The Middle Man
In each of his first two seasons at UCSB, Cameron Goettsche has played both at the four and the five spots. That dual role is likely to end in 2005-06. Goettsche, who is at his best under and around the basket, is penciled in to play almost exclusively at the five spot. Probably the Gauchos' best rebounder when he is healthy, Goettsche should be able to take advantage of greatest asset at the five spot, his explosive jumping ability.
An On-Again, Off-Again Thing
Goettsche epitomized UCSB's 2004-05 season. He missed the two exhibition games and the first two regular season games with a strained groin. When he returned, he played in eight games and looked like his old self. The he re-strained the groin and missed a pair of games at Utah State and Idaho. When Goettsche returned, he played in eight more games before straining his back in a game at UC Davis. This time, he missed seven full games before making a two-minute cameo in UCSB's season-finale against Cal State Fullerton.
Goettsche was one of two UCSB players to record a double-double during the 2004-05 season. He and Casey Cook each had one game in which they scored double-figures in points and rebounds. Goettsche's double-double came in a loss at the University of San Diego. In the game against the Toreros, he had 10 points and 11 rebounds. In his two seasons Goettsche has now had three double-doubles.
Despite playing in just 18 games, 17 if you don't count the two-minute stint against Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament, Goettsche had three of UCSB's four double-figure rebounding games. In fact, all three of the games came in succession and his rebound total increased in every game. The three-game run started with his 11-rebound game against San Diego and continued in the first two games of the Big West season, Goettsche had 12 and 14 rebounds against Long Beach State and UC Irvine respectively. His 14 rebounds against Irvine was not only his career-high, but it was the highest total by a UCSB player since the 2001-02 season. Goettsche finished the season with an average of 6.6 rebounds per game, a statistic that led the team.
Up In One Area, Down In Another
Goettsche's 2004-05 season was marked by vast improvement in one area and a negative turnaround in another. As a sophomore in 2003-04, he made a solid 54-of-81 shots from the free throw line. As a junior, Goettsche's fortunes from the charity stripe were not as good. Although he started the season well, making 5-of-6, he finished the year at just 16-of-35, 45.7%. After his 5-of-6 start, he made just 11-of-29, 37.9%. On the other side of the proverbial coin, Goettsche showed major positive progress on the defensive end of the floor where he blocked 24 shots, second on the team. The 24 blocked shots came in just 475 minutes of play, one ever 19.8 minutes. As a sophomore, he blocked 14 shots in 637 minutes, one every 45.5 minutes.
Cameron Goettsche is expected to play almost exclusively at the five spot in 2005-06...One of the most athletic players on the team, if he stays healthy he can be one of the team's best rebounders and inside scorers.
Like many of his teammates, Goettsche suffered through an injury-riddled 2004-05 season...Back and groin injuries limited him to 18 games and limited his effectiveness in several others...Played a total of just two minutes in the final eight games of the year...In his 18 games, Goettsche did average 7.3 points and a team-leading 6.6 rebounds per game...Produced his only double-double of the season in a game at San Diego when he had 10 points and 11 rebounds...Had a season-high 14 rebounds in a win over UC Irvine...Goettsche had his three double-digit rebound games consecutively...In addition to San Diego and UC Irvine, he also had 12 rebounds against Long Beach State...Had five or more rebounds 11 times...Although he played 162 fewer minutes than the previous season, he blocked 24 shots, an increase of 10...Scored a season-high 15 points against UC Davis...Had six games of 10 or more points, including three consecutive games during the Big West season...Tallied 14 points at UC Riverside and had 13 against Idaho...Had a career-high four steals at Cal State Northridge...Goettsche passed-off for a career-high four assists against Long Beach State...Struggled in a big way at the free throw line making just 16-of-35, 45.7%, a drop of 21.0% from the 2003-04 season.
Goettsche had a very good first season at UCSB...Averaged 8.0 points per game, the third highest total on the team...Led the team in rebounds with an average of 5.5 per game and in blocked shots with 14...Goettsche's field goal percentage of 48.5% overall was second on the team...In Big West games, he averaged 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and shot a team-best 54.3% from the field...Goettsche was one of just four Gauchos to play in all 28 games, starting 20...He played the most total minutes of any player with 637...Scored a career-high 18 points in a double-overtime win over Cal State Fullerton, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation...Had 17 points in a win over San Diego...Overall, Goettsche scored in double-figures 11 times, including ten times in 18 Big West games...He had two of the team's three double-doubles on the season, going for 16 points and 11 rebounds in a win over UC Irvine and 12 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Cal Poly...Also had 11 rebounds against Westmont...Goettsche was the only Gaucho to have more than one game of double-figure rebounds and, in fact, he had three of the team's four double-figure rebound performances...Had seven or more rebounds 11 times...After making 10-of-31 shots, 32.3% in the first four games of the season, he hit 53.8% over the remainder of the regular season...He played the seven games of the year with a fracture thumb on his right hand...Blocked a career-high three shots against UC Irvine...In addition to everything else, Goettsche ranked second on the team with 27 steals and he had a best of three in two games against UC Riverside...Had two or more steals on nine occasions.
Salt Lake Community College
Goettsche played his freshman season at Salt Lake Community...Averaged 9.6 points points and a team-leading 7.5 rebounds per game...Also led the team in blocked shots with 29...He shot 53.9% overall and 54.5% from the free throw line...Goettsche made six three-point baskets on the year...Despite playing in the post, he also finished second on the team with 78 assists, an average of 2.4 per game...In 16 Scenic West Athletic Conference games, he averaged 10.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 blocked shots per game...Scored a career-high 18 points against College of Southern Idaho...Goettsche pulled-down double-figure rebounds nine times, including a high of 16 against Mt. Hood College...Passed-off for a high of nine assists against Southern Nevada...Helped lead SLCC to a 21-11 overall record...Played for Norm Parrish.
University of Utah
Goettsche attended the University of Utah out of high school...Redshirted the 2001-02 season before transferring to Salt Lake Community College.
Attended Thunder Ridge High School as a senior...From his sophomore through his junior seasons, Goettsche attended Highlands Ranch High School...As a senior he averaged 18.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game...Shot 68.4% from the field...Goettsche was a prep All-American as a senior...He was an All-Continental League choice as a junior and senior...In his final year, he was a Denver Nuggets All-Star and an All-State selection...Goettsche was his team's Most Valuable Player as a freshman, junior and senior...Scored a career-high 42 points against Mullen HS...Had career-highs of 18 rebounds (vs. Cherry Creek HS) and ten blocked shots (vs. Hinckley HS)...Set a Thunder Ridge record with 69 slam dunks in a season and nine in one game...Played for Joe Ortiz.
Cameron Paul Goettsche was born October 9, 1982 in Orange, CA...The son of Robert and Barrie Goettsche...During his high school years, he lettered in basketball, baseball, football, soccer, volleyball and track...As a junior in high school, he was selected his MVP of his high school's soccer team...Helped lead Highlands Ranch High School to the Colorado state soccer title as a junior...Earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America...Majoring in philosophy at UCSB.