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David McLucas- Athlete
One of the finest all-around athletes to ever play at Ventura College, David McLucas was a prolific scorer and rebounder on the men's basketball team and a state champion hurdler in track and field. In 1967, David arrived on the V.C. campus after a stellar athletic career at Oxnard High School. David, almost instantly, developed into one of the greatest two sport athletes to ever wear the Pirate uniform.
In his freshman year, David averaged over 13 points and 15.6 rebounds per game in leading the men's basketball team. On the track, David enjoyed no less success as he excelled in the high jump, triple jump, long jump and the high and low hurdles. On the basketball court and on the track, David McLucas was a force with which to be reckoned. As a result of his extraordinary athletic ability, David was voted Ventura College's Most Valuable Player on both his basketball and track and field teams for two consecutive years, a feat that has never been duplicated in the history of Pirate athletics.
David's sophomore year brought even more excellence on both the hardwood and the track oval. Now a strapping 6'7" and injury free, David received 1st Team All W.S.C, 2nd Team All Southern California and 2nd Team All-State recognition on the strength of his conference and state record performances. David was also named Ventura College's Most Outstanding Performer in 1968-69. During one incredible four-game stretch during the 1968 Palomar Tournament, which underscores his rare basketball talents, David averaged 22.5 points and 23.7 rebounds per game. In one of those contests, David notched a staggering personal double/double of 33 points and 30 rebounds against a talented Allan Hancock team. His two year performance on the basketball court at V.C. earned him an invitation to the tryouts for the United States Olympic basketball team.
Attesting to athletic talent worthy of a leading track decathlete, that same year David McLucas was Ventura College's track and field Most Valuable Performer, the Western State Conference Most Valuable Performer and State Champion in the high hurdles with a time of 43.3. He also finished 3rd in the State triple jump. At one time, David recorded a vertical jump of over 40 inches, which by all standards is world class jumping ability.
David McLucas' unrivaled achievements as a Ventura College Pirate caught the eye of top tier basketball programs from all across the country. He received over 30 scholarship offers before he accepted a full athletic scholarship to play for Jerry Tarkanian at Long Beach State University. During his two years with the Long Beach 49ers, his team reached the NCAA regional tournament, only to be eliminated by John Wooden's eventual national champion UCLA Bruins. True to his multiple talents, David also starred in track at CSULB, participating in the two hurdle events, the long and triple jump as well as the high jump.
It has been said many times throughout the years of Pirate athletics that David McLucas is perhaps the greatest athlete to ever perform at Ventura College. An exceptionally fast athlete with world class jumping ability, David McLucas is, by anyone's standard, a marvelous athlete and a true Hall of Famer.
David and his family currently live in Signal Hill, California.