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June 14, 2004The UCLA Bruins landed a point guard whose star was on a definite rise in Darren Collison (6-0, 150) from Etiwanda, Calif. Collison took an unofficial visit to UCLA during the Pangos tournament held in Cypress the first weekend in June. That Collison committed to UCLA knowing that Rivals.com five star All-American point guard Jordan Farmar would also be there tells you all you need to know about this young man's competitive fire.
"During my visit Coach (Ben) Howland talked to me about how it would work out between Farmar and me," Collison said. "Coach Howland said I would get some playing time. That was a concern of mine."
The Bruins get another tremendous point guard in Collison. He earned League Player of the Year, Area co-Player of the year and first-team all-state as a junior after averaging 15.5 points per game, 5.0 assists per game and 3.0 steals per game.
The scouting report on Collison is he's a tremendous ball handler who plays with his eyes up. He also has outstanding quickness and is a very good shooter.
Collison will be working on his game this summer as a member of the USA junior Olympic team in Colorado Springs.
Why did Collison choose UCLA?
"I chose UCLA because I feel it presents a big opportunity," Collison said. "I saw the opportunity so I took it."
"Not too many people get the opportunity to go to UCLA," Collison said. "So it's an honor for me to go there."
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