Feb. 28, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara junior guard Alex Harris, the leading scorer in the Big West Conference at 20.8 points per game, has been selected Second Team All-District 15 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, it was announced Wednesday.
Harris is the first Gaucho player to earn All-District honors since Mark Hull was chosen in 2002-03 and just the second in the last 14 years.
"Alex is more than deserving of this honor," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "He really committed himself last off-season to becoming the player that he has. He worked extremely hard and it has really paid off."
The Alameda, Calif., native has been an offensive force since game one this season. In the Gauchos' Nov. 10 opener against San Jose State he scored 25 points and made five three-point baskets. Harris would ultimately score 20 or more in each of the first seven games. He has not let up and has scored 20 or more 15 times, including a career-high 35 on Feb. 22. In addition to his scoring achievements, he is averaging 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Harris is also among the Big West leaders in three-point baskets with 63 and he has made 15 in the last three games.
On the season, Harris has now scored 542 points, the fourth most in UCSB history. He has also entered the school's top-10 single-season lists for scoring average, three-pointers, three-point attempts, free throws and free throw attempts. In the Gauchos' last game, a win at UC Riverside, he scored 25 points and now has exactly 1,000 for his career. He is the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 or more points.
Harris was joined on the All-District 15 Team by first-teamers Bobby Brown of Cal State Fullerton, Aaron Afflalo and Darren Collison of UCLA, Nick Young of USC and Marcus Williams of Arizona. The other second team members were Justin Hawkins of New Mexico State, Wendell White of UNLV and Chase Budinger and Ivan Radenovich of Arizona.
UCSB returns to action on Thursday, March 1, when it hosts Pacific in a 7:00 p.m. game at the Thunderdome.