March 10, 2003
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara junior guard Branduinn Fullove was selected 2003 Big West Conference Player of the Year, head coach Bob Williams was selected 2003 Big West Coach of the Year, and senior forward Mark Hull joined Fullove on the All-Big West First Team, the conference announced today.
Fullove helped lead UCSB to its first-ever Big West regular season championship. He finished the regular season averaging 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. In addition, he shot 48.2% overall, 42.1% from three-point range and 82.6% from the free throw line. Fullove, a native of Simi Valley, Calif., led the Gauchos in scoring 16 times in his 27 games and he has moved into 14th-place on the school's all-time scoring list. He becomes the third UCSB player honored as Big West Player of the Year, joining Brian Shaw (1988) and Lucius Davis (1992). In addition, Fullove was selected All-Big West First Team for the first time in his career. Last year, he was named Second Team All-Big West, and in 2000 he was chosen to the Big West All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention All-Big West.
Williams, who was also selected Big West Coach of the Year in 1999, his first season at UCSB, is completing his fifth year in charge of the Gaucho program. This season, he guided UCSB to its first-ever Big West regular season championship and a best-ever 14-4 league record. In his five years, Santa Barbara has won a Big West Western Division Championship (1998-99), a Big West Tournament Championship (2001-02) and now a Big West regular season championship. Williams' record at UCSB is 79-65, but since opening his first campaign at 0-8, he has gone 79-57.
Hull finished the regular season averaging 13.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He was also among the league leaders in three-point baskets with 63. In being named First Team All-Big West for the second straight year, Hull becomes the first UCSB player in 29 years to be selected first team in consecutive years. In addition, it was his third time in three years that he had been named All-Big West. As a sophomore Hull was a second team choice.
Junior guard Nick Jones, who averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 49.8% overall and 43.1% from beyond the three-point line, was named Honorable Mention All-Big West. It marked the first time in his career that he earned all-league recognition.
UC Santa Barbara, the Big West Tournament defending champion, finished the 2002-03 regular season with a 17-12 overall record and a 14-4 record in the Big West. The Gauchos open defense of their league tournament crown on Thursday, March 13 when they take on the University of the Pacific at 2:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center.