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Big West Honors

March 10th, 2014

The Big West named its all Conference Teams a few minutes ago and both Standhardinger and Fotu made the first team. Well-deserved. I must admit i am surprised the other Big West coaches, all from California, voted two Hawaii players to the first team, but they did the right thing. Christian is the second UH player to be named all-conference in back to back seasons . Savo is the other. Fotu was the all Big West Freshman of the Year last season.Its the first time that two UH Players were named all-conference in the same season.

No surprise on the Player of the Year. Its Alan Williams of Santa Barbara. My guess is that Christian may have wound up second in that vote. Michael Williams of Fullerton is the Newcomer of the Year, and Luke Nelson of Irvine is the Freshman of the Year. Finally, Russell Turner of regular season champions UC Irvine is the Coach of the Year. I agree with all these selections.

No other Hawaii player made any other all conference teams( Second Team and Honorable Mention). The Defensive player of the year was Mamadou Ndiaye and the UCSB backcourt of Harmon and Boswell were honored with Best Hustle Player and Best Sixth Player, respectively.

Its off to Anaheim and Long Beach for the Men's and Women's tournaments. I think the Women have a real chance at winning it all ( if healthy), and the Men, I believe, can make it to the finals. I wouldnt be shocked if they lost to Northridge on Thursday, and i woulodnt be shocked if they play saturday night. The keys for the men is defend the three, and find some offense from the perimeter. Relying only on our two first teamers wont get it done. Nevels and Spearman need to contribute 20 plus points between them. Go Bows and Wahines

Jeff Portnoy is a member of the UH Board of Regents. The views expressed here are his and do not reflect those of the board.

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3 Responses to “Big West Honors”

  1. visitor:

    Standhardinger and Fotu, well deserved. Thought Shamburger might have been a "Honorable Mention." I suppose the lack of offense hurt him.

  2. Manoa Mist:

    Jeff you forgot you are a regent but this is not from the regents. Haha! Really think we need more people like you on the Board of Regents. Keep those people in line for us man!

  3. Curtis:

    Doctor Portnoy, My crystal ball is in the shop. But I will wager my two cents. So what will it be? One and done, pay to play C.I.T. here we come. Or we have two all stars....win the first....win the second to have a chance to play in the BIG dance. Hmmm....4th place in a weak conference...a suspect "20 win season" ( see strength of schedule ). I will hedge my bet and predict a win on Thursday, a loss on Friday and C.I.T. is meant to be. Then my question will be how have things changed? Back in the same spot/tournament as last year. Aloha.

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