April 19, 2001
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Cecil Brown, a 6-foot-4, 185 pound guard from Canoga Park High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Bob Williams announced today.
"Cecil Brown is a perfect recruit for UC Santa Barbara," commented Williams. "The combination of what he brings to UCSB academically, athletically, and as a person, is absolutely ideal. We could not have gotten a more perfect fit."
Brown had a tremendous senior campaign for Canoga Park, who he helped lead to an overall record of 14-12, a league mark of 7-3 and a spot the Los Angeles City Section playoffs. He led the L.A. City Section in scoring at 34.5 points. In addition, Brown chipped in 13.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He had a pair of 50 point games, going for a career-high 53 against Edison High School of Fresno, and 51 against Hollywood High School. He was named Sunset Six League Player of the Year, First Team All-Los Angeles, City, First Team All-Area, First Team All-San Fernando Valley and First Team All-Sunset Six League. He was also named MVP of the San Diego Torrey Pines Tournament.
"Cecil is an extremely explosive scoring threat," Williams began. "He can hurt you inside and out. We think he has tremendous up-side in his career and we are very, very excited about the opportunity to coach him and see his progress."
Brown joins a Gaucho team that returns all five starters and eight of its top-ten players from the 2000-01 squad. In addition, UCSB will return 6-foot-9 senior Adama Ndiaye, the team's starter in the post in 1999-2000, who redshirted last season after fracturing the ring finger on his left hand.
Williams and his staff signed two post players in the early signing period. The Gauchos inked 6-foot-10, 220 pound Scott Rainey, a senior at Astoria High School in Astoria, Oregon, and 6-foot-8, 230 pound Bryan Whitehead, who attended, but did not play at, Butte Junior College in Northern California. Whitehead, however, played his freshman season at Washington State and will be a sophomore next year at UCSB.