Leland King II Named Big West Player of the Week After Leading First-Place Gauchos to Pair of Wins

Leland King II (Photo by Eric Isaacs)
Leland King II (Photo by Eric Isaacs)

IRVINE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara graduate forward Leland King II was named Big West Player of the Week after averaging 23.0 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in wins over Hawai'i and CSUN, the conference announced today.

In the two victorires, King made 19-of-32 field goals, 59.4%, including 2-of-4 from three-point range.

On Feb. 1, in a thrilling 84-82 overtime win over Hawai'i, King contributed 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. He made 9-of-14 shots, including his only three-point attempt, and scored six of his points in the decisive five minute overtime.

On Feb. 3, in a 75-51 win over CSUN, King recorded his 11th double-double of the season, tying his season-high with 25 points and setting a new career-high with 17 rebounds. He made 10-of-18 field goal attemtps and scored nine of his 25 points in a pivotal 19-1 second-half run for the Gauchos.

"Leland had his best week of practice as he truly honored the process and, in turn, played terrific this past week defensively, rebounding and scoring," said head coach Joe Pasternack "He was a complete player."

King, who is averaging 16.2 points and a league-leading 10.6 rebounds per game, helped UCSB remain tied for first-place in the Big West with a 7-2 record. The Gauchos enter Thursday night's showdown at UC Davis with an overall record of 18-5 and a six-game winning streak. They have also won 17 of their last 20 games.

The Big West Player of the Week honor was a first for King.