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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo by joe bruin

Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball player, currently with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. He completed a three-year career at University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific Ten Conference of the NCAA as the starting shooting guard for the UCLA men's basketball team. On June 28, 2007, Afflalo was drafted with the 27th overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.

Arron Afflalo shooting a 3
Arron Afflalo by JMRosenfeld


Afflalo was born at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, only a few minutes' walk from Pauley Pavilion, where the UCLA Bruins play their home games. His parents are Benjamin Afflalo and Gwendolyn Washington. He has a younger sister named Paris. Afflalo majored in sociology at UCLA and was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for Spring 2005.

Afflalo declared for the 2006 NBA Draft, but pulled his name out before the deadline, opting to return to UCLA for his junior season. Afflalo has been one of the top players in the country as a junior earning a spot on the Associated Press All-America team. This honor makes Afflalo UCLA's first consensus All-American since Ed O'Bannon in the 1994–95 season. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round of the 2007 NBA Draft, making him the 27th pick overall.

arron's jumper to ice the trojans
Arron Afflalo by Your Daddy

College career

Noted for being the first player recruited by current UCLA coach Ben Howland to play for Howland at UCLA, Afflalo, who helped lead Compton Centennial High School to a California Division-III title in 2003–2004, his senior year of high school, started 29 games the next season for the UCLA Bruins as a freshman, averaging 10.8 points per game and playing the role of a defensive stopper.

With the graduation of leading scorer Dijon Thompson, Afflalo shouldered more of the offensive load in his second year on the team, averaging a team-high 15.8 points per game. He also continued to guard some of the Bruins' opponents' top scorers.

His defensive dominance throughout the 2006–2007 season (one example being holding Cal's Ayinde Ubaka to zero points in one of the two teams' matchups), and his 17.4 ppg led to him being voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year by the other coaches in the conference. Commenting on the award, Afflalo said, "It is good that contributions on both ends of the floor are recognized ... If you truly have a love and passion for the game, then you should work at every aspect of it, not just the part that gives you (attention), that being scoring."

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