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Benimon Headlines All-CAA Men's Basketball Team

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          Release: 03/08/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (March 8, 2013) - Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball Player of the Year in voting by the league's head coaches, media relations directors and members of the media. The announcement was made Friday night at the league's pre-tournament awards banquet in Richmond, Va.

Also receiving top honors were Towson's Pat Skerry as the CAA Coach of the Year, Georgia State freshman guard R.J. Hunter as the CAA Rookie of the Year and Delaware senior forward Jamelle Hagins as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year. Northeastern senior guard Jonathan Lee was the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Benimon is the first Towson player to earn CAA Player of the Year honors. The junior forward recorded double-doubles in 20 of the Tigers' 31 contests, which is currently tied with UNCW's Keith Rendleman for the most in Division I. He was the league's fourth-leading scorer with 17.1 points per game and reached double figures in 27 of 31 outings. Benimon led the CAA and ranked third in the nation with 11.2 rebounds per game and his 346 rebounds set a Towson season record and were the eighth-most in a season in CAA history. Showing his all-around game, Benimon was also third in the conference in blocked shots (1.9 bpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (53.3%) and his 79 assists were the most of any Towson player.

Skerry guided Towson to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history this year. After going just 1-31 during Skerry's inaugural campaign in 2011-12, the Tigers posted an 18-13 mark this season, which was the most victories by a Towson squad since 1993-94. Their 13-5 record in CAA play and second-place finish in the league standings were also the best ever.  Towson won 12 of its 18 games away from home (9 away/3 neutral), which was the program's highest total since 1976-77. The Tigers closed the season with eight victories in their final nine contests.

Hunter was a unanimous selection for the CAA Rookie of the Year award (coaches and SID's couldn't vote for their own players) and is the first Georgia State player to receive the honor. The freshman guard ranked sixth in the CAA in scoring with 17.0 points per game and broke the Panthers' freshman scoring mark with 527 points. He tallied double figures in 24 contests and topped the 20-point mark 12 times. On Feb. 2 against Old Dominion, he poured in a career-high 38 points after tying a CAA record by hitting 10-of-15 from three-point range. Hunter, who was one of only four freshmen in the nation to average at least 17 points and five rebounds per game, ranked fifth in the CAA in steals (1.7 spg). He is also the first freshman to be named to the All-CAA first team since UNCW's Brett Blizzard in 1999-2000.

Hagins is the first Delaware player to garner CAA Defensive Player of the Year accolades. The senior forward led the league and ranked 33rd in the nation with 2.4 blocked shots per game this season. He is the Blue Hens' all-time leader in blocks and ranks fourth on the CAA's all-time chart with 285. Hagins was also second in the CAA and eighth in the nation in rebounding with 10.5 per contest. He became UD's all-time leading rebounder earlier this season and has climbed to sixth in CAA history with 1,051 caroms. Hagins is one of only eight players in CAA history to accumulate over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Lee is the first Northeastern 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." After missing the Huskies' first nine games due to injury, the senior guard started the final 21 contests and contributed 13.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and a team-high 4.1 assists per game. Earlier this season, he went over the 1,000-point mark for his career. Lee is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes who have noteworthy accomplishments in community, classroom, character and competition.

Joining Towson's Benimon and GSU's Hunter on the All-CAA first team was UNCW senior forward Keith Rendleman, Delaware junior guard Devon Saddler, and Northeastern senior guard Joel Smith.

Rendleman made the first team for the second year in a row after ranking among the top five in the CAA in scoring (17.0 ppg/5th), rebounding (10.5 rpg/3rd), field goal percentage (53.9%/3rd) and blocked shots (1.6 bpg/5th). He's UNCW's all-time leader and ranks fifth in the CAA history in rebounding (1,055) and is fourth on the Seahawks' career scoring chart with 1,516 points. Rendleman is one of eight players in CAA history with over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.

Saddler, who was a second-team All-CAA honoree in 2011-12, led the CAA and ranked 15th in the nation in scoring with 20.2 points per game. He has scored double figures in 37 consecutive games, which is the second-longest streak in Division I, and he topped the 20-point mark 15 times. Saddler is already third on UD's all-time scoring list with 1,641 points, which is the second-most of any junior in the nation.

Smith earns All-CAA honors for the first time after a breakout season. The senior guard led NU and ranked seventh in the league in scoring with 16.5 points per game. He was also second in the conference in three-pointers (77) and three-point FG percentage (42.5%) and led the CAA in free throw percentage (87%). Smith is second on NU's career treys chart with 237.

Earning second-team All-CAA honors were Delaware's Hagins (11.6 ppg/10.5 rpg), Drexel sophomore guard Damion Lee (17.5 ppg/5.2 rpg), Drexel junior guard Frantz Massenat (14.6 ppg/4.2 apg), William & Mary sophomore guard Marcus Thornton (18.6 ppg/2.7 rpg) and George Mason junior guard Sherrod Wright (16.5 ppg/4.9 rpg).

Named to the All-CAA third team were Northeastern sophomore forward/guard Quincy Ford (12.9 ppg/5.7 rpg), James Madison senior forward Rayshawn Goins (12.9 ppg/7.4 rpg), Northeastern's Lee (13.8 ppg/4.5 rpg), James Madison senior guard Devon Moore (11.3 ppg/4.8 apg), William & Mary junior forward Tim Rusthoven (14.4 ppg/7.2 rpg) and Delaware sophomore guard Jarvis Threatt (13.1 ppg/5.7 rpg).

 

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2012-13 CAA MEN'S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

 

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

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                    Jr.           F                6-8            245         Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

R.J. Hunter, Georgia State                      Fr.           G               6-5            175         Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

Keith Rendleman, UNCW                       Sr.           F                6-8            220         Denver, N.C./East Lincoln

Devon Saddler, Delaware                      Jr.           G               6-2            210         Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen

Joel Smith, Northeastern                       Sr.           G               6-4            180         Leander, Texas/Leander

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

Jamelle Hagins, Delaware                     Sr.           F                6-9            235         Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

Damion Lee, Drexel                                  So.          G               6-6            195         Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall

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

Marcus Thornton, William & Mary     So.          G               6-4            185         Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara

Sherrod Wright, George Mason           Jr.           G               6-4            196         Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Vernon

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

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

Rayshawn Goins, James Madison       Sr.           F                6-6            265         Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville

Jonathan Lee, Northeastern                 Sr.           G               6-2            200         Flint, Mich./Flint Carmen-Ainsworth

Devon Moore, James Madison            Sr.           G               6-4            175         Columbus, Ohio/Northland

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary         Jr.           F                6-9            235         Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

Jarvis Threatt, Delaware                         So.          G               6-2            165         Richmond, Va./Highland Springs

2012-13 CAA Player of the Year - Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

2012-13 CAA Coach of the Year - Pat Skerry, Towson

2012-13 CAA Rookie of the Year - R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

2012-13 CAA Defensive Player of the Year - Jamelle Hagins, Delaware

2012-13 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award - Jonathan Lee, Northeastern

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

Jerome Hairston, Towson                      Fr.           G               6-3            190         Cheyenne, Wyo./Christ School

R.J. Hunter, Georgia State                      Fr.           G               6-5            175         Indianapolis, Ind./Pike

Andre Nation, James Madison             Fr.           G               6-5            200         Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian

Keenan Palmore, Old Dominion         Fr.           G               6-1            174         Stone Mountain, Ga./Paideia School

David Walker, Northeastern                 Fr.           G               6-6            176         Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls

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

Jerrelle Benimon, Towson                    Jr.           F                6-8            245         Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Jamelle Hagins, Delaware                     Sr.           F                6-9            235         Roanoke, Va./William Fleming

Stevie Mejia, Hofstra                               Sr.           G               5-9            175         Hyde Park, Mass./Lawrence Academy

Keith Rendleman, UNCW                       Sr.           F                6-8            220         Denver, N.C./East Lincoln

James Vincent, Georgia State              Sr.           C               6-10         260         Columbus, Ga./Northside

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

Kyle Anderson, Delaware                      So.          G               6-2            195         Newark, Ill./Newark

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

Donte Hill, Old Dominion                      Jr.           G               6-4            205         Virginia Beach, Va./Norfolk Collegiate

Shane Reybold, UNCW                            Jr.           F                6-8            238         Laurel, Md./Reservoir    

Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary         Jr.           F                6-9            235         Winfield, Ill./Wheaton Academy

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

Brandon Britt, William & Mary             Jr.           G               6-2            195         Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian

Daquan Brown, Hofstra                           Jr.           F                6-10         215         Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln

Jonathan Lee, Northeastern                 Sr.           G               6-2            200         Flint, Mich./Flint Carmen-Ainsworth

Tanner Milson, UNCW                             Jr.           G               6-2            190         Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill

Kris Walden, Towson                               So.          G               6-1            175         Richmond, Va./Henrico

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

Bryan Blackstone, Towson                     Gr.          G               5-10         185         Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North

Brett Goodloe, William & Mary           Sr.           G               6-4            190         Staunton, Va./St. Anne's Belfield

Fred Heldring, William & Mary            Jr.           F                6-9            245         Winnetka, Ill./New Trier

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

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

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

Andrew Pavloff, William & Mary        Sr.           F                6-9            240         Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit

Tom Schalk, William & Mary                 So.          F                6-8            210         Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley

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

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