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Saddler, Eatherton, Ross Among Award Finalists

Apr 4, 2014, 10:52 AM EDT

Delaware's Devon Saddler

Delaware senior guard Devon Saddler, Blue Hens’ head coach Monte Ross and Northeastern junior forward Scott Eatherton are among the finalists for five different awards that will be handed out by at their annual awards banquet in Dallas on Friday.

Ross, who earned CAA Coach of the Year accolades after guiding Delaware to a 25-10 overall record and its first CAA regular-season and tournament titles, is a finalist for three different awards. He is a candidate for the Ben Jobe Award, which is given to the top minority head coach in Division I, the Hugh Durham Mid-Major Coach of the Year Award, and the Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award, which is given to a coach who has success on court while exhibiting integrity off of it. Hofstra’s Joe Mihalich was the recipient of the Skip Prosser Award last year.

Saddler has been chosen to the Lou Henson Mid-Major All-America team and is a candidate for the Lou Henson Player of the Year award. He set a school record by scoring 2,222 points, the third highest total by current Division I players. A first team All-CAA pick in each of the last two seasons, Saddler ranked second in the league and is currently 31st in the nation this season by averaging 19.7 points per game. He also ranked fourth with 3.6 assists per contest and a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio. Saddler reached double figures in all but one game this season, and surpassed the 20-point mark 15 times on the year. He averaged 15.7 points per game during the Blue Hens’ run through the CAA Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team honors.

Eatherton, who was the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, was selected to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team and is a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award. The Huskies’ forward average a team-leading 15.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in his first season at NU and was among national leaders with 19 double-doubles. The Hershey, Pa., native anchored a Northeastern defense that tied for third best in the CAA. During the regular season, he was the CAA’s top shot blocker and ranked second in defensive rebounds. He also finished the regular season as the league’s top offensive rebounder, and ranked in the top three in more statistical categories (six) than any other CAA player. He was one of just two players in the conference to average double figures in rebounding.

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