March 10, 2008
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director, Media Relations
Irvine, Calif. - The post-season honors are starting to filter in, and Cal State Northridge, based on their success in men's basketball this year, is starting to reap the benefits.
Head coach Bobby Braswell, who coached the Matadors to a 20-9 overall record and a Big West title (12-4), has been awarded 2007-08 Coach of the Year honors in a league vote of his peers. The Matadors seized control of first place in the first week of conference play and never relinquished their grip on the top perch throughout, sharing the title with UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Fullerton. The 20-9 season in 2007-08 marked the third time in Braswell's 12-year tenure that he coached the Matadors to a 20-win season.
"I'm extremely humbled and blessed with this award," said Braswell. "I am thankful to God for blessing me with the opportunity to coach this group of young men. Obviously, this is not possible without a good team. These players have worked extremely hard. They have done everything I have asked them to do."
"I also want to thank my assistant coaches (Louis Wilson, Stan Johnson, James Blake, Ryan Dodd-Director of Basketball Operations). I think I have one of the best staffs I've ever had since I've been here at Cal State Northridge. They are loyal, dedicated ... not just to me but also to the players and to the program. They have made my job extremely easy this year with their hard work, commitment and dedication."
Braswell's Coach of the Year award does not stop there for Cal State Northridge. Senior forward Jonathan Heard has been named first team All-Big West Conference while junior forward/center Tremaine Townsend and junior guard Deon Tresvant were named second team All-Big West. Honorable mention accolades were awarded to senior forward Calvin Chitwood and junior guard Josh Jenkins.
"It's a great honor for these players," said Braswell. "As a coach, you preach and teach team play, working together, playing unselfishly, and playing hard throughout the year. These players epitomize that. I think these honors are the result of this group determined to play together. As a coach, I'm am excited and pleased that they have been rewarded with these Big West accolades."
2007-08 Big West All-Conference Basketball Teams
Coach of The Year - Bobby Braswell (Cal State Northridge)
Co-Players of the Year - Scott Cutley (Cal State Fullerton); Alex Harris (UC Santa Barbara)
Freshman of the Year - Mark Payne (UC Davis)
Jonathan Heard - Cal State Northridge
Scott Cutley - Cal State Fullerton
Alex Harris - UC Santa Barbara
Stefan Johnson - Pacific
Donovan Morris - Long Beach State Patrick Sanders - UC Irvine
Calvin Chitwood - Cal State Northridge
Josh Jenkins - Cal State Northridge
Anthony Brown - Pacific
Trae Clark - Cal Poly
Larry Cunningham - UC Riverside
Chris Devine - UC Santa Barbara
Ivan Elliott - UC Santa Barbar
James Powell - UC Santa Barbara Chad Troyer - Pacific
Jalonni Diggs - UC Riverside
Shawn Lewis - Cal Poly
Mark Payne - UC Davis
Greg Plater - Long Beach State Terrell Smith - Pacific
Calvin Chitwood, Senior, 6-8, 220, Forward, Phoenix, Az (Honorable Mention)
CSUN's second leading scorer (10.7 ppg) ... Team leader in free throw percentage (.785), and second in field goal percentage (.528) and blocked shots (1.1 bpg, #3 in the Big West), and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg) ... Began the 2007-08 season with 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds against Chicago State (11/10/07) ... Has scored in double figures in 17 games ... Joined the 1,00 career point club with 20 points against Vanguard (12/20/07) ... Set a school record with six blocks at Washington (12/22/07) ... Has scored 1,159 points in his four-year Matador career, tenth-best in school history ... Has 29 season blocks, third-best in school history.
Jonathan Heard, Senior, 6-6, 195, Forward, Inglewood, Ca. (First Team)
Averaged 11.6 ppg (#2 on the Matadors, #15 in the Big West) along with 5.6 rpg (#2 on the Matadors, #8 in the Big West) ... Averaged 1.3 spg (#2 on the Matadors, #9 in the Big West) ... Has scored in double-digits in 20 of the 29 games this season ... Shooting .512 (130-for-254) from the floor, fourth-best in the conference ... Became the school's third all-time leading scorer (1,355 points) this year ... Tied a school year this year by appearing in his 119th career game vs Cal Poly (3/8/08).
Josh Jenkins, Guard, 5-10, 185, Junior, Albuquerque, NM (Honorable Mention)
Leads the Big West and is among the national leaders in assists (187, 6.4 apg, #3 for a single season at CSUN) ... Jenkins is attempting to become the first Matador since Markus Carr (2001-02, 5.3 apg) to win the conference title ... Has dished out ten or more assists in five games ... Dished out 12 assists (#1 in the Big West this year) against Cal State Bakersfield (11/21/07), three short of the school record ... Has collected a team-leading 48 steals this year, fourth-best in the conference ... Second in the Big West in assist/turnover ratio (1.64).
Tremaine Townsend, Forward/Center, 6-9, 215, Junior, Phoenix, Az (Second Team)
Ranks first in the Big West in rebounding (9.5 rpg), blocked shots (1.2 bpg) and second in field goal percentage (.531) ... Townsend is attempting to become the first CSUN player to win the conference rebound title ... Has grabbed ten or more rebounds in 13 games ... In the last nine games, has averaged 12.1 rpg ... Earned Big West Player of the Week honors twice ... Leads the Big West in double-doubles (9) ... Played one of the great games in school history with career-highs in rebounds (22) and points (21) along with three blocks and two steals in his first collegiate start at UC Davis (2/9/08) ... The 22 rebounds were two short of the school record and six short of the league record ... The 22 rebounds is a Big West best this year ... Has blocked a school record 34 shots. (over)
Deon Tresvant, Junior, 6-0, 170, Junior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca (Second Team)
CSUN's leading scorer at 14.0 ppg (#10 in the Big West) ... Averaging 16.3 ppg during league play (#5 in the Big West) ... Has scored in double-figures in 19 games, all in a reserve role ... Scored a career-high 31 points (23 in the second half) at UCSB (1/5/08) ... The 31 points was eighth-best in school history ... Has a team-leading 82 three-pointers, second-best in the Big West and second all-time for a single season at CSUN ... Has attempted 197 three-pointers, #2 all-time for a single season at CSUN ... Shooting .416 (82-for-197) from three-point territory, #7 in the Big West ... Has made at least one three-pointer in 28 of 29 games.