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The Ironman Gets A More Defined Role
Senior forward Mark Hull enters his final season at UC Santa Barbara with his most defined role yet. He will play the power forward position. In each of his first three seasons, Hull was expected to play both at the wing and the four spot, but in each of the last two seasons the vast majority of his time was spent manning the latter. Whatever the expectations about Hull's position, one thing is absolute, barring injury he will play and play a lot. In fact, he enters his senior campaign as the only Gaucho player ever to lead the team in minutes played in each of his first three seasons. If Hull can turn the trick as a senior, he would truly become the school's all-time ironman. Additionally, he has played in and started every game since he stepped foot on campus, a total of 87.
Who knows? As a Law & Society major at UCSB, Hull could someday become a judge. What we do know is that he has heard the term `your honor' in reference to him at the end of each of his first three seasons. Following the 1999-2000 season, his honor was being selected to the Big West All-Freshman Team. Following the 2000-01 campaign his honor was being chosen Second Team All-Big West, and last year, his honor was First Team All-Big West. Hull joined Carrick DeHart as the only two players in UCSB history to earn honors in each of their first three seasons.
A Dream Game In Prime Time
As a basketball player for much of his life, Hull must have dreamt about a game like this. He closes his eyes, drifts off and...There he is, playing in front of a packed house in the NCAA Tournament, the legendary Lute Olson and his Arizona Wildcats on the opposing bench and CBS cameras everywhere. He is running up and down the court, hitting one three-pointer after another, giving his team the lead. He's unstoppable. Then he wakes up. Hull's dreams may not have played out exactly like that, but On March 14, 2002, his reality did. Hull finished UCSB's NCAA Tournament game with a career-high 32 points on 8-of-11 from three-point range and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. In the first half, Hull was a perfect 6-for-6 from three-point territory and the Gauchos went into the locker room leading 35-32. His eight three-point baskets ranked as the fourth most in NCAA Tournament history and the third most in NCAA West Regional history. The Gauchos couldn't hold on for the win, but Hull had a performance he can dream about forever.
Different Venue, Similar Game
Hull's 32-point outburst against Arizona actually equaled his career-high. Hull also scored 32 points in a narrow December victory at Cal State Fullerton. In that one, he hit seven three-point baskets, six in the second half. In fact, Hull scored 29 of his 32 in the second half, scoring 19 straight Gaucho points at one juncture. Coincidentally, Hull's pair of 32-point games came in front of the largest and smallest crowds of year. In the NCAA Tournament at The Pit in Albuquerque, there were 15,626 on hand. At Titan Gym in Fullerton, there were 1,022 in attendance.
Three For The Show
In his first season at UCSB, Hull gave a few hints that he was going to be a solid three-point shooting threat. As a freshman, Hull hit 24-of-64 shots from beyond the three-point arc, 37.5%. In his sophomore season the percentage was down a bit at 35.7%, but he made 45. Last year, he made a Big West-leading 78, the second highest total in school history. Hull made at least one in 27 of 31 games last year and two or more 19 times.
In his senior season, Hull will have numerous statistical targets to shoot for. He enters the season with 1,150 points, needing 49 to move into the Gaucho career top-ten. Barring injury, Hull has a chance to move way up on the list. In fact, it is realistic to think that he could move up to the number two spot. With 147 three-point baskets he needs four to move into fourth-place all-time. If Hull could make 50 threes this year, he would become the school's all-time leader.
Mark Hull Notes
Mark Hull enters his fourth season as a starter for the Gauchos...He will play the bulk of his time at the four spot, but once again, he will be expected to be the team's top outside scoring threat...Hull should contend for conference and regional honors for the fourth straight season...One of the most consistent and best all-around players in school history, Hull has started every game since he came to UCSB in 1999.
A First Team All-Big West selection, Hull finished his junior year by leading the team in scoring at 15.2 points per game, three-point baskets with 78 and minutes played with 1,050...One of only two players to start all 31 games, he has now started all 87 games as a Gaucho...In addition, he was second on the team in rebounding at 5.1 per game...Hull had the best offensive game of his career in the biggest game of his career, scoring a career-high 32 points and making eight three-pointers in UCSB's NCAA Tournament game against Arizona...In the game against the Wildcats, he made 8-of-13 shots from three-point territory, all eight of his free throws and he added four assists...When he went for 32 points against Arizona, Hull actually tied a career-high set earlier in the season in a road win at Cal State Fullerton...On the season, Hull scored in double-figures 23 times in 31 games, scoring 20 or more seven times and 15 or more 16 times...His total of 78 three-point baskets and 188 three-point attempts rank second on UCSB's all-time single-season list...Hull's eight three-point buckets against Arizona equaled the second-highest total in school history...He also had seven three-pointers in the road win at Cal State Fullerton...Had six three-pointers at Santa Clara, five at Utah State and at Loyola Marymount and four at Cal Poly, at Long Beach State and against UC Riverside...Hull had at least one three-pointer in 27 games and two or more 19 times...Made three-pointer in each of his first 19 games...Pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds against Pacific...Had nine rebounds against UC Irvine...Also had three eight-rebound games...Hull pulled down five or more rebounds 17 times...He had a season-high five assists in at Long Beach State and against Idaho, and he had four assists in seven other games...Hull's 32 steals ranked him second on the team...He had a season-high three against Cal State Fullerton...Hit 41.5% from three-point territory and 39.7% from two-point territory...Closed the season by making his final 18 consecutive free throws and shooting 79.2% from the line...Played 98 minutes more than his next closest teammate...Played 30 or more minutes in 29 of 31 games.
Hull was selected Second Team All-Big West as a sophomore...Led the Gauchos in scoring (13.9 points per game), three-point baskets (45) and minutes played (937)...He was the only player to start all 28 games ...Scored in double-figures 20 times...Hull scored 15 or more points 12 times and 20 or more five times...Tallied a season-high 31 points in a home victory over Cal Poly...Scored 23 points, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, in a game at UCLA... Hull led the team with 45 three-pointers and he made at least one in 24 of 28 games, including the final 12 in a row...Pulled down a season-high seven rebounds at Boise State, at Long Beach State, vs. UC Irvine and vs. Westmont...Hull had at least five rebounds 12 times...Hull had a career-high six assists against Utah State...Added a team-high five assists in a come-from-behind win at Long Beach State...Hull's 937 minutes not only led the team, but they were 169 more than the next closest player...Played a career-high 46 minutes in a triple-overtime win over San Diego State...Hull made 79.5% of his free throws, second on the team, but in Big West games, he led the team at 82.8%.
Earned Big West All-Freshman Team honors after finishing second on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game and tying for second in rebounding at 5.0 points per contest...In Big West games, he was even better, averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game...His season totals rank him high on several of UCSB's freshman top-ten lists including points (4th with 289), scoring average (4th at 10.3 per game), rebounds (3rd with 139), rebound average (Tied for 3rd at 5.0 per game), three-pointers (5th with 24), field goals (3rd with 107), free throws (5th with 51), free throw percentage (6th at 78.5%) and steals (Tied for 10th with 15)...Hull became the first freshman in school history to lead the team in minutes played as he logged exactly 800...Scored a season-high 19 points in games against Pepperdine and Nevada...Had ten or more points 16 times and 15 or more points eight times...Gave early indications that he was going to have a good season when he scored 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds in season-opener against third-ranked Stanford...Hull had five or more rebounds 18 times...Made 37.5% of his three-point attempts, drilling 24-of-64...After hitting 9-of-32 three-pointers in the first 14 games of the season, he drilled 15-of-32, 46.9%, over the final 14 games...Made all four of his three-point attempts in win over Nevada...Hit 3-for-3 from three-point range in regular season finale against Pacific.
Hull redshirted the 1998-99 season at UCSB.
Attended Hoover High School...Named Second Team All-CIF Southern Section and Pacific League Most Valuable Player as a senior...Also named First Team All-Pacific League following his senior and junior years...Selected to the Los Angeles Times All-San Gabriel Valley Team...Named High School Athlete of the Year by the Glendale Rotary Club...As a senior, Hull averaged 27.9 points, 13.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game...His 27.9 points per game ranked him second in the CIF Southern Section...Made 58.0% of his shots overall and 27.0% of his three-pointers...Hit 78.0% of his free throws...Hit 40 three-pointers as a senior...Scored a career-high 39 points against Antioch High School...Added 35 points against Crescenta Valley HS...Had a career-high 16 rebounds against Glendale High School...Helped lead Hoover to its first Pacific League championship in 15 years in 1995-96...Set a Hoover record with 347 rebounds as a senior...His 697 points as a senior rank second on Hoover's all-time list as does his career total of 1,118 points...He was a two-time Hoover-Burbank Classic MVP...Coached by Kirt Kohlmeier.
Mark Allen Hull was born July 11, 1980 in Anaheim, CA...Majoring in Law and Society at UCSB and last year, he was UCSB's Big West Male Scholar Athlete Award winner...A two-time CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year candidate at Hoover High School...Won Hoover's Senior Scholar Athlete Award...In 1997, he won the Golden State Exam High Honors Award for Algebra...Hull also played baseball in high school and was a two-time All-Pacific League selection...Chosen by the Cleveland Indians to participate in the Area Code Games in 1997...Also recruited by UC Irvine, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount and the University of San Diego...The son of Harry and Deborah Hull.
Total 3-PTS G FG-FGA .Pct AVG 3FG-FGA .Pct FT-FTA .Pct REB A BLK STL 103 461-1040 .443 13.4 191-474 .402 271-348 .778 491 185 15 81