At the outset of the 2004-05 season, senior guard Joe See was expected to play at both a wing and the point guard spot. Early in the season that was the case. He split time with Chrismen Oliver at the point while also piling-up minutes at off-guard. By midseason, however, See was barely logging any minutes at the point. By the end of the season he was playing exclusively at the off-guard spot. This year, See is expected to play the same role, playing exclusively at off-guard.
Fast Forward To Game Four
In his first three games last year, See really struggled. Not only did he make just two of 20 shots overall, 10.0%, but he missed all 16 of his three-point attempts. After the slow start, See picked-up the pace, particularly from three-point range. In the final 26 games of the year, he made 43-of-115 shots, a solid 37.4%. In 2003-04, his sophomore season, See made just 4-of-16 from three-point territory in the first three games but he turned that around in a big way and made 40-of-87 in the final 25 games, 46.0%. Going back even further, as a freshman at Oregon State in 2001-02, See missed his first 12 three-point attempts before closing the year by making 43-of-112, 38.4%. Combining all three of See's seasons, if you don't include the first three games of each season, he has made 126-of-314, 40.1%.
A One Man Show...Almost
When UCSB traveled to Utah State and Idaho last year, they did so with just eight players. By the time the referee tossed the ball up for the first game of the trip, against Utah State, the Gauchos were down to just seven players, only one of whom was a post player. The Aggies jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half, but in the second half See brought UCSB back...in a big way. He finished the game with a career-high 26 points, including 23 in the second half. The 26 points were the most scored by a Gaucho player in 2004-05. In fact, if See had been scoreless in the first half, the 23 points would have been the most scored. In the game See, a noted outside marksman, made eight three-point baskets in 12 attempts. The eight three-pointers tied the second-highest total in school history, just one short of the school record. In the end, UCSB lost the game, but See put on a show for the appreciative Utah State crowd and in the process, he kept his team in the game.
More Than A Pretty Shot
See is more than a pretty shot. He is a solid rebounder for his size, a good passer and one of the most dependable ball handlers on the team. From his backcourt position, See averaged 2.3 rebounds per game in 2004-05 and he had four or more nine times. He was also second on the team in assists with a total of 54 and he was one of just three players on the team who had fewer turnovers than assists. In fact, See's 1.4-to-1.0 assist-to-turnover ratio was the best on the team.
In The End, Perfection
Not only is See an outstanding three-point shooter, but he is also one of the best free throw shooters on the team. In 2004-05 he finished with the third best percentage on the team at 73.8%. Through 24 games though, See had made 66.7% of his free throw attempts. He needed to make his last 13 in a row in the final five games to lift his percentage to 73.8%, its highest point all season.
In his final season at UCSB, Joe See will play almost exclusively at the off-guard spot...One of the most prolific outside shooters in the Big West Conference, See is also a solid playmaker who has played at the point in the past.
See was the fourth-leading scorer for UCSB as a junior at 8.0 points per game...He is the second-leading returning scorer...Tied for the team-lead in three-point baskets with 43...After a poor start to the season, he finished at 32.8% from beyond the three-point arc...Opened the season by missing his first 16 three-point attempts over three games...In the final 26 games, he made 43-of-115, 37.4%...See had the best game of his Gaucho career in a loss at Utah State...In the game against the Aggies, he made 8-of-12 three-point shots and scored a career-high 26 points...The eight three-point baskets, seven of which came in the second half, tied for the second most in school history and the 23 points he scored in the second half were the most points scored by a Gaucho in any half during the 2004-05 season...See had two or more three-pointers in 11 games as a junior...He had four three-pointers at Pacific and three in games at Cal Poly, at Cal State Fullerton, against San Diego State and against Long Beach State...In addition to his 26-point game at Utah State, See had a 19-point effort in a Big West Tournament win over Long Beach State...Overall, he scored in double-figures eight times...Shot 36.2% overall, but after opening the year by making just 2-of-20 over three games, he finished by hitting 70-of-179, 39.1%...See played a portion of the season at the point guard spot and finished second on the team with 54 assists, 1.9 per game...Had a season-high four assists at Cal State Fullerton and against San Diego State...He had the second-best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team at 1.4-to-1.0...Averaged 2.3 rebounds per game and had a season-high five against Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine...Had four or more rebounds nine times...Was one of five players to play in all 29 games...Made seven starts, all early in the season...See shot 73.8% from the free throw line...He was shooting 68.0% before making his final 11 free throws, including all eight in the Gauchos' Big West Tournament win over Long Beach State.
See ranked fifth on the team in scoring as a sophomore at 7.1 points per game...He was one of five Gaucho players in 2003-04 to average more than seven points per game...He was fourth on the team in Big West games at 7.2 points per game...See was third on the team in assists at 1.8 per game...Easily paced the Gauchos in three-point baskets with 44, 20 more than his next closest teammate...He scored in double-figures eight times on the season, including a season-high 21-point outing against Cal State Fullerton...See also had 15-point games against Utah State, Cal Poly and San Diego...He scored ten or more point just one time in the season's last ten games...Averaged 4.9 points per game in the last ten...Made at least one three-point basket in 21 of 28 games...Hit two or more threes 12 times, three or more seven times and a season-high five twice, once each against Cal State Fullerton and Utah State...At one point, he hit at least one three-pointer in nine of ten games...After opening the season by making 4-of-16 from three-point territory over the first three games, See made 40-of-87, 46.0% over the final 25 games season, finishing at 42.7%...Overall, he shot 45.9% from the floor...Made 24-of-45 shots from inside the three-point arc, 53.3%...As a sophomore, See split time between the point and off guard positions...Although he averaged 1.8 assists per game, he had three or more seven times and UCSB was a perfect 7-0 when he had at least three assists...In fact, when See had two or more assists, the Gauchos were 9-0...Passed-off for season-high seven assists vs. Cal Poly, six vs. Cal State Northridge and five vs. Alabama State...See's total of 561 minutes ranked sixth on the team, but he has one of just four players to play in all 28 games...He played 20 or more minutes 18 times, all in the first 23 games of the season...A surprisingly good rebounder, he averaged 1.9 per game...Had a season-high five rebounds at Cal Poly...Had three or more boards eight times...See had 23 steals on the year, including a season-high four against San Diego.
See played his freshman season in 2001-02 at Oregon State...He was fifth on the team in scoring at 6.1 points per game...He was one of just two Beavers to play in all 29 of the team's games and he logged 670 minutes of playing time, an average of 23.1 per game...Made four starts for OSU...When he started the season-opener, he became the first freshman in five years to start a season-opener...See led the Beavers with 43 three-point baskets and 124 three-point attempts, good for 34.7%...After missing his first 12 three-point baskets on the year, he finished by hitting 43-of-112, 38.4%...He made a high of five three-point baskets twice, once each against Cal and Southern Utah...Hit 5-of-6 three-pointers at Cal...Made at least one three-point basket in each of the last 13 games of the season...Scored his high of 16 points vs. Southern Utah and added 15 at Cal...See tallied ten or more points four times as a freshman...Averaged 1.8 assists per game and had a high of eight assists against Southern Utah...Also averaged 1.8 rebounds per outing and had eight against Washington State.
Attended De La Salle High School...Averaged 19.3 points, 6.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game as a senior...Shot 55.0% from three-point range as a senior and 52.0% as a junior...Helped lead De La Salle to three straight Northern California State finals and one State Championship...As a junior, it was See's two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining in the game that gave the Spartans the 2000 championship in a game at Sacramento's Arco Arena...In a 2001 quarterfinal victory over Sacramento's Jesuit High School, he scored 26 points, including 23 in the second half to lead De La Salle...Made the California State All-Tournament Team as a junior and senior...Three-time Bay Valley Athletic League Player of the Year and all-league selection...Also a three-time All-CIF choice, a two-time All-City selection and a second-team All-State selection as a senior...Scored 1,650 career points, a record...A four-year starter, he helped lead the team to a 110-9 cumulative record...Played for Frank Allocco, Sr.
Joseph O'Keeffe See was born April 27, 1983 in Walnut Creek, CA...The son of David and Patricia See...Also competed in tennis as a high school athlete...Still enjoys playing tennis, along with pool and ping pong...His most memorable moment as an athlete came in the 2000 California State High School Championship game when he made a pair of free throws with 2.9 second remaining to give De La Salle the state title...See's favorite movies include Shawshank Redemption and Braveheart are his favorite movies...The Golden State Warriors are his favorite sports team...Majoring in Business Economics at UCSB.