March 8, 2010

Kenny Daniels and Lenny Daniel Named Honorable Mention All-Big West team

March 8, 2010

Irvine, Calif. - Kenny Daniels (CSUN's leading scorer) and Lenny Daniel (CSUN's leading rebounder) have been voted Honorable Mention by the Big West Conferences' head coaches.

Daniels, a senior, is averaging 15.6 points and four rebounds per game this year. Daniels, who has led the team in double figures in 24 of the team's 31 games, has scored 485 points this year, tenth-best for a single season in CSUN history. That included a career-high 39 points earlier this year against Idaho (12/3/09). Daniels also collected a career-high ten rebounds against the Vandals.

Daniels has hit .515 (158-for-307) from the floor, third-best in the Big West Conference. In addition, Daniels also hit .797 from the free throw line, fourth-best in the league.

Daniel, a junior, is averaging a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game, third-best in the league. Daniel has grabbed ten or more rebounds in eight games. That includes a 15-rebound performance against UC Davis (3/4/10).

Daniel, who holds the single season school record for blocks (44), is also shooting .480 (123-for-256) from the floor, seventh-best in the league.

Daniel, who is averaging 11.7 ppg, has been the team's leading scorer in 18 games.

Regular season co-champion UC Santa Barbara claimed two of the top three yearly men's basketball awards with Orlando Johnson being named Player of the Year and Bob Williams Coach of the Year.

Julian Welch of UC Davis nabbed Freshman of the Year accolades to complete the unveiling of the 2009-10 Big West All-Conference Team.

Johnson becomes the second Gaucho in the last three seasons - and fifth overall - to capture Player of the Year honors. The sophomore led the Big West in scoring at 18.0 points per game. He also ranked among the league leaders in several other categories, including rebounding (5.5 rpg - 13th), field goal percentage (.485 - 6th) and three-point field goal percentage (.396 - 10th). Johnson was the only Big West player to score double-digit points in every game this season, recording 20 or more points on nine occasions. The 6-5 guard erupted for a career-high 28 points in a key road win against fellow Big West co-champion Pacific on Feb. 4. Johnson's overall scoring average is the highest-ever by a Gaucho sophomore. Equally adept at playing inside or on the perimeter, Johnson has hit at least one three-pointer in 24 of 27 games.

Welch is the first UC Davis player to earn any of the major conference awards since the Aggies became official Big West members in 2007. Welch was tabbed the conference's top freshman after ranking fourth on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg) although six teammates averaged more minutes per game than his 18.1. On a roster dominated by the trio of Dominic Calegari, Mark Payne and Joe Harden - who average a combined 47 of the team's 70 points per game - Welch managed to lead the Aggies in scoring three times. He exploded for a career-high 25 points at Cal Poly on Jan. 10, making 8-of-13 shots overall and 5-of-6 from three-point range. He also had 19 points in an upset win over Pacific on Feb. 10, snapping UCD's 49-game losing streak against its northern California rival.

Williams was named Coach of the Year for the third time in his 12 seasons at UC Santa Barbara. He also earned the honor in the 1998-99 and 2002-03 seasons. Williams led the Gauchos to an overall mark of 18-9 and a Big West regular season co-championship, which UCSB shared with Pacific at 12-4 in league play. The Gauchos collected their fourth regular season title under Williams, who led them to a three-way title in 2007-08 and the outright crown in 2002-03. Williams also guided UCSB to a Big West Western Division title in 1998- 99. Williams is 197-155 at UCSB, and is tied for fifth all-time for most overall wins by a Big West coach. His Gauchos are the No. 1 seed in this week's Big West Tournament.

The Big West All-First team features one repeat selection from the 2008-09 squad in UC Riverside junior Kyle Austin. Austin was the top scorer in conference games only at 19.4 points per game. Joining Austin and UCSB's Johnson on the team is Cal State Fullerton senior Gerard Anderson, Pacific senior Joe Ford, Cal Poly senior Lorenzo Keeler and Long Beach State sophomore T.J. Robinson.

2009-10 BIG WEST MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Gerard Anderson Cal State Fullerton 6-6 Sr. F Los Angeles, Calif.
+Kyle Austin UC Riverside 6-8 Jr. F Pasadena, Calif.
Joe Ford Pacific 6-6 Sr. F Altadena, Calif.
Orlando Johnson UC Santa Barbara 6-5 So. G Seaside, Calif.
Lorenzo Keeler Cal Poly 6-2 Sr. G Escondido, Calif.
T.J. Robinson Long Beach State 6-8 So. F West Haven, Conn.

SECOND TEAM
Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Dominic Calegari UC Davis 6-10 Sr. F Berkeley, Calif.
Joe Harden UC Davis 6-8 Jr. G Acampo, Calif.
James Nunnally UC Santa Barbara 6-5 So. F San Jose, Calif.
Casper Ware Long Beach State 5-10 So. G Cerritos, Calif.
Eric Wise UC Irvine 6-5 So. F Riverside, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTION Player School Ht. Yr. Pos. Hometown
Lenny Daniel Cal State Northridge 6-7 Jr. F Richmond, Va.
Kenny Daniels Cal State Northridge 6-4 Sr. G/F St. Louis, Mo.
David Hanson Cal Poly 6-5 So. F Plymouth, Minn.
Michael Hunter UC Irvine 5-10 Sr. G Aurora, Colo.
Jer'Vaughn Johnson Cal State Fullerton 6-6 Jr. F Compton, Calif.M
Jacques Streeter Cal State Fullerton 6-0 So. G Los Angeles, Calif.
Sam Willard Pacific 6-9 Jr. F Pierre, S.D.
Demetrece Young Pacific 5-11 Jr. G Oklahoma City, Okla.

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Player School Ht. Pos. Hometown
Allen Huddleston Pacific 6-1 G Merced, Calif.
Lateef McMullan UC Riverside 5-11 G Gastonia, N.C.
Kyle Odister Cal Poly 6-0 G Sacramento, Calif.
Ryan Sypkens UC Davis 6-4 G Elk Grove, Calif.
Julian Welch UC Davis 6-3 G Elk Grove, Calif.

+ Two-time All-Big West First Team selection

2009-10 BIG WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara

2009-10 BIG WEST FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Julian Welch, UC Davis

2009-10 BIG WEST COACH OF THE YEAR
Bob Williams, UC Santa Barbara

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