A-10 Announces Top Menís Basketball Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— First-place Davidson earned the Atlantic 10's Player, Coach of the Year Awards while four other teams took home major men's basketball awards the conference announced Tuesday.
Wildcat senior guard Tyler Kalinoski was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year while Bob McKillop was voted coach of the Year. VCU senior guard Briante Weber was named Defensive Player of the Year and Fordham freshman forward Eric Paschall was named Rookie of the Year. Dayton sophomore forward Kendall Pollard was selected as the Chris Daniels Most Improved Player of the Year and sophomore guard ShawnDre’ Jones of Richmond was named the Sixth man of the Year.
The major awards, the 16-member All-Conference teams, the All-Academic, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams were selected in advance of the 2015 Men’s Basketball Championship, which begins Wednesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Kalinoski led Davidson in scoring at 16.9 points per game, which ranked third in the Atlantic 10. He also led the league in assists to turnover ratio (2.9) and 3-pointers made (2.9 per game) and was third in assists (4.2 per game).
McKillop steered the Wildcats, in their first year in the Atlantic 10, to a 23-6 overall record and a 14-4 regular season mark. Picked 12th in the preseason, Davidson won the regular season and will be the No. 1 seed for the A-10 Championship.
Weber, whose career was cut short by a knee injury just 12 steals shy of the NCAA career record, was leading the A-10 and the NCAA in steals per game at 3.9 when he was injured.
Paschall averaged 16.5 points per game as a freshman, leading Fordham and ranking sixth in the conference in his first year.
Pollard won the award named for another Dayton player after upping his scoring from 2.2 points per game as a freshman to 12.5 per game this season, ranking 17th in the A-10.
ShawnDre’ Jones averaged 10.3 points and 2.5 assists per game off the bench for the Spiders. Jones played in all 31 Richmond games, but only started seven.
The major awards, All-Conference, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams are selected by a vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. The All-Academic team is selected by the team communications directors.
The 2015 Championship begins Wednesday with two first-round games that will air on the A-10 Network and SNY. Thursday features four second-round games and Friday is the quarterfinals. Thursday’s and Friday’s games will be carried by NBCSN. Semifinals begin Saturday at 1:30 pm on CBS Sports Network and the Championship final is Sunday at 1:00 pm on CBS Sports. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the Barclays Center Box Office.