Jordan Farmar Selected in First Round of NBA Draft by LA Lakers
June 29, 2006
Jordan Farmar, UCLA's starting point guard the last two seasons who helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Championship Game last April, on Wednesday was selected in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers (26th selection).
Farmar becomes the fourth player in UCLA draft history to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Lakers. Farmar joins an elite list that includes - Brad Holland (1979), Gail Goodrich (1965) and Walt Hazzard (1964). Farmar is UCLA's first, first round selection since Jerome Moiso in 2000 (Boston, 11th overall). The last Bruin player selected in the draft by the Lakers was Toby Bailey in 1998 (2nd round, 45th selection). UCLA has had at least one player taken in the NBA Draft for the last 10 years (since 1997/ UCLA is the all-time collegiate leader in NBA Draft selections, with 99 since 1948).
On April 20, Farmar and his sophomore guard teammate Arron Affalo, announced they were going to test the NBA process (and not sign with agents, so they could return to UCLA). On June 17, Afflalo announced he was returning to UCLA and on June 18 (the last day for early entrants to withdraw from the Draft), Farmar announced that he was remaining in the draft and was not returning to UCLA for his junior season.
'I'm very excited for Jordan's future in the NBA and the fact that's he's able to stay in Los Angeles and play for the Lakers,' said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. 'He's an outstanding point guard, who No. 1 is a winner. Like all great point guards, he makes his teammates better. His ability to score and make big plays at the end of games truly makes Jordan a special player. He's a very, very intelligent player who also has great athleticism and skill level. The fact that he's only 19 (turns 20 on Nov. 30) and still developing physically - his best years in basketball are ahead of him and he's already had an outstanding career. There's no question Jordan is going to be an outstanding player in the NBA.'
Below is a synopsis of Farmar's standout sophomore season, helping to lead UCLA to the NCAA Championship game (first time since 1995) and to the Pac-10 Regular Season (first time since 1997) and Tournament (first time since 1987) championships. In 2005-06, UCLA set the school record for most games played (39, 32-7) and tied the school record for most wins (32, with UCLA 1995 NCAA Championship team that was 32-1).