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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The VCU Rams are ready for this year’s CAA tournament…but they will have to wait a day for their first game.

VCU has the number two seed and will play the winner of Northeastern and William and Mary on Saturday at 6pm.

Drexel has the league’s top seed and will play at noon on Saturday. George Mason is number 3 and two-time defending tournament champs Old Dominion is the fourth seed.

The CAA also handed out their post season awards on Thursday night.

Below is a summary of the event from the CAA:

RICHMOND, Va. (March 1, 2012) – George Mason senior forward Ryan Pearson (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Christ the King) was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Thursday night at the league’s pre-tournament awards banquet in Richmond, Va.

Also receiving top honors were Drexel’s Bruiser Flint as the CAA Coach of the Year, Drexel freshman guard Damion Lee (Owings Mills, Md./St. Thomas More) as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Old Dominion senior guard Kent Bazemore (Kelford, N.C./Bertie) as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Georgia State senior Jihad Ali (Atlanta, Ga./Martin Luther King) and William and Mary senior Quinn McDowell (Mason, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) were recipients of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Pearson is the first George Mason player to earn CAA Player of the Year honors since George Evans in 2001. The senior forward was the league’s third-leading scorer with 17.8 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 contests. Pearson also ranked fifth in the conference with 8.5 rebounds per game and was seventh in field goal percentage (50.5%). He was Mason’s leading scorer in 22 of 31 games, topped the team in rebounding 19 times and recorded 12 double-doubles. A two-time All-CAA selection, Pearson ranks fifth on Mason’s all-time scoring list with 1,616 points and is ninth in career rebounds with 799. He is one of only four players in school history with more than 1,500 points, 750 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals in a career.

Flint guided Drexel to its most regular-season wins in school history with a 25-5 mark. The Dragons claimed their first CAA regular-season title with a 16-2 record by reeling off 16 consecutive victories after an 0-2 start. Drexel enters this weekend’s CAA championship on a school-record 17-game winning streak, which is the second-longest in the nation behind only top-ranked Kentucky. It’s the fourth CAA Coach of the Year award for Flint, who also received the honor in 2002, 2004 and 2009.

Lee is the second Drexel player to receive CAA Rookie of the Year honors, joining Chris Fouch in 2010. The freshman guard was the Dragons’ second-leading scorer with 12.4 points per game, ranked third in assists (53) and was fourth in rebounding (4.2 rpg). He scored double digits 19 times and topped the 20-point mark four times. Lee, who drained a team-high 54 three-pointers, was sixth in the CAA in 3-point field goal percentage (38%), ninth in field goal percentage (45.7%) and 13th in free throw percentage (77.3%).

Bazemore earned CAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades for the second straight season. The senior guard ranked second in the conference and 24th in the nation with 67 steals. He made two or more thefts in 20 of 31 games, including seven in a victory over Big East foe South Florida. Bazemore, who topped the conference in steals in 2010 and 2011, ranks third on the CAA’s all-time steals with 243. The first-team All-CAA selection also led the Monarchs in scoring with 15.3 points per game and was second on the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg).

Ali is the first Georgia State 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 senior guard led the Panthers and ranked 13th in the CAA in scoring with 13.0 points per game, and was also 14th in the conference in rebounding (5.8 rpg). McDowell is the first two-time recipient of the Ehlers Award. The senior guard/forward topped the Tribe in scoring with 12.7 points per game this season and is just the fourth player in William & Mary history with more than 1,500 points (1,615) and 500 rebounds (596) in a career.

Joining Mason’s Pearson and ODU’s Bazemore on the All-CAA first team were VCU senior guard/forward Bradford Burgess (Midlothian, Va./Benedictine), Drexel sophomore guard Frantz Massenat (Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic), and UNCW junior forward Keith Rendleman (Iron Station, N.C./East Lincoln).

Burgess led the Rams in scoring with 13.5 points per game and was the team’s second-leading rebounder (5.2 rpg). Burgess, who has started all 141 collegiate games, is one of only three VCU players with more than 1,600 points and 700 rebounds in a career. Massenat, who was a member of the CAA All-Rookie team a year ago, led the Dragons with 13.5 points per game from the point guard spot and was also third in the conference in assists (4.5 apg). He led the league in 3-point field goal percentage (46.6%) and shot 80.8% from the free throw line. Rendleman topped UNCW and was fifth in the CAA in scoring with 15.6 points per game and was second in the conference and 12th in the nation in rebounding (10.5 rpg). He has recorded 16 double-doubles this season, which is tied for the 6th-best total in the nation.

Earning second-team All-CAA honors were Old Dominion senior forward Chris Cooper (10.6 ppg/10.3 rpg), Drexel senior forward Samme Givens (11.7 ppg/7.8 rpg), Delaware junior forward Jamelle Hagins (12.7 ppg/11.3 rpg), Hofstra senior guard Mike Moore (20.0 ppg/4.6 rpg) and Delaware sophomore guard Devon Saddler (18.7 ppg/4.1 rpg).

Named to the All-CAA third team were Georgia State senior guard Jihad Ali (13.0 ppg/5.8 rpg), Georgia State senior forward Eric Buckner (10.8 ppg/7.0 rpg), James Madison senior guard Humpty Hitchens (15.0 ppg/2.3 rpg), Northeastern junior guard Jonathan Lee (14.6 ppg/4.0 rpg), VCU sophomore forward Juvonte Reddic (10.8 ppg/7.0 rpg) and VCU junior guard Darius Theus (8.6 ppg/4.7 apg).

 

 

2011-12 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

 

First Team All-CAA                                    Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion             Sr.           G               6-5            195         Kelford, N.C./Bertie

Bradford Burgess, VCU                            Sr.           G/F          6-6            225         Midlothian, Va./Benedictine

Frantz Massenat, Drexel                         So.          G               6-4            185         Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic

Ryan Pearson, George Mason              Sr.           F                6-6            237         Far Rockaway, N.Y./Christ the King

Keith Rendleman, UNCW                       Jr.           F                6-8            213         Iron Station, N.C./East Lincoln

Second Team All-CAA                              Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Chris Cooper, Old Dominion                  Sr.           F                6-9            230         Dumfries, Va./Forest Park

Samme Givens, Drexel                            Sr.           F                6-5            220         Philadelphia, Pa./Acad. of the New Church

Jamelle Hagins, Delaware                       Jr.           F                6-9            240         Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

Mike Moore, Hofstra                               Sr.           G               6-5            200         New Haven, Conn./Hillhouse

Devon Saddler, Delaware                       So.          G               6-2            205         Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen/Winchendon Prep

Third Team All-CAA                                  Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Jihad Ali, Georgia State                            Sr.           G               6-5            200         Atlanta, Ga./Martin Luther King

Eric Buckner, Georgia State                   Sr.           F                6-10         203         Ehrhardt, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Humpty Hitchens, James Madison     Sr.           G               5-9            185         Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe

Jonathan Lee, Northeastern                 Jr.           G               6-2            200         Flint, Mich./Flint Carmen-Ainworth

Juvonte Reddic, VCU                                So.          F                6-9            235         Winston-Salem, N.C./Quality Education Acad.

Darius Theus, VCU                                     Jr.           G               6-3            200         Portsmouth, Va./I.C. Norcom

2012 CAA Player of the Year – Ryan Pearson, George Mason

2012 CAA Coach of the Year – Bruiser Flint, Drexel

2012 CAA Rookie of the Year – Damion Lee, Drexel

2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion

2012 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Jihad Ali, Georgia State and Quinn McDowell, William and Mary

CAA All-Rookie Team                              Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Quincy Ford, Northeastern                    Fr.           G/F          6-8            212         St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs

Damion Lee, Drexel                                  Fr.           G               6-6            190         Owings Mills, Md./St. Thomas More

Adam Smith, UNCW                                 Fr.           G               6-1            161         Jonesboro, Ga./Fayette County

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary      Fr.           G               6-4            170         Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Jarvis Threatt, Delaware                         Fr.           G               6-2            170         Highland Springs, Va./Highland Springs

CAA All-Defensive Team                        Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion             Sr.           G               6-5            195         Kelford, N.C./Bertie

Eric Buckner, Georgia State                   Sr.           F                6-10         203         Ehrhardt, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Jamelle Hagins, Delaware                       Jr.           F                6-9            240         Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

Robert Nwankwo, Towson                    Sr.           C               6-8            220         Hyattsville, Md./Parkdale

Briante Weber, VCU                                 Fr.           G               6-3            160         Chesapeake, Va./Great Bridge

CAA All-Academic First Team               Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Jihad Ali, Georgia State                            Sr.           G               6-5            200         Atlanta, Ga./Martin Luther King

Trian Iliadis, Old Dominion                      Sr.           G               6-3            185         Perth, Western Australia/Trinity College

Quinn McDowell, William & Mary       Sr.           G/F          6-6            215         Mason, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller

Dwan McMillan, Hofstra                         Sr.           G               6-0            180         Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Benedict’s

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary           So.          F                6-9            230         Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

CAA All-Academic Second Team         Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Brandon Britt, William & Mary              So.          G               6-1            182         Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian

James Fields, Georgia State                   Sr.           G               6-4            182         Savannah, Ga./Urban Christian

Erique Gumbs, Towson                           So.          F                6-9            230         Newark, Del./Caravel Academy

Jonathan Lee, Northeastern                 Jr.           G               6-2            200         Flint, Mich./Flint Carmen-Ainworth

Tanner Milson, UNCW                             So.          G               6-3            190         Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill

CAA All-Academic Hon. Mention       Cl.           Pos.         Ht.            Wt.        Hometown/High School

Rob Brandenberg, VCU                           So.          G               6-2            180         Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln

Kyle Gaillard, William & Mary                Jr.           F                6-8            220         Huntersville, N.C./North Mecklenburg

Matt Grogan, Hofstra                               Jr.           G               6-5            195         Middle Village, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy

Fred Heldring, William & Mary              So.          F                6-9            240         Winnetka, Ill./New Trier

Doug Howard, William & Mary             Jr.           G               5-9            160         Leesburg, Va./Flint Hill

Anton Larsen, Old Dominion                 So.          F                7-0            240         Copenhagen, Denmark/Oster Farimagsgades

Jacob Lerner, Drexel                                 So.          G               6-2            190         Philadelphia, Pa./Abington Friends

Stevan Manojlovic, Drexel                     So.          G               6-5            197         Toronto, Ontario/Martingrove Collegiate Inst

Andrew Pavloff, William & Mary         Jr.           F                6-9            250         Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit

Ryan Pierson, Northeastern                  So.          F/C           6-10         235         St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers

Gene Swindle, James Madison            Jr.           C               6-11         260         Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep

Will Townsville, Delaware                       Jr.           G               6-3            180         Newark, Del./Glasgow

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