May 10, 2006

UCSB's Cecil Brown Awarded Sixth Year of Eligibility by NCAA

May 10, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara men's basketball player Cecil Brown has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, head coach Bob Williams announced Wednesday.

Brown, a 6-foot-4 guard, missed two full seasons at UCSB as a result of injuries. He sat-out the 2001-02 season with a back injury and, after playing in 2002-03 and 2003-04, he missed the 2004-05 campaign with knee and ankle injuries. A Canoga Park, Calif., native, Brown returned and played in 2005-06. He was listed on the Gauchos' roster as a senior this past season.

"This is the right thing for Cecil," Williams said. "It's good to see the NCAA, under the leadership of Myles Brand, show this type of compassion for the student-athlete. When an athlete loses two complete years to injury, awarding that athlete a sixth year to compete is the right thing to do. I'm not surprised about the decision. We had rock-solid documentation and I am extremely pleased."

Brown paced the Gauchos in scoring in 2005-06 at 13.1 points per game. Playing in 28 of 29 games and starting 27, he finished second on the team in three-point baskets with 42 and assists with 63. He also led the team by playing 30.4 minutes per game in 2005-06. Additionally, he averaged 3.7 rebounds per game and made 78.5% of his free throw attempts and his 28-point effort in a Dec. 7 win over Pepperdine were the most points scored by a UCSB player since the end of the 2002-03 season.

Following the year, Brown and teammate Chris Devine, a sophomore, were each selected Second Team All-Big West. Late in the 2005-06 season, after leading UCSB to road wins at UC Irvine and Long Beach State, Brown became the first Gaucho since the opening week of the 2004-05 season to earn Big West Player of the Week honors. Finally, Brown has scored 744 career points at Santa Barbara and will need 256 to become the 21st player in school history to hit the 1,000-point mark.

"There is no doubt that returning an all-league player of Cecil's caliber and experience is a big boost for us entering the '06-07 season," Williams remarked. "He and Chris [Devine] give us two returning all-league players and that is a huge positive."

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