May 9, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball program has signed 6-foot-8 Australian forward Tom Garlepp to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Bob Williams announced today.
Garlepp, a native of Perth, was identified as one of his country's top junior players last year when he was granted one of 10 scholarships to attend the Australia Institute of Sports.
"We are very excited to get a player of Tom's caliber," Williams said. "He is 6-8 with long arms and he can play either the three or the four. Even at 6-8, Tom has guard skills and he can really shoot the ball. He is also a very good shot blocker and offensive rebounder. He is really a great addition to the program in all aspects, not just as a player but as a person too."
Garlepp is currently averaging 20 points and eight rebounds for the Perry Lakes Hawks, whose season runs through August. He also averaged 12 points and 10.5 rebounds at the recently concluded Australian Under-20 Championships. In addition, Garlepp was a member of the Aussie Junior National Team at the Albert Schweitzer Games in Germany.
"He's got a real nice shot out to about 17 feet," noted Williams. "We'll extend that range as he gets stronger and more comfortable. But that being said, we think that he is good enough to play for us immediately."
Garlepp will be a freshman in 2005-06. He is the third player to sign with UCSB this year, the first in the late signing period. He joins guards Lance Hurdle (Helix HS/La Mesa, Calif.), and James Powell (Glendora HS/Glendora, Calif.) who signed National Letters of Intent in November.