Feb. 13, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Visit the Legends of the Dome page
Brian Shaw, who was perhaps the most pivotal player in turning the UC Santa Barbara men's basketball program into a West Coast power in the 1980s, was introduced as the fourth "Legend of the Dome" prior to Saturday afternoon's Gauchos' game against Long Beach State.
Shaw, who is now a member of Phil Jackson's Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff, played two seasons at UCSB after transferring from St. Mary's. In his first year, 1986-87, he led the Gauchos to a second-place finish in the Big West Conference and a winning record. It was the program's first winning record in 10 seasons. Following his junior year, he was named All-Big West.
In 1987-88, Shaw emerged as the best player in the Big West Conference. He was named All-American, All-District, All-Big West, and Big West Player of the Year after directing UCSB to a then-school record 22 wins and its first NCAA Tournament at-large bid. In a game that perhaps epitomizes the point guard's all-around ability, he had 22 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, and three steals as the Gauchos' defeated 5th-ranked North Carolina State in a December game 96-78. In all, Shaw had five career triple-doubles. In fact, he is the only player in school history to record even one triple-double and as a senior, he became the only player in Big West history to lead the conference in rebounds (8.8 per game) and assists (6.1 per game). He also scored 13.3 points per outing.
Before his UCSB career even began, Shaw made a name for himself as a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Team at the World Basketball Championships in Spain.
Following his career at UCSB, he was a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics. He had a long NBA career and at one time, as a member of the Miami Heat, he made a then-NBA record 10 three-pointers in a game. His spent his last four years as an active player as a member of the Lakers, with whom he won three NBA Championships.
Shaw was unable to attend the ceremony, but he did provide a statement:
"It was great to be part of such a special time at UCSB. The basketball program was blossoming, and I was coming into my own as a young man. I have so many great memories during my years at UCSB, from Halloween on Del Playa, to beating N.C. State and UNLV, to graduation. However, what I am most fond of are the relationships I formed and the support I received from the UCSB community. It is indeed an honor to be among the first honored as a `Legend of the Dome!' I am proud to say that I am a `Gaucho,' and wish the university and the basketball program nothing but success! Thank You!"
Shaw is the fourth "Legend" introduced this year. Former women's volleyball star Roberta Gehlke was introduced in the fall and was the first. On Jan. 23, another former men's basketball great, Carrick DeHart, has his banner unveiled, and on Feb. 11, former head coach Mark French was introduced as women's basketball's first "Legend." The second women's basketball "Legend" will be introduced on Feb. 27 prior to a Blue-Green Rivalry game against Cal Poly.
Special "Legends Packs" of tickets are available for the final "Legends" game. The Pack includes four tickets, four hot dogs, and four sodas for $40. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or click here.