March 4, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara junior swingman Mark Hull was named First Team All-Big West, sophomore guard Branduinn Fullove was selected Second Team All-Big West and senior forward Adama Ndiaye was chosen Honorable Mention All-Big West, it was announced today.
Hull, a Second Team All-Big West choice last year, enters the postseason as UCSB's leading scorer (15.0 points per game) and second-leading rebounder (5.4 per game). Hull also leads the Gauchos and the Big West in three-point baskets with 68. Fullove, an All-Freshman Team member last year, is second on the team in scoring at 14.4 points per game and he paces the team and is ranked third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 43.1%. Ndiaye, who redshirted last year after fracturing the ring finger on his left hand, is third on the team in scoring (10.8 points per game) and he leads the squad in rebounding (7.7 per game) and blocked shots (42).
"All three players are very deserving of their honors," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "All three are without question among the top players in the Big West. Mark almost always draws our opponent's top defender, and yet he is able to perform at such a consistently high level. Branduinn does so many things for us and it is good that the league's coaches recognize that. I am also happy that Adama was able to come back this year and perform as well as he has."
Hull is the first Gaucho player since the 1998-99 season to earn First Team All-Big West honors. B.J. Bunton did so that year.
Third-seeded UCSB will open the 2002 Big West Tournament at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, when it takes on sixth-seeded Cal Poly.