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May 10, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable last fall to attract the two top-rated big men in Southern California, both of whom signed letters of intent with Duke, UCLA basketball Coach Jim Harrick turned his attention to the East. As in Eastern Europe. His recruiting efforts were rewarded when a Czech arrived in the mail Thursday in the form of a letter of intent signed by Jiri Zidek, a 7-foot, 230-pound center from Prague.
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November 22, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jiri Zidek, a 7-foot freshman from Prague, Czechoslovakia, has been cleared to resume practicing with the UCLA basketball team after undergoing a series of tests this week at the UCLA Medical Center, Coach Jim Harrick said. Zidek had been held out of practice since Nov. 12, when he complained of heart palpitations during a 112-50 exhibition victory over Trenchin of Czechoslovakia.
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November 14, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Freshman Jiri Zidek, who complained of heart palpitations during UCLA's 112-50 exhibition victory over Trenchin of Czechoslovakia Tuesday night at Pauley Pavilion, will not play Friday night in the Bruins' regular-season opener against Indiana at Springfield, Mass. Zidek, a 7-foot center from Prague, Czechoslovakia, will be re-examined Saturday.
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May 10, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Unable last fall to attract the two top-rated big men in Southern California, both of whom signed letters of intent with Duke, UCLA basketball Coach Jim Harrick turned his attention to the East. As in Eastern Europe. His recruiting efforts were rewarded when a Czech arrived in the mail Thursday in the form of a letter of intent signed by Jiri Zidek, a 7-foot, 230-pound center from Prague.
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August 14, 1992 | JERRY CROWE
A member of the Chinese Olympic team is expected to add more international flavor to the UCLA basketball team next season. Ma Jian, a 6-foot-6 forward, told reporters during the Barcelona Games that he will enroll at UCLA this fall. Ma, 22, would join a Bruin roster that will include two Czechs--Richard Petruska and Jiri Zidek--and a Texan of Nigerian descent--Ike Nwankwo of Houston.
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August 23, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Petruska, a 6-foot-10, 240-pound center who was Loyola Marymount's leading rebounder and No. 2 scorer last season, announced Thursday that he will transfer to UCLA. "I am very excited," Petruska said in a statement released by UCLA. "I want to play in the NCAA tournament, and I think I will reach that goal at UCLA."
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August 9, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Petruska, a 6-foot-10 center who was the leading rebounder and No. 2 scorer for the Loyola Marymount basketball team last season, has been granted a release from his scholarship and is thought to be interested in transferring to UCLA. Believed to be the first Czechoslovakian citizen to play basketball at a Division I college, Petruska was the only sophomore named to the All-West Coast Conference team last winter after averaging 16.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a game and making 58.
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April 27, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Billy McCaffrey, who announced this month that he would transfer from Duke after helping the Blue Devils win the NCAA basketball championship, could wind up at UCLA, his mother said Friday. Betty McCaffrey said that her son would consider "three or four" schools, UCLA among them, and probably would visit Westwood after the spring semester at Duke, which ends next week. She said that he also would consider Stanford, where his older brother, Ed, was an All-American wide receiver last fall.
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September 19, 1992 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UCLA's young basketball team did more than sample pasta, explore Roman ruins and sip cappuccino during a two-week tour of Italy that ended last week. "I think the thing we gained more than anything was confidence in our ability to play as individuals and as a team," Coach Jim Harrick said. "Our team grew greatly. We got a chance to play nine quality teams and we improved each time out."
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December 24, 1992
UCLA had some excuses for its inability to put away Cal State Northridge in its 80-73 victory at Pauley Pavilion on Tuesday. Some had considerable merit, others less, and still others were, well, let's just say dubious. Jim Harrick, UCLA's coach, said afterward that he might have expected a game "with no emotion." The Bruins, he added, had just played a tough game against Georgia before a big crowd (28,885) in Atlanta. "That's not easy, flying across country," he said.
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December 29, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At Oral Roberts University, which was named for a television evangelist, students are encouraged to "expect a miracle." But the Titans' undermanned basketball team didn't get one against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night. UCLA opened the game with a 24-4 run, went on to make a season-high 62.5% of its shots and overpowered the Titans, 113-62, before 6,289 to run its record to 7-0.
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