UC Davis will face UC Irvine in Saturday evening's conference-opener
DESERT HILLS HS '12: Was named the Utah's 3A state MVP after averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg. while helping lead the Thunder to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state championship game... Was twice named to all-state's first team... Twice scored 20 points including in state semifinal against Dixie HS... Posted double-doubles with 16 points, 10 rebounds against Juab HS and then matching that against Spanish Fork HS... Dished a season-best 6 assists in win over Cedar City HS... Averaged 14.6 ppg. during his junior season for Desert Hills which was 21-4... Also earned a trio of 3A state championships in the high jump for the track and field team, capping his senior season with a leap of 6 feet, 8.25 inches... Earned Diamond T Award for highest school involvment.
PERSONAL: Born in St. Louis, Mo... Has not declared a major... Parents are Dr. Richard and Julie Ott... Not many people know he lived in Japan for three years... Event in history he wished he could've witnessed was "theinvention of golf and how on earth they thought of the idea to put a tiny ball in a tiny hole from really far away."... Sports hero is Kevin Durant if the Oklahoma City Thunder... Advice to youngsters is: "If you do what everyone else does, you get what everyone else gets. Work harder than everyone else if you want more than everyone else."