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Gudmundsson Named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Rhoades Voted Coach of the Year

By Atlantic 10 Conference

Bess, Toppin, Kier, Dunn-Martin Also Claim Major Awards


BROOKLYN, N.Y. —
Davidson junior guard Jon Axel Gudmundsson was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year while VCU coach Mike Rhoades was voted A-10 Coach of the Year. The league announced its awards Tuesday in advance of the 2019 Men’s Basketball Championship, which begins Wednesday at Barclays Center.

Saint Louis senior forward Javon Bess was named Defensive Player of the Year while Dayton forward Obi Toppin was selected as Rookie of the Year. George Mason junior guard Justin Kier was voted as the Chris Daniels Award winner, which is given to the A-10’s Most Improved Player. Duquesne sophomore guard Tavian Dunn-Martin was selected as the Sixth Man of the Year.

The major awards, the 15-member All-Conference teams, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams were all nominated and voted by the conference’s 14 head coaches. The basketball communications directors select the five-member All-Academic team.

Gudmundsson led Davidson to a second-place finish in the A-10. He finished third in scoring in the league with 17.2 points per game, fifth in rebounds with 7.3 rebounds per game and fifth in the A-10 in assists with 4.7 per game. This marks the third A-10 Player of the Year awards for a Wildcat in Davidson’s five years in the league. Last year Peyton Aldridge was named Co-Player of the Year (with St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams), and in 2014-15 Tyler Kalinoski earned the award.

Bess led a Saint Louis team that was third in the league in defense, allowing just 64.9 points per game. He was ninth in the conference in steals per game with 1.5, and sixth in defensive rebounds with 5.5.

Toppin, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Week seven times this season, set the Dayton dunks record, breaking the old record of 66. He also leads the league and is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage at 67.3 percent.

Kier improved in nearly every statistical category from 2017-18, most notably scoring (+3.0 points per game), 3-point field goal percentage (.372 over .174), field goal percentage (.469 vs. .451), rebounds per game (+1.9 rebounds per game).

Dunn-Martin is second on Duquesne in assists and 3-pointers made. He has scored in double-digits eight times and topped the 20-point mark three times. Dunn-Martin had four games with five or more assists in conference play, and he’s one of three Duquesne players to see action in every game.

Rhoades led VCU to a 16-2 record in league play, the most conference wins by an A-10 team since the 2005-06 season. The Rams, who are 25-6 overall, were picked seventh in the preseason poll entering the season.

The 2018 Championship begins Wednesday with two afternoon first-round games that will air on ESPN+. Thursday features four second-round games and the quarterfinals are Friday. Thursday’s and Friday’s games will be carried by NBCSN. Semifinals begin Saturday at 1:00 pm on CBS Sports Network and the Championship final is Sunday at 1:00 pm on CBS Sports. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.

2018-19 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Awards

Player of the Year
Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson

Defensive Player of the Year
Javon Bess, Saint Louis

Rookie of the Year
Obi Toppin, Dayton

Chris Daniels Most Improved Player
Justin Kier, George Mason

Sixth Man of the Year
Tavian Dunn-Martin, Duquesne

Coach of the Year
Mike Rhoades, VCU

All-Conference First Team
Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson
Kellan Grady, Davidson
Obi Toppin, Dayton
Courtney Stockard, St. Bonaventure
Marcus Evans, VCU

All-Conference Second Team
Justin Kier, George Mason
Cyril Langevine, Rhode Island
Jacob Gilyard, Richmond
Charlie Brown, Jr., Saint Joseph's
Javon Bess, Saint Louis

All-Conference Third Team
Jalen Crutcher, Dayton
Josh Cunningham, Dayton
Grant Golden, Richmond
Hasahn French, Saint Louis
De'Riante Jenkins, VCU

All-Academic Team
Ryan Mikesell, Dayton
Justin Mazzulla, George Washington
Jeff Dowtin, Rhode Island
Noah Yates, Richmond
Marcus Evans, VCU

All-Defensive Team
Cyril Langevine, Rhode Island
Jacob Gilyard, Richmond
Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure
Javon Bess, Saint Louis
Hasahn French, Saint Louis

All-Rookie Team
Sincere Carry, Duquesne
Nick Honor, Fordham
Obi Toppin, Dayton
Kyle Lofton, St. Bonaventure
Osun Osunniyi, St. Bonaventure

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