Gabbard receives Association of Division III Independents men’s basketball Player of the Week award

Gabbard receives Association of Division III Independents men’s basketball Player of the Week award

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – UC Santa Cruz senior forward Sam Gabbard (Vacaville, Calif.) has been 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 had three double-doubles and flirted with a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in a win over Pacific Union on February 5th. The forward followed that up with a career-high 36 points on 14-of-19 shooting against Cal Lutheran on Wednesday. Gabbard finished off the season with 15 points and 15 rebounds in a comeback victory over Simpson on Sunday. The senior finished with 13 double-doubles on the year and set the single-season school record with 265 rebounds this season.