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Mark Hull of Hoover Commits
To Bob Williams & UCSB--(April 8,1998)

Bob Williams' very own first recruit at UCSB has announced his committment. It's Mark Hull, (6'-6" Sr. F) from Glendale's Hoover High, who made a verbal commitment to become a Gaucho after meeting for three hours with several of the coaches Saturday at the Red Lion Hotel in Glendale. Not quite a "home" visit, but I've been to the Red Lion, and it's very nice.

UCSB, has three more scholarships for next year. Hull became hot this season. He averaged 27.9 points and 13.9 rebounds per game. He's a deadly 3-point shot, and he holds the record as second in Hoover High scoring.

Hull also visited Loyola Marymount on last week and was very highly sought by Loyola, UC Irvine and Pepperdine. Hull said that Williams had been trying to recruit him to UC Davis before UCSB hired him as Jerry Pimm's successor on March 25, although Gaucho assistant Jon Wheeler had also been recruiting him for a while. ."It's a big load off my shoulders,'' Hull said in an interview with the Glendale News-Press. "There's been a lot of pressure with coaches calling me. It's a little relief, but it's also very exciting."

He played on the Hoover varsity for three seasons, but didn't make a name for himself in Division 1 recruiting circles until this year when he earned co-Most Valuable Player honors in the Pacific League while also being voted to the All-CIF Division I second team.

Interestingly, Hull is also considered one of the top baseball prospects in Glendale. A third baseman, he was selected to play in the prestigious Area Code Games last summer.

UCSB signed Eric Hare (6'-5" Sr. F) from McKinney, Tex. High School in the fall as well as Erick Ashe, (6'-2" G) from Fullerton College, and Derrick Allen, (5'-11" PG) from Porterville College.

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