Senior Michael Chambers probably had the least defined role for the Gauchos in 2004-05. From one game to the next, his minutes could go from 20 to two. In 2005-06, Chambers will again play at one of the wings and if he can consistently hit his outside shots, he should once again be a valuable reserve.
Not Exactly Positive Returns
Chambers played his first two seasons at the University of San Francisco. In 2004-05, UCSB's third game of the year was at USF, giving him an opportunity to visit some old friends. Although his coach was no longer there, Chambers did get to play against several old teammates. In the end, he played 12 minutes, made 2-of-4 shots from three-point range and scored eight points. The eight points were his third-highest total of the year. Chambers also had a season-high four rebounds against the Dons. The biggest downer about his return to The City? The Gauchos lost the game.
Along with Joe See, Chambers was one of two UCSB players who attempted more three-point shots than two-point shots in 2004-05. In his 304 minutes over 28 games, Chambers took a total of 107 shots, 62 of which were three-point attempts, 58.0%. 65.8% of See's shots were taken from beyond the three-point arc, the highest percentage on the team. Interestingly, while he made 25.8% of his three-point attempts, Chambers made 20-of-45 from two-point range, a solid 44.4%.
A Fast Finish
Although Chambers finished the 2004-05 season at 33.6% from the field, 25.8% from three-point range and 66.7% from the free throw line, he did end the year on the upswing. In his final nine appearances, Chambers made 14-of-29 field goals overall, 48.3%. Over that same span, he made 7-of-18 three-point attempts, 38.9%, and 9-of-10 shots from the free throw line, 90.0%.
Home Sweet Home
Chambers is a native of Vacaville, Calif., and he had his best offensive game of the year within a short drive of his hometown. On February 10 at UC Davis, in just 16 minutes of play, Chambers made 5-of-8 shots overall, 2-of-5 from three-point range, and finished with a season-high 12 points. He also helped to shoot UCSB back into the game. While the Gauchos lost, they overcame a 20-point deficit late, pulling to within four points, before losing by nine.
Michael Chambers is once again expected to serve in a back-up role in the backcourt...A good outside shooter, he should be a three-point threat off the bench...Chambers is also a solid defender.
Chambers averaged 4.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in his first season of action at UCSB...He played in 28 of the team's 29 games...Although he shot 33.6% from the field, he was just 5-of-24 to open the season and finished the year by making 31-of-83, 37.3%...He also made 48.3%, 14-of-29, from the floor over the season's final nine games...Chambers finished fifth on the team in three-point field goals with 16...He made 25.8% from beyond the three-point stripe, but he drained 38.9% over the final nine games of the year...Made a season-high two three-pointers in against Long Beach State, UC Irvine and at UC Davis, Long Beach State and San Francisco...Scored in double-figures three times, including a season-high 12 points at UC Davis...Had 10-point efforts against UC Irvine and Long Beach State...Averaged 10.9 minutes per game and played 10 or more 17 times...Played a high of 28 minutes in a home game against Pacific...Chambers played 10 or more just twice in the final seven games...Made nine of his final 10 free throws to finish at 66.7% for the year.
Chambers redshirted the 2003-04 campaign.
Chambers played two seasons at the University of San Francisco...As a sophomore, he played in 24 games, making three starts...Averaged 2.6 points and 0.8 rebounds per game...Made 14 three-point baskets...Averaged 11.0 minutes per game...As a freshman, he saw action in all 28 of USF's games, starting one...Averaged 2.9 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game...Had career-highs of 11 points and three rebounds against Xavier...Also had three boards against BYU...Chambers passed off for a career-high five assists against Texas A&M Corpus Christi...Also had eight points in games against BYU and Seton Hall...As a freshman, Chambers made 17 three-point baskets...Averaged ten minutes per game in his first season at USF.
Attended Will C. Wood High School...Averaged 22.0 points, six rebounds and five assists as a senior...Shot 41.7% from three-point range and 84.0% from the free throw line...He was his team's Most Valuable Player and he was Player of the Year in the Monticello Empire League...Started all four of his years in high school...McDonald's All-American nominee...Played for John Neagle.
Michael Anthony Chambers was born July 17, 1982 in Vallejo, CA...Majoring in sociology at UCSB...The son of Michael and Trudy Chambers.