BLOOMFIELD'S GAGE DAYE NAMED TO DAKTRONICS ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Gage Daye of Bloomfield College has been named to the Daktronics Men's Basketball All-America first team according to an announcment made Tuesday. Daye is the first men's player from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) to earn first team accolades since Christian Burns of Philadelphia University in 2006-07.
Daye, a 6'2" senior from Newark, N.J., was a second team All-America pick last season. Michael Sturns of Holy Family University also earned second team status in 2007-08. Burns was not only a first team pick in 2006-07, he was also voted the Daktronics National Player of the Year.
University of Alaska Fairbanks senior Parrish West has been named the 2011 Daktronics Division II Men's Basketball Ron Lenz National Player of the Year.
West is a 6'5", 190 lb. forward who ranks as the top scorer in NCAA Division II and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference at 27.2 ppg. He also stands sixth in the GNAC in rebounding (6.2 ppg.) and third in steals (1.8 per game). He made 241 of 483 field goal attempts (49.9 pct.), including 29 of 98 three-pointers, and was a frequent visitor to the free throw line, making 170 of 221 (76.9 pct.). He added 56 assists and 45 steals.
The Chicago, IL native scored 681 points, breaking the school record for single-game scoring with 43 points against Saint Martin's, five days after scoring 40 points vs. Simon Fraser. He set a GNAC record with 13 games of 30-or-more points, along with seven consecutive 30-point games and two 40-point efforts. He was a first team All-GNAC choice. West led the Nanooks in scoring in 21 of 25 games
West averaged a team-high 22.3 ppg. as a junior after transferring from Highland Community College.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
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The Daktronics' first team features five seniors, with two of those players leading their teams to the Elite Eight. All told, four players are still alive for the NCAA Division II National Championship.
West Liberty's Corey Pelle and Jordan Fortney earned first and third team Daktronics All-American honors, respectively. Bloomfield's Gage Daye is also a first team choice, while Bellarmine's Jeremy Kendle was accorded third team honors.
Daye was the lone player to be a repeat selection from last year, moving up from the second team to earn first team accolades this year.
The First Team
In addition to West, the 2011 Daktronics first team is led by Chris Woods of Pfeiffer, the Daktronics Southeast Region Player of the Year. A 6'5" forward, he was named the Conference Carolinas Player of the Year after averaging a league-high 24.3 ppg. and ranking second in rebounding (10.0 rpg.) and field goal percentage (59.6 pct.) and fourth in blocked shots (37). He also shot 82.0 percent from the line (196 of 239). He ranked 19th in Division II in rebounding
Woods was a first team all-conference selection for the third straight season after averaging 22.2 ppg. as a junior and 16.1 ppg. as a sophomore. He concluded his career with over 2,000 career points while scoring 30-or-more points ten times in 2010-11 and finishing with 17 double-doubles.
Daye earns Daktronics All-American honors for the second straight year. Daye has led the Deacons to a 24-8 record and a berth in the Elite Eight after a historic victory over Bentley University in the East Region Championship last week. He scored 22 points in that game, as BC became the first CACC team, male or female, to make an appearance in the Elite 8. Daye was named the Daktronics East Region Player of the Year and was also named the CACC Player of the Year for the second straight season.
Daye is averaging 23.7 ppg., fourth in Division II, after averaging 26.0 ppg. as a junior, second in the country. He is shooting 41.9 percent from the floor and has made 69 of 205 three-pointers, along with going 232 of 306 (75.7 pct.) from the line. He adds 6.5 rpg. with 172 assists and 55 steals.
Daye recently became Bloomfield's all-time leading scorer and heads to the Elite Eight with 2,420 career points.
Corey Pelle is one of two West Liberty players to earn Daktronics All-American honors, joined by teammate Jordan Fortney, a third team selection. The duo has led the Hilltoppers to a perfect 32-0 record and a berth in the Elite Eight. West Liberty defeated Indiana(Pa.) to capture the Atlantic Regional title, with Pelle leading the way with 23 points.
The 5'11" guard was named the Daktronics Atlantic Region Player of the Year and was also selected the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He is averaging a team-high 16.7 ppg. for the free-wheeling Hilltopper attack which is averaging 111.6 ppg. He also leads the WVIAC in assists (195 – 6.1 per game) and steals (97 – 3.0 per game). He is shooting 52.1 percent from the floor (200 of 384), with 31 three-pointers in 109 attempts, and 68.0 percent from the line ( 104 of 153). He ranks second in Division II in steals and seventh in assists.
The senior has broken his own school record for steals in a season and holds West Liberty career records for assists (636) and steals (326). He is a three-time All-WVIAC selection, including first team honors the last two years, and has scored 1,900 career points, fifth all-time at West Liberty.
The final member of the first team is big Justin Keenan of Ferris State. The 6'7", 265 lb. senior led the Bulldogs to the championship game of the Midwest Regional where they lost to Bellarmine. Ferris State finished with a 24-8 record and won its first league championship in six years.
Keenan was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second time, just the third player in GLIAC history to earn the honor more than once, after leading the league in scoring for the third straight year and also leading in rebounding. He averaged 21.6 ppg. and 9.7 rpg. He ranks 15th in Division II in scoring and 20th in rebounding. In addition, he shot 55.3 percent from the floor (225 of 407) and made an incredible 235 free throws in 343 attempts.
He became the GLIAC's all-time leading scorer in the final regular season game and concluded his brilliant career with 2,259 points, second all-time in Ferris State history. He also ranks third in career rebounds (901).
The Second Team
The second team is led by Justin Sedlak of Florida Institute of Technology. The 6'9" senior, a native of Slovakia, concluded his Panther career as the all-time leading scorer at 1,896 points. He averaged 20.0 points and 7.6 rebounds while leading FIT to a 19-12 finish this year. He was previously named the Daktronics South Region Player of the Year and was an All-Sunshine State Conference first team selection after previously earning second team honors twice. He shot 47.5 percent from the floor (194 of 408) and 71.5 percent from the line (158 of 221).
Blake Poole of Saint Martin's averaged 19.3 ppg. and 11.6 rpg., the latter figure ranking second in Division II. He shot 54.7 percent from the floor (193 of 353) along with making 164 of 223 free throws (73.5 pct.). The 6'5" forward was voted the GNAC Player of the Year after previously winning Freshman of the Year honors in 2008. He broke the GNAC record for rebounds in a game with 24 against Western Oregon.
Darius Adams of Indianapolis is a former junior college standout who earned Daktronics All-Midwest Region first team honors both seasons as a Greyhound. The 6'0" senior led Indianapolis to a 19-9 finish and a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional for the first time since 2005. A first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference pick, he averaged 23.2 ppg., first in the GLVC and seventh in Division II, along with 5.7 rpg., 104 assists and 49 steals. He made 73 of 190 three-pointers (38.4 pct.) and shot 87.2 percent from the line (143 of 164). Adams scored 1,170 points in two seasons with the Greyhounds.
University of Mary guard Anthony Moody was the Daktronics Central Region and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year. The 6'0" senior led the Marauders to a 23-6 finish and a first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Central Regional.
Moody averaged 21.1 ppg., 21st in Division II, along with 5.4 rpg., 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals. He made 67 of 168 three-pointers (39.9 pct.). The junior college transfer was the NSIC Newcomer of the Year as a junior and earned first team All-NSIC honors both years as a Marauder. In just two seasons he scored 1,126 points, 13th in school history.
Davion Berry of Cal State Monterey Bay completes the second team. The 6'4" guard is just a sophomore and the only non-senior of the 15 Daktronics honorees. He ranks fifth in Division II in scoring at 23.7 ppg., including 50 of 125 three-pointers. He made 237 of 295 free throws (80.3 pct.), adding 5.0 rpg. with 65 assists. Berry was a first team All-California Collegiate Athletic Association selection. After scoring 615 points he is just 50 points shy of 1,000 career points in just 52 games.
The Third Team
The third team is showcased by a Skyler Bowlin of Missouri Southern State, the Daktronics South Central Region Player of the Year. The 6'3" senior was the unanimous choice as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Player of the Year as well as repeating as the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 18.1 ppg. while handing out 178 assists and recording 73 steals. He made 77 of 210 three-pointers. Bowlin led the Lions to a 26-5 finish and a berth in the South Central Regional.
Bowlin ranks as the Lions' all-time leader in three-pointers (224) and is fourth in career scoring with 1,664 points. He led the MIAA in steals and ranks 16th nationally, and is second in the conference in assists and 14th in Division II.
A 6'3" guard, Thomas Baudinet of Saint Anselm led the Hawks to a 19-9 finish while leading the Northeast-10 in scoring (22.1 ppg.). The senior was named the NE-10 Player of the Year. He added 5.1 rpg. and made 85 of 225 three-pointers while shooting 86.1 percent from the line (87 of 101).
Thanks to scoring 618 points as a senior he boosted his career total to 1,957 points, third in school history. He also holds school records for field goals made (712) and attempted (1,640).
Darryl Webb of Indiana(Pa.) led the Crimson Hawks to a 26-6 record as their season came to a close with a loss to West Liberty in the Atlantic Regional final. The 6'6" senior was named the PSAC West Player of the Year after averaging 17.1 ppg. and 10.1 rpg., ranking 14th in the country in the latter category. He finished his career as the all-time IUP leader in points (1,949), rebounds (1,214) and blocked shots (162). He had 54 double-doubles in his career. He earned All-PSAC Honors all four years, including first team accolades his final three campaigns. He was also the PSAC West Freshman of the Year.
West Liberty's Jordan Fortney is the second Hilltopper on the Daktronics All-American squad. The 6'5" senior ranks third on the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg. and 4.0 rpg. with 95 assists. He is one of the top three-point threats in Division II with 115 in 252 attempts, making an outstanding 45.6 percent from beyond the arc. The 115 three-pointers is a school record. He ranks third in Division II in three-pointers made per game and fifth in three-point percentage. A 2010-11 first team All-WVIAC selection, he recently went over 1,000 career points for his career with 1,056.
Jeremy Kendle of Bellarmine is the final member of the Daktronics All-America team. A 6'1 guard, he has a chance to improve on his averages of 16.8 ppg. and 4.2 rpg. as the Knights won the Midwest Region championship and are headed to the Elite Eight with a 30-2 record. It marks Bellarmine's first trip to the Elite Eight.
Kendle was voted the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and in two seasons he has scored over 1,000 points. He also ranks among the GLVC leaders in assists with 114 while shooting 84.0 percent from the line (126 of 150) with 41 three-pointers in 123 attempts.
2010-11 DAKTRONICS MEN'S BASKETBALL ALL-AMERICAN TEAMS
|Parrish West*||Alaska Fairbanks||F||6-5||190||Sr.||Chicago, IL|
|Gage Daye@||Bloomfield||G||6-2||170||Sr.||Newark, NJ|
|Chris Woods||Pfeiffer||F||6-5||215||Sr.||Greensboro, NC|
|Corey Pelle||West Liberty||G||5-11||165||Sr.||Silver Grove, KY|
|Justin Keenan||Ferris State||F/C||6-7||265||Sr.||Grand Rapids, MI|
|Justin Sedlak||Florida Tech||F||6-9||230||Sr.||Pezinok, Slovakia|
|Blake Poole||Saint Martin's||F||6-5||265||Sr.||Eugene, OR|
|Darius Adams||Indianapolis||G||6-0||165||Sr.||Decatur, IL|
|Anthony Moody||Univ. of Mary||G||6-0||Sr.||Appleton, WI|
|Davion Berry||Cal St. Monterey Bay||G||6-4||So.||Oakland, CA|
|Skyler Bowlin||Missouri Southern St.||G||6-3||170||Sr.||Paragould, AR|
|Thomas Baudinet||Saint Anselm||G||6-3||190||Sr.||Watertown, CT|
|Darryl Webb||Indiana (Pa.)||F||6-6||220||Sr.||Elkridge, MD|
|Jordan Fortney||West Liberty||G||6-5||215||Sr.||Bowling Green, OH|
|Jeremy Kendle||Bellarmine||G||6-1||205||Sr.||Jeffersonville, IN|
|*Player of the Year|
@ 2010 Daktronics second team All-American