Lenny Daniel, Rashaun McLemore, Michael Lizarraga Honored by Big West Conference
March 7, 2011
In a vote unveiled this morning by the league's nine men's basketball coaches, Lenny Daniel was named to the six-member Big West Conference first team. Daniel, who is averaging 16.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, was named first team along with Casper Ware and Larry Anderson of Long Beach State, Orlando Johnson of UC Santa Barbara, Shawn Lewis of Cal Poly and Sam Willard of Pacific.
Daniel becomes the fifth Matador player to gain first team All-Big West Conference status. The others were Markus Carr (2001-02), Ian Boylan (2003-04, 2004-05), Jonathan Heard (2007-08) and Tremaine Townsend (2008-09).
Ware was named the Big West Player of the Year.
Dan Monson of Long Beach State was named Big West Coach of the Year.
Rashaun McLemore, who averaged 15.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, was named second team All-Big West Conference along with Javon Borum of UC Riverside, David Hanson of Cal Poly, Darren Moore of UC Irvine and T.J. Robinson of Long Beach State.
The Big West head coaches also voted to recognize Cal State Northridge senior Michael Lizarraga with a special Inspirational Award as the nation's only deaf NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athlete. The remarkable story of Lizarraga's courage on-and-off the court has been well documented by national media outlets such as ESPN.com, the New York Times, CBS, Fox Sports and the Los Angeles Times.
"Lenny Daniel has been a great representative of our basketball program," said Matador head coach Bobby Braswell. "I said if Rashaun (McLemore) was healthy this year, he would be become a part of our success and that's what happened. It has been an honor to coach Michael (Lizarraga) the past four years. Michael has never allowed anything to get in his way to fulfill his dream of playing major college basketball."
#5 Lenny Daniel, 6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va.
A First Team All-Big West Conference selection ... Enjoying an outstanding season in 2010-11 ... CSUN's leading scorer (16.3 ppg, #5 in the Big West Conference) and rebounder (9.4 rpg, #3 in the BWC) ... Has 16 double-doubles this year, and 24 in his two-year Cal State Northridge career ... Shooting .583 (#1 in the Big West Conference, #6 for a single season in school history) ... Trying to become the first CSUN player in the BWC to lead the league in field goal percentage ... Has shot 50 or better in 18 of the last 19 games ... Hit 15-of-18 shots for a career-high 31 points along with 13 rebounds and three blocks vs Cal Lutheran (12/7/10) ... The 15 baskets against Cal Lutheran (12/7/10) is fifth-best for a single game in school history ... ... Gained Big West Player of the Week honors for his outstanding play at the 76 Classic (11/25 - 11/28) in Anaheim ... Averaged 20.7 points (#2 in the tournament) and led all rebounders (10.3 rpg) during the three-game tournament ... Tallied a career-high 31 points (11-for-15 from the floor) along with a game-high ten rebounds against DePaul (11/26/10) ... In the first game of the 76 Classic against Virginia Tech (11/25/10), Daniel collected 13 rebounds ... In the finale of the 76 Classic against Tulsa (11/28/10), Daniel collected 24 points (9-for-12 from the floor) along with eight rebounds and two blocks ... Shot .639 (23-of-36 from the floor) at the 76 Classic ... Tallied 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Air Force (12/2/10) ... Has led the team in rebounding in 26 of the 30 games ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 16 games ... Has tallied 34 blocks (1.13 bpg) this year, third-best in the BWC ... Has 78 career blocks, second all-time at CSUN ... Only Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) stands in the way of Daniel getting the school record ... Has a school record 244 free throw attempts this year.
#42 Michael Lizarraga, 6-7, 230, Senior, Forward, Dixon, Ca.
Awarded a special Inspirational Award by the Big West Conference head coaches as the nation's only deaf NCAA Division I men's basketball student-athlete ... A starter in ten games ... Scored a career-high 15 points (6-for-8 from the floor) with five rebounds, two steals and a block at California (11/16/10) ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with eleven points and eleven rebounds (career-high) against Long Beach State (2/12/11) ... Averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game ... Hitting .540 (67-for-124) from the field ... For his four-year CSUN career, Lizarraga is shooting .538 ... The only deaf player competing in NCAA Division I basketball ... The subject of numerous feature stories including the New York Times (12/23/10), the Los Angeles Times (2/11/11), espn.com (2/16/11), the Seattle Times (1/8/11), Los Angeles Daily News (2/4/10), CBS Sports (2/12/11), Fox Sports Prime Ticket, ESPNU, the Daily Sundial, ESPNLosAngeles.com, mattbrownphoto.com, and three Los Angeles television stations, Channel 2, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
#34 Rashaun McLemore, 6-5, 205, Senior, Guard/Forward, Richmond, Va.
Named Second Team All-Big West Conference ... Earlier this year was Big West Player of the Week for his efforts in helping CSUN win at UC Irvine (66-62, 1/27/11) and at UCSB (70-69, 1/29/11) ... At UCI, posted 15 points and five rebounds including a game-winning three-point bank shot with 22 seconds to play ... At UCSB, scored a career-high 26 points (23 points in the second half) ... Hit three clutch free throws in the final seconds to preserve the CSUN win at UCSB ... Also tallied a career-high 26 points at UC Davis (3/3/11) ... CSUN's second leading scorer (15.1 ppg, #7 in the BWC) ... Has scored in double figures in 23 of the 27 games played ... Scored 24 points along with five rebounds and two steals at California (11/16/10) ... Tallied 24 points with seven rebounds and four assists vs UCD (12/30/10) ... Has scored 20 or more points in nine games ... Had career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4) at Air Force (12/2/10).