By Jeff Portnoy
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