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March 31, 2006

Former Gavilan Rams Basketball Standout Jimmy Herrera named All-American

UC Santa Cruz senior guard Jimmy Herrera, a Gavilan College alumnus, was named an All-American among Division III independents this month. He averaged 15.5 points and shot 83 percent from the free-throw line for UC-Santa Cruz, finishing his collegiate career with 31 points against colorado college in the NCAA Division III Western Regional.

"This is obviously quite an accomplishment for Jimmy," said Ron Hannon, Gavilan College Director of Athletics. "As a department we're proud that so many of our graduates go on to the next level and succeed, both academically and on the field."

Success is not new for Herrera. In December 2005 he received the Association of Division III Independents men's basketball Player of the Week award. In a 1-1 week, Herrera averaged 19 points per game, shot 55% (10-18) from the field, 64% (9-14) from three-point land, and 100% (9-9) from the free throw line. He also averaged 3.5 assists and 3 steals a game. In a win over Cal State Maritime (73-62), Herrera led all scorers with 23 points. For the game, he shot 7-10 from the field, all of which were three-pointers, and dished out 4 assists. He also added 15 points, including 7-7 from the free throw line, in a 58-85 loss to Holy Names. Herrera is coached at UC Santa Cruz by Gordon Johnson.

Herrera, a native of Morgan Hill, graduated from Live Oak High School before coming to Gavilan College. He played for the Gavilan Rams men's basketball team during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons and was voted as an Honorable Mention in the Coast Conference both years. He received his Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, transferring to UC Santa Cruz as the recipient of the prestigious Karl S. Pister Leadership Opportunity Award Scholarship in 2003, where he is currently a Biology major.

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