No Longer A Surprise
Sophomore swingman Derek Rasp surprised a few people in 2004-05. A walk-on, Rasp was forced into a major role as UCSB players fell like flies due to injuries. He responded in a big way, leading the team in three-point field goal percentage and ranking third in three-pointers made. This year, Rasp is more of a known quantity but UCSB coaches still expect him to be a major factor at the wing and power forward positions.
An Undersized Big Man
Early in the 2004-05 season, before frontcourt players Casey Cook and Cameron Goettsche went down with injuries, Rasp saw most of his playing time at the wing positions. He recorded some time at the four, but at 6-foot-5 his time there was minimum. By midseason, however, UCSB was down to one big man, Glenn Turner, so Rasp not only played more at the four spot, he made 13 starts, many of which were in the frontcourt. Chances are he will once again see a pretty good amount of time at the four spot during the 2005-06 campaign.
Walk-on, Break A Record
Being a walk-on didn't stop Rasp from doing some damage to UCSB's all-time freshman top-ten lists. By making 40.5% of his three-point shots, Rasp became the Gauchos' freshman record-holder in that category. In addition, his 30 three-point baskets rank him second all-time among freshmen. Finally, Rasp's five three-point baskets in a home win over UC Riverside were the third most three-pointers that a UCSB freshman had ever made in a single game.
Rasp scored in double-figures seven times in his 24 games, including five times in the last six games. In his last six outings, he scored an average of 11.7 points per game and at one point during the final six games, he tallied 15 points in three straight. Interestingly, in the only game over the final six contests in which Rasp did not score in double-figures he did not score at all. In 33 minutes against Long Beach State in the first round of the Big West Tournament, Rasp not only didn't score, he didn't attempt a shot. So, in the final five games in which he scored, he averaged 13.4 points per game, while making 23-of-48 shots overall, 47.9%, and 15-of-30 from three-point range, 50.0%.
Oddest Injury Award
If UCSB's coaches had handed out an "Oddest Injury Award" at the annual postseason banquet, they would have had many to choose from. The injury suffered by Rasp, however, probably would have received the most votes. In a home game against UC Davis, coming off of what was then a career-best 14-point performance against Cal Poly, Rasp suffered a lung contusion. How does one suffer a lung contusion? Well in Rasp's case it was when he was defending the three-point attempt of an Aggie player. After letting-fly with the shot attempt, the Aggie player kicked his legs out and took Rasp's legs out from under him. Already airborne as he defended the shot, the Gaucho player went down hard on the court, landing at a prone angle. The injury essentially cost Rasp six games. He missed five complete games and played three minutes in a sixth.
Derek Rasp will once again play at the four spot and at the wings...One of the team's best outside shooters, he is also a solid rebounder.
In his first season of activity at UCSB, Rasp averaged 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 24 appearances...He missed five games in the middle of the season with a lung contusion suffered in a home win over UC Davis...In a season replete with injury and disappointments for the team, Rasp was one of the most pleasant surprises...A walk-on who emerged as one of the team's most consistent players by the end of the year...He finished seventh on the team in scoring, third in three-point baskets, and first in three-point field goal percentage...Rasp made 30-of-74 three-point attempts and set a school record for a freshman by shooting 40.5% from beyond the three-point arc...His 30 three-pointers and 74 attempts each rank second on the all-time freshman list...He scored in double-figures seven times, including five times in the last six games of the season and all seven over his final 13 games...Scored a career-high 15 points in consecutive games against Cal State Fullerton, UC Riverside and at UC Irvine near the end of the regular season...Over the final six games of the year, Rasp averaged 11.2 points per game and over that span he made 15-of-30 shots from three-point range, 50.0%, and 23-of-48 overall, 47.9%...Made a high of five three-point baskets (5-of-8) in a late-season win over UC Riverside...Also made 4-of-5 three-point attempts in a home win over Cal Poly...In all, Rasp made two or more three-point baskets seven times and at least one in 15 times in 24 games...Had a season-high six rebounds in consecutive games at Idaho and against Cal Poly...Had four or more rebounds seven times, all in his final 13 appearances...While he averaged 19.6 minutes per game on the season, Rasp played 20 or more 13 times in his final 14 appearances with the only exception being the first game back after his lung contusion...Played 30 or more minutes seven times...Averaged 30.5 minutes over the season's final eight games.
Attended Adolfo Camarillo High School...Rasp averaged 18.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior...A two-time First Team All-Pacific View League and All-Ventura County selection...He was selected Camarillo's MVP both as a junior and as a senior...Rasp was also his high school Team Captain twice...As a senior, he was selected as a Ventura County All-Star...Rasp participated in the Best of the Best All-Star Game at the Double Pump Camp...Following his sophomore season, he was named Camarillo's Most Improved Player...As a junior, he averaged 16 points, six rebounds and four assists per game...Scored a career-high 34 points against Upper St. Clair (Pennsylvania) HS during his senior season...Had career-highs of19 rebounds (vs. Palm Springs HS), eith assists (vs. Hueneme HS) and five steals (vs. San Marcos HS)...Twice made seven three-point baskets in game, once each against Upper St. Clair HS and Quartz Hill HS...The seven three-point basket effort against Quartz Hill came during Rasp's sophomore season and it was in the CIF Playoff...Helped Camarillo to CIF Playoffs in three straight seasons...Coached by Mike Prewitt.
Derek Robert Rasp was born September 12, 1984 in Hollywood, FL...He was a CIF Scholar Athlete in high school and attended a CIF Character Building Camp...Attended several sports-related youth leadership conferences while in high school...Also played football in high school...Roots for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Dolphins...Fishing and fantasy football are among Rasp's hobbies...Majoring in biological sciences...The son of Robert and Joyce Rasp.