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Orlando Johnson Drafted by Sacto With 36th Pick, Traded to Indy and Will Join Brian Shaw

Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara's all-time leading scorer and one of the greatest players in school history, was drafted with the 36th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and quickly traded to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday evening.

Johnson, who scored 1,825 points in just three seasons as a Gaucho, was originally chosen by the Kings with the sixth pick in the second round of the draft, however, within a few minutes, he was dealt to the Pacers, a team that advanced to the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

A three-time First Team All-Big West choice, Johnson led UC Santa Barbara to three straight postseason appearances. In 2010 and 2011, he was guided the Gauchos to Big West Tournament championships and NCAA Tournaments. Each time, Johnson was named the tournament MVP. In 2012, he helped Santa Barbara to a 20 win season, a12-4 league mark and a berth in the College Insider Tournament.

A native of Seaside, Calif., Johnson is the first Gaucho player drafted since Brian Shaw was taken in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Ironically, Shaw is the Associate Head Coach of the Pacers and will guide his fellow UC Santa Barbara alum.


Barbara Nwaba Finishes First as an American in the NCAA Championships

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UC Santa Barbara senior Barbara Nwaba finished first as an American, second overall in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships on June 8, earning All-American honors.

Nwaba scored a total of 5,927 points, almost sixty points off of her own personal record. Oregon University's three-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen won the event, breaking her own heptathlon record with a score of 6,440. However, because Theisen is Canadian, Nwaba is considered the first American in the heptathlon event.

Nwaba began day two with the long jump, javelin and 800m events to go. She finished second in the javelin with her farthest throw measuring 145-10 right behind Theisen. In the long jump, Nwaba's top mark of the day measured 17-10.75. Nwaba gave it her all in the last event of the day, crossing the finish line with the sixth-fastest 800m time of 2:15.06.

Barbara Nwaba rounds out her collegiate track and field career with four NCAA All-American honors—two in the pentathlon and two in the heptathlon. Nwaba previously earned All-American honors in 2010, finishing 12th in the heptathlon.


Ryan Martin Earns All-American Honors in 800m at NCAA Championships

UC Santa Barbara senior Ryan Martin earned All-American honors in the 800m on June 8 at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships held at Drake Stadium.

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Martin ran 1:46.20 in the 800m finals, finishing fourth and missing the podium by less than two-tenths of a second. UC Irvine's Charles Jock won the event with a time of 1:45.59.

This will be Martin's third-consecutive year as an All-American for his performance in the 800m. Last year he finished 8th with a time of 1:47.62.

Martin will be looking to compete in Olympic Trials hosted by Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 21-July 1. Currently, the standard for an "A" qualifying time is 1:46.50. Martin's fastest time this season clocked in at 1:44.77.


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Gauchos in the Pros: O'Brien Leads Atlanta to First Win

Former UC Santa Barbara player Ciaran O'Brien ‘07 scored one goal and assisted another in the Atlanta Silverbacks' 2-1 road win over FC Edmonton, which was their first win of the season. For his standout performance, O'Brien was named the NASL Offensive Player of the Week.





— UC Santa Barbara Athletics

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