Gauchos Sign Two Standout Prep Guards to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 17, 2004

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara basketball program has signed two outstanding high school backcourt players to National Letters of Intent, head coach Bob Williams announced today.

James Powell (Glendora, Calif./Glendora HS) and Lance Hurdle (La Mesa, Calif./Helix HS) will join the Gaucho program as freshmen for the 2005-06 season.

Powell, a 6-foot-3 guard, will come to UCSB after an outstanding career at Glendora High School. In 2003-04, as a junior, Powell helped carry Glendora to a 28-2 record and the second round of the CIF Playoffs. He averaged 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game. He also made 141-of-318 shots from the field, 44.2%, 60-of-163 shots from three-point range, a solid 36.8%, and 77-of-95 from the free throw line, 81.1%. Powell was a First Team All-CIF Division I selection, a First Team All-Inland Empire and a First Team All-Sierra League choice. He can play both the point guard and off-guard position.

"James is a consummate point guard," Williams said. "He is very good at both ends of the floor, a really good passer and a really good open shooter. James totally understands how to run an offensive system, and as a point guard it is a big plus to understand how to play within a system. Personality-wise, he is exactly what we are looking for in a point guard and he fits in with what we've established in terms of people we want to be associated with this program."

Hurdle is entering his senior season at Helix High School. As a junior, he averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 steals and a San Diego County-leading 5.9 assists per game. He shot 47.1% from the field and 70.5% from the free throw line. Hurdle helped lead Helix to a 20-8 record. Following the season, he was named All-Grossmont League, Third Team All-CIF San Diego Section and Second Team All-East County.

"Lance is extremely athletic and a great open court and transition-type player," commented Williams. "He will be a very good defender - he will be able to lock you down by himself. As he improves his shooting range and gets stronger, he is a very good get at this level."

The signing of Powell and Hurdle completes UCSB's early signing period.

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