SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Brandon Cyrus, a 6-foot-5 guard who started 55 games at DePaul the last two seasons, is transferring to UC Santa Barbara, head coach Joe Pasternack announced Wednesday.
Cyrus will sit out the 2018-19 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2019-20 campaign.
"I've had a relationship with Brandon since his high school days," Pasternack said. "He is a great fit for UCSB and a great student-athlete with very high character."
As a sophomore at DePaul, Cyrus averaged 7.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 34.6% from three-point range. He finished the season on a high note when he scored a career-high 20 points in a close loss to third-ranked Xavier. As a freshman for the Blue Demons in 2016-17, Cyrus averaged 6.3 points and 4.2 rebounds.
"He's a natural leader," Pasternack said of Cyrus. "He loves the game of basketball and his off year will really benefit our program, on and off the court. He'll take advantage of his redshirt year to make himself an even better player for his last two years as a Gaucho."
Cyrus is a native of Ontario, Canada, but played his sophomore year of high school basketball for Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, averaging 16 points and five rebounds. As a junior and senior, he played at La Lumiere School of La Porte, Ind. In his final season, he averaged 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds as La Lumiere went 27-3 and advanced to the finals of the 2016 DICK'S National Tournament. Cyrus was ranked as the nation's No. 24 high school shooting guard that year by Scout.com and No. 34 by 247Sports.com.
When he announced he was transferring from DePaul, Cyrus was pursued by several elite programs, including Louisville, North Carolina State, LSU and Vanderbilt. He narrowed his choices to UCSB and The University of San Diego and elected to play for Pasternack's Gauchos despite the fact that his family still lives in San Diego.
Cyrus, who was majoring in finance at DePaul, was selected Academic All-Big East.
The 2018-19 UCSB team will return NCAA All-District 9 guard Max Heidegger, a junior. In addition, they will bring back center Ami Lakoju, forwards Jarriesse Blackmon and Maxwell Kupchak, and guard Christian Terrell. The Gauchos will add a trio of Division 1 transfers in guards Devearl Ramsey (Nevada), JaQuori McLaughlin (Oregon State) and Zack Moore (Seattle). Robinson Idehen, a 6-foot-10 center from Trinity Valley Community College in Texas, will also be on hand, as will a trio of freshmen: 6-foot-8 forward Amadou Sow and 6-foot-6 guard Sekou Toure from Napa's Prolific Prep, and 6-foot-7 guard Jay Nagle from Vacaville's Will C. Wood High School.