March 25, 2010
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Big West Champion UC Santa Barbara basketball team will be honored at its annual Awards Banquet on Sunday, April 11 at 2:00 p.m. in Corwin Pavilion in the University Center on campus.
The Gauchos, who finished the season with a 20-10 overall record, won the Big West's regular season and tournament titles, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time. It was the team's first tournament appearance since 2002.
Following the regular season, Orlando Johnson became the fifth Gaucho and first sophomore ever to earn Big West Player of the Year recognition. Johnson, who averaged 18.0 points per game, was also selected Big West Tournament MVP, First Team All-Big West, and First Team All-District 8. He was joined on the All-Big West and All-Big West Tournament teams by sophomore James Nunnally.
In addition to the player's honors, UCSB head coach Bob Williams was named Big West Coach of the Year for the third time after guiding the program to the postseason.
The public is invited to the attend the banquet at a cost of $40.00 per person. Anyone interested should contact Janice Villarreal at 805-893-3415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.