Ariza Selected In Second Round By NY Knicks
June 25, 2004
Trevor Ariza, who declared for the NBA draft on April 13 and was released from his UCLA scholarship and shortly thereafter signed with an agent, was selected in the second round by the New York Knicks during Thursday's 2004 NBA Draft.
Ariza was the 43rd selection overall, the 13th choice of the second round and the Knicks' first draft pick (the Knicks did not have a first round selection because of their January trade with Phoenix to get Stephon Marbury). Ariza is the first UCLA player drafted by the Knicks since Henry Bibby was a fourth round selection (No. 58 pick) in the 1972 NBA Draft.
The Bruins have had at least one player drafted every season since 1997 (a total of 11 Bruins taken in the draft). Since 2000, UCLA has had six players drafted, including one first round choice (Jerome Moiso, 2000, 11th pick by Boston) and since 1990, UCLA has had 18 players selected in the draft, including six first round selections (Moiso; 1999-Baron Davis, 3rd pick by Charlotte; 1995-Ed O'Bannon, 9th pick by New Jersey/George Zidek, 22nd pick by Charlotte; 1992 - Tracy Murray, No. 18 pick by San Antonio/Don MacLean, No. 19 pick by Detroit).
As a true freshman last season, Ariza earned first-team All-Pac-10 Freshman honors. UCLA's No. 3 scorer (11.6) and No. 2 rebounder (6.5, No. 12 in Pac-10, he led the Bruins in rebounding on 10 occasions), Ariza started 23 of 25 games, averaged 31.6 minutes and led UCLA in steals (1.68, No. 4 in Pac-10). He scored in double figures 14 times, with three double-doubles. His season-highs were 24 points twice and 14 rebounds at Michigan (12/27).
Ariza's agent is Todd Ramasar, who was a three-year Bruin basketball letterman (2001, 1999, and 1998).