Aug. 28, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Talk about an immediate impact. In Ochiel Swaby's first contest with the Knights, the Miami transfer scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a win over Bethune-Cookman.
Swaby played for UCF from 1993-95. A prolific scorer, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 18.6 points while in Orlando. In only 50 games with the Knights, he nearly totaled 1,000 points. Swaby concluded his stint at UCF with 929 points.
As a junior, he was a big reason why Kirk Speraw's first UCF squad (1993-94) won 21 contests, claimed the Atlantic Sun Championship title and played in the NCAA Tournament. Swaby was named the A-Sun Newcomer of the Year and also earned a spot on the all-league first team after averaging 18.3 points and 5.8 boards that season. He scored over 30 points four times and finished second in the A-Sun Player of the Year balloting.
The following season, he increased his scoring (19.0) and rebounding (6.7) averages, and was an all-conference second team pick. In UCF's final regular season game, he poured in a career-high 36 points at Mercer.
Season tickets for the 2008-09 campaign are currently available. The Knights are slated to play 16 contests, including eight Conference USA games, at the new UCF Arena. For more information, contact the UCF ticket sales office at (407) UCF-1000.
For the latest news on the Knights, log on to www.UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit www.UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.
The 2008-09 campaign will mark the UCF men's basketball program's 40th season. To commemorate the anniversary, UCF is unveiling the top-40 players in school history. Members of the UCF athletics communications office worked with UCF basketball historian Bill Beekman to select the best players who finished their collegiate careers as Knights. One player from the list will be recognized each Thursday at www.ucfathletics.com.
Top Players in UCF History
Calvin Lingelbach - June 5
Ray Abellard - June 12
D'Quarius Stewart - June 19
Victor Saxton - June 26
Roland Ebron - July 3
Brad Traina - July 10
D. Noel - July 17
Pat Crocklin - July 24
Ken Leeks - July 31
Dean Rossin - Aug. 7
Josh Bodden - Aug. 14
Isaac McKinnon - Aug. 21