Williams Named to the USBWA All-District IX Team

Alan Williams (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Alan Williams (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Alan Williams has added another honor to his list of accomplishments. 

On Monday Williams, a junior, was named to the prestigious United States Basketball Writers Association All-District IX Team. One day earlier, he was named Big West Player of the Year and First Team All-Big West Conference.

Williams enters Thursday's Big West Tournament opener against Cal Poly as the league's scoring (21.6 ppg) and rebounding (11.6 rpg) leader. He also leads NCAA Division I in rebounding and is 12th in scoring. In addition, Williams set the conference record by being named Big West Player of the Week six times.

"This is another deserving honor for Alan," said Gaucho head coach Bob Williams. "It's great recognition. To see his name right there with guys from Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and San Diego State is huge for him and very good for our program." 

Williams has led UCSB to a 21-8 overall record and a 12-4 mark in Big West play. He missed a pair of losses early in the season, but in the 27 games in which he has played, UCSB has gone 21-6. 

Statistically, Williams has had one of the best seasons in UCSB history and is ranked among the school's single season top-10 in scoring average (3rd at 21.6 ppg), points (7th with 582), rebound average (3rd at 11.6), rebounds (3rd with 312), blocked shots (3rd with 66), field goals (4th with 217), field goal attempts (8th with 403), free throws (7th with 148) and free throw attempts (3rd with 215). He enters the postseason with 15 double-doubles in 2013-14. Williams also tied the school record for points in a game with 39 on Nov. 29 against South Dakota State and on Feb. 1 against UC Davis, he became the first UCSB player in more than 24 years to have 20 or more points and 20 or more rebounds in a game when he had 27 points and 20 rebounds.

Williams is joined on the USBWA All-District IX Team by Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson of UCLA, Jordan Bachynski and Jahii Carson of Arizona State, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson of Arizona, Xavier Thames of San Diego State, C.J. Wilcox of Washington, and Joseph Young of Oregon. Johnson was named Player of the Year and Arizona's Sean Miller was selected Coach of the Year.

UCSB opens Big West Tournament play on Thursday, Mar. 13 when it plays Cal Poly in a noon game at Honda Center.