UCLA Hosts Long Beach State Sunday (Dec. 8) At Pauley Pavilion
Dec. 2, 2002
UPCOMING GAMESUNDAY, DEC. 8 - UCLA (0-2) vs. LongBeach State (1-1), 1:00 p.m., Pauley Pavilion.TV - Fox Sports Net West 2; Radio - Fo xSports AM 1150 - Chris Roberts/DonMacLean).
Head Coach Steve Lavin - In his seventh season asBruin head coach with a school and career mark of 135-61(196 games, 68.9) and 12th year on the UCLA staff (354games, 261-93, 73.7). The 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year,Lavin and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski are the only currentcoaches who have guided their teams to five NCAA 'Sweet16s' in the last six seasons.
UCLA's Last Games -
Duke 84, UCLA 73 - On Nov. 30 before 18,345 atConseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at the third annualWooden Tradition, No. 14 UCLA lost to No. 6 Duke 84-73.The Bruins jumped out to a 12-2 lead, with 16:26 leftin the first half, when Dijon Thompson scored 10 ofUCLA's first 12 points, including two, three-pointers. Dukeoutscored UCLA 38-21 in the remainder of the first half tolead 40-33 at halftime.With 5:32 left in the game, the Blue Devils led by 20points (75-55). Behind Jason Kapono (seven points) andCedric Bozeman (five points), the Bruins outscored Duke11-2 and cut the Blue Devil margin to 77-66 (11 points),with 2:45 left to play. UCLA was unable to get closer andlost by 11 points (84-73).Kapono led UCLA with a team-high 19 points andseven rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for theBruins were Thompson (15 points) and Bozeman (11points, six rebounds, six assists).UCLA shot 43.1 (25-58) from the field, a game-high46.2 (6-13) from three-point range, a game-high 73.9 (17-23) from the foul line, with a game-high 37 rebounds and agame-high 14 turnovers.Duke shot a game-high 54.2 (32-25) from the field,42.9 (9-21) from three-point range, 64.7 (11-17) from thefoul line, with 32 rebounds and 12 turnovers. The BlueDevils were led by J. J. Redick's 20 points.
USD 86-UCLA 81 (OT) - UCLA opened the 2002-03regular season in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 26 before 6,845,losing to the U. of San Diego, 86-81 (OT). The game wastied at 73 at the end of regulation and tied at 37 at halftime.In regulation, with eight minutes left, the Bruins ledby eight points (65-57) on two free throws by JosiahJohnson. At 1:49, USD tied the score (71-71, outscoringUCLA 14-6) on a three-pointer by Roy Morris. With 1:33left in regulation, T. J Cummings' two free throws gave theBruins a two-point lead (73-71). At the 1:15 mark, Morristied the score (73-73) on a layup. UCLA's Cedric Bozeman'sjumper at the buzzer hit the rim and the game went intoovertime.In overtime, the Bruins never led and trailed by asmany as five points twice, last at 86-81 with one secondremaining.UCLA had all five starters in double figures, led byDijon Thompson's career-high 21 points and five assists andJason Kapono's 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.USD had five players in double figures, led by Jason Keep'scareer-highs 30 points and 16 rebounds.UCLA shot a game-high 44.9 (31-69) from the field,30.8 (8-26) from three-point range and 64.7 (11-17) fromthe foul line, with 31 rebounds, a game-high 22 assists and14 turnovers.USD shot 40.6 (26-64) from the field, a game-high31.0 (9-29) from three-point range, a game-high 59.4 (25-36) from the foul line, with a game-high 49 rebounds and agame-high 17 turnovers.
UCLA-Long Beach State Series - UCLA leads it 8-0. The last contest was Dec. 11, 1993, when UCLAdefeated Long Beach State 93-54 in Pauley Pavilion.
Head Coach Larry Reynolds - Is in his first year atLong Beach State. In five years at CS San Bernardino, hewas 110-35 (75.9). He led the Coyotes to two NCAA Div.I Elite Eight appearances (2002-99).
The 49ers - This week host Pepperdine on Monday andtravel to Southern Utah on Wednesday before playing inPauley Pavilion on Sunday. Long Beach State was 1-1,dropping its first game at Charlotte (89-61, Nov. 22) andbeating CS Monterey Bay 84-73 on Nov. 26 in LongBeach.
UCLA PICKED THIRD IN CONFERENCEPOLL
In a poll of media members released Nov. 6 at Pac-10 Men'sBasketball Media Day in Los Angeles, the Bruins werepicked to finish third (195 votes) in the 2003 Pac-10Conference race, behind unanimous No. 1 choice Arizona(27 first place votes/270 votes) and second-place Oregon(237). Behind Arizona, Oregon and UCLA were - fourthplaceArizona 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).
THE WOODEN TRADITION
UCLA's 84-73 loss to Duke was the Bruins'first appearance in the third-annual WoodenTradition (2002 - Duke 84-UCLA 73, Purdue86-Louisville 84; 2001-Purdue, Stanford,Missouri, Xavier; 2000-Purdue, Arizona, NotreDame, Cincinnati).In the Wooden Classic, held at the Arrowhead Pond inAnaheim, No. 20 UCLA's win over No. 16 Alabama, 79-57, on Dec. 8, 2001, was UCLA's fifth victory (in sixgames) at the Wooden Classic.Steve Lavin is 3-1 in the Wooden Classic, beatingAlabama (2001), New Mexico (1997) and Oklahoma State(1998) and losing to Georgia Tech (2000).
In non-conference games in Pauley Pavilion since 1989-90, UCLA is 76-9 ( 89.4, 85 games). During Steve Lavin's tenure (since 1996-97), the Bruins are 33-7 (40 games, 82.5)and in the remaining seven years of the 1990s, the Bruins were 43-2 (45 games, 95.6).UCLA's 86-81 (OT) loss to USD on Nov. 26, 2002 (season home opener) and 85-78 loss to Pepperdine on Nov. 28, 2001 (season home opener) in Pauley were justthe ninth and eighth non-conference defeat the Bruins have suffered at home since the 1989-90 season. Other homenonleague losses were against - North Carolina, 80-70,fifth home game of 2000-01 and CS Northridge, 78-74,season home opener of 2000-01; Gonzaga, 59-43, fourthgame of 1999-2000 (the Bruins' 20-game nonconferencehome winning streak was snapped by the loss to Gonzaga);Kansas, 96-83, third game of 1996-97 and Tulsa, 77-76 OT,first game of 1996-97; Louisville, 78-76, 1995-96 andDuke, 75-65, 1991-92.In 13 seasons, the Bruins in Pauley Pavilion havebeen unbeaten in non-league games on seven occasions(1998-99, 7-0; 1997-98, 6-0; 1994-95, 6-0; 1993-94, 6-0;1992-93, 8-0; 1990-91, 8-0 and 1989-90, 6-0).
2002-03 UCLA SCHEDULE
The Bruins' schedule features eight teams that were in lastseason's NCAA Tournament ('Sweet 16' Duke, Final FourKansas, USC, St. John's, 'Sweet 16' Arizona, Stanford,California and 'Elite Eight' Oregon), and one NITparticipant (Arizona State).In 2001-02, UCLA's schedule was rated by BasketballTimes as the No. 3 strongest schedule in the U. S. (trailingonly No. 1 Arizona and No. 2 North Carolina) and the Pac-10 Conference was ranked No. 1 in the nation (based onstrength of schedule among member schools).
BRUINS IN THE NBA
Entering the preseason, UCLA had 10 players on NBArosters - Toby Bailey, New York Knicks (waived); MattBarnes, Cleveland Cavaliers (waived, drafted byFayetteville, NC in the NBDL); Baron Davis, NewOrleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee Bucks;Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived); JelaniMcCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New OrleansHornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray,Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, MemphisGrizzlies.
Is on the preseason lists for the Wooden and NaismithAwards, given annually to the nation's top player. Lastseason, Kapono was a finalist for the Naismith honor and asa sophomore, he was a finalist for the Wooden Award. He'salso nominated for the second annual Senior Class Award,presented annually to the nation's senior Player of the Yearfor NCAA Div. 1 men's and women's basketball.Maryland's Juan Dixon won the award last year.
6-1 sophomore point guard Ryan Walcott is now eligiblefor the all the remaining regular season games of 2002-03. He had to sit out UCLA's first two regular seasongames, vs. U. of San Diego on Nov. 26 and againstDuke on Nov. 30 in the Wooden Tradition. Even thoughWalcott redshirted the 2000-01 campaign as a truefreshman, he did play nine minutes in the Bruins' firstexhibition game of that season (UCLA 118-TeamConcept 64, Nov. 1, 2000; Walcott had three points andtwo rebounds, he did not play in another exhibition orregular season game the remainder of the year). Becauseof his exhibition appearance, UCLA had to petition theNCAA to restore a season of eligibility (the petition wasapproved by the NCAA in Dec. 2001, but it ruled thatWalcott would have to sit out the first two regular seasongames of 2002-03).
MATT McKINNEY TO REDSHIRT
6-8 freshman Matt McKinney will redshirt this season inmen's basketball and have four years of eligibilityremaining starting with the 2003-04 campaign.McKinney, one of the nation's top prep volleyballplayers during his career at Santa Ynez HS, will join AlScates' Bruin men's volleyball team at the conclusion ofthe 2002-03 basketball season.
BRIAN MORRISON SITS OUT THIS SEASON
6-2 junior guard Brian Morrison will sit out this seasonafter transferring to UCLA from North Carolina. As asophomore last season for the Tar Heels, Morrisonappeared in all 28 games and averaged 7.1 points, led NCwith 42 three-pointers and was third on the team inassists (72). He prepped at Lake Washington HS inRedmond, WA.MARCEDES LEWIS TO JOIN BRUINS AFTERFOOTBALL
At the conclusion of the current Bruin football season, 6-6Marcedes Lewis is scheduled to join the UCLA men'sbasketball team. From Long Beach Poly, Lewis lastseason as a senior in high school was considered thenation's No. 1 tight end prospect. (and has seen playingtime on this year's squad as a freshman tight end). Inbasketball last season, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.0rebounds and was a Hoop Scoop National Top 100performer.
UCLA SIGNS TREVOR ARIZA, SEANPHALER TO NLI
Trevor Ariza, 6-8 from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) andSean Phaler, 6-9 from Villa Park, CA HS, signed NLI withUCLA during the early signing period.Entering his senior campaign, Ariza is one of the mosthonored players in southern California. His preseasonnational accolades include - Street & Smith's All-AmericaTop 20 (fourth-team All-America) and first-team All-Metro(Los Angeles), The Sporting News No. 4 power forward inthe U. S. and No. 14 senior in the U. S., Athlon's No. 12power forward in the U. S. and Lindy's No. 33 senior in theU. S. PacWestHoops rates Ariza as the No. 2 player at hisposition on the West Coast.As a junior starter last season, Ariza averaged 12points and 12 rebounds for the Comets. In 2002, as aconsistent double figure scorer and rebounder, Ariza helpedlead Westchester to a 32-2 overall record, the CA State Div.I championship, a City Section title and Westchester wasranked fourth in the U. S. in the Student Sports FAB 50poll.Phaler's preseason prep honors include - Street Smith'sHigh Honorable Mention All-American and first-team AllMetro (Los Angeles) and Lindy's No. 57 senior in the U. S.As a junior last season at Villa Park, Phaler, a longrangeshooting threat, averaged 19.8 points and 8.5rebounds. He shot 42% from three-point range, connectingon 107.
UCLA GREAT KAREEM ABDUL-JABBARNAMED TO PAC-10 HALL OF HONOR
In its second year, the Pac-10 Hall of Honor's 2003 classwill include UCLA's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.As Lew Alcindor during his Bruin playing days (1967-69),he led UCLA to three consecutive NCAA titles, threestraight Conference championships and an overall recordof 88-2 (including a perfect 30-0 in 1966-67). He receivedthe Most Outstanding Player award at the NCAA Fourthree years in a row, the only player to earn that honorthree 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, hewas the first player taken in the 1969 NBA Draft, andplayed 20 years in the league with the Milwaukee Bucksand Los Angeles Lakers. Abdul-Jabbar was selected theleague's Most Valuable Player on six occasions, won sixNBA titles (five with the Lakers) and holds the league'sscoring record with 38, 387 points.Joining Abdul-Jabbar in the 2003 class are - Steve Kerr(Arizona), Coach Ned Wulk (Arizona State), KevinJohnson (California), Coach Howard Hobson (Oregon),Coach Amory 'Slats' Gill (Oregon State), Todd Lichti(Stanford), Fred 'Tex' Winter (USC), Coach MarvHarshman (Washington) and Coach Jack Friel(Washington State).In it's first season (2002), UCLA legendary coach JohnWooden was a charter member in the Pac-10 Hall ofHonor.The 2003 Pac-10 Hall of Honor banquet will take placeduring the 2003 Pac-10 Tournament, held at The StaplesCenter in Los Angeles (March 13-15).
BRUIN STANDOUT DON MacLEAN NAMEDUCLA RADIO ANALYST
Don MacLean, the UCLA and Pac-10 all-time leadingscorer (2,608 points), has been named radio analyst forthis year's Bruin games, joining play-by-play announcerChris Roberts on Fox Sports AM 1150 in Los Angeles.MacLean takes over for former Bruin Bob Myers whowas the analyst for the last two seasons. Myers nowhosts the pre and post-game shows.MacLean, from Simi Valley, was a four-year Bruin starterfrom 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-10performer. He's a 2002 inductee into the UCLA Hall ofFame.Following his Bruin career, MacLean played nine years inthe NBA, last with the Miami Heat in 2001.
THE SPORTING NEWS SELECTS - LEGENDSOF COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Mike DeCourcy's recent book highlights the Top 100 alltimeplayers in the history of college basketball. UCLA hassix selections-including No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar(Lew Alcindor, 1966-69), No. 2 Bill Walton (1971-74), No. 33 Sidney Wicks (1973-76), No. 41 WaltHazzard (1961-64), No. 59 Gail Goodrich (1962-65)and No. 63 Marques Johnson (1973-77).UCLA's legendary head coach John Wooden is alsoon the list for his playing days (1929-32) at Purdue, No.58.
LAVIN IN NCAA
Lavin is one of just two coaches in thenation to lead his school to five Sweet 16's i nthe last six years. The other is Duke's MikeKrzyzewskiLavin is 11-6 (64.7, 17 games) as a headcoach in the NCAA Tournament, including a 5 - 0record in NCAA second round games.Lavin has been to 13 consecutive NCAATournaments at UCLA (11) and Purdue (2).In overtime games under Lavin, the Bruinsare 10-3, including nine consecutive overtimevictories dating back to 1997 prior to the l o s sto San Diego in this year's opener.In Lavin's six-plus seasons, the Bruins are115-6 when leading at the five minute mark (inregulation).UCLA's 87-77 win over Kansas on Jan. 1 2 ,2002 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's third overthe nation's No. 1 team in as many years. Hi srecord vs. the No. 1 team is now 3-3. UCLA's 79-73 road win over previously-unbeaten Stanford on Feb. 3,2001 was Lavin's second over a No. 1 team in less than ayear (UCLA defeated No. 1 Stanford, 94-93 in overtime onMar. 4, 2000 at Maples Pavilion). It is believed that Lavinis only the second coach in college history to recordconsecutive wins on a No. 1 ranked team's home floor(USC's Bob Boyd won at No. 1 UCLA in both 1969 and1970).UCLA's nine-game winning streak lastyear was tied for the second-longest of Lavin'stenure. The Bruins also won nine straight i n1997-98 and had a 12-game winning streak (lastnine regular-season games and three NCAAcontests) in 1996-97.In his six-plus seasons, the Bruins haveadvanced to the NCAA Tournament all six years,including the 'Elite Eight' (1997) and 'Sweet 16' four times(1998, 2000, 2001 and 2002), won the 1997 Pacific-10 titleand has guided the Bruins to at least 20 wins in all six ofhis seasons. On March 30, 1999, he was awarded a six-yearcontract, including a rollover clause, through the 2004-2005season.Entering 2002-03, Lavin is No. 1 in thenation in wins and percentage on the chart o fcurrent Div. I head coaches also entering theirseventh season.UCLA's 93-65 win over Villanova onJan. 13, 2001 in Pauley Pavilion was Lavin's100th UCLA victory and it was also his 300thgame as a member of the Bruin staff. Lavinreached the 100-win plateau in 142 games, thesecond-fastest in modern school history (afterWWII), behind Jim Harrick (who reached the 100-winmilestone in the seventh game of his fifth season, 1992-93,100-36, 136 games). John Wooden reached 100 wins as theBruin coach at the conclusion of his fifth season (1952-53,100-44, 144 games). Prior to WWII, UCLA's second coach,Caddy Works, recorded his 100th win in the third game ofhis 10th year (1930-31, 100-41, 141 games).Lavin's initial three-year (1997-99) totalof 70 wins (70-26, 72.9) was tied for No. 8 alltime(with seven other coaches, based on wins) on theNCAA coaching chart of best starts by a Div. I coach afterhis first three seasons.Under Lavin's guidance, the Bruins have recruited thenation's No. 1 (2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) recruitingclasses.
STEVE LAVIN WEEKLY PRESSCONFERENCES
UCLA's media availability will be similar to last season -Lavin's press conferences are on most Tuesdays at 1:30p.m. in the J. D. Morgan Hall of Fame Press Room andplayers will be available on most Tuesdays (before practice)and Friday's (before practice) starting at 2:30 p.m. UCLA'sdaily practices are closed to the media.Lavin's Press Conference dates are - Tuesday,Dec. 3; Tuesday, Dec. 10; Wednesday, Dec. 18 (last pressconference before the holidays, schedule to be set duringholidays); 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' MEDIATELECONFERENCES
The first teleconference is Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 .From 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., the conference women'scoaches are featured and the Pac-10 men's coaches from10:35 a.m.-11:55 a.m. (Lavin is 11:47 a.m.-11:55 a.m.).The media telephone number to call is 913-981-5510(taped replay at 402-222-9927 after 4 p.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 coachesonly); Tuesday, March 4 (men's coaches only).
SCHOOL THREE-POINT RECORDS IN 2001-2002
-Individual 3-pointers-Jason Kapono hit seven atArizona on Jan. 19 and Matt Barnes hit seven at USC onJan. 10 (both tying the school record).-Team 3-pointers - UCLA made 17 three-pointers atArizona on Jan. 19, breaking the school single-gameteam mark of 14, vs. Maryland, 3/18/00, in an NCAAsecond round Midwest Regional game in Minneapolis.-Team 3-point attempts - UCLA's 36 three-pointattempts vs. Cincinnati Mar. 17 broke the old mark of33, set earlier this season at Arizona (Jan. 19).-Team 3-pointers (season) - UCLA set new schoolrecords for three-point field goals made (223) andattempted (572), breaking the marks of 205 and 552, bothset in 2000. Its percentage of 39.0 ranks fourth in schoolhistory and the highest since 1992.
UCLA VS. NO. 1 -
UCLA's 87-77 victory over No. 1 Kansas onJan. 12, 2002 at Pauley Pavilion was the thirdwin over a top-ranked team in as many years.On Feb. 3, 2001, UCLA's 79-73 victory overNo. 1 Stanford, the last undefeated team at thetime, was its second against the No. 1 team i nthe nation in less than one year. Its victory overNo. 1 Stanford on March 4, 2000 was the school's firstover a No. 1 team since Dec. 1, 1986, when the Bruinsdefeated No. 1 North Carolina, 89-84 at Pauley Pavilion.The last time UCLA defeated a No. 1 team that late in theseason was in 1980, when the Bruins upset DePaul in thesecond round of the NCAA Tournament en route to the titlegame against Louisville.UCLA has now defeated the nation's N o .1 team on the Associated Press poll on nineoccasions, tying Notre Dame for the top spot onthat list. Duke has done it eight times andNorth Carolina, Georgia Tech and Ohio Statehave recorded seven wins versus a No. 1 team.In Bruin history, during the regular season, UCLAis 6-10 vs. the No. 1 team. In the NCAA Tournament, theBruins have a record of 3-6 vs. the nation's No. 1 rankedteam, including UCLA's 76-63 loss to Duke in the 2001NCAA East Region 'Sweet 16'.
UCLA has produced 54 consecutive winning seasons, datingback to the 1948-49 season, John Wooden's first at UCLA.The streak is the longest current streak in the nation.
UCLA won 21 games in 2001-02, giving the Bruins14 straight years of 20 or more wins, beginning with the1987-88 season.
UCLA REACHED 1,500 VICTORY PLATEAU
On Dec. 20, 2001 in Seattle, UCLArecorded the 1,500th win in school history,defeating the University of Washington, 85-79.Entering the 2001-02 season, only eightschools in the history of college basketball had1,500 or more wins - Kentucky (1,795), NorthCarolina (1,781), Kansas (1,738), Duke (1,649), St. John's(1,621), Temple (1,571), Syracuse (1,549) andPennsylvania (1,508).Indiana became the ninth school last season to getits 1,500th win. Along with UCLA, Oregon State lastseason also joined the ranks of 1,500 game winners (for atotal of 11 schools in college basketball history).The Feb. 23, 1997 contest with Duke in PauleyPavilion was UCLA's 2,000th game in school history.The Bruins now have an overall record o f1,515-657 (69.8, 2,172 games) in 83 years o fcollege basketball. Entering 2001-02, UCLA'swinning percentage (70.0) was No. 5 in thenation all-time behind Kentucky (76.3), NorthCarolina (73.9), UNLV (72.2) and Kansas(70.1).
JASON KAPONO CAREER CHARTS
On UCLA three-point charts, Kapono is No. 2 inpercentage (256-561, 45.6; No. 1, Pooh Richardson, 46.4,52-112, 1986-89) and No. 1 (256) in three-point field goals(surpassing former No. 1 Tracy Murray, 197, 1990-92) andNo. 1 (561) in attempts (surpassing former No. 1, TobyBailey, 501, 1995-98). He also ranks No. 6 in free throwpercentage (306-374, 81.8; No. 5, Henry Bibby, 82.3, 275-334, 1970-72). Kapono was the 41st Bruin in history toscore 1000 or more points (1,644, No. 14; No. 13, MarquesJohnson, 1,659, 1974-77) but only the third player to do itby the end of his sophomore season and just the fifth to doit in his first two seasons.On the Pac-10 career charts (2002-2003 Top10), Kapono is- 3-pt. FGs (No. 5, 256; No. 4, RonRiley, 263, Arizona State, 1993-96); 3-pt. FG % (No. 3,45.6, 256-561; No. 2, Terry Taylor, Stanford, 46.3, 156-337, 1986-89).
On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Bruins hosted a basketball clinicat Pauley Pavilion for children in grades K-8 (for adonation to the UCLA Foundations' Riordan Programs,children were able to participate). Contributors also had theoption of donating on behalf of a less-privileged child toparticipate in the clinic.
MORE BRUIN NOTES
In the decade of the 1990s, UCLA ranked No. 1 0in the U.S. in victories (241) and winningpercentage (75.5, 241-78). In other college basketballhistorical categories from the last decade, UCLA was fourthin All-America rankings (28 different individuals, 43 totalselections), second in most consecutive final wire-serviceTop 20 rankings (13, 1967-79) and third in most final wireserviceTop 20 rankings (35).UCLA has recruited the nation's No. 1(2001/1998) and No. 2 (1997) classes the lastsix seasons.During Lavin's six-plus year tenure asUCLA's head coach, the Bruins have recruitedsix McDonald's All-Americans- 2001, CedricBozeman; 1999 Jason Kapono; 1998, Dan Gadzuric,JaRon Rush, Ray Young; 1997, Baron Davis.In this season's early signing period, UCLA inked 6-8Trevor Ariza, from Westchester HS (Los Angeles) and 6-9 Sean Phaler, from Villa Park, CA HS.The 2001 class - 6-6 McDonald's All-American guardCedric Bozeman, 6-7 guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6-7 forward Andre Patterson - was named the nation's topincoming class by Sports Illustrated when 6-11 centerMichael Fey was a member of the group (the Bruinsannounced on June 29, 2001 that Fey would not beenrolling in the fall-Fey is a true freshman this season).The 1998 freshman class-guard Ray Young;forwards, Matt Barnes, JaRon Rush (declared for 2000 NBADraft) and Jerome Moiso (now with Charlotte Hornets),along with center Dan Gadzuric, was judged No. 1 in thenation by The Sporting News, Hoop Scoop, PrepStar andBasketball News.The frosh class of 1997, forward Travis Reed (nowat Long Beach State), guard-forward Rico Hines, guard EarlWatson, guard Baron Davis (now with Charlotte Hornets),forward Billy Knight and guard Todd Ramasar (did not returnfor his senior season of 2000-01), was voted No. 2 in thenation.During the 1998-99 season, the Bruins signedMcDonald's HS All-America Jason Kapono.UCLA has led the NCAA in field goalpercentage twice in the last seven years -1997,52.0 (932-1791) and 1996, 52.8 (897-1698).Entering the 1998 NCAA Tournament, the Bruins rankedsixth (49.8) in the NCAA. In 1999, the Bruins shot 45.4 torank third in the Pac-10. In 33 games in 1999-2000, UCLAshot 48.0 from the field to lead the Pacific-10 Conferenceand rank 16th in the NCAA.In 2000-2001, UCLA shot 46.3 (fourth in the Pac-10)from the field and opponents shot 43.7. UCLA's singlegamehigh was 57.6 at Purdue (34-59).In 2001-02, the Bruins shot 47.2 from thefield, to their opponents' 42.5.Pauley Pavilion (12,819) has been the home o fBruin basketball for 37+ seasons. UCLA's alltimePauley Pavilion record is 523-66 (589games, 88.9). Jackson State was the 500th game inPauley Pavilion on Dec. 17, 1996 and the win overWashington on March 11, 2000 was UCLA's 500th on itshomecourt.The Bruins finished the 2002 season 11-4 athome overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10. UCLA lastfinished Pac-10 play unbeaten at home in 1996(9-0).On Feb. 19, 1997 in UCLA's 82-60 win over USC,the largest crowd in Pauley Pavilion history watched thatgame (13,382; previous high was 13,037 vs. Oregon,3/11/95). Then, four days later (Feb. 23, 1997) i nthe 73-69 win over Duke, UCLA set a newattendance record 13,478, breaking the old oneby 96.The last time the Bruins were unbeaten athome for a regular season was in 1994-95 (15-0,California did beat UCLA at home that season but laterforfeited the game). The Bruins finished 1998-99 at Pauley15-1 (losing only to Stanford).Pauley Pavilion got a new roof during thesummer of 2000 and while working on it, theroofing company offered (and UCLA accepted) toput the UCLA script logo on the Pauley roof(for free). It (the letters are blue with a gold outline ontop of a tan color roof) is located on the south side of thePauley roof in letters large enough to identify UCLA fromLAX.The scoreboard in Pauley Pavilion is in itsfourth season (the previous one was 14 yearsold). The scoreboard had been in the planning for threeyears. UCLA Athletics teamed with a marketing firm topackage eight corporate sponsorship opportunities on acenter-hung scoreboard and two statistical boards in PauleyPavilion. The design of the eight-sided board includes foursides that house the speaker clusters and four sides that haveteam scoring, game time and period, possession indicator(all in LED digits) and video screen incorporated into each.Each video screen is 7' x 9' and is the best LED technologythe market offers today. The board was sized to 'fit thehouse' and gives excellent visibility to patrons in allseating locations. The board is 27' wide, 17' tall(manufactured by Daktronics Corp.). The total weight is14,000 lbs. and it's attached to a 20,000-lb. hoist that canlower and/or raise the board for maintenance. Thecenterboard, statistic board and production room cost isabout $1.4 million. The board is being paid for entirely bythe corporate sponsorship that is displayed on theadvertising panels over a 10-year financing plan.
BRUINS IN THE NBA
2002-03- Entering the preseason, UCLAhad 10 players on NBA rosters - Toby Bailey, New YorkKnicks (waived); Matt Barnes, Cleveland Cavaliers(waived, drafted by Fayetteville, NC in the NBDL); BaronDavis, New Orleans Hornets; Dan Gadzuric, MilwaukeeBucks; Darrick Martin, Denver Nuggets (waived);JelaniMcCoy, Toronto Raptors; Jerome Moiso, New OrleansHornets; Reggie Miller,Indiana Pacers; Tracy Murray,Los Angeles Lakers and Earl Watson, MemphisGrizzlies. UCLA's seven players on opening day rosters istied for 11th among among other schools. In 2002, the Pac10 had seven players drafted(second-highest conference total.2001-02 - There were eight Bruins on NBA rosters whenthe current 2001-02 season officially started on Oct. 30. -Mitchell Butler (Portland Trail Blazers), Baron Davis(Charlotte Hornets, played in the 2002 NBA All-StarGame), Jelani McCoy (Los Angeles Lakers), DarrickMartin (Dallas Mavericks, released), Reggie Miller(Indiana Pacers), Jerome Moiso (Philadelphia 76ers,traded to Charlotte Hornets), Tracy Murray (TorontoRaptors) and Earl Watson (Seattle Supersonics, rookieseason). During the 2001 preseason fall camps, the Bruinshad two other players on NBA rosters - Don MacLean,who was traded by the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptorsand then released, along with JaRon Rush, who wasreleased by the Seattle Supersonics. MacLean has had anine-year NBA career. During the week of Oct. 29, Rushwas drafted by the Roanoke, VA Dazzle, a team in thenewly formed National Basketball Development League andon Jan. 17, he signed with the ABA Kansas City club as apractice player (released the week of Feb. 11). UCLA'seight players in the NBA were No. 5 on the chart of schoolswith players in the NBA for the 2001-02 season. Leadingthe pack was North Carolina (13), followed by Arizona(11), Kentucky and Duke, each with 10, Michigan State (9)and UCLA, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, UConn andMichigan, all with eight. The Pac-10 had more playersselected in the 2001 NBA Draft (11), than any otherconference.2000-01 - twelve former Bruins were listed on NBApreseason team rosters and eight remained for the regularseason. They were: Toby Bailey, Chicago Bulls (waived);Mitchell Butler, Indiana Pacers (waived); BaronDavis, Charlotte Hornets; Tyus Edney, Indiana Pacers;J. R. Henderson, Sacramento Kings (waived); DonMacLean, Miami Heat; Darrick Martin, SacramentoKings; Jelani McCoy, Seattle Supersonics; JeromeMoiso, Boston Celtics; Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers;Tracy Murray, Denver Nuggets (traded to the TorontoRaptors on Jan. 13); Ed O'Bannon, Orlando Magic(waived). Three Pac-10 players were selected in the 2000NBA Draft and Bruin sophomore Jerome Moiso (first round,11th, Boston Celtics) was the first league player chosen.1999-00 - UCLA had 11 players on preseason rosters andsix played during the regular season. They were-Charlotte,Baron Davis; Indiana, Reggie Miller; Washington,Tracy Murray; Phoenix, Toby Bailey; Sacramento,Darrick Martin and Seattle, Jelani McCoy. In the1999 NBA Draft, six Pacific-10 Conference standouts wereamong the 58 players selected. The six selections were thesecond-highest total of all conferences (tied with theWestern Athletic Conference). The first Pac-10 player takenwas UCLA sophomore guard Baron Davis, the No. 3 pickby the Charlotte Hornets.1998-99 - UCLA and the Pac-10 Conference led the wayin the 1998 NBA Draft. The Bruins tied with Arizona andNorth Carolina for the most players drafted (the Bruins hadthree second-round selections-Jelani McCoy, Seattle;Toby Bailey, Phoenix (traded from the Lakers) and J. R .Henderson, Vancouver). The Pac-10 had a total of eightplayers drafted in 1998, the highest of any conference in theU. S.From 1986-87 through 1995-96, UCLA sentmore players (26) into the NBA than any schoolin the country. In 1995-96, UCLA's 11 formerplayers on NBA rosters ranked second to NorthCarolina.
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