|High School:||Chaminade HS|
If healthy, sophomore J.J. Todd, the tallest player on the UCSB roster at 6-foot-11, will play the same role this year as he did last year. He will be a valuable frontcourt insurance policy. Todd is a dependable rebounder and has the chance to be a solid shot-blocking presence in the middle.
A Big Spark
Todd didn't play a great deal as a freshman, logging 120 minutes in 18 games, an average of 6.7 per game, but he had a couple of standout games when he played a key role in victory. The first instance came on February 10, at home against Cal Poly. The Gauchos had seen a sizable second half lead dwindle. Foul trouble was causing trouble for the frontcourt players. Todd came in, played 11 minutes, nine of which were late in the second half, he hit his only field goal attempt, and grabbed three rebounds to help secure the victory. One week later, on February 17, at home against UC Riverside, the Gauchos were struggling in a big way. At one point they missed 20 consecutive shots in the first half. When Todd entered the game, the tide be changed. He had his best game as a Gaucho, finishing with four points, five rebounds and a blocked shot in 14 minutes, to lead the comeback win.
Mr. Good Hands
One doesn't necessarily expect the big guys on a basketball court to be the most sure-handed. Todd was the exception to the rule last season. He finished the season with just two turnovers in 120 minutes. Even more impressively, after turning the ball over twice in his first three appearances, a period that spanned 26 minutes, Todd went his final 15 games, a total of 94 minutes, without committing a turnover.
Resting His Arms For Rebounding
In his freshman campaign, Todd clearly knew his role. He was expected to rebound, defend, and take a shot only on occasion. In his 18 games and 120 minutes, he attempted just seven shots, an average of one shot every 17.1 minutes. By contrast, former Gaucho LaDonte King launched seven shots in 14 total minutes last year, an average of one shot every two minutes.
J.J. Todd Notes
2001-02: Depending on his health, J.J. Todd's role as a sophomore should be similar to what it was as a freshman...A dependable rebounder, Todd has the potential and size to become a valuable shot blocker and interior defender...2000-01: Todd played in a total of 18 games during his freshman season...Averaged 6.7 minutes per outing...Scored ten points on the year, 0.6 per game, going for a high of four in wins over Cal State Fullerton and UC Riverside...Had 28 rebounds, 1.6 per game...Pulled down a career-high six rebounds against Cal State Fullerton...Added five rebounds against UC Riverside...Blocked three shots...Committed just two turnovers in 120 minutes...In fact, Todd went his final 94 minutes over 15 games without turning the ball over...1999-2000: Redshirted his first season at UCSB...High School: Attended Chaminade Prep in West Hills...Averaged 11.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.5 blocked shots per game...Shot 58% from the field and 77% from the free throw line...Todd was an Honorable Mention Adidas-Blue Ribbon All-American...Also selected as a McDonald's All-American nominee...Selected All-Mission League...He was the MVP of the West Hills Tournament and a Los Angeles Times-Valley Sports Foundation All-Star...Helped to lead Chaminade to CIF 3-A Championships in 1998 and 1999...Chaminade won Mission League titles in 1996, 1998 and 1999...In both 1998 and 1999 Chaminade advanced to the California State Tournament...Scored a career-high 26 points against Serra High School...Todd pulled down a career-best 16 rebounds vs. West Hills High School...Also had career-bests of six assists (vs. Antelope Valley High School), six blocked shots (vs. Crawford High School) and three steals (vs. St. Francis High School)...Coached by Jeff Young...Personal: Jeffrey Todd was born November 25, 1981 in Tarzana, CA...Majoring in Law and Society with a minor in Sports Administration...Hopes to become an attorney...Todd was elected as a delegate to the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles...He appeared on MTV's "Say What?" Karaoke show during the summer of 2000...A member of UCSB's Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, he was also a three-time Chaminade Scholar Athlete...Selected to the Mission League Academic All-League Team... Selected as the Los Angeles Times - Valley Sports Foundation CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year...Wears a size 20 shoe... Also played volleyball in high school, setting a Chaminade record for eight solo blocks in a game and 15 in a match...He was named Chaminade's Best Offensive Player in volleyball...Favorite sports teams include the Los Angeles Lakers and Indianapolis Colts...Todd's most memorable sports moment was when Chaminade won a CIF championship at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim...Favorite hobby is golf...Tiger Woods is his favorite athlete...The son of Mark and Julie Todd.