The Bulgarian native had an outstanding freshman season. After injuries to junior forward J.T. Adenrele and senior forward Josh Ritchart, freshman forward Georgi Funtarov was a sight for sore eyes.
Funtarov averaged 8.8 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in just 24.3 minutes per game. He had a standout game in the win against Cal Poly on Feb. 27, where Funtarov recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Funtarov is also an excellent shooter, he shot 41.5 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from behind the arc this season. His ability to spread the floor and shoot the three has been beneficial for UC Davis all season long.
He is expected to be a consistent contributor to the Aggies for the next three years. Funtarov’s presence in the front court will be significant due the to fact that the Aggies are weak in the paint. The minutes and production of Funtarov — especially as a freshman — has had a significant impact on the Aggies and makes him Male Freshman of the Quarter.