Nate Garth transfers to UC Santa Barbara

Former New Mexico point guard Nate Garth is transferring to UC Santa Barbara, where he will have two years to play after sitting out a redshirt season.

It's a good get for the Gauchos. The defending Big West champions return all five of their starters next season.

"Nate is a highly skilled, extremely quick, and very athletic point guard," UC Santa Barbara coach Bob Williams said in a statement. "He is a leader and should be a great addition to our program."

Garth averaged 4.1 points in 34 games for the Lobos, but the native Californian sought more playing time closer to home instead of backing up Dairese Gary.

UC Santa Barbara is the second Big West contender to recently receive a potential impact transfer at point guard.

According to the Stockton Record, Pacific is bringing in Andrew Bock, who played in 21 games as a freshman for Creighton.