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Full Name: Jason Alan Kapono
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m)/ 213 (96.6 kg)
Birthdate: February 2, 1981 (Long Beach, Calif.)
High School: Artesia HS (Los Angeles)
College: UCLA

Selected in the second round (31st overall) by the Dallas Mavericks

Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 82-for-173 (.474); 2000-01, 84-for-184 (.457); 2001-02, 87-for-192 (.453); 2002-03, 64-for-161 (.398). Totals: 317-for-710 (.446).

Originally an early entry candidate for the 2000 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from consideration prior to the draft and returned for three more seasons at UCLA.

Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP following sophomore and junior seasons. Ranks third on UCLA’s all-time scoring list, trailing only Don MacLean (2,608 points) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (2,325 points in three seasons). First Bruin to earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors all four years, as well as only UCLA player to lead school in scoring four straight years. Member of gold medal-winning U.S. team at 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men held in Japan.

Senior (2002-03): Shared the Coach John Wooden Award as UCLA's Most Valuable Player with fellow senior Ray Young, thus becoming first player in Bruin history to be named UCLA's MVP four seasons. Exploded for career-high 44 points in 98-83 win at Washington State. Scored 20 or more points 11 times.

Junior (2001-02): Selected First Team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and First Team All-Pac-10. Led UCLA in minutes, scoring, three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage. Paced the Bruins in scoring 11 times and scored 20 or more points nine times. Set school record with 87 three-pointers. Tied a school record (Reggie Miller, Ed O’Bannon and Matt Barnes) with seven three-pointers at Arizona.

Sophomore (2000-01): Selected First Team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and First Team All-Pac-10. Paced the Bruins in scoring 16 times. Became only fifth Bruin to reach 1,000-point plateau in his first two seasons (Don MacLean, Tracy Murray, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton).

Freshman (1999-00): Selected as the National Freshman of the Year by CBS Sportsline. Named First Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 co-Freshman of the Year. Led the Bruins in scoring 16 times and averaged team-high 16.0 ppg.

Strengths: A top-notch shooter from the free throw line who easily made the college three-point shot throughout his career.

Personal: Majored in history. Attended Artesia HS, where former Bruins and former NBA players Ed and Charles O’Bannon played.