April 20, 2008

Deon Tresvant Wins MVP Honors At CSUN Men's Basketball Banquet

April 20, 2008

Northridge, Calif. - Deon Tresvant almost quit basketball during his freshman season in junior college. However, through hard work and many conversations with his father, Tresvant worked hard to develop his basketball skills, and transferred to Long Beach City College during his sophomore season where he averaged 25 points a game. His hard work paid dividends as he became a prolific scorer, once scoring a state junior college record 63 points in a game.

Today, Tresvant is one of the top three-pointer shooters in the Big West Conference, and projected to be one of the top shooters in the country next year.

Tresvant set an unusual record of distinction for Cal State Northridge in 2007-08. Tresvant became the first player in the 50-year history of Matador basketball to lead the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) in a reserve role as Cal State Northridge chalked up a 20-10 overall record, and a 12-4 mark in the Big West. For his efforts, Tresvant was named this year's winner of the Andre Chevalier MVP Award which was presented to the junior guard during the annual banquet on Sunday night at the Porter Valley Golf Club.

Tresvant's stats did not go unnoticed by the league coaches. Tresvant was named Best Sixth Man in the Big West and also gained second team all-league honors. Tresvant had a team-leading 83 three-pointers, second-best in the Big West and second all-time for a single season at CSUN. Tresvant also attempted 201 three-pointers, #2 all-time for a single season in Matador hoops history. Tresvant made at least one three-pointer in 29 of 30 games. Tresvant, who also averaged 16.3 ppg during league play, scored in double figures in 20 games, all in a reserve role.

Jonathan Heard and Calvin Chitwood were also honored for scoring more than 1,000 points during their four-year careers at Cal State Northridge. Heard finished as the school's #3 all-time leading scorer with 1,362 points. Chitwood scored 1,170 career points, tenth-best in school history.

There were numerous awards that were presented to several members of the 2007-08 Cal State Northridge basketball team.

Calvin Chitwood - Captain's Award, Bull Pit Award
Scored 1,170 points in his four year career, tenth-best in school history ... Chitwood's 442 career field goals is eighth all-time at CSUN ... Started 83 games, sixth-best in school history ... Played 2,683 career minutes, ninth-best in CSUN history ... His career field goal percentage of .536 is eleventh-best in school history ... During the 2007-08 season, gained Honorable Mention All-Big West honors.

Willie Galick - Most Inspirational
Redshirted during the 2007-08 season after transferring from Pepperdine ... Underwent shoulder surgery but still was a great team leader during his rehab on the bench.

Rob Haynes - Newt Meyers Memorial Sportsmanship Award
A starter in 26 games during the 2007-08 season ... Hit 40 three-pointers, second-best on the Matadors ... Hit at least one 3-pointer in 23 of the 30 games ... Has 108 three-pointers in three seasons, tenth-best in school history.

Jonathan Heard - Captain's Award
The graduating senior's name appears in Matador Top 10 record book ten times, a tribute to his excellence on the basketball court ... Holds the school record for games played (120) and is the third all-time leading scorer in school history (1,362 points) and ninth all-time in rebounding (534) ... During the 2007-08 season, Heard gained All-Big West first team honors ... In the season opener against Chicago State (11/10/07), scored a career-high 29 points ... Later in the year, Heard grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds at UC Riverside.

Josh Jenkins - Dr. Dish Award
Became the first player since Markus Carr (2001-02, 5.3 apg) to win the conference assist title ... Dished out 191 assists (6.4 apg, #1 in the Big West), #3 for a single season at CSUN, #9 in the nation) ... Dished out ten or more assists in five games, including a season-high 12 assists (#1 in the Big West this year), three short of the school record ... Led the team in assists in 24 of the 30 games ... Also the team leader in steals with 49, third-best in the Big West ... Second in the Big West in assist/turnover ratio (1.62) ... Averaged 10.5 ppg, fourth-best on the Matadors.

Jayme Miller - Pete Cassidy Coach's Award, Most Improved Player
Shot .558 (77-for-128) from the floor during the 2007-08 season, tops on the team ... In his last eleven games, hit 44-of-67 shots for .657 ... Collected a career-high 18 points (7-for-9 from the floor) along with nine rebounds vs Long Beach State (1/26/08) ... Collected a career-high ten rebounds at Pepperdine (11/17/07) ... The team's fourth-leading rebounder (4.4 rpg).

Tremaine Townsend - Chairman of the Boards, Defensive Player of the Year
Became the first player in Cal State Northridge history to capture the league rebounding title (9.8 rpg) ... Grabbed ten or more rebounds in 14 games ... In the last ten games, averaged 12.5 rpg ... Tallied career-highs in rebounds (22) and points (21) along with three blocks and two steals in his first collegiate start at UC Davis (2/9/08) ... The 22 rebounds were two short of the school record and six short of the league record ... Also blocked a school record 37 shots to lead the Big West ... Gained second team All-Big West honors ... Also voted to the Big West All-Tournament team.

Matthew Wallace - Scholar-Athlete Award
Redshirted during the 2007-08 season ... Had the team's highest gpa at 3.15 ... His advice to young people would be to focus in the classroom ... Business Law major.