June 18, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Orlando Johnson, the reigning Big West Player of the Year and Big West Tournament Most Valuable Player, is one of five players named to the Rivals.com Mid-Major All-America Team for 2011.
As a sophomore in 2009-10, the 6-foot-5 Johnson averaged 18.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while leading the Gauchos to the Big West regular season and tournament championships and their first NCAA Tournament bid in eight years. He also shot 48.1% overall and 39.7% from 3-point range while making 46 3-point baskets.
"This is a nice honor for Orlando," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "He is the type of person who, regardless of accolades, will continue working harder to get even better."
The Gauchos started four sophomores in 2009-10, going 20-10 overall and 12-4 in league. Johnson was a major part of a team that surged late in the year, winning 15 of 18 games leading into an NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State.
Rivals.com's Mike Huguenin cited Johnson's versatility in his selection.
"Johnson has 3-point range - he hit 39.7% of his shots from beyond the arc - but he gets most of his points with his mid-range game and in the lane," he said. "He uses his size well against smaller defenders and also is an effective defender and rebounder."
Also chosen to the Mid-Major Preseason First Team were sophomore forward Elias Harris of Gonzaga, senior forward Ryan Rossiter of Siena, senior guard Charles Jenkins of Hofstra, and junior guard Shelvin Mack of Butler.
In 2010-11 UCSB will return all five starters and most of the key players from the team that won the Big West Conference regular season and tournament titles for the first time in school history. In addition to Johnson, included among the returnees are Second Team All-Big West choice James Nunnally, starting point guard Will Brew, starting forward Jaimé Serna, and 7-foot-3 center Greg Somogyi.
Season tickets for the 2010-11 basketball season will go on sale in July. Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho men's soccer season are on sale now and this year's packages include tickets for the 2010 College Cup, being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one College Cup All Session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.
For more information about soccer season tickets, click here.