Nov. 19, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's basketball program has signed four California high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Bob Williams announced Monday.
Will Brew, Jr., a 6-3, 175 pound guard from St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif., Jaime Serna, a 6-7, 235 pound forward from Santa Margarita High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., James Nunnally, a 6-5, 205 pound swingman from Weston Ranch High School in Stockton, Calif., and Greg Somogyi, a 7-2, 230 pound center a native of Budapest, Hungary, who plays at Woodside Priory in Portola Valley, Calif., will join the Gaucho program for the 2008-09 season.
"This is as a good a freshman group, in terms of high school accomplishments, as we've been able to sign since I've been here," Williams said. "It also covers a variety of needs. Three of the four are multi-position players and even Greg is a versatile 7-2 player."
Brew, whose father Will, Sr., played at Oregon State, averaged a team-high 15 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists during his junior season. He can play either the point guard or off-guard position and in 2006-07 he led St. Mary's High School to a 25-9 record and a CIF North Coast Section championship. Brew also paced his school to the California State Division IV Regional championship. He was an All-CIF North Coast Section and All-Bay Shore Athletic League honoree.
"Will is a dynamic defender and a great open court player," assessed Williams. "He is also one of the most competitive players we've signed in my tenure at UCSB and that's a quality you can't teach."
Serna, who can play either the four or the five spots, averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior. He was an All-CIF Southern Section and All-Trinity League selection after helping Santa Margarita High School to a 21-6 overall record and to the second round of the CIF Tournament. The Eagles will return all five starters in 2007-08.
"Jaime is so tough," Williams began. "He has a very good inside-outside game, and he is very athletic and physical. I am tremendously impressed with him."
Nunnally, whose brother Michael is a junior forward at the University of the Pacific, averaged 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a junior. He can play either wing position and led Weston Ranch High School to a 24-9 record and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III championship game. He was named All-CIF Sac-Joaquin Section and All-Valley Oak League. Nunnally was also selected as the Stockton Record's Player of the Year.
"James is also a dynamic athlete and a great open court player," Williams said. "He is a multi-position player who, I believe, will grow and develop into an outstanding player in the Big West."
Somogyi, a native of Budapest who is spending his second year as an exchange student in the United States, averaged 10.5 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots per game as a junior. He has a 7-foot-8 wingspan and helped Woodside Priory to the CIF Central Coast Section finals in 2006-07. Last summer, Somogyi played for the Hungarian Junior National Team.
"Greg is a game-changing defender, shot blocker and rebounder," Williams declared. "He is also a very good passer and face-up shooter with range to 17-feet, and that could extend more as he develops."
Williams is excited about the foursome for several reasons, not just basketball.
"I am really happy to continue building our Northern California recruiting base," he said, noting that three of the four attend schools in the area. "Each player in this group also fits the mold of the type of person we want in this program. They are all really good people."
The Gauchos could add additional recruits in the late signing period next spring.