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COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY REPORT / UCLA

Time Is Now for Ramasar

November 12, 1998|SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER

Todd Ramasar arrived in the locker room Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion to find his name listed as the starting shooting guard for UCLA's exhibition against the California All-Stars, a standing that won't hold for the regular season but is a sign of his progress.

It is a significant indication for a player who got only six minutes all of 1997-98 as a freshman walk-on. Come this season, helped by weight work that added about 15 pounds and at least the experience of having spent a year in the program, Ramasar could push for a spot in the rotation.

"The way he's playing now, he's been very efficient," Coach Steve Lavin said. "He doesn't make many mistakes."

It helps that the contrast is a roster loaded with freshmen, those who do make mistakes.

"Just a year under my belt and everything," Ramasar said of his strides. "I'm kind of a vet now. It's all about a year passing.

"I've just picked up my intensity. I had been learning about that from a couple of the other returning players, Baron [Davis] and Earl [Watson]."

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The Bruins play the Taiwan national team tonight at 7:30 at Pauley Pavilion. It's their final exhibition game before beginning the season next Thursday against Santa Clara. . . . Davis still isn't ruling himself out for the opener, at least publicly. He has been cleared to rejoin selected contact drills, but still is not allowed to scrimmage.

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