POSTED: 8:30 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 3:55 p.m. HST, Mar 11, 2013
Hawaii junior forward Christian Standhardinger was named to the All-Big West Conference Men's Basketball first team while Rainbow Warriors forward Isaac Fotu was tabbed the Co-Freshman of the Year, the league announced today.
Long Beach State's James Ennis was Player of the Year while 49ers coach Dan Monson received Coach of the Year.
Standhardinger, who is averaging 15.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, was joined on the first team by Ennis, LBSU point guard Mike Caffey, UC Davis guard Corey Hawkins, Cal Poly wing Chris Eversley and UC Santa Barbara center Alan Williams.
Fotu is UH's first freshman of the year recipient since Dominic Waters won it in the Western Athletic Conference in 2005-06. The 6-8 freshman led the league in field-goal percentage at .635 and averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
"First, Isaac I think was well-deserved," UH coach Gib Arnold said. "I think he's the best freshman in the conference. I think he's been tremendous for us. I'm very grateful for him. I think it is a great honor. He's a special player and is just gonna get better.
"I thought Christian had an outstanding year and deserved to make that first team. He's been consistent all year in scoring and rebounding, and a guy who draws very tough defensive assignments as well. Proud of both those guys. They both had very good years."
Senior center Vander Joaquim, who was a first-team WAC player last year, did not make the first or second teams. He was surprisingly only an honorable mention after averaging 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Fifth-seeded UH (17-14, 10-8 BWC) opens the Big West tournament against fifth-seeded UC Irvine on Thursday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.