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Oct 2, 2012 4:31 PM by Andrew Masuda

Former UCSB center Somogyi thrilled to open preseason with LA Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former UC Santa Barbara center Greg Somogyi to the world this week. The 7 foot, 3 inch rookie shook hands with Lakers great James Worthy as he took part in the team's media day on Monday in Los Angeles.

The Lakers signed Somogyi back in August after he played for their summer league team.

The Budapest native finished his Gaucho career with 189 blocked shots, the second most in school history. He averaged 3.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in 12.2 minutes per game in his Gaucho career. Greg owns the program record for blocks in a game with 8 against Fresno State in 2010.

Somogyi said he couldn't believe he was teammates with the likes of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. "There were a lot of steps involved in this process You know going to high school, going to UCSB for 4 years and then ending up here. It's just great," said Somogyi. "It really set in this morning when I saw my jersey in the locker and saw my number and name on it. It was just the best moment of my life," he added.

Somogyi said he was the most excited to meet and play with Pau Gasol. The Lakers first preseason game is Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

Somogyi is one of two former Gauchos, who are players in preseason camps this season. UCSB's all-time leading scorer Orlando Johnson is with the Indiana Pacers.

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