50 - Bryan Whitehead
Bryan Whitehead
Height: 6-8
Weight: 245
Year: Senior
Hometown: Mount Vernon, Wash.
High School: Mount Vernon HS
College: Washington State
Position: Forward
Hoping To Pick Up Where He Left Off
Senior forward Bryan Whitehead's emergence in the second half of the 2002-03 season bodes well for his role in 2003-04. Whitehead will again be a valuable player in the post. While not expected to be a major force in the scoring column, he is expected to be one of the team's best rebounders and interior defenders. If the second half of last season is an indicator, the Gauchos should be able to count on Whitehead for productive minutes in his final campaign.

A Tale Of Two Seasons
Whitehead experienced two seasons for the price of one last year. Actually, he experienced two distinctly different half seasons. The first half of the 2002-03 season was, at times, a struggle for Whitehead. He opened the year as a starter, but by late December he was coming off the bench. After 18 games, Whitehead was averaging 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. In a February 1 game at Long Beach State, he was instrumental in a second-half comeback that almost led to a Gaucho win. He went 4-for-5 from the floor and scored eight points. That performance seemed to ignite Whitehead. In the next game, a home victory over Utah State, he scored six points, making 3-of-4 shots, and he pulled-down a career-high 11 rebounds. By the end of the season, Whitehead had improved his numbers to 3.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. In the final 14 games of the year, he averaged 4.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.

Making Points With His Rebounding
Last season, Whitehead was the only UCSB regular to produce more rebounds (135) than points (108). In fact, he is the only Gaucho to have turned that trick in back-to-back seasons. As a sophomore in 2001-02, Whitehead had 67 rebounds and 53 points. In his two seasons, the native of Mount Vernon, Wash., has recorded 202 rebounds and 161 points. In 61 games, Whitehead has produced two double-digit scoring efforts, one each in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and he has had a pair of double-digit rebound games, both coming last season.

A Memorable Double-Double
In 2002-03, Whitehead was one of just three UCSB players to record a double-double, doing so in the game that gave the Gauchos sole possession of their first Big West regular season title, Whitehead had the best game of his career in the regular season finale at UC Riverside, going for a career-high 13 points and ten rebounds. Making the game even more memorable for Whitehead was, arguably, the most spectacular slam-dunk of the season. On a fast break late in the game, he sliced down the middle of the lane, took a feed from Jacoby Atako, and without breaking stride Whitehead went high above the rim and threw-down a rim-rattling dunk. While the 2002-03 version of the Gauchos was far from a high-flying, above-the-rim act, the dunk against the Highlanders was one to remember.

A Low-Key Block Party
While Whitehead's total of 14 blocked shots in 2002-03 was a modest figure, it was enough to lead the team. In fact, the 14 blocks represented 46.7% of UCSB's total of 30 and it was ten more than his next closest teammate, Branduinn Fullove, who had four blocks.

2003-04 Post Season Update
Bryan Whitehead has had a unique senior season. A tough and gritty forward, Whitehead makes his mark by rebounding, finishing with an average of 4.7 boards per game. What is interesting about Whitehead's numbers is that he finished the season with a scoring average of 3.8 points per game, a total that is less than his rebounding total. In 19 of the 27 games he played this season, Whitehead finished with more rebounds than points, and on two occasions the totals were equal. Defensively, Whitehead has proven to be one of the the team's best players in his post spot. His post defense helped UCSB to its third-place finish in the Big West, and was instrumental in victories over Cal Poly and UC Irvine.

Bryan Whitehead enters the postseason averaging 3.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game...His rebounding average ties for second on the team...Finished the season with a field goal percentage of .430 and a free throw percentage of .524....Whitehead scored a total of 102 points and pulled down 126 rebounds on the year...He blocked nine shots on the year, the second highest total on the team...Whitehead joins Bray Skultety as the only two Gaucho regulars to average more rebounds per game than points...Played his best game of the regular season against cross-town rival Westmont. In the victory, Whitehead scored ten points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor, while pulling down 5 rebounds, passing for an assists, recording a steal, and blocking a shot...He also scored ten points in a victory over Cal State Northridge on a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the floor...The ten-point efforts were the third highest totals of his career...Scored five or more points 12 times this season. n Grabbed five or more rebounds 13 times this season...Attempted five or more field goals just one time on the year...Whitehead leads the team with 49 offensive rebounds...He had a season high nine rebounds in a victory over UC Riverside...Pulled down eight rebounds three times and recorded seven boards three times as well...Whitehead has been as consistent as anybody on the team, averaging 4.4 points per game by the fifth game of the season, and never dropping to less than 3.7 throughout the rest of the season...He was perfect from the free throw line on four occasions...Had a career-high three assists in a victory over Cal Poly. Also recorded a season-high two blocked shots in that game...Whitehead finished the season playing a total of 506 minutes over the course of 27 games, an average of 18.7 minutes per game...He played a season-high 26 on January 3, at Long Beach State.

2002-03
After struggling for much of the first half of his junior season, Whitehead emerged in the second half and became a major contributor to a team that won the Big West regular season crown...Finished the year averaging 3.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, but his greatest contributions may have come on the defensive end of the court...In 18 league games, he averaged 4.6 rebounds per game, second on the team...He was one of three Gauchos to record a double-double during the 2002-03 season...Went for a career-high 13 points to along with ten rebounds in a win at UC Riverside...Collected a career-high 11 rebounds in a win over Utah State...On the year, Whitehead played in all 32 games, starting nine...Came off the bench in the final 23 games after starting the first nine...Had five or more rebounds 12 times, including nine times over the season's final 13 games...Had an eight-rebound effort against Cal Poly and seven-rebound games against Idaho and UC Irvine...Whitehead's 13-point effort against UC Riverside was his only double-figure scoring game...He did have eight points at Long Beach State...He had 14 of UCSB's 30 blocked shots on the season...Recorded a career-high three blocked shots against Centenary...He had two other games with two blocked shots...Nine of his 14 blocked shots came in the first seven games of the year.

2001-02
Whitehead played in 29 games, starting 11 for the Gauchos in his sophomore season...Averaged 1.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game...Scored a season-high 11 points against Idaho...Had seven point games at Cal Poly and UC Riverside...Of his 53 points on the year, 48 were scored during the season's first 17 games...Pulled down a high of six rebounds at Cal Poly and against Detroit...Whitehead had four or more rebounds six times...Made just one field goal in his final eight games...Produced seven steals on the year, including a high of two in the NCA Tournament game against Arizona.

2000-01
Whitehead attended Butte Junior College in 2000-01, but he did not play basketball.

Washington State
As a freshman at Washington State, Whitehead saw limited action in 21 games...averaged 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game...Played a total of 140 minutes, an average of 6.7 per appearance...Made 13-of-22 shots from the field, 59.1%...Whitehead was 4-of-4 from the field, and scored a season-high of eight points against Portland State...Also had eight points against Grambling State...Collected a high of nine rebounds in a game against Portland University...Missed all three of his free throw attempts...Suffered a knee injury in early January, and subsequently missed six full games.

High School
Whitehead played four seasons at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, WA...Averaged 13.1 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior...Selected All-Wesco/Northwest League......Scored a career-high 23 points against Marysville HS...Had a career-high of 15 rebounds vs. Meadowdale HS...He was the team captain as a senior...Helped to guide Mount Vernon to 25-2 record, a league title and a district championship...His team finished fourth in the State Championship Tournament...As a junior, Whitehead averaged 10.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game...Named All-State and all-league...Mount Vernon was 27-2 his junior season, finishing third at the State Championship Tournament, after winning district and league championships...As a sophomore, he averaged 10.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, leading Mount Vernon to a 28-1 record and second in the state...Coached by Mac Fraser.

Personal
Bryan Darby Whitehead was born September 11, 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia...Holds dual citizenship...Will probably major in Communications...Also ran one year of cross country in high school...The son of Jim and Susan Whitehead.

2003-04 Season Stats

                                       |---TOTAL---||---3-PTS---|                 |----REBOUNDS----|
Opponent               Date      Min   FG-FGA   Pct 3FG-FGA   Pct   FT-FTA   Pct  Off Def  Tot  Avg  PF FO   A  TO Blk Stl  Pts  Avg
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at Hawaii              11/21/03   19    1-2    .500   0-0    .000    0-2    .000    1   3    4  4.0   2  0   0   0   0   1    2  2.0
vs Saint Mary's        11/29/03   10    0-2    .000   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    3   1    4  4.0   2  0   0   0   0   0    0  1.0
vs Southeast Missouri  11/30/03   15    1-3    .333   0-0    .000    3-3   1.000    2   5    7  5.0   3  0   1   1   1   0    5  2.3
PEPPERDINE             12/3/03    16    2-3    .667   0-0    .000    1-2    .500    0   8    8  5.8   0  0   2   0   0   1    5  3.0
WESTMONT               12/10/03   21    5-6    .833   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    2   3    5  5.6   1  0   1   0   1   1   10  4.4
SAN DIEGO              12/13/03   18    1-2    .500   0-0    .000    0-2    .000    2   5    7  5.8   2  0   0   1   0   0    2  4.0
at UCLA                12/17/03   19    2-4    .500   0-0    .000    2-2   1.000    1   2    3  5.4   0  0   1   0   0   0    6  4.3
vs Kansas              12/20/03   23    2-6    .333   0-0    .000    1-1   1.000    4   2    6  5.5   0  0   1   1   0   1    5  4.4
vs Alabama State       12/21/03   19    0-3    .000   0-0    .000    2-4    .500    3   2    5  5.4   2  0   0   0   1   0    2  4.1
at Long Beach State    1/3/04     26    3-6    .500   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    2   4    6  5.5   2  0   0   2   0   2    6  4.3
at UC Irvine           1/5/04     12    0-1    .000   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    2   1    3  5.3   5  1   0   0   1   0    0  3.9
UTAH STATE             1/8/04     20    2-3    .667   0-0    .000    0-1    .000    2   2    4  5.2   1  0   0   2   0   0    4  3.9
IDAHO                  1/10/04    18    1-7    .143   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    1   5    6  5.2   2  0   1   0   0   0    2  3.8
at Cal Poly            1/17/04    24    3-6    .500   0-0    .000    0-1    .000    2   5    7  5.4   3  0   3   2   2   0    6  3.9
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE   1/22/04    20    4-4   1.000   0-0    .000    2-4    .500    2   3    5  5.3   4  0   1   4   0   2   10  4.3
at Pacific             1/24/04    25    0-4    .000   0-0    .000    3-4    .750    0   1    1  5.1   2  0   0   2   0   0    3  4.2
UC RIVERSIDE           1/29/04    21    3-5    .600   0-0    .000    0-1    .000    4   5    9  5.3   0  0   1   1   0   1    6  4.4
CAL STATE FULLERTON    1/31/04    20    1-2    .500   0-0    .000    0-1    .000    0   3    3  5.2   1  0   2   1   0   0    2  4.2
at Idaho               2/5/04     23    2-3    .667   0-0    .000    2-4    .500    1   1    2  5.0   1  0   0   0   1   0    6  4.3
at Utah State          2/7/04     17    1-2    .500   0-0    .000    2-2   1.000    0   3    3  4.9   0  0   1   1   0   0    4  4.3
CAL POLY               2/14/04    16    1-3    .333   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    1   2    3  4.8   2  0   0   1   0   0    2  4.2
PACIFIC                2/19/04    21    2-5    .400   0-0    .000    1-2    .500    6   2    8  5.0   1  0   1   2   0   0    5  4.2
at Cal State Northridg 2/21/04    21    0-1    .000   0-0    .000    1-2    .500    1   1    2  4.8   0  0   1   2   0   0    1  4.1
at Cal State Fullerton 2/26/04    12    1-2    .500   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    2   1    3  4.8   3  0   0   2   1   0    2  4.0
at UC Riverside        3/28/04    14    0-2    .000   0-0    .000    0-0    .000    1   0    1  4.6   3  0   0   1   1   0    0  3.8
UC IRVINE              3/4/04     14    0-1    .000   0-0    .000    1-2    .500    2   1    3  4.5   4  0   1   1   0   0    1  3.7
LONG BEACH STATE       3/6/04     22    2-5    .400   0-0    .000    1-2    .500    2   6    8  4.7   1  0   1   2   0   0    5  3.8

Totals......................... 506 40-93 .430 0-0 .000 22-42 .524 49 77 126 4.7 47 1 19 29 9 9 102 3.8

Career Statistics
T O T A L 3-POINTERS R E B O U N D S SEASON GP-GS MIN FG-FGA PCT FG-FGA PCT FT-FTA PCT OFF-DEF TOT--AVG PF-FO A TO BLK ST PTS---AVG 2001-02 29 11 356 23 52 .442 0 1 .000 7 21 .333 32 35 67 2.3 40 0 9 17 5 7 53 1.8 2002-03 32 9 593 41 86 .477 0 0 .000 26 45 .578 62 73 135 4.2 71 0 22 24 14 14 108 3.4 2003-04 27 16 506 40 93 .430 0 0 .000 22 42 .524 49 77 126 4.7 47 1 19 29 9 9 102 3.8 Totals 88 36 1455 104 231 .450 0 1 .000 55 108 .509 143 185 328 3.7 158 1 50 70 28 30 263 2.9

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