July 21, 2009

Gaucho Players Successful in Summer Action

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July 21, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Five UCSB men's basketball players are competing in various summer leagues and tournaments, including center Greg Somogyi who is playing for his native Hungary at the U20 European Championships in Skopje, Macedonia.

In addition to Somogyi, James Nunnally and Orlando Johnson are playing in the San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am League, while Jaimé Serna and James Powell are competing at the Rod Smith Say No Classic in the Los Angeles area.

Through four games, Somogyi is averaging 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots per game. In fact, the sophomore-to-be leads his division in blocked shot. In his most recent game, against the Slovak Republic, he had 10 points, six blocked shots and five rebounds. In a game against Bulgaria, Somogyi had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He also had three blocks in the game.

Johnson, who redshirted the 2008-09 season at UCSB after transferring from Loyola Marymount, is averaging 25.9 point, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. He ranks ninth in the league in scoring, eighth in assists and ninth in steals.

BE Great
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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