Devine named All-Decade at UCSB (Basketball)

January 4, 2010
Chris Devine

Chris Devine of Eagle River has been recognized by the University of California Santa Barbara as one its best basketball players in the first decade of the new millennium.

It was fitting considering he was there pretty much the entire decade.

Devine, who was on campus from 2003 to 2009, was granted a rare sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after missing the first two seasons due to injuries.

Regardless, the 6-foot-7 Alaskan managed to stay healthy for the next four years and ended up being one of the greatest Gauchos to ever lace ‘em up.

Devine, of Chugiak High fame, was one of only two players in school history to earn All-Big West honors four consecutive seasons and one of just two players to finish his career among the top-5 in all-time scoring and rebounding.

He ranks No. 3 in points (1,607) and No. 5 in rebounds (723).

“Chris was a warrior,” coach Bob Williams told “He was a great defender, a very, very good inside-out scorer and he is the most physical player on this team. He always did whatever we asked him to do and then some.”

Last spring, Devine graduated to the pro ranks when he signed with Voo Verviers-Pepinster of Belgium’s first division. He averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds through five games before leaving a Dec. 19 game after just six minutes, presumably due to injury because he hasn’t played for the team since.

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