May 8, 2011

Lenny Daniel & Rashaun McLemore Named Cal State Northridge MVP's

May 8, 2011

Northridge, Calif. - Lenny Daniel & Rashaun McLemore's statistics and their inspired team play made it easy to see why both players have been named team MVP's in a vote of their Cal State Northridge basketball teammates.

Daniel's name, arguably one of the best players in school history, is mentioned 13 times in the Cal State Northridge Top-10 record book. Daniel was also named Chairman of the Boards (leading rebounder) and Best Defensive Player. McLemore was also named Most Improved Player.

Below are the award winners on this year's Cal State Northridge basketball team.

Andre Chevalier Co-Most Valuable Player/Chairman of the Boards/Best Defensive Player - #5 Lenny Daniel, 6-8, 205, Senior, Forward, Richmond, Va.
Enjoying an outstanding season in 2010-11 ... Named first team All-Big West Conference ... Voted the Andre Chevalier Co-MVP Award along with Rashaun McLemore ... Also voted CSUN Best Defensive Player and Chairman of the Boards (leading rebounder) ... Also named to the All-Big West Conference All-Tournament team CSUN's leading scorer (16.3 ppg, #4 in the Big West Conference) and rebounder (9.4 rpg, #3 in the BWC) ... Had 17 double-doubles this year, and 25 in his two-year Cal State Northridge career ... Shot .564, the first CSUN player in the Big West Conference to lead the league in field goal percentage ... Shot 50 or better in 19 of the last 21 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) ... Led the team in rebounding in 28 of the 32 games ... Grabbed ten or more rebounds in 18 games ... Tallied 38 blocks (1.19 bpg), third-best in the BWC ... Had 82 career blocks, tied for the school record along with Thomas Shewmake (82, 2003-07) ... Shewmake set the school record in 117 games (2003-07) while Daniel tied the record in 61 games (2009-10, 2010-11) ... Had a school record 265 free throw attempts (#8 in the nation) this year ... Daniels' name appears 13 times in the CSUN Top-10 record book.

Andre Chevalier Most Valuable Player/Most Improved Player - #34 Rashaun McLemore, 6-5, 205, Senior, Guard/Forward, Richmond, Va.
A Second Team All-Big West Conference selection ... Voted CSUN's Most Improved Player and the Andrew Chevalier co-MVP along with Lenny Daniel ... Gained Big West Player of the Week honors for his efforts in helping CSUN win at UCI (66-62, 1/27/11) and at UCSB (70-69, 1/29/11) ... At UC Irvine, 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 UC Santa Barbara ... Also tallied a career-high 26 points at UC Davis (3/3/11) ... CSUN's second leading scorer (14.6 ppg, #11 in the BWC) ... Scored in double figures in 24 of the 29 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 UC Davis (12/30/10) ... Scored 20 or more points in nine games ... Had career-highs in rebounds (8) and assists (4) at Air Force (12/2/10).

Scholar-Athlete Award - #12 Thomas Jacobs, 6-7, 205, Freshman, Forward, San Diego, Ca.
Grabbed 37 rebounds in the last six games, an average of 6.2 rpg ... Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds against Eastern Washington (2/19/11) and eight against UCSB (2/24/11) ... Tallied season-highs in points (10) and rebounds (8) in CSUN's 68-59 victory at Eastern Washington (2/19/11) ... Scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds at UC Davis (3/3/11) ... Shot 10-of-19 shots (.526) from the floor in the last six games ... Started three games ... Winner of the CSUN Scholar-Athlete Award.

Dr. Dish Award/Captain's Award - #12 Dathan Lyles, 5-11, 175, Senior, Guard, Lima, Oh.
Played in 32 games (31 as a starter, second-best for a single season in school history) ... Enjoyed career-bests in points (16), field goals (7) and assists (9) vs Vanguard (11/20/10) ... Also collected a career-high nine assists against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11) ... Collected a career-high five steals against Santa Clara (12/22/10) ... Collected seven assists with no turnovers in CSUN's 88-66 victory over DePaul (11/26/10) ... Fifth in the conference in assist/turnover ratio at 1.79 and tenth in assists (3.28 apg) ... Voted CSUN's Dr. Dish Award and the Captain's Award.

Newt Meyers Memorial Sportsmanship Award - #21 Raymond Cody, 6-5, 190, Senior, Guard, Lancaster, Ca.
Voted the CSUN Newt Meyers Memorial Sportsmanship Award ... Started 31 of the 32 games (#2 for a single season in school history) at the off-guard position ... Scored a season-high 13 points in three games ... Scored 13 points (6-for-7 from the free throw line) along with three assists against UC Davis (12/30/10) ... Tallied a season-high 13 points (4-for-6) along with four rebounds, two assists and a steal at Denver (12/4/10) ... Collected 13 points at UOP (3/5/11) ... Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds at Air Force (12/2/10) ... Collected a career-high six assists with no turnovers against UOP (12/28/10) ... Hit a team-leading .843 (43-for-51) from the free throw line.

Pete Cassidy Coach's Award - #11 Vinnie McGhee, 6-0, 165, RS Junior, Guard, Oakland, Ca.
Voted the Pete Cassidy's Coach's Award ... Scored a season--high 20 points (6-for-8 from the floor, 3-for-5 from behind the arc) along with three assists and three steals against Cal Poly (1/22/11) ... Tallied 16 points (4-for-8 from 3-point territory) against Santa Clara (12/22/10) and another 16 points vs Cal State Fullerton (3/10/11) ... Scored 15 points (three 3-pointers) vs Tulsa (11/28/10) at the 76 Classic and against Cal State Fullerton (1/15/11) ... The team leader in three-pointers with 51 (1.58 pg) ... Tallied at least one three-pointer in 25 of the 32 games ... Scored at least three 3-pointers in ten games ... Had a career-high eight assists vs UC Davis (12/30/10) ... Played in 32 games, second-best for a single season in school history.

Most Inspirational Award - #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 ... Voted CSUN Most Inspirational Player ... 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, Telemundo 52 and three Los Angeles television stations (Channels 2, 4, 5) ... Played in 32 games (10 as a starter), second-best for a single season at CSUN ... Scored a career-high 15 points (6-for-8 from the floor) with five rebounds, two steals and a block at Cal (11/16/10) ... Collected his first collegiate double-double with eleven points and eleven rebounds (career-high) vs Long Beach State (2/12/11) ... Averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game ... Hit .522 (72-for-138) from the field ... Collected a four-year career .525 shooting perentage.

Senior Awards
Raymond Cody, Lenny Daniel, Michael Lizarraga, Dathan Lyles, Rashaun McLemore

Team Manager Recognition
Alex Sandoval, Spenser Patterson, Albert Mirando, Jordan Williams

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