RICHMOND, Va. (March 3, 2011) – 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 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 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.

Larranaga guided George Mason to its best regular season in school history with a 25-5 overall record. The Patriots finished atop the CAA standings for the first time since 2000 and tied a league record for conference wins with a 16-2 mark. Mason closed the regular season on a 15-game winning streak, which is the longest in the nation and is also a school record. The Patriots are ranked #25 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, which is the first time a CAA team has been nationally ranked since Mason was #25 on Feb. 20, 2006. It’s the second CAA Coach of the Year award for Larranaga, who also received the honor in 1999.

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%).

Bazemore is the second Old Dominion player to receive CAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades. 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).

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 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.

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. The Patriots’ guard ranked eighth in the conference in scoring (15.1 ppg), sixth in steals (1.5 spg), 11th in field goal percentage (48.3%) and 12th in assists (3.0 apg). He shot a league-best 44% from three-point range and scored double figures in 27 of Mason’s 30 contests.

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).

2010-11 CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS


First Team All-CAA                      Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Chaisson Allen, Northeastern        Sr.    G    6-4    200    Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland
Denzel Bowles, James Madison     Sr.    F    6-10    260    Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville
Frank Hassell, Old Dominion        Sr.    F    6-9    255    Chesapeake, Va./Indian River
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra              Sr.    G    6-3    220    Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens
Cam Long, George Mason            Sr.    G    6-4    187    Palm Bay, Fla./Freedom (Va.)

Second Team All-CAA                   Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion       Jr.    G/F    6-5    195    Kelford, N.C./Bertie
Samme Givens, Drexel                 Jr.    F    6-5    220    Philadelphia, Pa./Acad. of the New Church
Ryan Pearson, George Mason        Jr.    F    6-6    230    Far Rockaway, N.Y./Christ the King
Jamie Skeen, VCU                       Sr.    F    6-9    240    Charlotte, N.C./North Mecklenberg
Chad Tomko, UNC Wilmington       Sr.    G    5-11    160    Charlotte, N.C./Independence

Third Team All-CAA                      Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Jawan Carter, Delaware                 Sr.    G    5-11    185    Wilmington, Del./Tatnall
Chris Fouch, Drexel                      So.    G    6-2    170    New York, N.Y./Rice
Luke Hancock, George Mason        So.    F    6-5    189    Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley
Quinn McDowell, William & Mary     Jr.    G/F    6-6    215    Mason, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller
Joey Rodriguez, VCU                    Sr.    G    5-10    175    Merritt Island, Fla./Lake Howell

2011 CAA Player of the Year – Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
2011 CAA Coach of the Year – Jim Larranaga, George Mason
2011 CAA Rookie of the Year – Devon Saddler, Delaware
2011 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion
2011 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Quinn McDowell, William and Mary

CAA All-Rookie Team                   Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Brandon Britt, William & Mary        Fr.    G    6-1    175    Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian
Frantz Massenat, Drexel               Fr.    G    6-4    180    Ewing, N.J./Trenton Catholic
Ryan Pierson, Northeastern           Fr.    F/C    6-10    235    St. Louis, Mo./Christian Brothers
Dartaye Ruffin, Drexel                  Fr.    F    6-8    240    Stoughton, Mass./New Hampton
Devon Saddler, Delaware              Fr.    G    6-2    205    Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

CAA All-Defensive Team              Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Chaisson Allen, Northeastern        Sr.    G    6-4    200    Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland
Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion      Jr.    G/F    6-5    195    Kelford, N.C./Bertie
Jamelle Hagins, Delaware            So.    F    6-8    220    Roanoke, Va./William Fleming
Frank Hassell, Old Dominion        Sr.    F    6-9    255    Chesapeake, Va./Indian River
Greg Washington, Hofstra           Sr.    F    6-10    215    Centereach, N.Y./Central Islip

CAA All-Academic First Team        Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
James Fields, Georgia State         Jr.    G    6-3    192    Savannah, Ga./Urban Christian
Trian Iliadis, Old Dominion          Jr.    G    6-3    185    Perth, Western Australia/Gwelp
Brad Kelleher, Hofstra                 Sr.    G    6-0    185    Victoria, Australia/Brisbane
Quinn McDowell, William & Mary   Jr.    G/F    6-6    215    Mason, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller   
Brian Morris, Towson                  Grad.    G    6-5    171    Camp Hill, Pa./Trinity

CAA All-Academic Second Team   Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Charles Jenkins, Hofstra             Sr.    G    6-3    220    Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens
Marcus Kitts, William & Mary        Sr.    F    6-9    230    Holly Springs, N.C./Middle Creek
RaShawn Polk, Towson               Jr.    G    6-2    200    Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
Isaiah Tate, George Mason         Sr.    G    6-4    214    Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha
Matt Wilson, UNC Wilmington      So.    F    6-11    235    Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft

CAA All-Academic Hon. Mention    Cl.    Pos.    Ht.    Wt.    Hometown/High School
Ronald Colbert, Drexel                Sr.    G    6-2    170    Capitol Heights, Md./Thomas Stone
Ben Felix, Northeastern               Jr.    C    6-11    240    Mill Bay, British Columbia/Berkshire
Matt Grogan, Hofstra                  So.    G    6-5    195    Middle Village, N.Y./Molloy
Doug Howard, William & Mary       So.    G    5-9    150    Leesburg, Va./Flint Hill
Marques Johnson, Georgia State   Sr.    G    6-5    205    Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider
Ben Louis, James Madison           Sr.    G    6-3    200    Melbourne, Australia/St. Francis Xavier
Daryl McCoy, Drexel                    So.    F    6-9    270    Hartford, Conn./Hartford Public
Andrew Pavloff, William & Mary     So.    F    6-9    220    Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit
Danny Quinn, Towson                  Sr.    F    6-7    255    Annapolis, Md./Spalding
Will Townsville, Delaware             So.    G    6-3    180    Newark, Del./Glasgow