Blue Hen Freshman Devon Saddler Named CAA Rookie of the Year, Jawan Carter Selected To Third Team and Jamelle Hagins Picked All-Defensive at CAA Men’s Basketball Awards Banquet
March 3, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
RICHMOND, Va. -- University of Delaware freshman Devon Saddler was named the league’s Rookie of the Year while Jawan Carter was picked to the third team All-CAA and Jamelle Hagins was selected to the All-Defensive Team at the CAA Men’s Basketball Awards Banquet at the Richmond Downtown Marriott Thursday night.
Saddler (above right), who has started all 29 games this year, leads the Blue Hens with 83 assists while ranking second with 13.4 points per game. He has earned five conference weekly awards this season including in each of the last four weeks, and has reached double figures in 16 of the last 17 contests. Saddler, who has reached the 20-point mark in four of his last seven games, has scored a UD freshman record 389 points this year and tied the single game mark by pouring in 27 at Rider on February 19.
Saddler becomes the third Blue Hen in school history to earn league Rookie of the Year honors, as Anthony Wright was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year in 1989-90 while Brian Pearl was tabbed the North Atlantic Conference’s top newcomer in 1991-92. Saddler was joined on the All-Rookie Team by Brandon Britt of William & Mary, Frantz Massenat and Dartaye Ruffin of Drexel, and Ryan Pierson of Northeastern.
Carter (left), a second team All-CAA pick last season, leads the Blue Hens and ranks fifth in the league with 15.7 points per game. Carter also leads the conference with 2.7 three-pointers made and an 86.3 free throw percentage, while his current streak of 35 consecutive foul shots made is the second longest in school history. Carter, who has started all 92 games during his three-year Blue Hen career, is sixth in school history with 1,501 career points while ranking second with both 213 three-pointers made and 446 free throws made.
Carter, who has reached the 20-point mark 12 times this season and has led UD in scoring during 15 contests, was joined on the third team by Chris Fouch of Drexel, Luke Hancock of George Mason, Quinn McDowell of William & Mary, and Joey Rodriguez of VCU.
Hofstra All-Amercian guard Charles Jenkins was named the CAA Player of the Year and was joined on the first team by Chaisson Allen of Northeastern, Denzel Bowles of James Madison, Frank Hassell of Old Dominion and Cam Long of George Mason. The second team consisted of Kent Bazemore of Old Dominion, Samme Givens of Drexel, Ryan Pearson of George Mason, Jamie Skeen of VCU, and Chad Tomko of UNC Wilmington.
Hagins (below right), who started the first 27 games before missing the last two with a toe infection, becomes the first Blue Hen to earn CAA All-Defensive Team honors. He leads the league and ranks fifth in a UD single season with 80 blocked shots, while his 3.0 average ranks 15th in Division I. Hagins also leads Delaware and ranks ninth in the conference with 7.3 rebounds per outing, while his 5.5 defensive rebounds per game are fourth most in the league. He was joined on the All-Defensive Team by Bazemore, the Defensive Player of the Year, Allen, Hassell, and Greg Washington of Hofstra.
The fourth Blue Hen to be honored was sophomore Will Townsville, a business management major at UD who was named CAA All-Academic Honorable Mention. The first team consisted of James Fields of Georgia State, Trian Iliadis of Old Dominion, Brad Kelleher of Hofstra, McDowell, and Brian Morris of Towson. Jenkins, Marcus Kitts of William & Mary, RaShawn Polk of Towson, Isaiah Tate of George Mason, and Matt Wilson of UNC Wilmington made up the second team, while Townsville was one of 10 players who earned honorable mention recognition.
Jim Larranaga of George Mason was named the CAA Coach of the Year, while William & Mary’s McDowell earned the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.
Delaware (13-16) is the No. 7 in the CAA Tournament being held this weekend at the Richmond Coliseum and will take on No. 10 seed Northeastern (11-19) in a first round game Friday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will face second-seeded Old Dominion Saturday in the quarterfinalas at 6 p.m. The tournament continues through Monday with the champion earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
First Team All-CAA: Chaisson Allen (Northeastern), Denzel Bowles (James Madison), Frank Hassell (Old Dominion), Charles Jenkins (Hofstra), Cam Long (George Mason)
Second Team All-CAA: Kent Bazemore (Old Dominion), Samme Givens (Drexel), Ryan Pearson (George Mason), Jamie Skeen (VCU), Chad Tomko (UNC Wilmington)
Third Team All-CAA: Jawan Carter (Delaware), Chris Fouch (Drexel), Luke Hancock (George Mason), Quinn McDowell (William & Mary), Joey Rodriguez (VCU)
CAA All-Rookie Team: Brandon Britt (William & Mary), Frantz Massenat (Drexel), Ryan Pierson (Northeastern), Dartaye Ruffin (Drexel), Devon Saddler (Delaware)
CAA All-Defensive Team: Chaisson Allen (Northeastern), Kent Bazemore (Old Dominion), Jamelle Hagins (Delaware), Frank Hassell (Old Dominion), Greg Washington (Hofstra)
CAA All-Academic First Team: James Fields (Georgia State), Trian Iliadis (Old Dominion), Brad Kalleher (Hofstra), Quinn McDowell (William & Mary), Brian Morris (Towson)
CAA All-Academic Second Team: Charles Jenkins (Hofstra), Marcus Kitts (William & Mary), RaShawn Polk (Towson), Isaiah Tate (George Mason), Matt Wilson (UNC Wilmington)
CAA Academic Honorable Mention: Ronald Colbert (Drexel), Ben Felix (Northeastern), Matt Grogan (Hofstra), Doug Howard (William & Mary), Marques Johnson (Georgia State), Ben Louis (James Madison), Daryl McCoy (Drexel), Andrew Pavloff (William & Mary), Danny Quinn (Towson), Will Townsville (Delaware)
CAA Player of the Year: Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
CAA Coach of the Year: Jim Larranaga, George Mason
CAA Rookie of the Year: Devon Saddler, Delaware
CAA Defensive Player of the Year: Kent Bazemore, Old Dominion
Dean Ehlers Leadership Award: Quinn McDowell, William & Mary
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