UCLA Men's Basketball Update

Nov. 7, 2002

Welcome - to Steve Lavin's UCLA Bruins' exhibition opener vs. Branch West Basketball Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. After Branch West, the Bruins will continue exhibition play on Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosting EA Sports East All-Stars, at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA's regular season 2002-03 opener is Tuesday, Nov. 26 vs. the U. of San Diego, 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion (Fox Sports Net West 2). The Toreros are coached by former Bruin standout (1976-79) and assistant coach (1988-92) Brad Holland.

Practices Begin - The Bruins have been working out since the weekend of Oct. 12. The Bruins next scrimmage will be Friday, Nov. 8.

Steve Lavin - Begins his seventh season at the Bruin helm, and 12th overall, with a school and overall record of 135-59 (69.6). In 2001-02, UCLA advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16', the fifth time in the last six years under Lavin (only second current coach to have accomplished that feat, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski).

Steve Lavin Weekly Press Conferences - Lavin's first weekly press conference is Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room, located in the upper northeast corner of Pauley Pavilion (it was originally scheduled for the Hall of Fame Press Room). Please see the attached sheet for Lavin's 2002-03 press conference dates.

UCLA's media availability will be similar to last season - Lavin's press conferences are on most Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the J. D. Morgan Hall of Fame Press Room and players will be available on most Tuesdays (before practice) and Friday's (before practice) starting at 2:30 p.m. UCLA's daily practices are closed to the media.

Lavin's Press Conference dates are - Tuesday, Nov. 12 (Chancellor's Room); Wednesday, Nov. 20; Monday, Nov. 25; Tuesday, Dec. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday, Dec. 18 (last press conference before the holidays, schedule to be set during holidays); Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan. 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Tuesday, March 4; Tuesday, March 11.

Pac-10 Basketball Coaches' Media Teleconferences - The first teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 17. From 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., the conference women's coaches are featured and the Pac-10 men's coaches from 10:35 a.m.-11:55 a.m. (Lavin is 11:47 a.m.-11:55 a.m.).

The dates are - Tuesday, Dec. 17; Tuesday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan 14; Tuesday, Jan. 21; Tuesday, Jan. 28; Tuesday, Feb. 4; Tuesday, Feb. 11; Tuesday, Feb. 18; Tuesday, Feb. 25; Monday, March 3 (women's coaches only); Tuesday, March 4 (men's coaches only).

Preseason Team Ranking - The USA Today/ESPN preseason Top 25 came out Nov. 1 and the Bruins are No. 12. Also rated from the Pac-10 - No. 1 Arizona and No. 9 Oregon, with California, USC and Stanford receiving votes. Other Bruin opponents ranked are - No. 2 Kansas (Dec. 21 at Lawrence) and No. 6 Duke (Nov. 30 Wooden Tradition at Indianapolis), along with receiving votes Georgetown (Feb. 8 at Georgetown).

UCLA Picked Third in Conference Media Poll - In a poll of media members released Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men's Basketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins were picked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10 Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona (27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon (237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourth-place Arizona State (160), fifth-place California (154), sixth-place USC (152); seventh-place Stanford (136); eighth-place Washington (81); ninth-place Oregon State (71) and 10th-place Washington State (29).

Opening Exhibition Games - UCLA will open the exhibition season on Wednesday, Nov. 13, hosting Branch West and on Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosting EA Sports East All-Stars. Both games start at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

Branch West

Schedule Roster
Nov. 4-Miami (OH)(L, 91-76) 2 Chris Dade, G, 6-2, CS Fullerton
Nov. 6-San Diego St. (L, 83-72) 12 Nate Poindexter, G, 6-4, Quinnipiac
Nov. 8-Lamar 14 Clive Bentick, G, 6-2, Canisius
Nov. 9-Mississippi St. 20 Ron Bruton, F, 6-6, SW Missouri State
Nov. 13-UCLA 24 Craig Austin, G, 6-5, Columbia
Nov. 16-Marshall 25 Percy White, F, 6-8, Tampa
Nov. 18-Oklahoma St. 30 Steve Bridgemohan, F, 6-8, Monmouth
Head Coach: Bob Gottlieb 35 Durelle Brown, F, 6-8, Manhattan
44 Doug Gottlieb, G, 6-1, Oklahoma State

EA Sports East All-Stars

Schedule Roster
Nov. 2-Missouri (L, 81-80 OT) 2 Adonis Jordan, G, 6-0, Kansas
Nov. 4-Kansas (L, 111-94) 3 Corey Andrews, G, 6-3, Pacific
Nov. 5-Xavier (L, 92-63) 4 Brian Jones, G, 6-3, Santa Clara
Nov. 6-Louisville (L, 98-90) 5 Mike Nilson, G, 6-4, Gonzaga
Nov. 8-Tennessee 20 Shea Seals, G-F, 6-5, Tulsa
Nov. 9-Pittsburgh 21 Kelvin Gibbs, F, 6-6, Pepperdine
Nov. 11-Florida 23 DJ Harrison, F, 6-7, Colorado
Nov. 12-South Alabama 31 Matt Garrison, F, 6-9, Biola
Nov. 15-Auburn 33 Ed Johnson, C, 6-10, Utah
Nov. 16-Murray St. 44 Marion Thurmond, F-C, 6-8, San Jose St.
Nov. 17-Florida St. Head Coach: Phil Bryant
Nov. 18-Georgia Assts: Matt Bryant, Todd Franklin
Nov. 19-UCLA

Wooden Tradition - Following the regular season opener in Pauley vs. San Diego, the Bruins will travel to Indianapolis for the Wooden Tradition on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Conseco Fieldhouse. In the doubleheader, UCLA will face Duke at 10 a.m. PT (CBS) and Purdue and Louisville will tipoff at approximately 12:30 p.m. PT.

2002-03 UCLA Schedule - The Bruins' upcoming schedule will feature eight teams that were in last season's NCAA Tournament ('Sweet 16' Duke, Final Four Kansas, USC, St. John's, 'Sweet 16' Arizona, Stanford, California and 'Elite Eight' Oregon), and one NIT participant (Arizona State).

In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by Basketball Times as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailing only No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based on strength of schedule among member schools).

Bruins in the NBA - Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); Jelani McCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New Orleans Hornets; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray, Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies.

Jason Kapono - is on the preseason lists for the Wooden (and All-American team) and Naismith Awards, given annually to the nation's top player. Last season, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and as a sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award.

Preseason Honors - Here's a list of the Bruin preseason team and individual honors.-Athlon - Team-No. 11 in the U. S., No. 3 in Pac-10; Individual -Jason Kapono, third-team All-American, No. 3 Slasher in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Cedric Bozeman, No. 2 Top 10 Emerging Star in the U. S.

-Blue Ribbon - Team -No. 13 in the U. S, No. 3 in the Pac-10.; Individual - Jason Kapono, third-team All-American, first-team All-Pac-10.

-Collegeinsider.com - Individual -Jason Kapono, Preseason All-American

-Lindy's - Team - No. 21 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10; Individual - Jason Kapono, No. 4 small forward in the U. S., No. 4 Dead-Eye Gunner in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Cedric Bozeman, third-team All-Pac-10, Jon Crispin, No. 3 College Transfer in the U. S., Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.

-Slam Magazine - Team-No. 13 in the U. S.

-Sporting News - Team- No. 16 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10; Individual - Jason Kapono, No. 8 small forward in the U. S., first-team All-Pac-10, Best Shooter in the Pac-10.

-Street & Smith's - Team- No. 11 in the U. S., No. 3 in the Pac-10; Individual -Jason Kapono, second-team All-American, first-team All-Pac-10, Best Shooter in the Pac-10.

UCLA Great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Named to Pac-10 Hall of Honor - In its second year, the Pac-10 Hall of Honor's 2003 class will include UCLA's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

As Lew Alcindor during his Bruin playing days (1967-69), he led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles, three straight Conference championships and an overall record of 88-2 (including a perfect 30-0 in 1966-67). He received the Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Four three years in a row, the only player to earn that honor three consecutive times. At the end of his Bruin career, Abdul-Jabbar was the school's all-time leading scorer (2,325, now No. 2) and the leading rebounder (1,367, now No. 2).

As the greatest offensive player in basketball history, he was the first player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft, and played 20 years in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar was selected the league's Most Valuable Player on six occasions, won six NBA titles (five with the Lakers) and holds the league's scoring record with 38, 387 points.

Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the 2003 class are - Steve Kerr (Arizona), Coach Ned Wulk (Arizona State), Kevin Johnson (California), Coach Howard Hobson (Oregon), Coach Amory 'Slats' Gill (Oregon State), Todd Lichti (Stanford), Fred 'Tex' Winter (USC), Coach Marv Harshman (Washington) and Coach Jack Friel (Washington State).

In it's first season (2002), UCLA legendary coach John Wooden was a charter member in the Pac-10 Hall of Honor.

The 2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take place during the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament, held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles (March 13-15).

Bruin Standout Don MacLean Named UCLA Radio Analyst - Don MacLean, the UCLA and Pac-10 all-time leading scorer (2,608 points), has been named radio analyst for this year's Bruin games, joining play-by-play announcer Chris Roberts on Fox Sports AM 1150 in Los Angeles. MacLean takes over for former Bruin Bob Myers who was the analyst for the last two seasons.

MacLean, from Simi Valley, was a four-year Bruin starter from 1989-92. He earned All-American honors in 1992, leading the Bruins to the NCAA 'Elite Eight' and a Pac-10 title. He was also a three-time first-team All Pac-10 performer.

Following his Bruin career, MacLean played nine years in the NBA, last with the Miami Heat in 2001.

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