UCLA's Ben Howland: Q&A

October 30th, 2008
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CollegeHoops.net is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.


Ben Howland: UCLA

We continue our month long Q&A Series with coach Ben Howland, who has led the Bruins to a remarkable three straight Final Fours. Coach Howland was kind enough to answer questions for CollegeHoops.net as he gears up for the new season:






CollegeHoops.net) Who will be the biggest leaders on this year's squad?


Ben Howland)  I don't know if there is just one, but this year's team will be led by the three seniors, Darren Collison*, Josh Shipp and Alfred Aboya. All three are good verbal leaders and demonstrate a great work ethic with intensity.


*Editor: Collison is a First Team CHN All-American



CHN) Tie score, with just a few seconds left … who will be your go-to guy in those situations?


BH)  It will be either Darren Collison or Josh Shipp. They are both returning starters and have played in a lot of big games and three Final Fours.




CHN) What will be the best strength of this year's team?


BH)  It's hard to say because we haven't started yet. It's a little premature to say that we have a strength, but off the top of my head I'd probably say depth at the guard position.



CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?


BH)  That we win every single game we play.



CHN) Are there any off-the-court programs you urge UCLA fans to get involved with?


BH)  I support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and locally the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. In fact, the men's basketball team and the Bruin Athletic Department have joined forces with UCLA basketball alumnus John Vallely, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, for the inaugural "Dribble For The Cure" event on November 2nd.



More info about Drbble for the Cure:


The fund-raising event will take place on the UCLA campus at historic Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.-Noon. For many years, John Vallely and his family have been on the front line in the battle against cancer. A starting guard on John Wooden's UCLA 1969 and 1970 NCAA Championship teams, Vallely is a cancer-survivor and the Director of Scientific Affairs for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. In 1991, John and Karen Vallely lost their daughter Erin to cancer at the age of 12. More info can be found here.



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