Nov. 8, 2002
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara senior forward Bray Skultety, a candidate to start in the post, will be sidelined for the entire season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee a week ago.
Skultety injured the knee in practice on Friday, November 1. An MRI performed this week confirmed the tear.
"This is a tough loss," said UCSB head coach Bob Williams. "We were expecting Bray to be a 20-minute-a-game guy. I feel especially bad for him because he has worked so hard to prepare himself and get better."
As a junior, the 6-foot-6 Skultety played in 26 games and averaged 2.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Despite limited playing time, his rebound average ranked fourth on the team. In addition, Skultety was second on the team in blocked shots with 13. After starting the season in a very limited role, Skultety emerged over the final 25 games to become one of the team's top post players coming off the bench. Last year was his second year on the team, but the first in which he saw any action. Skultety joined the Gauchos in 2000-01, but did not play. Last year's action was the first he had seen in organized basketball since his freshman year in high school.