Hassell And Bazemore Earn All-CAA Honors- Iliadis All-Academic
March 3, 2011
Hassell was named first team All-CAA, Bazemore second team and the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year. Hassell joined Bazemore on the League's All-Defensive squad. The voting was done by the League's head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media.
Bazemore is the second Old Dominion player to receive CAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades (Brandon Johnson '08). The junior guard leads the CAA and ranks 16th in the nation with 2.4 steals per game. His 71 total steals are the 10th-highest season total in conference history. Bazemore had three or more thefts in a game 11 times this season, including six against UNCW on Jan. 24. He also contributed 5.1 rebounds per contest for a Monarchs' squad that ranks third in the nation in scoring defense (58.0 ppg).
Hassell received All-CAA accolades for the first time in his career. The senior forward had a breakout season, ranking second in the conference in rebounding (9.8 rpg), third in field goal percentage (54.2%), sixth in blocked shots (1.4 bpg) and 13th in scoring (14.2 ppg). He grabbed 10 or more rebounds in a league-best 17 contests and recorded 14 double-doubles, including 11 of them in the Monarchs' final 14 contests. Long stepped up to the All-CAA first team as a senior after making the second team a year ago and the third team in 2009.
Iliadis carries a 3.77 grade point average in biochemistry. The 6-3 junior from Perth, Western Australia is averaging 6.0 points per game and leads the Monarchs with 37 treys and a .343 percentage.
He scored 15 points in ODU's win over Dayton as well as 14 against Maryland-Eastern Shore, and 12 In the victory over Atlantic 10 regular season champion Xavier. Last year, Iliadis was presented the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement award which is given to a chemistry or bio-chemistry major with the Highest GPA.
Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens) was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Also receiving top honors were George Mason's Jim Larranaga as the CAA Coach of the Year, Delaware freshman guard Devon Saddler (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) as the CAA Rookie of the Year, Old Dominion junior guard Kent Bazemore (Kelford, N.C./Bertie) as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and William and Mary junior Quinn McDowell (Mason, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) as the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.
Jenkins is the seventh player in conference history to receive CAA Player of the Year honors in multiple seasons. The senior guard tops the conference and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring with 23.2 ppg. He also leads the league in assists (4.8 apg) and is one of only three players in Division I to rank first in their conference in scoring and assists. Jenkins tallied 20 or more points 22 times, went over the 30-point plateau on four occasions and scored a career-high 40 points against Binghamton on Dec. 8. He finished the regular season on a 55-game double-digit scoring streak, which is the third-longest active streak in the nation. Jenkins became Hofstra's all-time leading scorer on Jan. 29 and currently ranks second on the CAA's career scoring chart with 2,463 points, trailing only Hall of Famer David Robinson. The CAA Player of the Year award is the latest in a long line of honors for Jenkins, who was the CAA Rookie of the Year in 2008 and has received the Haggerty Award as the top player in Metropolitan New York for the past two seasons. He became the fifth Hofstra men's basketball player to have his jersey retired on Feb. 26.
Saddler is the first Delaware player to receive CAA Rookie of the Year honors. The freshman point guard, who started all 29 games for the Blue Hens, led all rookies and ranked 15th in the CAA in scoring with 13.4 ppg. Saddler tallied double figures in his final 12 games and set a Delaware freshman record with 389 points. He also topped the team and was 13th in the conference in assists (2.9 apg), ranked second on the team in steals (20) and was 12th in the CAA in field goal percentage (47.6%).
McDowell is the second straight William and Mary player to receive the Ehlers Award, which is presented annually to the men's basketball student-athlete who "embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his academic athletic achievement." The junior guard/forward led the Tribe and ranked seventh in the CAA in scoring with 15.2 ppg. He's also second in the conference in free throw (86.2%) and three-point percentage (43.8%).
Joining Jenkins on the All-CAA first team were Northeastern senior guard Chaisson Allen (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland), James Madison senior forward Denzel Bowles (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville), Old Dominion senior forward Frank Hassell (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) and George Mason senior guard Cam Long (Palm Bay, Fla./Freedom (Va.)
Allen made the All-CAA first team for the second year in a row after ranking among the top 15 in the league in scoring (16.8 ppg/4th), rebounding (6.0 rpg/15th), assists (3.8 apg/6th) and steals (2.1 spg/2nd). The senior drained a team-high 59 three-pointers and shot 37.8% from the beyond the arc. Allen, who also made the CAA All-Defensive squad for the third year in a row, ranks fifth on the CAA's all-time steals list with 230. Bowles moves up to the All-CAA first team after earning second-team honors last season. The senior forward ranked second in the conference in scoring (18.2 ppg) and field goal percentage (58.1%), third in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and fifth in blocked shots (1.6 bpg). Bowles scored double figures in 28 of 31 games this season and recorded 14 double-doubles. He reached 1,000 points and 500 rebounds for his two-year JMU career in only 55 games.
Earning second-team All-CAA honors were ODU's Bazemore (12.5ppg/5.1rpg), Drexel junior forward Samme Givens (11.8ppg/10.0rpg), George Mason junior forward Ryan Pearson (14.7ppg/6.9rpg), VCU senior forward Jamie Skeen (14.8 ppg/7.6rpg) and UNC Wilmington senior guard Chad Tomko (17.6ppg/5.9rpg).
Named to the All-CAA third team was Delaware senior guard Jawan Carter (15.7ppg/3.7rpg), Drexel sophomore guard Chris Fouch (14.7ppg/3.2rpg), George Mason sophomore forward Luke Hancock (11.1 ppg/4.3rpg), W&M's McDowell (15.2 ppg/5.4 rpg) and VCU senior guard Joey Rodriguez (10.6ppg/4.7apg).