Monday, May 14, 2007

UCLA Wins 100th NCAA Title!

UCLA became the first
school in history to win 100 NCAA team championships. The Bruins
reached the amazing total on Sunday, May 13 when they captured the
team title in women's water polo, defeating Stanford, 5-4.

The women's water polo crown is UCLA's first of the 2006-07 school
year. The Bruins were also '06-07 NCAA Final Four participants in men's
basketball men's soccer, women's volleyball and women's soccer and
placed fourth in women's gymnastics.

"Reaching 100 team championships is a testament to the
outstanding abilities of our student-athletes and their coaches. We
salute them and the dedicated fans who have supported them over the
years," said Norman Abrams, UCLA's Acting Chancellor, "and we celebrate
the teamwork that is the hallmark of UCLA athletics and our strong
tradition of combining excellence in athletics with excellence in

UCLA has won 70 NCAA championships in men's sports and 30 in
women's sports. Sixteen different programs - nine men and seven women -
have won at least one NCAA team championship. In the 26 years that the
NCAA has awarded both men's and women's championships, UCLA has won 60
NCAA team titles (30 men's and 30 women's), including at least one in
24 of those 26 years.

"To be the first school to win 100 NCAA team championships is a
great tribute to all of the outstanding student-athletes, coaches and
support staff who call UCLA home," said Daniel G. Guerrero, UCLA
Director of Athletics. "UCLA has a rich athletic history and it is
important to remember and celebrate those who built the foundation and
earned the early championships as well as those who have contributed to
the recent successes.

"Our mission at UCLA is to provide our coaches and
student-athletes with the resources necessary for success and to have a
broad-based program that is nationally-competitive in every sport. In
the last five years (2002-03 through 2006-07), our coaches and
student-athletes have won 14 NCAA championships in nine different
sports (as of May 13, 2007) and have finished in the Top Five in
numerous others. We will continue to strive for success in all of our
sport programs."

UCLA will celebrate the 100 NCAA championships throughout the
2007-08 school year with presentations of former-student athletes and
coaches representing the championship teams at various athletic events,
including football and men's basketball.

In addition, UCLA has produced a special "First to 100" logo
that will be placed on various sport uniforms as well as on printed
materials during the upcoming school year.

UCLA won its first NCAA team title in 1950 in the sport of
men's tennis. In fact, seven of UCLA's first eight titles were in men's
tennis, the other coming in men's track and field.

In 1964, UCLA's NCAA title explosion began. In the ensuing six
years, it won seven more NCAA championships, including five in men's
basketball. In each of the next three years - 1969-70 through 1971-72,
UCLA won four team championships - and added three more in 1972-73. In
that four-year span, the Bruins won four titles in basketball, three
each in men's water polo, men's volleyball and men's track and field
and two in men's tennis.

As the 1980s began, UCLA had earned 39 NCAA team championships.
In 1981-82, the NCAA began awarding championships in women's sports in
addition to men's and UCLA's successful women's program began
contributing to the title count. That first year, UCLA won five NCAA
titles, three in men's sports and two in women's sports.

As the 1989-90 school year began, UCLA had increased its total
of championships to 62, giving the school 23 in the previous decade. By
the end of the 1998-99 school year, the total had increased to 79.

Since the start of the 1999-2000 academic year, UCLA has captured 21 championships, pushing the total to 100.

(UCLA Athletic Department)


Sunday, May 13, 2007

Bruin Recruiting: Prep News Roundup (5/14)

By Bruin Basketball Report

Prep News Roundup is published every Monday.


Drew Gordon, a 6'9 235 lb junior from Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose CA, has verbally committed to UCLA. Gordon is ranked the #16 overall player by Rivals and No.20 by Scout in
the Class of 2008, while ESPN ranks him as one of the top six power
forwards in his class. Bruin Basketball Report 5/7

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior from Mitty picked the Bruins over Cal,
Arizona and Washington. North Carolina and Duke were on his short list as well. "I actually made up my mind about a week-and-a-half ago," Drew Gordon said.
"I kept it to myself for a while to see how it felt. Once I ran it past my
family and coaches and got their backing, that was it." San Francisco Chronicle 5/8


New Rivals 150 Ranking 5/7

Larry Drew, meanwhile, is looking primarily at Arizona, North Carolina
and UCLA. Drew is the No. 4 point guard in 2008, according to both
rivals and scout. Arizona would be in great shape with a commitment
from either Drew or Jennings. Arizona Daily Star 5/7

There are a lot of positive things to be said about California guard
Jrue Holiday. In April, he added dominating guard to the list of
descriptions. The 6-foot-3 standout helped his Pump N Run Elite team
win the Real Deal on the Hill. Holiday also shined at the other
national events. The nation's top guard is being heavily pursued by
UCLA, Washington and North Carolina. Scarlett Nation 5/7

Trey Thompkins
used to be known as Howard Thompkins, Jr. and he is a bonafide athlete that Head Coach Bruce Weber is fighting strongly for....According to Howard, Sr. his son has a list of schools that would make most college suitors nervous. “We hear a lot from Florida, Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and UCLA. All of those schools are great schools, but Illinois is right up there in the mix with them. I like them.” Inside Illini 5/8

Jrue Holiday, a 6-foot-4 junior guard at North Hollywood Campbell Hall
who is ranked as the No. 2 basketball prospect in the nation by one
recruiting service, has narrowed his college choices to UCLA and
Washington, his mother, Toya, said Thursday. Bruin Basketball Report 5/10

Representing the guard faction in the Top 5 is Californian Jrue Holiday. Skilled, determined and a guy who always finds the winner’s circle, Holiday has been strong in each of his outings this spring. Like Kyle Singler last year, he’s one of those guys we’ve heard nearly every college coach comment on how much they'd love to have him. Why? He places a high value on winning and it shows. Go Jackets 5/10

Arizona Cactus Classic: try to see California-based Pump N' Run Elite, a star-stocked club that includes Modesto, Calif., power forward Reeves Nelson and Mater Dei High School 6-foot 9-inch twins Travis and David Wear.
All have included Arizona and UCLA among their final choices. Their
team will play at 8:20 p.m. Friday at McKale and again at McKale at
2:50 p.m. Saturday. Arizona Daily Star 5/13

Gary Porter, who coached Chuck Hayes at Modesto (Calif.) Christian, might have another outstanding player. He's Reeves Nelson, a 6-foot-7 player who just completed his sophomore season.
Porter described Nelson as "Chuck Hayes with more scoring-type power." Lexington Herald-Leader 5/13

(photo credit: San Francisco Chronicle/Lance Iversen)