2004-05 UCLA Men's Basketball Notes

Nov. 10, 2004

Wednesday, Nov. 10-Wednesday, Nov. 17
NLI Signing Period
Thursday, Nov. 11
7:30 p.m. UCLA vs. Monterrey Tech (Mexico) (Pauley Pavilion-Exhibition Game). Monterrey Tech is a replacement for Centro Universitario Mineiro Uberlandia (Brazil). The game will not be televised or radio broadcast on XTRA Sports 690/1150. UCLA basketball fans that either have or purchase a subscription to the College Sports Pass will be able to both watch and listen to the UCLA men's basketball exhibition games in Pauley Pavilion vs. Canada's Simon Fraser (Nov. 5/7:30 p.m.) and Mexico's Monterrey Tech (Nov. 11/7:30 p.m.) over www.uclabruins.com. With no local radio available, UCLA will broadcast both games live over the Internet and provide streaming video of both games. Dave Marcus and Michael Sondheimer will call the action live over the video pictures that are available to anyone that has or purchases the College Sports Pass with nation-wide college access. Besides having access to UCLA broadcasts in all sports, College Sports Pass subscribers have the ability to listen to games for 55 other colleges around the nation. The College Sports Pass is available by monthly or season subscription by clicking on the audio-video section of the UCLA web site and filling out the subscriber information section.

MT has a four-game U. S. schedule -Nov. 8-Nebraska (L, 89-48), Nov. 10-UTEP, Nov. 11-UCLA, No. 12-Loyola Marymount.

Tuesday, Nov. 16
1:30 p.m.-Ben Howland Press Conference (J. D. Morgan Hall of Fame Press Room).

Saturday, Nov. 20
1 p.m. - UCLA vs. Chicago State (Pauley Pavilion/Regular Season Opener/TV-FSNW2/Radio-XTRA Sports 690/1150).

Last Game - Bruins Defeat Simon Fraser 97-48 - In UCLA's first exhibition game of the season, the Bruins defeated Simon Fraser University 97-48 on Friday (Nov. 5) before 5,096 in Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins had four players in double figures-led by freshman point guard Jordan Farmar's game-high tying19 points and seven assists, along with 13 points each from senior Dijon Thompson (with seven rebounds) and freshman Josh Shipp. Senior Brian Morrison, playing backup point guard for the Bruins, added 11 points, a game-high tying eight rebounds and a game-high nine assists.

SFU, located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, with 14:47 left in the first half, on a basket by Melvyn Mayott. UCLA took the lead for good, and never looked back, when Thompson's tipin gave the Bruins an 11-10 advantage. UCLA led 45-23 at halftime and outscored SFU 52-25 in the second half.

'We played hard defensively,' said Bruin head coach Ben Howland. 'We were passionate on the defensive end. Offensively, we pushed the ball- we were unselfish. We scored 97 points in 36 minutes-we really didn't score in the first four minutes.'

The Bruins shot 56.1 (37-66) from the field, 40.0 (10-125) from three-point range and 68.4 (13-19) from the foul line, with a game-high 53 rebounds, 23 assists and 15 turnovers. SFU shot 28.1 (16-57) from the field, 14.3 (3-21) from three-point range and 65.0 (13-20) from the foul line, with 25 rebounds, five assists and 15 turnovers. Simon Fraser was led by Aaron Christensen's 19 points and Brent Charleton's 16.

Both teams were short-handed. Earlier in the day, the Bruins learned that senior point guard Cedric Bozeman would be lost for the season with a right knee torn anterior cruciate ligament, suffered in practice on Thursday. He will have surgery sometime in November.

This week, two of Simon Fraser's top players - 6-6 sophomore Sean Stewart and 6-11 senior center Mike Klizs, left the program. Since last summer, five players have transferred out of SFU. Simon Fraser head coach Scott Clark did not accompany the team to Los Angeles.

The Bruins will continue exhibition play on Thursday, Nov. 11, hosting Monterrey Tech (Mexico) at 7:30 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

Pac-10 Media Day - was held Thursday, Nov. 4 in Los Angeles. In the media preseason poll-the Bruins were picked for fifth, here's the media prediction- 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.

Ben Howland - Begins his second season at UCLA and his 11th year as a head coach (UCLA 2003-04/Pittsburgh 2000-03/Northern Arizona 1995-99/179-116 overall). In his first season (2003-04) at UCLA, the Bruins were 11-17 overall (7-11, Pac-10, 7th tie), started the season at 9-3, defeated NCAA Tournament teams Michigan State, Washington (twice) and Vermont and made a Pac-10 Tournament appearance. In his final two seasons (2001-02/2002-03) 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 (school record for wins)-6 overall, advanced to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' and the Big East Tournament title game and Howland was named the consensus National Coach of the Year (please see attached Howland bio).

Pac-10 Media Teleconferences - will begin Tuesday, Dec. 28 and be held every Tuesday after that during the 2005 Pac-10 season (on Tuesday, March 8-only those coaches participating in the Pac-10 Tournament). It begins at 10:30 a.m. (Howland's time is 11:47-a.m.-11:55 a.m.). The media number to call is 913-981-5532 for a taped relay, call 402-222-9927.

Howland Press Conferences -Following Pac-10 Media Day (Nov. 4), Howland's next press conference will be Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame Press Room (please see attached 2004-05 press conference schedule).

UCLA Staff - Joining Howland are assistant coaches, all entering their second season on the Bruin staff - Donny Daniels, who for three seasons (2000-03) was the head coach at CS Fullerton; 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 for two seasons (2002-03) served in the same capacity for Howland at Pittsburgh. Rounding out the staff are Head Strength and Conditioning Coach E. J. 'Doc' Kreis (second season), trainer Tony Spino (first season), Video Coordinator Scott Garson (first season), Administrative Assistant Doug Erickson, entering his 13th season on the Bruin basketball staff, Administrative Assistant Kristi Tanizaki (first season), Head Equipment Manager Mike McBride (ninth season) and Academic Coordinator Kenny Donaldson (first season).

The Bruins - From last season's team (before Bozeman's injury), the Bruins returned a senior-laden (five) club that featured four starters and an additional five lettermen, including three players who averaged at least eight minutes a game, along with an incoming freshman recruiting class rated No. 4 in the U. S. (HoopMasters.com). UCLA returned two full-time starters (6-7 senior guard/forward Dijon Thompson and 6-6 senior guard Cedric Bozeman (injured), and both 7-0 junior centers who last season shared the starting position - Ryan Hollins and Michael Fey). The Bruins return five other lettermen, including three seniors who saw significant playing time - 6-2 guard Brian Morrison, 6-3 guard Janou Rubin and 6-8 forward Josiah Johnson, along with 6-3 junior guard Quinn Hawking and 6-1 sophomore guard Ike Williams. UCLA also returns 6-8 sophomore forward Matt McKinney, who originally redshirted during the 2002-03 campaign, then missed all of last season with a broken left foot. UCLA's highly-acclaimed incoming freshman class will be led by two McDonald's All-Americans - 6-2 point guard Jordan Farmar and 6-5 guard Arron Afflalo, Parade Magazine All-American 6-5 guard Josh Shipp and CalHi Sports All-State performer 6-8 center/forward Lorenzo Mata (please see attached 2004-05 UCLA Outlook).

Ryan Walcott - Announced on Sept. 30 that he was transferring to Grand Canyon University in his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. Walcott would have been a senior this season. In his Bruin career, he appeared in 80 games (nine starts), with averages of 13.5 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.8 assists.

Injury Update - Cedric Bozeman - UCLA senior Cedric Bozeman, the Bruins' starting point guard for the last three years, will miss the 2004-05-basketball season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Bozeman, a 6-6, 207-pounder from Santa Ana (Mater Dei HS), was injured during practice on Thursday afternoon. He stepped on a teammate's ankle and fell to the floor on his left ankle and right knee. Tests were performed late Thursday and results became available on Friday. X-rays of his left ankle were negative, but an MRI on his right knee revealed the torn ACL.

Bozeman will require surgery once the swelling in the knee subsides. Recovery from this type of injury is generally in the eight month range.

Since he has never redshirted, Bozeman has the option of returning for the 2005-06 season, something head coach Ben Howland has already discussed with him.

As a junior co-captain last season, his first injury free campaign of his Bruin career, Bozeman was the only UCLA player to start every game (28), led the Pac-10 in assists (5.54) and led the Bruins in minutes (33.7). In his three-year Bruin career, Bozeman has appeared in 75 games (66 starts), and averaged 27.9 minutes, 6.2 points and 4.2 assists.

In 2002-03 as a sophomore, Bozeman missed the final eight games with a right shoulder injury (had surgery to correct a stability problem) and as a true freshman in 2001-02, he missed seven early season games and four additional starts, because of a right knee cartilage tear that also required surgery.

'I am saddened to report that Cedric Bozeman has a torn ACL,' said Howland. 'During the summer, Ced worked as hard as any player in our program to prepare for this year. His overall game has greatly improved and he has been playing well since practice started. Ced is such a great person, who has worked so hard and prepared so well for this year. This is a very tough break for Ced and a tough blow for our team.'Dijon Thompson - On Oct. 20 during a scrimmage, senior Dijon Thompson suffered a cut to his right hand/shooting hand (Thompson was not sure how he suffered the injury - but on the scrimmage tape, it appeared he was playing defense against Josh Shipp and when Shipp swept the ball in front of him, Thompson reached for it and appeared to suffer the injury). The cut is located in the webbing between his index and middle fingers (the cut took four stitches). The stitches came out Nov 5 and Thompson did not miss any significant practice time.

Exhibition Games - UCLA will have two in Pauley Pavilion - Friday, Nov. 5 vs. Simon Fraser (7:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 11 (originally, the Bruins were to play Centro Universitario Mineiro Uberlandia (Brazil) at 7:30 p.m.-but that team has been replaced by Monterrey Tech from Mexico). Both exhibition games will be internet webcast on the Bruin website (www.uclabruins.com).

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 Pac-10 opponents Stanford, Arizona and Washington) and three in the NIT (non-league opponents Michigan, the 2004 NIT champion and Notre Dame, along with Pac-10 opponent Oregon, an NIT Final Four participant)(please see attached 2004-05 UCLA Schedule).

In this week's 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. Receiving votes included - No. 26 Stanford, No. 27 Michigan and No. 34 Boston College. The Bruins received four votes and Oregon two.

John Wooden Classic - On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Bruins will play in the John Wooden Classic, at The Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. Game one will feature Arizona vs. Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m., followed by UCLA vs. Boston College. In all, the Bruins have appeared in the Wooden Classic seven times, with a 5-2 record. Last season, UCLA lost to Kentucky, 52-50, at the Wooden Classic.

Gail Goodrich Jersey Number Retirement Ceremony - On Saturday, Dec. 18, when UCLA hosts Michigan at 2 p.m., Bruin great Gail Goodrich will have his jersey number (25) retired in a halftime ceremony. The leading scorer on UCLA's 1964 (21.5) and '65 (24.8) NCAA Championship teams under 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 Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Championship team, a squad that set the NBA record for 33 consecutive regular season wins. 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 will be 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.

On March 9 at a dinner in Los Angeles, Goodrich will also be honored as a member of the 2005 Pac-10 Hall of Honor. He will be UCLA's fourth inductee - John Wooden (2002), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)(2003) and Walt Hazzard (2004). Goodrich 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).

UCLA in the NBA - The Bruins had 11 players on Fall Camp 2004-05 rosters (nine on regular-season rosters) - Trevor Ariza (NY Knicks, rookie season); Matt Barnes (Sacramento Kings, second season, spent last season with the LA Clippers); Mitchell Butler (waived-Denver Nuggets, ninth season); 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); Jelani McCoy (waived-Milwaukee Bucks/picked up by Atlanta, sixth season); Reggie Miller (injured-Indiana Pacers, 18th season); Jerome Moiso (Toronto Raptors, fifth season); Tracy Murray (waived-NY Knicks, 13th season, spent last year with the Portland Trail Blazers); Earl Watson (Memphis Grizzlies, fourth season).

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 Coach John Wooden, Henry Bibby, the current USC head 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).

Preseason Notes - Preseason magazines have hit the newsstands and here's what the magazines are saying about the Bruins:Athlon - Team - Postseason Prediction, NIT/5th 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. 5 U. S. (Top incoming freshman in U. S.-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, second-team All-Pac-10. Rated UCLA's incoming freshman recruiting class No. 1 in the Pac-10/No. 6 in U. S (Top incoming freshman in U. S. - 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 U. S.Street & Smith's - Team - 7th 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. 14small forward in the U. S./2nd 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.