#5 Baron Davis



6-2H - 210
Los Angeles, CA
Crossroads School

UCLA - An announced candidate for the 1999 Wooden and Naismith Player of Year awards ... UCLA's leading returner in scoring (11.7, No. 4 in Bruin freshman history), rebounding (4.0), assists (5.0), steals (2.4, his 77 steals is No. 2 on UCLA's single-season chart) and field goal shooting (52.9, 137-259) ... Led the Pacific-10 in steals for all games (2.41) and conference contests (2.61) ... Started 31 of 32 games ... Davis last season earned first-team Freshman All-American and was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Joins teammate Earl Watson as the finest pair of starting sophomore guards in the nation ... In 1997-98, Davis and Watson were the first pair of true freshman starting guards for UCLA since 1980, when Rod Foster and Bruin assistant coach Michael Holton led UCLA to the '80 NCAA Championship game ... Was on his way to a big game vs. Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament when in the first half he injured his left knee after coming down hard after a dunk ... Davis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, did not play in the' Sweet 16' loss to eventual National Champion Kentucky, and underwent successful reconstructive surgery on April 14 ... After a summer of rehabilitation, it is hoped that Davis may be ready for the start of Fall camp ... In its 1997-98 preseason magazine, Athlon selected Davis as the nation's No. 1 incoming freshman recruit ... Came to UCLA as the country's No. 1 rated high school point guard in 1996-97 ... One of the nation's most honored prep players as a senior, Davis was the Gatorade National Player of the Year and was also a first-team McDonald's and Parade All-American ... Led Crossroads to the CA State Div. IV championship in 1997 as a senior prepster.

1998 - The top true freshman guard in the nation, Davis was selected first-team Freshman All-America by Basketball Times ... He was also selected Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team ... Named second-team All-District 15 by the NABC ... Davis started 31 of UCLA's 32 games, missing the Sweet 16 contest vs. Kentucky due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered in the second round win over Michigan ...At the Bruins' annual banquet, Davis was given the Seymour Armond Memorial Award for Most Valuable Freshman Player ... He was UCLA's No. 4 scorer (11.7) and No. 4 rebounder (4.0) and led the team in assists (5.0) and steals (2.4), while shooting 52.9 (137-259) from the field, 30.8 (24-78) from the three-point line and 67.6 (75-111) from the foul line ... His 77 steals rank No. 2 in school single-season history, trailing only No. 1 Cameron Dollar (82 in 1997) ... He scored in double figures in 19 games, including seven of his last nine, and scored at least 20 on three occasions ... Was playing his best basketball at the end of the season before his injury ... Baron averaged 12.2 points (61) in his last five games ... He also averaged 5.3 assists (116) in his last 22 games, 5.3 (106) in his last 20. He made 40 of his last 50 free throws (80.0) over 13 games ... Davis led the Bruins in assists 18 times, including 13 of his final 20 games, in scoring twice (21 vs. Washington State and 13 vs. North Carolina) and in rebounding once (five vs. NC) ... He also led the team in steals 19 times, including ties ... He made at least half of his field goals in 13 of his last 19 games ... His season-bests included - 22 points vs. UAB, 13 rebounds vs. UNLV, nine assists vs. Oregon and Oregon State, eight steals vs. Northern Arizona, three blocked shots vs. Boise State and 40 minutes vs. Oregon and Saint Louis ... In the final 1998 overall Pac-10 stats, Davis was first in steals (2.41), third in assists (5.0) and seventh in field goal percentage (52.9) ... In conference games only, he finished first in steals (2.61) and second in assists (5.8) ... An aggressive player, Davis at times did have a problem with fouls ... He fouled out of nine games and averaged 3.5 fouls a contest.

NCAA Tournment Highlights - In his two NCAA Tournament games (vs. Miami FL and Michigan), Davis averaged 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 assists while shooting 57.1 from the floor and 1.000 from the line ... In the win over Michigan, he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the first half and played just 14 minutes, finishing with seven points (2-3, 0-1, 3-3), two rebounds and one steal ... In the victory over Miami, Davis played 35 minutes and contributed 13 points (6-11, 1-5, 0-0), three rebounds, three steals and two assists ... Did not play vs. Kentucky because of the knee injury.

Regular Season Highlights - In UCLA's 91-87 loss to Arizona in Pauley in the final regular season game, he played 30 minutes and contributed 16 points (6-14, 2-6, 2-2), five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block ... In the loss at Duke, he played 36 minutes and scored 18 points (6-14, 4-6, 2-2), including a career-high four three-point field goals, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block ... In the overtime win at USC, he played just 24 minutes due to foul trouble, and contributed 12 points (3-4, 1-2, 5-5), a career-high tying nine assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block ... At USC, Davis scored seven quick points at the start of the second half, thanks to two steals ... In the loss at Oregon, he played 38 minutes and contributed 17 points (4-11, 1-6, 8-11), a career-high tying nine assists, five rebounds and three steals ... In the wins over the Washington schools in Pauley, he averaged 19.0 points, making 15 of 24 shots from the floor (2-3 three-pointers) and six of eight free throws, and added eight rebounds, eight assists and seven steals ... He also played a key defensive role on the Bruins' press ... In the win over Washington, he played 30 minutes and contributed 17 points (6-12, 1-2, 4-5), five rebounds and two steals ...In the victory over WSU, he dominated in the second half, scoring 19 of his team-high 21 points (9-12, 1-2, 2-3) on a combination of dunks, great fakes and jump shots ... He also added seven assists, five steals and three boards vs. the Cougars ... In the Bruins' win over Oregon in Pauley, Davis scored the winning basket with 25 seconds remaining, creating a steal on defense and taking a pass from Earl Watson for a driving layup, to give the Bruins a 68-66 win ... Against the Ducks, he played a career-high tying 40 minutes and contributed eight points (4-8, 0-1, 0-0), eight assists, four steals and three rebounds ... In UCLA's victory over Oregon State in Pauley, Davis played 35 minutes and had eight points (3-8, 0-3, 2-5), a career-high nine assists, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks ... He also had a gravity-defying dunk at the end of a Watson off-the-backboard assist vs. the Beavers ... In UCLA's win at UNLV, he again played 38 minutes, with 11 points (4-8, 1-2, 2-5) and 13 rebounds (first career double-double), with two assists and two turnovers ... In 34 minutes vs. Northern Arizona, Davis had 17 points, six assists and a season-high eight steals (No. 2 on Pac-10 single-game best chart) ... Earned All-Tournament honors at The Great Alaska Shootout, twice scoring 20 or more points (a season-high 22 vs. Alabama-Birmingham, the most points by a Bruin freshman guard since Toby Bailey got 26 twice in the 1995 NCAA Tournament and 20 vs. Alaska-Anchorage, with a season-high eight assists).

High School - As a senior in 1996-97, Davis led Crossroads, coached by Daryl Roper, to the CIF and State Div. IV championships and an overall record of 31-3 ... In the State Div. IV championship contest on March 21, 1997, Davis had 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in Crossroads' 93-57 win over Encinal ... His senior statistics included (per game) - 26.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 5.8 steals and 2.1 blocked shots ... In his high school career, Davis had more than 2,300 points (2,336), 1,200 assists, 600 rebounds and 550 steals ... Following his senior season, he was named the Gatorade and Scholastic Coach National Player of the Year (Davis is the first California player to ever win the award-previous winners were Kobe Bryant, Stephon Marbury, Corliss Williamson, Chris Webber, Kenny Anderson, Alonzo Mourning and J. R. Reid, the first recipient in 1986) ... His other national awards included - first-team All-USA Today , Parade Magazine and Slam Magazine, as well as a McDonald's and Nike All-American ...His area honors included Cal-Hi Sports All-State and Player of the Year, Southern Section Div. IV Player of the Year and the Los Angeles Times Player of the Year ... Davis was a four-year starter at Crossroads ...He entered his senior season as the No. 2 vote-getter on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West ... As a junior in 1995-96, Davis earned All-CIF first-team and averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 assists ... He led Crossroads to the CIF Southern Section title but the Roadrunners lost to Fresno Washington Union in the Div. IV Southern Regional final ... At the conclusion of his junior year, Davis gained national notoriety in July 1996 at the Nike Camp All-Star game in Indianapolis ... As a sophomore in 1994-95, Crossroads lost in the CIF semis and Davis earned Div. IV All-CIF ... As a freshman starter in 1993-94, Crossroads lost in the Div. IV CIF semifinals ... In postseason games following his senior season, Davis scored nine points with five assists in the USA Junior Select's 97-90 victory over an international squad at the Disney Fieldhouse in Orlando, FL on April 19, 1997 and on March 29, 1997, he scored 12 points, with two rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and three steals in the West's 94-81 loss to the East at the McDonald's All-American High School game ... Davis also played in the Capital Classic and Nike Hoop Summit games ... At the Boston Shootout, Davis was an All-Tournament selection ... In August '97 played in the Southern California Prep Classic in Long Beach, scoring the game-winning basketball and getting 10 points and eight assists.

Personal - Full name: Baron Davis ... Right-handed ... Born April 13, 1979 in Los Angeles ... Grandmother: Lela Nicholson ... Two sisters, Lissa, an employee at UCLA and Toi ... Selected UCLA over Kansas, Duke, Georgia Tech and Michigan because of "its great environment and academic prestige" ... History major ...Favorite academic class is sociology.

Career Highs

Minutes: 40, vs. St. Louis, 12/20/97 and Oregon, 1/10/98
Field Goals: 9, three times, last vs. Washington State, 1/29/98
Field Goals Attempted: 14, vs. Duke, 2/22/98 and Arizona, 3/7/98
Three-Point Field Goals: 4 vs. Duke, 2/22/98
Three-Point Field Goals Attempted: 6, three times, last vs. Arizona, 3/7/98
Free Throws: 8, vs. Oregon, 2/5/98
Free Throws Attempted: 11, vs. Oregon, 2/5/98
Rebounds: 13, vs. UNLV, 12/27/97
Offensive Rebounds: 4, vs. Washington, 1/31/98
Defensive Rebounds: 10, vs. UNLV, 12/27/97
Assists: 9, three times, last vs. USC, 2/18/98
Steals: 8, vs. Northern Arizona, 12/18/97
Turnovers: 8, vs. California, 1/15/98
Blocked Shots: 3, vs. Boise State, 12/22/97
Points: 22, vs. Alabama-Birmingham, 11/29/97

Varsity Statistics
Cumulative            
Year     G-GS   FG-A    Pct.  FT-A   Pct.   R  Avg   Tp   Avg   A  Avg   
1997-98 32-31  137-259  .529  75-111 .676 129  4.0  373  11.7 161  5.0
(Three-point shots-1997-98: 24-78, .308)

NCAA Tournament Year G-GS FG-A Pct. FT-A Pct. R Avg TP Avg A Avg 1997-98 2-2 8-14 .571 3-3 1.00 5 2.5 20 10.0 2 1.0 (Three-point shots-1997-98: 1-6, .167)

Davis' 1997-98 Game-By-Game 3-Pt Opponent FG-A FG-A FT-A R PF TP A To B St Min North Carolina 6-8 1-2 0-1 5 3 13 7 4 0 1 30 Alaska Anchorage 9-12 2-2 0-0 5 1 20 8 4 0 2 27 Alabama-Birmingh 9-13 1-3 3-7 5 3 22 3 2 1 2 37 New Mexico 2-5 0-2 0-0 6 4 4 4 4 1 0 36 Cal State Fullerton 2-3 0-0 5-6 3 3 9 2 4 0 0 19 Northern Arizona 8-13 1-4 0-0 2 3 17 6 0 0 8 34 Saint Louis 4-12 1-4 5-9 3 4 14 3 6 0 5 40 Boise State 5-11 0-1 4-5 7 3 14 4 2 3 1 35 UNLV 4-8 1-2 2-5 13 4 11 2 2 0 0 38 Illinois 4-7 0-1 4-7 5 2 12 6 3 0 3 38 Arizona 1-6 0-2 3-4 2 5 5 5 2 0 2 31 Arizona State 4-8 0-2 1-2 2 4 9 5 4 0 2 27 Oregon State 3-8 0-1 2-5 3 1 8 9 4 2 2 35 Oregon 4-8 0-1 0-0 3 2 8 8 6 0 4 40 California 3-5 1-3 0-1 3 5 7 6 8 0 1 30 Stanford 3-5 0-1 0-0 5 5 6 5 3 1 4 23 USC 3-5 2-4 2-2 2 1 10 6 1 0 3 29 Louisville 3-5 0-0 2-4 5 5 8 7 1 0 1 28 Washington St. 9-12 1-2 2-3 3 2 21 7 3 1 5 34 Washington 6-12 1-1 4-5 5 5 17 1 5 0 2 30 Oregon 4-11 1-6 8-11 5 4 17 9 5 0 3 38 Oregon St. 0-1 0-1 5-6 3 4 5 3 1 0 0 26 Stanford 3-5 0-1 2-3 2 5 8 4 2 0 5 23 California 4-6 1-2 1-3 3 4 10 7 2 0 4 33 USC 3-4 1-2 5-5 2 5 12 9 1 1 2 24 Duke 6-14 4-6 2-2 5 5 18 2 4 1 3 36 Washington St. 3-7 1-3 0-0 5 2 7 7 2 0 2 39 Washington 4-7 1-2 4-6 3 5 13 4 3 0 2 26 Arizona St. 4-10 0-3 4-4 4 2 12 6 4 0 3 38 Arizona 6-14 2-6 2-2 5 4 16 4 2 1 1 30 Miami 6-11 1-5 0-0 3 4 13 2 5 0 3 35 Michigan 2-3 0-1 3-3 2 4 7 0 0 0 1 14 Kentucky DNP

Started every game but CS Fullerton, did not play vs. Kentucky

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