Thursday, April 15, 2010

UCSB Mens Basketball Banquet

After a fantastic season where we saw the Gauchos conquer Anaheim and make the NCAA Tournament, we had to have some type of party. They did and I had a great time. It was the 2010 Big West Champion Men's Basketball Banquet. The crowd had about 200 people. It included all the players, coaches, support staff, boosters, and two lucky fans. My dad and I. So here is what happened.

First, Big West Coach of the Year Bob Williams talked about how successful of a season it was. It was indeed. 20 Wins. A regular season championship. A tournament championship. NCAA tournament berth. It was a special season.
Next, Chancellor Yang told some stories of the 2002 NCAA Tournament and how he took a bus from the men's game to the women's game 12 hours away with the UCSB pep band.

After that, the scrumptious dinner was served. I had salmon, vegetables, bread, and a coke. They offered great food. I sat at Table 4 with James Powell and his family. I had a great time getting to know his family.

Next, Gaucho sharpshooter, Class of 2004 guard Branduinn Fullove presented the Gaucho jackets. They are cool jackets for players who have just completed their second season with the Gauchos.
After that, my man Matt from the UCSB Athletics Department created a highlight video of the entire season. It featured clips of every player, the Big West Tournament, and the NCAA Tournament. Not to brag, but I had my fair share of moments in that video.

Then the awards presentation took place. Orlando Johnson was given his 1st Team All Big West Award and Big West MVP Award. Then the entire coaching staff gave Bob Williams his Big West Coach of the Year Award. Finally for conference awards, James Nunnally was given his 2nd Team All Big West Award.

Following those awards, team awards were given out. Jordan Weiner won Top Scholar on the team, Orlando Johnson won team MVP, Greg Somogyi got Most Improved, and James Powell and Paul Roemer shared the Captains' Award.

Then it was time to honor the seniors.
Paul Roemer and James Powell both gave speeches on how they loved UCSB, thanked important people, and talked about their fantastic careers. Thanks James for giving me a shout out in your speech!

Finally, Bob Williams talked about what he expects from his team in the future.

In my opinion, it was a great event. I had a great time sitting with James Powell, watching the highlight video, and seeing the trophies.

Jamell Johnson, Orlando Johnson's older brother.
Paul Roemer and James Powell.

OJ with his two conference awards.

Me with the Big West Tournament Trophy.

Me with the Big West Regular Season Trophy.

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