August 9, 2007

Gauchos Add Freshman Post Player Spencer Ford for 2007-08 Season; Massey Leaves Team

Aug. 9, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Spencer Ford, a 6-fooot-11 center from Gilroy High School who, in May, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend UC Santa Barbara, has been admitted to the school after meeting all academic requirements, head coach Bob Williams announced Thursday. Williams also announced that 7-foot-3 center David Massey has left the team.

As a senior at Gilroy High School, Ford was a First Team All-Tri County Athletic League choice after averaging 10.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game. He helped lead Gilroy to the TCAL title in 2007 and to the quarterfinals of the CIF Central Coast Section Tournament. In one game against Alvarez High School, he poured in 28 points and collected 26 rebounds.

"Spencer is really long, he runs the floor really well, he's an active shot blocker and a good rebounder," Williams said. "He's got pretty good hands, too, and good timing. He needs to develop on the offensive end and he needs to get stronger, but those two things will come. I'm really excited about his upside, because what happens in our weight room has been so positive for us over the years and in Spencer's case, it will be positive again."

Gilroy coach Bud Ogden, a former player at Santa Clara, said Ford received interest from such programs as Arizona, Gonzaga, Texas A&M, Fresno State, Xavier and Rhode Island.

"(UCSB) couldn't get a better person," Ogden told the Gilroy Dispatch. "He's got tremendous upside. I'm not sure anyone knows how good he can be."

On Thursday, Williams also announced that Massey, who played in one game as a redshirt freshman in 2006-07, has decided to leave the team, although he is expected to remain in school.

"I want to wish David the best of luck in all of his future pursuits," Williams said. "He is an outstanding young man and was a very good teammate. I am sure he will have success on whatever path he chooses."