“My intention this year is to be able to play both ends of the floor,” Afflalo said. “Take on a huge load at both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively. I had to get in the best shape so I could do those things to the best of my ability.” The 6-foot-5 Afflalo averaged 10.8 points per game last season, but often deferred offensively to Thompson, who scored a team-leading 18.4 points per game, or point guard Jordan Farmar. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Afflalo said his role played a part, but so did the energy he expended on the defensive end. “I’m a scorer. That’s my instinct,” said Afflalo, who shot 44.2 percent from the field. “I’ve always been a scorer, but that really wasn’t my job to do those types of things last year. I’ve waited my time, and I’ve got a different role than last year.” Another reason Afflalo’s role might change is the return of guard Cedric Bozeman, who was UCLA’s best defensive player two years ago. Bozeman sat out 2004-05 with a knee injury. “(Afflalo) definitely has the mentality,” Bozeman said. “He just has to go out there and do it.” Farmar’s future: There’s a buzz around Westwood that Farmar, a sophomore, will jump to the NBA after this season, but he shot that down. After developing into UCLA’s best defensive player last season, sophomore guard Arron Afflalo wants to show a more well-rounded game. Afflalo said he is in better shape, and with the scoring void created by Dijon Thompson’s exit, he is ready to take on that role. “There’s no truth to it yet,” said Farmar, last season’s Pac-10 freshman of the year. “Right now, I’m just trying to lead this team and win games. I’m planning on playing (at UCLA) as long as I have to, as long as it works out. “People come out and you hear rumors, but that’s part of the job. I hear stuff about me on campus all the time. There’s no truth to it now. I’m trying to get better from day-to-day, trying to mature as a person as well as a basketball player. That’s what college is for.” Injury update: Bruins coach Ben Howland said freshman power forward Alfred Aboya could return to practice Nov. 9, and perhaps play in the season opener six days later against New Mexico State in the first round of the preseason NIT. Aboya underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Oct. 12. Also, center Michael Fey is still unable to practice because of a groin strain, and it appears unlikely he will be ready for UCLA’s first exhibition game, Nov. 4 against Carleton. Hollins’ health: Bruins center Ryan Hollins said his injured knee was never 100 percent last season, but that is no longer the case, and he plans on making a bigger impact after being relegated to sporadic bench play. “It’s about time. I feel like me again,” Hollins said. “It was pretty sore last year.” Hollins also said he nearly declared for the NBA Draft – not with the intention of staying in it, but so he could go to the Chicago pre-draft camp and get seen by scouts before returning to UCLA for his senior season. “They had a record number of guys who put their name (in the NBA Draft), so it was pretty tough and I probably wasn’t going to get a chance to get in (the camp),” Hollins said. “I wanted to get that exposure, get that edge back. It was just to show I’m back, and I can still play.” Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!