March 26, 2011
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Junior guard Orlando Johnson, who led UC Santa Barbara to its second straight Big West Tournament championship and its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, has been named to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American Team for the second time, CollegeInsider.com announced Friday.
Johnson, who averaged 21.1 points per game and set a UCSB record with 674 points in 2010-11, was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Big West Tournament after guiding the Gauchos to consecutive wins over Pacific, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State. Entering the tournament, Santa Barbara was 0-2 against each of its three opponents, but Johnson scored 85 points in the three games, making 66.7% of his three-point attempts in the process, to give his team its second straight title.
In addition to the Mid-Major All-American honor and the Big West Tournament MVP award, Johnson was named First Team All-Big West and First Team NABC All-District 9.
"Any honor that Orlando is given is well-deserved," commented UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "He works so hard and has been such a great part of our program, I am so happy for him."
A native of Seaside, Calif., Johnson scored 21 points in the Gauchos' loss to Florida in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. If he chooses to return for his senior season, he could easily become UCSB's all-time leading scorer despite playing his freshman season at Loyola Marymount.