W&M's McDowell earns Ehlers Leadership Award; ODU's Bazemore is CAA's Defensive Player of Year

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Old Dominion junior guard Kent Bazemore is the Colonial Athletic Association defensive player of the year, while William and Mary junior Quinn McDowell won the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award at Thursday night's CAA awards banquet and Tribe freshman guard Brandon Britt made the all-rookie team.

Hofstra senior guard Charles Jenkins was named player of the year for the second consecutive season in voting by league head coaches, sports information directors and media members. He was joined on the first team by Old Dominion's Frank Hassell, Northeastern's Chaisson Allen, Denzel Bowles of James Madison and Cam Long of George Mason.

George Mason's Jim Larranaga was named CAA coach of the year, and Delaware guard Devon Saddler was voted rookie of the year.

Jenkins leads the CAA and ranks fourth in the nation with 23.2 points per game and also leads the conference with 4.8 assists per game, one of only three Division I players to lead their conferences in both categories. He finished the regular season with a 55-game double-digit scoring streak, the third-longest active streak in the country.

Bazemore, also a second-team all-CAA selection, leads the league and ranks 16th in the nation with 2.4 steals per game. His total of 71 steals is the 10th-highest in conference history, and he had three or more steals in a game 11 times this season.

Hassell, a senior forward, averages 14.2 points per game (13th in the CAA) and 9.8 rebounds (second). He's third in field goal percentage (54.2) and sixth with 1.4 blocked shots per game. He had 10 or more rebounds in 17 games, tops in the CAA, and had 14 double-doubles, including 11 in the Monarchs' final 14 games.

McDowell, a third-team selection, averages 15.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game and has provided leadership to a young Tribe team while battling a knee injury for the last month of the season. Teammate Britt averages 11 points per game.

Larranaga led the Patriots to a 25-5 record, its best regular-season mark in school history, and a 16-2 CAA record. Mason's school-record 15-game winning streak is the longest in the nation. The Patriots are ranked No. 25 in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, marking the first time a CAA team has been nationally ranked since Mason was No. 25 on Feb. 20, 2006.

The complete story on honors from the CAA is here:

http://www.caasports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=8500&ATCLID=205108136

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