Bazemore Named National Defensive Player of the Year

April 01, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 1, 2011

HOUSTON, TX -- Old Dominion University junior guard Kent Bazemore (Kelford, NC.) has been named to the 2011 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year as announced today by Last week, he was named to the Defensive All-American squad.

The 6-5 Bazemore led the CAA in steals with a 2.2 per game average and was the league's Defensive Player of the Year. He currently ranks 21st nationally in steals. He also blocked 30 shots. Bazemore was second on the Monarchs in scoring at 12.3 points per game was named second team All-CAA and NABC All-District 10. ODU finished the season with a 27-7 record, capturing its second straight CAA title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament as a number nine seed.

Bazemore had three or more steals in a game 11 times, including six against UNC Wilmington on Jan. 24th and five against Richmond on Dec. 1. He also blocked three shots in a game against Hofstra in the CAA semi-finals and against Georgia State on Feb. 15th. Bazemore also grabbed six or more rebounds 11 times including 12 at William and Mary, 10 at Delaware, nine vs. Xavier and eight vs. Cleveland State.

The award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record.

Dogus Balbay, Texas
Keith Benson, Oakland
Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion
Norris Cole, Cleveland State
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Kenneth Faried, Morehead State
John Flowers, West Virginia
Tu Holloway, Xavier
JuJuan Johnson, Purdue
DeAndre Liggins, Kentucky
Sam Muldrow, South Carolina
Ronald Nored, Butler
Damien Saunders, Duquesne
Chris Singleton, Florida State
Nolan Smith Duke
Demontez Stitt, Clemson
Iman Sumpert, GA Tech
Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt
Malcolm Thomas San Diego State
Brad Wanamaker, Pittsburgh
Casper Ware, Long Beach State