This year's squad posts UC Davis' most successful season as a Division I program
Ryan Sypkens sinks a three in his first shot of the game, sets two new school records
Three-game, two-week stretch of home games concludes Saturday against the Gauchos
UC Davis seeks its third home victory over the Tigers in the last four seasons
UC Davis will face UC Irvine in Saturday evening's conference-opener
2013-14: Tyler Ott is on a LDS mission and will not compete.
2012-13: Scored two points and recorded one steal in his first game played as an Aggie against Eastern Washington (12/17)... Recorded one rebound at Utah State (12/21)... Drained two baskets from three and recorded two rebounds, both career highs, to finish with a career-high six points vs. Hawai'i (2/14).
DESERT HILLS HS '12: Named Utah's 3A state MVP after averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rpg to help lead the Thunder to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state championship game... Was twice named to Utah's all-state first team... Twice scored 20 points, one of those occasions took place in the state semifinal against Dixie HS... Posted matching double-doubles with 16 points, 10 rebounds against Juab HS and Spanish Fork HS... Dished a season-best six assists in win over Cedar City HS... Averaged 14.6 ppg. during his junior season a Desert Hills team that posted a 21-4 record... 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 "the invention 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 of 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."
UC Davis opens two-game homestand against Pacific
Gameday Central at
San Francisco (8 p.m.)