. 6-7 senior Shami Gill, a starter in seven of nine games (2.9ppg/3.8rpg), did not play vs. Cal (back injury) and will not travel with the team to Los Angeles. Thomas Kelati is WSU's leading scorer (11.9) and Jeff Varem is the top rebounder (7.8, 10.0 in league play).
SERIES HISTORY - The Bruins lead it 85-13. The teams split last season, with UCLA winning in Spokane (48-45), but losing to the Cougars in Pauley (55-48). The WSU win snapped a Bruin 22-game winning streak vs. the Cougars (dating back to 1993) and it was also WSU's first victory over UCLA in Los Angeles in 47 tries (including an 0-38 mark in Pauley Pavilion, dating back to 1966).
UCLA . . .
. . . In his two games at the Oregon schools, Brian Morrison averaged 24.5 minutes off the bench, 13.0 points, and 2.5 rebounds and shot .529 (9-17) from the field and .571 (8-14) from three-point range/in UCLA's win over Oregon, Morrison scored a season-high 15 points (5-6 from three-point range), with a career-high three steals ... Michael Fey had a career-high 23 points at Oregon State ... In Pac-10 home openers since 2000, UCLA is 3-2 (the Bruins beat OSU last season 77-66 and lost to USC in 2003 and to Arizona in 2000) ... UCLA has outrebounded its last three opponents ... In Pac-10 openers since 2000, UCLA is 4-2, including four consecutive victories from 2001-2004 (before losing at OSU on Dec. 31, the last Pac-10 opening loss for UCLA was Jan. 6, 2000, Washington 63-UCLA 62 in Seattle) ... UCLA beat Washington last season in both regular season contests, but lost to the Huskies in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament.
UCLA BACK-to-BACK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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)
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. For his efforts vs. Pepperdine, 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 (seven times), now has 1,096 points, No. 40 on the all-time Bruin scoring chart (No. 39, Montel Hatcher, 1,115, 1984-87).
TEAM STATISTICS - In UCLA's 10-game stats, the Bruins have held their opponents to .443 from the field, .305 from the three-point line, have outrebounded their opponents (36.8/30.3) and limited their opponent's scoring to 69.9 points a game.
UCLA is 7-2 when leading at the half (lost at OSU, led 42-37/lost to BC, led 37-32), 6-1 when outshooting the opponent from the field (lost at OSU, .476-.475), 3-0 when shooting .500 or higher from the field, 4-2 with a rebound advantage (lost at OSU 43-27/lost at Michigan State/38-33) and 5-0 when leading at the five minute mark.
The Bruins have four players averaging in double scoring figures (Dijon Thompson 17.1, Jordan Farmar 12.6, Arron Afflalo 11.5, Michael Fey 10.4). In the victory at UO and over WIU, the Bruins had five players in double scoring and four players in double scoring in the wins at 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 at Oregon/at Oregon State/Michigan/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 -
-6-3 senior Janou Rubin has a left knee injury (lateral femoral condyle defect/bone chips) and will be operated on Thursday (he will probably miss the rest of the season). Because of knee pain, Rubin did not play at Oregon State, but did play a season-high 16 minutes at Oregon. An MRI on Monday revealed the injury. For the season (five games), he had averaged 5.8 minutes, 1.0 points and 0.2 rebounds. As a junior last season, he earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for his efforts in UCLA's Pac-10 opening home wins over the Oregon schools ... A walkon when he first came to UCLA, Rubin's career marks are 46 games, 3.3 points and 1.2 rebounds.
-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.
THE WOODEN CLASSIC - UCLA's appearance in the 2004 Wooden Classic was its eighth, with an overall mark of 5-3.
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.'
Update (1/5) - Averaging 18.0 points and 12.0 rebounds a game.
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.'
Update (1/5) - Has won three MVP awards in three tournaments (Oceanview Tournament of Champions/LA City Classic/Desert Heat Invitational). In Dec., averaged 21.0ppg and led team to a 13-0 start and current No. 2 USA Today national ranking.
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.'
Update (1/5) - Averaged 23.4 points a game and was MVP of the Aztec Classic.
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.'Update (1/5) - Averaging 20.0ppg and 10.0rpg.
'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 - 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 1,543-694 (2,237 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 (eight 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); Darrick Martin (LA Clippers-10th season); 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-released/signed with New Jersey-released); 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.