|Hometown:||Canoga Park, Calif.|
|High School:||Canoga Park HS|
If at some point last spring the UCSB coaching staff had sent a dozen roses and a big box of chocolates to NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, it would not have been without provocation. In the spring, the NCAA awarded Cecil Brown a sixth year of eligibility. Brown, the team's leading scorer in 2005-06 at 13.1 points per game, missed two full seasons, 2001-02 and 2004-05, because of various injuries. At the end of last season, UCSB petitioned the NCAA for Brown's sixth year and late in the spring, the petition was approved.
Senior Season No. 2
It's not often that a college basketball player gets the opportunity to take part in a second senior celebration but thanks to the NCAA, Cecil Brown will. After a 2005-06 season in which he emerged as one of the top off-guards in the Big West Conference, Brown will undoubtedly be one of the leaders for the Gauchos, both statistically and in other intangible ways, in 2006-07.
An Honorable Season
Following the 2005-06 season Cecil Brown was selected Second Team All-Big West Conference. Not only did he lead UCSB in scoring at 13.1 points per game, he also had career-high averages of 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game and made a career-high 42 three-point baskets. In addition to his well-deserved All-Big West recognition, Brown was also the only Gaucho player to earn a Big West Player of the Week Award. He was selected Player of the Week after he averaged 18.5 points per game and made key baskets in the closing seconds of narrow road wins against UC Irvine and Long Beach State.
A Career Night
Entering the 2005-06 season, Cecil Brown's career-high for points in a game was 17. After five games of last season, his career-high remained the same, but in the sixth game of the season, at home against Pepperdine, Brown had a career-high 28 points. In the 65-56 win over the Waves, he made 11-of-17 shots from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. The 28 points in 34 minutes represented 43.1% of the team's output for the night, the highest of any player in 2005-06. Also, Brown's 28-point outburst equaled the highest total by a UCSB player since Mark Hull poured in 31 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
Double The Pleasure
In last year's season-opener against San Francisco, an 82-59 Gaucho win, Cecil Brown was one of the few players on the team who did not have a good offensive showing. Brown scored just four points against the Dons. Three nights later, he scored 14 points in a narrow win over San Diego. The 14-point performance against the Toreros propelled Brown to a streak of 16 straight double-digit outings, the longest such run by a UCSB player since B.J. Bunton went for 23 straight games during the 1998-99 season. The game against San Diego not only began a streak of games in which he scored 10 or more points, it also sent Brown on a streak of 20 straight games with at least one three-point basket.
They're Free? Count Me In!
Cecil Brown shot 78.5% from the free throw line in 2005-06, but that doesn't do the story justice. Shooting in the low-60 percent range at midseason, Brown went on a tremendous run to boost his percentage nearly 20 points by the end of the season. Over an 11-game stretch beginning with a Jan. 15 game at UC Davis and ending with the Gauchos' home finale on Feb. 25 against UC Riverside, Brown made 41-of-42 shots from the charity stripe, 97.6%. During the 41-of-42 run, he began by making 11 in a row, missing one, and then making another 30 in a row. Brown's most impressive showing was a 12-for-12 effort in a win at San Jose State.
Cecil Brown petitioned for and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA...He missed the 2001-02 and 2004-05 seasons because of injury...Brown should again be a focal point of the UCSB backcourt in 2006-07...Healthy, he is one of the top guards in the Big West Conference...Arguably one of the most explosive offensive players in the program's history.
Brown was a Second Team All-Big West selection after leading the Gauchos in scoring at 13.1 points per game in 2005-06...Had easily the best year of his career, averaging 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists to go along with his scoring average of 13.1 per game...Scoring average was slightly higher in Big West games at 13.2 per outing...Had career-highs in virtually every statistical category...In addition to leading the team in scoring, Brown ranked second on the team in three-pointers with 42...Played in 28 of the team's 29 games, starting 27...Missed a home game against Long Beach State with a sprained knee...Scored 10 or more points 23 times...Poured in a career-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting overall and 3-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc in a home win over Pepperdine...Overall, Brown had three games of more than 20 points, scoring 23 in win at Long Beach State and 22 in a win at San Jose State...Scored 19 points in a home win over UC Riverside and 18 in a home win over Sonoma State...In the victory over Sonoma State, Brown nailed a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to give the Gauchos a 67-66 win...UCSB was, in fact, a perfect 5-0 when he scored 18 or more points...Scored 15 or more points 10 times...Had a career-high eight rebounds at Fresno State...Also had seven boards at Cal Poly...Brown had five or more rebounds 11 times...Tied his career-high with six assists at San Jose State...Had a five-assist effort at Fresno State...Tied his career-high with three steals at North Carolina...Brown drilled a career-high four three-point baskets at Arizona State...He made three three-pointers five times and two or more 13 times overall...Did not make a three-point basket in the season-opener against San Francisco, but then made at least one in 20 straight games...After struggling from the free throw line early in the season, Brown finished at 78.5%, including a streak of 30 in a row...Ended the season by making 45 of his final 50 attempts, 90.0%...Earned Big West Player of the Week honors after leading the Gauchos to a weekend road sweep of games at UC Irvine and Long Beach State...In the wins over the Anteaters and 49ers, Brown averaged 18.5 points per game and hit several key field goals and free throws down the stretch...He was the only UCSB player to earn a Player of the Week honor in 2005-06.
Brown missed the entire 2004-05 regular season with knee and ankle injuries...Played in the Gauchos' first exhibition game and then injured his knee in practice soon after...Brown was expected to return late in December, but he injured his ankle in practice the day before a mid-December game at San Diego and he never did make it back.
Brown ranked fourth on the Gauchos in scoring in 2003-04 at 7.7 points per game...He was one of four UCSB players to score 200 or more points...Averaged 9.6 points per game in non-conference play and 6.8 per game in Big West games...The difference in Brown's scoring output from non-conference to conference games was no accident...He averaged 25.9 minutes per game prior to the start of league play and just 20.3 per game in Big West games...The drop in his playing time was due to the return of injured and suspended players...Brown actually closed the season strong, averaging 9.3 points per game over the final six contests...He scored his season-high of 17 points in a double-overtime win at Cal State Fullerton...Also scored 16 points three times, against Pepperdine, Westmont and San Diego...In all, Brown scored 10 or more 11 times...UCSB recorded wins the first nine times he scored 10 or more points...A twisted ankle in the first half of UCSB's win at UCLA hampered Brown for much of the middle of the season...Made a career-high four three-point baskets and played a career-high 44 minutes in a double-overtime win over Cal State Fullerton...Had three three-point baskets in games against Pepperdine, San Diego and UC Riverside...Overall, he had two or more three-point baskets seven times...Brown averaged 1.8 rebounds per game...Had a season-high five in wins over UC Irvine and Westmont...Had four or more boards four times...Passed off for 1.5 assists per game with a season-high four against San Diego...Brown played 30 or more minutes six times, including four times in the season's first five games...Seven of his 11 starting assignments came during the non-conference portion of the schedule...Brown missed a game against Alabama State with a sprained ankle, the only game he missed during the 2003-04 season.
Cecil Brown averaged 5.2 points per game as a freshman...Scored a total of 167 points...Played in all 32 games and started three of them...Averaged 5.4 points per game during Big West Conference play...Played a total of 519 minutes on the season...Averaged 16.2 minutes per game...Shot 39.3% from the floor on 57-of-145 shots...Drilled 22-of-64 three-point attempts to shoot 34.4% from behind the arc...Made 31-of-45 free throws on the season for a mark of 68%...Pulled down 19 offensive rebounds and 43 defensive rebounds for a season total of 62 boards...Averaged 1.9 rebounds per game...Pulled down 40 of his rebounds in Big West games...Increased his rebounding average to 2.2 boards per game during conference play...Dished out 32 assists and only turned the ball over 34 times...Blocked two shots and grabbed 14 steals on the season...Started the season on the right foot scoring 12 points in a loss to Weber State...Connected on 4-of-5 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 three-point attempts in the game against Weber State...Scored a career high 16 points in a victory over Pacific...Scored more than 10 points on five different occasions...Connected on all of his free throws in five different games...Pulled down a career high six rebounds in a victory over Pacific...Grabbed more than four rebounds on six different occasions...Dished out a season high six assists against Cal State Fullerton...Had his biggest game as a Gaucho against Pacific scoring 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor and 2-of-3 shooting from behind the arc...Played more than ten minutes in every game this season...Played more than 20 minutes on six occasions...Played a career high 37 minutes against Cal State Fullerton.
Brown redshirted his first year at UCSB.
Brown had a tremendous senior season at Canoga Park High School...Led the Los Angeles City Section in scoring at 34.5 points per game...Also averaged 13.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 3.1 steals, and 1.6 blocked shots per game...Brown was selected Sunset Six League Player of the Year, First Team All-Los Angeles City, First Team All-San Fernando Valley, and First Team All-Sunset Six League...Selected to the Los Angeles Times All-Area Team...Selected Third Team All-State...Selected MVP of the San Diego Torrey Pines Tournament...Had career-highs of 53 points and 20 rebounds in a game against Edison HS of Fresno, during his senior season...Brown also had a 51-point game against Hollywood HS...Passed off for a career-high 12 assists against Deer Valley HS of Oakland...As a junior, he had career-best eight steals...Blocked eight shots against Granada Hills HS as a sophomore...Set a school record with nine three-pointers in a game, once each against Escondido HS and Reseda HS...His 53-point game against Edison was also a school record...As a junior, Brown averaged 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.3 steals per game...As a sophomore, Brown attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills and he posted averages of 8.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per contest...Helped to lead Canoga Park and Taft to the L.A. City Playoffs all three of his years...Played for Ralph Turner.
Cecil Rudell Brown was born on July 27, 1983 in Inglewood, Calif....Majoring in sociology...Nicknamed Quiet Storm...His hobbies include reading...His favorite novel is Brave New World and his favorite author is Aldous Huxley...Also played volleyball in high school...In fact, as a sophomore, his Taft HS team won the L.A. City Championship in volleyball...His favorite athlete is Vince Carter...The son of Emily Jester and Cecil Brown.
YearG/GSFG/FGAFG%FG/FGAFG%FT/FTAFT%PTSAVGORDRTRAVGPF/DASTTOBLKSTLMIN 2002-0332/357/145.39322/64.34431/45.6891675.21943621.931/13234214519 2003-0427/1173/178.41024/64.37539/59.6612097.7939481.835/24027216598 2005-0628/27132/314.42042/125.33662/79.78536813.125791043.743/06355321777 Totals87/41262/637.41188/253.349132/183.7217448.6531612142.5109/31351167511894