RICHMOND, Va. (March 6, 2008) - VCU junior guard Eric Maynor (Raeford, N.C./Westover) was selected as the 2008 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 William and Mary’s Tony Shaver as the CAA Coach of the Year, Hofstra freshman guard Charles Jenkins (Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens) as the CAA Rookie of the Year, Old Dominion senior guard Brandon Johnson (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) as the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and UNC Wilmington senior Todd Hendley (Sanford, N.C./Sanford) as the recipient of the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Maynor was the floor general for a VCU squad that posted a 23-6 overall record and captured its second straight CAA regular-season title. The junior point guard ranked second in the conference in scoring with 17.8 points per game and dished out a league-best 5.3 assists per contest. Maynor tallied double digits in 26 of the Rams’ 29 games, including the last 13 in a row, and topped the 20-point mark 12 times. He was also among the top 10 in the CAA in field goal (46.3%), free throw (77.6%) and 3-point percentage (40.7%). In just three seasons, Maynor has already scored more than 1,100 career points and is fourth on VCU’s all-time assists list with 443.

Shaver guided William and Mary to its second-most CAA victories in school history with a 10-8 mark. Picked to finish ninth in the league’s pre-season poll, the Tribe exceeded expectations by placing fifth, which was its best conference finish since 2001. W&M reeled off nine conference victories in a 10-game stretch from January 5 to February 6, which included four triumphs on the road. The Tribe reached the 14-win mark for the second year in a row, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished at W&M since 1985.

Jenkins had a sensational freshman campaign, ranking 10th in the CAA in scoring with 15.1 points per game. The 6-foot-3 guard tallied double digits in 26 of his last 27 games, including the final 14 in a row. He made 47% of his shots from the floor, which ranked eighth in the CAA, and was 13th in the conference in free throw percentage (77.3%). Jenkins also contributed in other phases of the game, leading the Pride with 49 steals while ranking third on the team in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and assists (60).

Johnson completed an excellent career at Old Dominion in record-setting fashion. The senior guard led the CAA and ranked seventh nationally with 2.8 steals per game, and his 86 thefts were the second-highest total in league history. He ranks fourth on the CAA’s career steals list with 233 and needs only two more to move into third place. Johnson also contributed 7.5 points per game and was fourth in the conference with 137 assists.

Hendley ranked 18th in the conference in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg) and shot an impressive 55.8% from the floor. The senior forward went over the 1,000-point mark for his career in February. Hendley is the fifth UNCW player to earn 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.”

Joining Maynor on the All-CAA first team were Hofstra senior guard Antoine Agudio (Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman), UNC Wilmington senior guard T.J. Carter (Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon), VCU senior guard Jamal Shuler (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) and George Mason senior forward Will Thomas (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph).

Agudio led the CAA and ranked 12th in the nation in scoring this season with 22.5 points per game. The senior netted 20 or more points in 16 of his 26 games and topped the 30-point mark six times. Agudio broke Hofstra’s all-time scoring record that had stood for 43 years and ranks fourth in CAA history with 2,249 points. He is second on the league’s career 3-pointers list with 352. Carter showed no ill effects from missing last season due to hernia surgery, ranking among the CAA’s top 15 in scoring (16.2 ppg/4th), rebounding (5.7 apg/13th) and assists (4.3 apg/5th). The senior guard tallied double digits in 27 of his 31 contests, including 12 of the last 13. Carter was also the CAA’s most accurate free throw shooter at 85.9%, and made a school-record 37 consecutive attempts from the charity stripe.

Shuler earned first-team All-CAA honors in his first year as a starter for VCU. The senior guard was the league’s ninth-leading scorer with 15.6 points per game, reaching double figures in 23 of 29 contests. He drained a team-high 68 three-pointers and shot nearly 41% from beyond the arc. Shuler was also outstanding defensively and led the team with 47 steals. Thomas capped an outstanding career by making the All-CAA first team for the first time. The senior forward led the league with 10.4 rebounds per game and was sixth in scoring with 16.0 points per contest. He recorded a league-high 14 double-doubles, with nine of them coming in conference play. Thomas ranks eighth on the CAA’s all-time rebounds list with 951 and needs only two caroms to vault into sixth place.

First Team All-CAA Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Antoine Agudio, Hofstra Sr. G 6-3
190 Huntington Station, N.Y./Walt Whitman
T.J. Carter, UNC Wilmington Sr. G 6-3
210 Mechanicsville, Md./Chopticon
Eric Maynor, VCU Jr. G 6-2
175 Raeford, N.C./Westover
Jamal Shuler, VCU Sr. G 6-3
180 Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville
Will Thomas, George Mason Sr. F 6-7
230 Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph


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

Folarin Campbell, George Mason Sr. G 6-4 205 Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook

Frank Elegar, Drexel Sr. C 6-9 225 Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond’s

Matt Janning, Northeastern So. G 6-4 175 Watertown, Minn./Watertown-Mayer

Vladimir Kuljanin, UNC Wilmington Sr. C 6-10 265 Toronto, Canada/Forest Hills Collegiate

Gerald Lee, Old Dominion So. F 6-10 250 Uusikaupunki, Finland/Korihait

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

Herb Courtney, Delaware Sr. F 6-7 215 Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham

Marc Egerson, Delaware Jr. G 6-6 225 Wilmington, Del./Glasgow

Junior Hairston, Towson Jr. F 6-8 205 Salisbury, N.C./West Rowan

Abdulai Jalloh, James Madison Jr. G 6-1 190 District Heights, Md./Nat’l Christ. Acad.

Laimis Kisielius, William & Mary Sr. F 6-8 225 Vilnius, Lithuania/Miller School (Va.)

Leonard Mendez, Georgia State Jr. G 6-5 180 Smyrna, Ga./Campbell

2008 CAA Player of the Year – Eric Maynor, VCU

2008 CAA Coach of the Year – Tony Shaver, William & Mary

2008 CAA Rookie of the Year – Charles Jenkins, Hofstra

2008 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Brandon Johnson, Old Dominion

2008 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Todd Hendley, UNC Wilmington

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

Chaisson Allen, Northeastern Fr. G 6-4 185 Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland

Alphonso Dawson, Delaware Fr. G 6-4 195 Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg

Charles Jenkins, Hofstra Fr. G 6-3 220 Queens, N.Y./Springfield Gardens

Larry Sanders, VCU Fr. F 6-9 205 Fort Pierce, Fla./Port St. Lucie

Chad Tomko, UNC Wilmington Fr. G 5-11 165 Charlotte, N.C./Independence

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

Frank Elegar, Drexel Sr. C 6-9 225 Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond’s

Brandon Johnson, Old Dominion Sr. G 6-1 182 Orlando, Fla./Edgewater

Larry Sanders, VCU Fr. F 6-9 205 Fort Pierce, Fla./Port St. Lucie

Jamal Shuler, VCU Sr. G 6-3 180 Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville

Will Thomas, George Mason Sr. F 6-7 230 Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph

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

Terrance Carter, James Madison Sr. F 6-5 215 District Heights, Md./Largo

Darion Jeralds, UNC Wilmington So. G 6-1 165 Winston-Salem, N.C./West Forsyth

Nkem Ojougboh, Northeastern So. C 6-9 215 Scottsdale, Ariz./Christian Academy

David Schneider, William & Mary So. G 6-3 175 Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep

Darren Townes, Hofstra Jr. F 6-7 210 New York, N.Y./Manhattan Center

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

Jonathan Adams, Old Dominion Jr. F 6-6 215 Ringgold, Ga./Baylor (Tenn.)

Baptiste Bataille, Northeastern So. G 5-10 175 Ferin, France/Community Christian

Chris Fleming, George Mason Jr. F 6-7 240 Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park

Abdulai Jalloh, James Madison Jr. G 6-1 190 District Heights, Md./Nat’l Christ. Acad.

Matt Janning, Northeastern So. G 6-4 175 Watertown, Minn./Watertown-Mayer

Ryan Johnson, Hofstra Sr. G/F 6-4 215 Massapequa, N.Y./St. John the Baptist

Laimis Kisielius, William & Mary Sr. F 6-8 225 Vilnius, Lithuania/Miller School (Va.)

Eric Maynor, VCU Jr. G 6-2 175 Raeford, N.C./Westover

Sam McMahon, Delaware Sr. G 6-5 225 Lohman, Mo./Jefferson City

Chris Stratton, William & Mary Sr. F 6-6 205 Burke, Va./Lake Braddock