Monday, April 14, 2008

UCLA Men's Basketball Announces 2008 Honors at Annual Banquet

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA freshman center, Kevin Love, the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, was given the Coach John Wooden Award as the Bruins' Most Valuable Player Monday night at UCLA's annual Hoopsters Awards/Dinner Banquet held at the Beverly Hilton.

A first team All-American, Love led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 ppg ranked seventh in the Pac-10), and in rebounding (10.6 rpg ranked second in the league). Love is the first freshman to earn the honor outright in UCLA history and just the second all-time, joining Jason Kapono, who shared the title with Jerome Moiso and Earl Watson in 2000.

During the evening's festivities, Love was also given the Seymour Armond Memorial Award (Most Valuable Freshman) and the Gerald A. Finerman Award (team rebounding leader).

Sophomore guard Russell Westbrook also was a three-time award winner, receiving the UCLA Alumni Association Award (team assist leader) after averaging 4.3 apg, which ranked fifth in the Pac-10. Westbrook also averaged 12.7 points per game, which ranked 17th in the league. He was also given the Bruin Bench Basketball Award for Most Improvement in All-Around Play and Mental Attitude. Westbrook, the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, shared his third honor with junior forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Award (Outstanding Defensive Player). Mbah a Moute, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection, averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 2007-08.

Junior guard Darren Collison earned the Bob "Ace" Calkins Memorial Award (Free Throw Champion) for the second straight year by shooting 87.2 percent (102-for-117) from the charity stripe. That percentage led the Pac-10 Conference, ranked 20th nationally and was seventh all-time on UCLA’s single season charts.

Josh Shipp and James Keefe shared the Bruin Hoopsters J.D. Morgan Memorial Award (Outstanding Team Play). Shipp, a junior guard/forward, finished fourth on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and third in assists (2.1 apg) and steals (1.3 spg). Keefe averaged 2.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game during his sophomore season that was shortened due to shoulder surgery on Aug. 10, 2007 (played in 25 of the team’s 39 games).

Senior center Lorenzo Mata-Real was given the UCLA Faculty Athletic Representative Award (Academic Achievement and Team Contribution). He averaged 3.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in his final collegiate campaign.

Junior forward/center Alfred Aboya was given the Elvin C. "Ducky" Drake Memorial Award for Competitive Spirit, Inspiration and Unselfish Contributions for the second straight year. Aboya, a second team Pac-10 Conference All-Academic selection, averaged 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his third season with UCLA.

(photo credit: AP)



At Apr 15, 2008, 12:51:00 AM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

Congrats Bruins...tell Love to stay...he will be a top 10 next year...this year, I bet he he cracks the top 20....

At Apr 15, 2008, 1:34:00 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

Common everybody... Love is gone, so we too should move on.
Looking at the topic of leaving early in general (not at anyone specific player)... I don't mind players leaving early to follow their dreams and earn big $$ while they can. What I don't like is how this really disputs the college game and team chemistry. While I don't think it's fair to prevent somebody from leaving early, I also don't think it's fair for schools from a recruiting/team chemistry standpoint. Really, the school is just being used as a launch pad for these young player's who have NO intention in many cases of staying and getting a degree from the get go. That being said, the universities also get benefits too (i.e. publicity, win more games, and in the end - this often = $$ from donors and alumi).
There are no easy answers here.

At Apr 15, 2008, 3:07:00 AM, Anonymous David said...

Hey - can the team at BBR get their hands on the highlight video that was shown?

At Apr 15, 2008, 3:09:00 AM, Anonymous jake said...

Sweet ... I think everybody got a small trophy or a blue ribbon. Nice.
As far as Scholarships and Leaving early ... I would love to see one and done's or two and through's pay back scholarship money to the school. Three years is a fair return on investment for a scholarship. And if you don't like that you can enroll like everybody else and pay your way with grants and partials just like everybody else.

At Apr 15, 2008, 4:46:00 AM, Anonymous Bruin Basketball Report said...

We've actually tried in the past but since the video contains CBS footage, the athletic department is hesitant to release it. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if a pirated version shows up on Youtube. Last year's video, via a camcorder, is posted there by an attendee.

At Apr 15, 2008, 6:49:00 AM, Anonymous Larry said...

Jake, great ideas. I love them. Pay back scholarships if you leave early. LET'S GET THIS SET UP!

At Apr 15, 2008, 12:29:00 PM, Anonymous ASK said...

As for everyone's comments, you have to be kidding me. These schools make so much money off of these athletes that it is ridiculous. UCLA paying Love 1 year of tuition and board has paid of 50 fold. After raking in dough, fist over fist, and then asking them to pay back their scholarships would be down right greedy.
Also, you cannot blame the one and done's at all. Kevin Love would have gone to the NBA right out of high school if he wasn't forced to wait a year. Trust me, he did UCLA a much bigger favor than UCLA did for him.

At Apr 15, 2008, 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

*paid off 50 fold

At Apr 15, 2008, 5:40:00 PM, Anonymous BruinFan said...

BruinFan is a Love FAN
I love his game
I love his attitude - Feed the animal
I love his accolades
I love his waddle - won't change next year
I love his chance at winning the Wooden award
I love his chance at winning an NCAA title and stamping his place in UCLA history
I love the fact he can improve his free throw percentage (78% NOT SHABBY)
I love how our incoming class is begging him to stay....(STUDS)
I love how he can improve his stock to guaranteed top 10 next year...not this year
I love how, TO the Loves' "family and school" are extremely important to them.
I love Beach Boy reunions...
This kid is grounded. Don't be surprised if u see him in a UCLA uniform next year.


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