Mar 8, 2013, 10:04 AM EDT
Delaware’s Devon Saddler was the overwhelming winner in the league’s annual Fan’s Choice All-CAA voting. The Blue Hen junior garnered 55 percent of the Player of the Year votes cast and was the top vote getter in the All-Conference selections as well. Saddler enters this weekend’s CAA Championships leading the league with an average of 20.2 points a game.
The fans lauded Saddler’s teammate Jamelle Hagins as their Defensive Player of the Year. The senior carries a 2.4 blocks/game average into the Richmond Coliseum this weekend which leads the league and ranks among the Top 15 in the country. Towson’s Jerome Hairston edged out Georgia State’s R.J. Hunter for the fans’ Rookie of the Year honor. Hairston, a Cheyenne, Wyo., native averaged just under 10 points a game for the Tigers and was part of squad which limited opponents to field goal percentage of 39 percent on the year. Northeastern captured its first-ever regular season CAA crown and head coach Bill Coen was the fans’ choice for Coach of the Year. Coen and his squad enter this weekend’s league championships as the top seed after finishing 14-4 in league play.
Along with Saddler and Hagins, Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon and Drexel’s Frantz Massenat and Damion Lee logged the most votes for Fan’s Choice All-CAA. Benimon helped a Towson squad to the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I history this season by hauling in 20 double-doubles in 31 contests. Massenat, the league’s Preseason Player of the Year, comes into this weekend’s championships averaging just over 14 points a game, while his teammate Lee paces the Dragons with 17.5 points/game.
In all more than 200 votes were cast via Facebook, Twitter and comments on our blog and we appreciate each one of them. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter feeds tonight when the official CAA Postseason honors are handed out in Richmond. Who do you think will go home with the top honors?
When the championship action starts Saturday we encourage all fans not in attendance to come back to CAA Hoop Scoop, the official blog of Men’s #CAAHoops, to interact with the live blog for each game. A live radio feed from the first five games of the championships will be available at CAA.TV and via each of our iPhone and iPad apps. A FREE login is required to access the audio.
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