June 28, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Reserve guard Trevor Bing and reserve forward Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté will leave the UC Santa Barbara men's basketball program and will transfer to other schools, head coach Bob Williams announced Thursday.
Bing, a native of Largo, Fla., who would have been a senior, played one season at UCSB after transferring from Cape Fear Community College in North Carolina. He saw action in 19 games in 2006-07, averaging 2.3 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. After starting the first game of the year against San Jose State, Bing came off the bench in his last 18 outings. He saw significant playing time during the preseason, but played sparingly in Big West games, logging just 28 minutes in six appearances.
Bidias a Mouté saw action in 24 games for the 2006-07 Gauchos, playing a total of 164 minutes. He averaged 1.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game overall and 1.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 12 Big West games. A native of Yaounde, Cameroon, Bidias a Mouté would have been a sophomore at UCSB in 2007-08
"We want to wish both Trevor and Emmanuel the best of luck in their futures," Williams said. "They are both good people and wherever they go, we hope they experience great success."
Bing and Bidias a Mouté have yet to decide where they will go to school in 2007-08.
The 2007-08 UCSB basketball team will return five players who started at least 17 games for last year's team that went 18-11. Among the Gaucho returnees will be senior guard Alex Harris, a First Team All-Big West choice and the conference's scoring leader at 21.1 points per game, senior forward Chris Devine, a two-time All-Big West choice, sophomore guards Justin Joyner and James Powell, members of the 2007 Big West All-Freshman Team, and senior forward Ivan Elliott. In addition, they will add senior forward Nedim Pajevic, a 6-foot-9, 245 pound transfer from Weber State. He is expected to start at the five spot for Santa Barbara.