OVERLAND PARK, KS - Senior forward Sam Gabbard was awarded the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Player of the Week. Gabbard averaged 23.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game as the Banana Slugs went 2-1.
The senior flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a win over Pacific Union on February 5th, then followed that up with a career-high 36 points on 14-of-19 shooting against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday the 7th. Gabbard finished off the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds in the comeback 79-64 Senior Day victory over Simpson on Sunday.
This season Gabbard finished with 13 double-doubles- good for 14th in the country. He avaraged 10.6 rebounds to rank 18th nationally and set the single-season school record with 266 rebounds to help UCSC set a school record for wins.