CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
James Fields • Georgia State
Sr., G, 6-4, 182 - Savannah, Ga./Urban Christian
Fields scored a career-high 18 points and also contributed five assists, four rebounds and four steals as Georgia State won its school-record ninth straight game with a 72-52 triumph over Georgia Southern last Thursday. The senior guard was 7-of-11 from the floor and was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point range and the free throw line.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Juvonte Reddic • VCU
So., F, 6-9, 235 - Winston-Salem, N.C./Quality Education Acad.
Reddic averaged 15.5 ppg and 6.0 rpg as VCU went 2-0 last week to push its winning streak to six. The sophomore forward tallied 16 points and six rebounds in a 68-49 victory over UAB and had 15 points and six boards in an 80-68 triumph at UNCG. For the week, Reddic shot 81.3% (13-of-16) from the floor and was 5-of-6 (83.3%) at the free throw line.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Adam Smith • UNCW
Fr., G, 5-11, 160 - Jonesboro, Ga./Fayette County
Smith averaged 20.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg in UNCW’s 1-1 week. The Seahawks’ guard broke the UNCW freshman scoring record with a 32-point performance in an 87-78 setback at ACC member Wake Forest and contributed eight points and four boards in a 67-65 victory over Campbell. For the season, Smith ranks fifth in the CAA in scoring with 17.0 ppg.
Georgia State Wins School-Record 9th-Straight Game: Georgia State rolled past Georgia Southern 72-52 last Thursday to set a school record with its ninth consecutive victory. The win streak, which broke the mark set during the 2000-01 campaign, is the 9th-longest in Division I currently. James Fields led the Panthers with a career-high 18 points and backcourt mate Devonta White added 17. GSU is giving up just 51.8 ppg while scoring 73.2 ppg during the nine-game run. The Panthers’ 9-3 start is its best since 2000-01 and they are 6-0 at home this season. GSU is off until Jan. 2 when its hosts CAA foe Drexel.
Streaking: Along with Georgia State’s school-record nine-game winning streak, several other CAA teams are playing well. VCU has won six in a row and seven of its last eight. The Rams’ six victories have all been by double digits, which is the first time they have accomplished that feat since 1973-74. Drexel has captured its last four games, James Madison has won five of its last six, including three in a row on the road, and George Mason has claimed six of its last eight contests.
From CAA To NBA: The CAA is well-represented with five players on NBA rosters to start the season. Former CAA players include Northeastern’s J.J. Barea (Minnesota Timberwolves), Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins (Golden State Warriors), VCU’s Eric Maynor (Oklahoma City Thunder), Towson’s Gary Neal (San Antonio Spurs) and VCU’s Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks).
Doing It With Defense: Several CAA teams are excelling defensively. Three teams (Drexel, Georgia State and VCU) are holding opponents under 60 points per game, while George Mason, GSU and Delaware are limiting foes to less than 40% FG shooting. VCU leads the CAA and ranks 6th in Division I with 10.2 steals per game and it’s 2nd in the nation in opposition turnover rate (27%). GSU, Old Dominion and Northeastern are also averaging better than 8.7 steals per game. The Rams are 8th in Division I in turnover margin (+6.5 tpg) and 13th in forced turnovers.
CAA Play Resumes On Jan. 2: This will be the last full week of non-conference action as CAA teams resume league play on Jan. 2 with a stretch of three games in six days. Road teams came out on top in three of the six CAA contests played in December. George Mason won 65-53 at Towson, James Madison picked up a 62-60 victory at Hofstra and Old Dominion earned a 69-59 win at Northeastern. Getting victories at home were Delaware, which beat rival Drexel 71-60, Georgia State, which cruised by William & Mary, 66-34, and VCU, which beat UNCW 87-64.
UNCW’s Smith Ranked 5th Among Freshmen Scorers: UNCW guard Adam Smith ranked fifth in scoring among all freshmen in Division I through games of Dec. 25. Smith trailed Kyle Vinales of Central Connecticut (20.2 ppg), Juan’ya Green of Niagara (19.1 ppg), Justin Edwards of Maine (17.3 ppg) and Stephan Hicks of CS-Northridge (17.1 ppg). Smith has scored double figures in eight of 10 UNCW games, including a UNCW freshman-record 32 points at Wake Forest, a 27-point effort at Toledo and 23 points at Maryland.
Mason’s 18-Game Home Win Streak Ends: George Mason lost 75-64 to Duquesne last Wednesday, ending the 10th-longest active home court streak in the nation at 18 games. It was the first setback at home since the end of the 2009-10 season for the Patriots, who tied the Patriot Center record for consecutive victories.
Changing Of The Guard: It’s been a year of change around the CAA as many young players and newcomers are making an impact. As of Dec. 25, there were only five seniors among the league’s top 15 in scoring along with three sophomores and two freshmen. Last season, eight of the CAA’s top 10 scorers were seniors.
Freshmen Making An Impact: Freshmen are seeing significant playing time around the CAA this season. All 12 CAA teams have at least one freshman on their team who is averaging better than 16 minutes per game and JMU is the only team that hasn’t had a freshman start at least one game. Four freshmen are among the CAA’s top 30 in scoring - UNCW’s Adam Smith, Drexel’s Damion Lee, W&M’s Marcus Thornton and ODU’s Dimitri Batten. Four are among the top 15 in assists - Towson’s Kris Walden, Mason’s Corey Edwards, Delaware’s Khalid Lewis and Drexel’s Lee. Three are in the top 10 in steals - VCU’s Briante Weber, NU’s Quincy Ford and Mason’s Edwards. Three are also three in the top 20 in rebounding - UNCW’s Cedrick Williams and NU teammates Ford and Reggie Spencer.
UD’s Hagins Ranks 6th Nationally In Rebounding: Delaware junior Jamelle Hagins ranked sixth in the nation in rebounding at 11.5 rpg according to the latest NCAA stats through games of Dec. 18. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman was 17th in rebounding with 10.3 rpg and ODU’s Chris Cooper is 29th with 9.8 rpg. In other statistical categories, UD’s Devon Saddler was 12th in scoring (21.3 ppg), JMU’s A.J. Davis was 3rd in 3-point FG percentage (51.4%), GSU’s Eric Buckner was 12th in blocks (3.1 bpg), ODU’s Kent Bazemore was 14th in steals (2.7 spg) and NU’s Joel Smith was 2nd in FT percentage (95.5%). In team categories, Drexel was 9th in the nation in 3-point FG defense (24.7%). James Madison was 16th in 3-point FG percentage (41.4%) and 10th in threes per game (9.3). Old Dominion was 12th in steals per game (9.8 spg). VCU was 11th in turnover margin (+5.4 tpg). A complete listing of statistical leaders can be found on Page 4 of this release.
GSU’s Fields On Cousy Award Watch List: Georgia State senior guard James Fields is among the candidates for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Fields is contributing 9.0 ppg for the Panthers this season and has 34 assists with just 14 turnovers.
Doubling Up: Seven CAA players have already recorded two or more double-doubles this season. ODU senior Chris Cooper has recorded seven double-doubles, as has Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins, who has recorded seven consecutive double-doubles. UNCW’s Keith Rendleman has five double-doubles and George Mason’s Ryan Pearson and Towson’s Robert Nwankwo each have four. Eleven of the 12 CAA teams have a player with at least one double-double.
Starting Streaks: VCU senior Bradford Burgess has made 122 consecutive starts, which is the longest active streak in Division I basketball and broke the Rams’ all-time record. James Madison senior Julius Wells has started 109 straight games, which ranks second on the Dukes’ career list. Wells ranks 8th on JMU’s all-time scoring list last week with 1,395 points and Burgess is 14th on the VCU’s all-time points list with 1,376 points.
First Coaches Teleconference Moved To Jan. 3: Since all 12 CAA men’s basketball teams will be in action on Monday, Jan. 2, the first CAA men’s basketball coaches’ teleconference of the season will move to Tuesday, Jan. 3. The calls will return to their normal Monday schedule on Jan. 9. More information can be found on page 5 of this release.
Two CAA Teams In Mid-Major Top 25 Poll: Two CAA teams were ranked in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll released on Dec. 26 by CollegeInsider.com. VCU was the top-ranked CAA squad at #16, while George Mason was ranked #18. Georgia State was among others receiving votes. The Missouri Valley led all conferences with four teams in the poll, followed by the West Coast with three. The CAA was among five other conferences with two teams ranked.
• Improved to 4-0 at home for the first time since 1999-2000 after a 70-66 win over La Salle last Monday, but fell 88-83 in overtime at Howard on Thursday.
• Junior Jamelle Hagins, who had his 7th straight double-double (15pts/15reb) at Howard, leads the CAA with 11.8 rpg. He is averaging 14.8 ppg and 13.5 rpg over the last 7 contests. His double-double streak is the longest for a UD player since Harding Nana in 2004-05. He also has 28 blocks.
• Sophomore Devon Saddler, who is 2nd in the CAA in scoring (20.8 ppg), posted his first career double-double (18pts/10reb) vs. La Salle. He had a streak of five straight 20+ point games from Nov. 18-Dec. 3, including two games with 30+ points.
• Freshman Khalid Lewis scored a career-high 18 points vs. La Salle, all coming in the 2nd half. He added 4 assists and 3 steals.
• Freshman Jarvis Threatt came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points at Howard.
• Extended their winning streak to four with a 68-44 victory at Binghamton last Thursday. Shot a season-best 55.3% from the floor.
• Senior Samme Givens scored 15 points at BU and is averaging 16.3 ppg while shooting 73.9% from the floor (17-23) over his last three games. Givens ranks 5th on Drexel’s career rebounding list with 843.
• Freshman Damion Lee added 12 points and three assists at BU. Lee is 15th in the CAA in scoring (12.4 ppg), 18th in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and 14th in assists (2.5 apg).
• Chris Fouch is averaging 16.0 ppg in his last four games after scoring 8 total points in his first two games back from knee surgery.
• Sophomore Frantz Massenat has scored double figures in seven of 10 games. Massenat is averaging a team-best 13.1 ppg and also tops the Dragons with 38 assists.
• Sophomore Dartaye Ruffin had his best outing of the season with 10 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting and 8 reb. at Binghamton.
• Lost 75-64 to Duquesne last Wednesday, ending their 18-game home court winning streak, but bounced back for an 81-61 home triumph over Manhattan last Friday.
• Ryan Pearson averaged 19.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg last week, including his 4th double-double (25pts/10reb) vs. Manhattan. He has scored double figures in 12 of his last 13 games and is among the CAA’s top five in scoring (18.3ppg/4th) and rebounds (7.9rpg/5th).
• Mike Morrison posted his 2nd double-double (16pts/11reb) in the last 3 games vs. Manhattan. He’s averaging 13.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg over the three-game stretch.
• Senior Andre Cornelius made his debut vs. Duquesne after sitting out the first 10 games for a violation of team rules. He scored 11 points in 24 minutes off the bench.
• Mason tops the CAA in FG percentage (47.4%) and FG percentage defense (38.2%). Mason has shot at least 45% from the floor in 10 of 12 games, including 54.9% vs. MC.
• Rolled past Georgia Southern 72-52 on Thursday for their 9th straight victory. The winning streak is the longest in school history, breaking the mark set in 2000-01.
• The Panthers are allowing only 51.8 ppg while scoring 73.2 ppg during the winning streak. GSU has held five foes under 50 pts.
• Senior point guard James Fields scored a career-high 18 points with five assists and four steals in the victory over Ga. Southern.
• Sophomore Devonta White scored 17 points vs. Georgia Southern and is averaging 18.0 ppg over the past three games.
• GSU is off to its best start since going 11-1 in 2000-01. Coach Ron Hunter’s 9-3 start is the best ever for a first-year GSU coach.
• Senior Eric Buckner leads the CAA with 36 blocks this season. With 85 career blocks, he ranks fifth in GSU history.
• Defeated Colgate 82-59 last Thursday as five players scored in double figures. Have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
• Senior Mike Moore scored a team-high 24 points vs. Colgate. Moore has a league-best nine 20+-point efforts this season and leads the CAA in scoring (21.2 ppg). He’s been HU’s top scorer in 11 of 12 games.
• Senior Nathaniel Lester has scored double digits in nine of Hofstra’s 12 games and is averaging 12.5 ppg for the season. Lester and Moore have combined for over 50% of Hofstra’s offense (404-of-807 points).
• Senior Dwan McMillan posted his first career double-double vs. Colgate with 13 points and 10 assists. McMillan leads the team with 54 assists, which is 33 more than any other Pride player..
• Sophomore Shemiye McLendon came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points in just 27 minutes against Colgate.
• Defeated The Citadel 67-49 last Monday and won 62-57 at George Washington last Thursday. The 49 points were the fewest allowed by JMU since Dec. 5, 2009.
• Senior Humpty Hitchens had 17 pts and 5 assists at GW and a team-best 12 pts vs. The Citadel. He leads the CAA in assists (4.9 apg), ranks 6th in scoring (16.4ppg), 4th in steals (2.0spg) and is 2nd in 3-pointers and 3rd in 3-pt FG percentage.
• Junior A.J. Davis has tallied double digits seven times and ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.3ppg). He began his JMU career with four straight 20-point games and had a team-high 22 points off the bench at GW.
• Senior Julius Wells, who is the leading active scorer in the CAA with 1,395 career points, moved into 8th place on JMU’s all-time scoring list.
• Junior Devon Moore had 8 points and 4 assists in his season debut vs. The Citadel last Monday. He missed the first 7 games due to academic issues.
• Rallied past Campbell 67-65 on Monday on Matt Wilson’s tip-in with 1.4 seconds left but fell 87-78 at Wake Forest Wednesday.
• Junior Keith Rendleman recorded his 5th double-double at Wake with 14 pts and 10 reb. Rendleman has scored double figures in a league-high 9 straight games and ranks 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (10.1 rpg) and 8th in scoring (14.3 ppg).
• Freshman Adam Smith poured in a UNCW freshman-record 32 points at Wake. Smith, who has eight double-digit efforts and three 20+ point games, leads the team and is 5th in the CAA in scoring with 17.0 ppg.
• Freshmen have accounted for 331 of the Seahawks’ 597 points (55.4%) this season.
• Sophomore Donte Morales scored a team-high 16 pts vs. Campbell while freshman Cedrick Williams had a career-high 13 reb.
• UNCW made only 5 turnovers vs. Campbell after committing 28 in a its previous outing at VCU on Dec. 17.
• Lost 56-53 at Louisiana Tech last Tuesday and 88-59 at N.C. State last Thursday.
• Junior Jonathan Lee grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds at La. Tech and had a team-best 15 pts at NCSU. Lee has scored double figures in 20 of his last 22 games.
• Lee ranks among the CAA’s top 10 in scoring (14.0ppg/10th), assists (3.7apg/8th) and steals (2.4spg/2nd).
• Freshman Quincy Ford had 10 pts and 9 reb at La. Tech and grabbed a career-high 10 boards at NCSU. Ford is averaging 12.2 ppg and 6.8 rpg over his past five games.
• The Huskies tied a season-low with 10 turnovers vs. NCSU after committing 20 or more in five straight games.
• Freshman Reggie Spencer posted his 2nd double-double (10pts/11reb) at La. Tech.
• NU held La. Tech to 17 first-half points, which were the fewest by an opponent in the opening half since Feb. 14, 2009.
• Fell 90-82 in OT at Richmond on Tuesday, but beat VMI 81-73 on Thursday.
• Senior Chris Cooper scored a career-high 21 points with 7 rebounds at UR. He posted his league-best 7th double-double (10pts/12reb) vs. VMI. Cooper ranks 3rd in the CAA with 9.8 rpg.
• Kent Bazemore averaged 19.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg last week and also had 6 assists and 5 steals. He went over 1,000 pts for his career at UR. Bazemore ranks 4th on ODU’s career steals list with 208 and tops the CAA with 2.7 spg this season.
• Freshman guard Dimitri Batten added 13 points at UR and 11 vs. VMI. Batten is averaging 11.5 ppg over his last six games.
• Clemson transfer Donte Hill and redshirt freshman Richard Ross made their season debuts on Dec. 17. Ross had 6 pts and 8 reb. at UR and Hill had 11 pts. and 9 reb vs VMI.
• ODU shot 47.8% from the floor at UR, which was its best effort over the past 9 games.
• Dropped home games to Manhattan (81-62) and Vermont (65-49) last week.
• Senior Robert Nwankwo averaged 14.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg last week and shot 63.2% from the floor. He is among the CAA’s top 15 in scoring (12.3ppg/16th), rebounds (8.8rpg/4th) and blocks (1.9bpg/4th).
• Sophomore Marcus Damas scored 10 pts vs. Vermont and has tallied double digits in 5 of the last 6 games. Damas is 18th in the CAA in scoring (12.1ppg) and is 16th in the CAA in rebounding (6.1rpg).
• Freshman Jervon Pressley scored a season-high 9 points in 17 minutes vs. Manhattan.
• Freshman Deon Jones scored a team-high 11 points against Vermont and averaged 7.5 ppg for the week.
• Towson scored a season-high 62 pts vs. Manhattan and committed a season-low 10 turnovers against Vermont.
• Have won six in a row and eight of nine after topping UAB 68-49 on Tuesday and UNCG 80-68 on Thursday. The six wins have been by an average of 19.0 ppg.
• Senior Bradford Burgess broke the VCU consecutive starts (122) record at UNCG where he scored a team-high 19 points.
• Sophomore Juvonte Reddic scored 16 pts on 8-9 FG shooting vs. UAB and 15 pts on 5-7 shooting at UNCG. Reddic is averaging 15.7 ppg and 7.0 rpg in his last 3 games.
• VCU is 41-2 under Shaka Smart when holding opponents to 65 points or less. The Rams are allowing 56.3ppg in the last 6 gms.
• Freshman Treveon Graham scored a career-high 18 points vs. UAB and is averaging 12.3 ppg over his past three games.
• VCU recorded its 9th straight sellout crowd (7,617) against UAB.
• VCU leads the CAA with 10.2 steals per game and is averaging 13.5 spg over the last four contests.
William & Mary
• Dropped an 83-65 decision to Iona last Wednesday night.
• Senior Quinn McDowell scored a team-high 18 points vs. Iona, which was his top scoring effort since Nov. 20. The two-time All-CAA performer vaulted to 11th place on W&M’s all-time scoring list with 1,351 points.
• Junior Matt Rum hit three treys and scored 12 points against Iona. He’s tallied double figures in three of his four starts.
• Sophomore Brandon Britt scored nine points vs. Iona. Britt has led the Tribe in scoring in five of the past nine games and is averaging 11.0 ppg over the 9-game stretch.
• Freshman guard Marcus Thornton, who scored 8 pts vs. Iona, has reached double digits seven times this season. He is contributing 10.0 ppg off the bench.
• Guard Kendrix Brown grabbed a team-high nine rebounds vs. Iona. The senior leads W&M in assists (23) and steals (14).