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Men's Basketball - Thu, Feb. 23, 2012

One might call it "new guy syndrome", temporary insanity, or short term memory, but what ever you call it, it sure was confusing as this weeks announcement of the California Pacific Conference men's basketball post-season awards left UC Merced fans shaking their heads, and unfulfilled.  It was not the fact that UC Merced's Aki Chambers was voted to the Cal Pac Conference first team, but the displeasure in knowing he was not chosen the conference Player of the Year, or, Newcomer of the Year.  Chambers, the 6'3" junior guard from San Anselmo, helped lead the Bobcats to a 5-7 record in the inaugural season for Bobcat basketball, and play in the California Pacific Conference.

Throughout the year, Chambers was clearly a dominating force to be reckoned with.  Even as teams adjusted defenses, blocked out, or tried to play him more physically to put him in foul trouble, Chambers found ways to respond.  Aki was more than just the league scoring leader at 20.4 ppg, he reanked in the top 10 in 9 statistical categories including:  1st  offense rebounding (3.1pg), 2nd total rebounds (8.24pg), 3rd steals (2.05pg), 6th defense rebounds (4.4pg), 7th 3-point shots made (1.38pg), 8th 3pt. field goal % (.31), and 9th field goal % (.43).  For many, Chambers impact on his team, and in the league, was far more significant than Menlo College's Tim Tatum (Player of the Year) and ChaRunn Jones (Newcomer of the Year).  Chambers was by far the most versatile and productive player in the conference, on both ends of the floor, in and outside of the arc, and the paint. Period.

Simpson, and Cal Pac Champion, Cal Maritime, each placed 2 players on the first team.   Cal Maritime also landed the Defender of the Year Josh Greenwell, who helped guide CM to a 19-9 overall record and a 12-0 record in conference play.  This marked the first year in Cal Pac conferece history that a team had gone undefeated. Fifth year CSU Maritime head coach Bryan Rooney was named Coach of the Year.

UC Merced's Javon Barrino was honorable mention.

Player of the Year: Tim Tatum, Menlo
Defender of the Year: Josh Greenwell, CSU Maritime
Newcomer of the Year: ChaRunn Jones, Menlo
Freshman of the Year: Ian Corella, Simpson
Coach of the Year: Bryan Rooney, CSU Maritime

First Team

Name

School

Ht.

YR

Pos.

Hometown

Bryan Castillo

Simpson

6'2

SR

G

Benicia, California

Aki Chambers

UC Merced

6'3

JR

G

San Anselmo, California

Marqus Crawford

William Jessup

6'1

SR

G

San Jose, California

Travis Derochowski

Simpson

6'9

SR

P

McMinnville, Oregon

Josh Greenwell

California Maritime

6'2

SR

G

Vallejo, California

Karlos Grier

Holy Names

5'10

SR

G

Fresno, California

Josh Jewett

Pacific Union

6'8

SR

P

Scottsdale, Arizona

ChaRunn Jones

Menlo

5'10

JR

G

Fresno, California

Isaiah Moore

California Maritime

6'3

SR

F

San Leandro, California

Tim Tatum

Menlo

6'6

SR

F

Vacaville, California

      

Second Team

Name

School

Ht.

YR

Pos.

Hometown

Anthony Anderson

William Jessup

6'6

SR

G

Roseville, California

Keven Campbell

California Maritime

6'0

JR

G

Stockton, California

Ian Corella

Simpson

6'7

FR

P

Mira Loma, California

Isaiah Johnson

California Maritime

6'2

SR

G

North Highlands, California

Mike McElroy

Holy Names

6'3

SR

G

Fresno, California

Honorable Mention:

Holy Names:Fabian Lopez, Zac Sewitsky; Menlo: Andrew Young; Pacific Union: Marcus Carter; UC Merced: Javon Barrino; William Jessup: Preston Bramow, Jordan Wilson