Thursday, October 21, 2010

2010 - 2011 UCSB Men's basketball prospectus (revisited)

2010-11 UCSB Basketball Quick Glance

UCSB returns all five starters and six reserves from a team that won the Big West regular season and tournament championships in 2009-10.

Junior guard Orlando Johnson averaged 18.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2009-10. Following the season, Johnson was named Big West Player of the Year. He was also chosen Big West Tournament MVP, First Team All-Big West, First Team All-District, First Team Mid-Major All-American, and Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. As a sophomore, Johnson scored in double-figures in all 30 Gaucho games.

Junior swingman James Nunnally was named Second Team All-Big West after averaging 14.7 points and a team-leading 5.6 rebounds per game. He was also one of the Gauchos best outside shooters, making a team-best 45.5% of his three-point attempts. Nunnally was 46-of-101 from outside the arc.

Junior forward Jaimé Serna emerged late in the 2009-10 season and was a key player in UCSB's run to the Big West championships. He averaged 7.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 52.4% from the field. He averaged 11.5 points and 5.0 rebounds
over the regular seasons's final six games.

Junior guard Will Brew was the only Gaucho to start all 30 games in 2009-10. He averaged 4.8 points and a team-leading 2.6 assists per game. Brew also paced the team in steals with 40 and was an important part of UCSB's defensive efforts.

Senior guard Jordan Weiner averaged 3.0 points per game. He started the final 11 games of the year and the Gauchos were 9-2 over that span.

Senior point guard Justin Joyner struggled through an injury-plagued 2009-10 season. He played in 22 games, missing eight with ankle problems, and never got on-track. He did have 46 assists and just 22 turnovers in his 22 appearances and, if he is healthy, will have an impact in 2010-11.

Junior center Greg Somogyi averaged 2.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He also led UCSB in blocked shots with 38. The numbers, however, don't tell the entire story. The 7-foot-2 Somogyi was a major impact player for the Gauchos, particularly down the stretch of the season when he was the difference-maker in several wins.

Reserve forwards Jon Pastorek (2.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg) and Lucas Devenny (1.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg) return as well. Pastorek is one of the team's three seniors. Devenny is a sophomore.

Sophomore guard Chris Brew is the most athletic player on the team. If his perimeter game improves, he would be a contributor. As a freshman, Brew played in 15 games and averaged 2.9 points per game.

Freshman guard Troy Leaf (El Cajon, Calif./Foothills Christian) is expected to contribute immediately. Leaf was named California's Division 5 Player of the Year and he was also chosen First Team All-State (all divisions included) after averaging 28.1 points, 4.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 steals, and 2.0 blocked shots per game.

Another freshman guard who could see playing time in 2010-11 is Kyle Boswell (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS). Boswell's senior season was cut short after he suffered an injured wrist. In the 15 games he played prior to the injury, Boswell averaged 23.9 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while making 40.0% of his 3-point shots.

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