November 26, 1999 |
The much-anticipated college career of freshman Jason Kapono began Tuesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no butterflies. "What makes him unusual is his poise and composure for his age," Bruin Coach Steve Lavin said. Kapono's game already has a veteran's maturity, filled with a combination of intelligence (making the right pass, etc.) and talent. The latter comes with well-rounded skills, as witnessed by his debut numbers.
May 11, 2002 |
Jason Kapono ended weeks of indecision by announcing Friday he will return to UCLA for his senior season of basketball. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft is Sunday. "I never wanted this to be a big deal," Kapono said. "I guess with all the other things in my life, the weeks since the season ended have just flown by." Kapono, the Bruins' leading scorer three years in a row, holds school records for three-point baskets with 253 in his career and 87 in a season. He is No.
June 27, 2003 |
Unlike his teammate-to-be LeBron James, there is no $90-million Nike deal or even a guaranteed rookie contract for Jason Kapono. But the UCLA forward with the solid shooting stroke is overjoyed at being drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining top pick James. "It presents a great opportunity for a player like me," said Kapono, taken with the 31st selection. "Cleveland is an up-and-coming team with a lot of young talent.
March 10, 2001 |
If you think Jason Kapono and Billy Knight look alike in the way they effortlessly stroke those shots from behind the three-point arc, you aren't just seeing things. "Me and Jason worked out the whole summer, every day for about two or three hours a day," Knight said. "He let me work out with him and his trainer. We had summer school together, so we'd go out there, shooting about 500 shots a day. We'd play one on one and all that. At first, he was blowing me out a lot and winning, 5-0.
February 13, 2001 |
Everyone knows Jason Kapono can score, so his 28 points in the victory at DePaul were no great surprise. He was more pleased with his 11 rebounds. "My coaches always talk about me being a scorer," he said. "I've been trying to play better defense, rebound, all that stuff." Kapono said he has found his offensive groove, even though teams are keying on him and paying special attention to shutting him down. "Teams are trying to pressure me, but I'm still creating my own shot," he said.
February 26, 2001 |
Part of the reason Jason Kapono stuck around for another season instead of bolting for the NBA was that he wanted to develop his all-around game. Clearly, improving as a rebounder has been a priority. He's averaging six rebounds a game--two more than last season--and collected a career-high 13 at Oregon last Thursday. "I know that I'm not going to jump over guys, and I know that I'm not going to out-quick them," he said. "You've just got to have that sense, that feel.