April 26, 2009

Tremaine Townsend Selected as Matador Most Valuable Player

April 26, 2009

By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)

Northridge, Calif. - In only two seasons at Cal State Northridge, Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Center, Phoenix, Az) became one of the best basketball players in Matador history.

In 59 games (2007-08, 2008-09) at Cal State Northridge, Townsend captured two Big West Conference rebound titles, grabbed 537 rebounds (eight-best all-time at CSUN), blocked 67 shots (third-best in school history), and helped the Matadors win 37 games.

During the 2008-09 season, Townsend gained first team All-Big West Conference honors, was all-tournament in leading the Matadors to the Big West Tournament title, gained Honorable Mention Mid-Major All-American honors by College Insider.com, helped the Matadors to their second straight league regular season title, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

For his efforts this year, Townsend was named winner of the Andre Chevalier Most Valuable Player during the annual awards banquet Sunday night at the Porter Valley Country Club.

In addition to team MVP accolades, Townsend won team awards for Chairman of the Boards (league leading 8.5 rpg in 2008-09), the Captains Award (along with Rob Haynes) and Co-Defensive Player of the Year (led the team in blocks with 30, #4 in the Big West) along with Haynes.

Townsend grabbed ten or more rebounds in ten games this year, including 16 rebounds at Long Beach State (1/17/09) and 15 against UC Irvine (1/24/09). In two seasons, Townsend grabbed double-digit rebounds in 24 games. Last year at UC Davis (2/9/08), Townsend grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds, two short of the school record and six short of the league record.

Townsend averaged 11.0 ppg, shot .498 from the floor (fifth-best in the Big West), and was seventh in the Big West Conference in steals (40, 1.33 spg) this season. Townsend scored a career-high 25 points vs UC Davis (1/5/09).

Another Matador senior, Rob Haynes (6-4, 185, Senior, F/G, Cerritos, Ca), picked up his share of Matador awards. In addition to the Captains Award (along with Tremaine Townsend), Haynes was awarded the Pete Cassidy Coaches Award and co-Defensive Player of the Year (along with Townsend).

Haynes, an Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference selection and a mid-major selection to the College Insider.com Defensive team) this season, earned a spot in school record book as one of the team's top three-pointer shooters. Haynes' 163 three-pointers in his four-year Matador career are second-best in school history. His 395 three-point attempts are third all-time at CSUN, and his three-point shooting percentage of .415 (163-for-395) is seventh-best in the school record book.

In addition, Haynes played in 119 games at Cal State Northridge (only one short of the school record held by Jonathan Heard (2004-08), started 96 career games (#4 in school history), and played 2,857 career minutes (sixth-best at CSUN).

During his senior season (2008-09), Haynes shot .414 (55-for-133) from behind the arc, tops on the team, and sixth-best in the Big West Conference). Haynes made at least one 3-pointer in 28 games. His 18 points at Cal State Fullerton (12/29/08) and against UC Davis (1/5/09) were career-highs.

Kenny Daniels (6-4, 210, Junior, Forward, St. Louis, Mo) was named Most Improved Player. Daniels began the season as a reserve, but in the sixth game of the year was inserted into the starting lineup and stayed there. In 13 of the last 17 games of the 2008-09 season, Daniels scored in double figures.

Daniels scored a career-high in points (24), field goals (7) and free throws (9) at UC Davis (3/5/09). Daniels was tops on the team in shooting (.579, 99-for-171), and his 38 steals (1.27 spg) were third-best on the Matadors and ninth-best in the Big West Conference.

Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Guard, Albuquerque, NM) was given the Dr. Dish Award for a second straight season. During his senior season in 2008-09, Jenkins was an Honorable Mention All-Big West selection in averaging 10.2 points and 6.1 assists per game. Jenkins was leading the conference in assists but a serious automobile accident on Feb. 14 sidelined the senior for the remainder of the season. Despite missing the last nine games of the year, Jenkins tallied 134 assists in 22 games, sixth-best for a single season in school history. Jenkins dished out a career-high 14 assists (one short of the school record) against UC Davis (1/5/09).

Jenkins was the leading scorer in four games including a career-high 24 points (10-for-12 from the floor at Stanford, 11/18/08).

Jenkins, who ended his two-year Matador career with 325 assists (fourth-best in Matador history), was also awarded Most Inspirational Player. After the automobile accident that ended his Matador career, Jenkins still cheered on the team to victory from the bench.

Mark Hill (5-11, 175, Junior, Guard, Los Angeles, Ca) was given the Newt Meyers Memorial Sportsmanship Award. After the season-ending automobile accident to starting point-guard Josh Jenkins, Hill was thrust into the starting lineup in the last eleven games. In five of the last eight games as a starter, Hill scored in double figures including a season-high in points (15, 5-for-7 from the floor) and assists (11) against Long Beach State (2/28/09). Hill also scored 15 points along with six assists and a career-high five rebounds in the Big West Conference title game against Pacific (3/14/09).

Hill's seven steals at Idaho (2/12/09) were the most by a CSUN player in six years.

Hill shot .875 (35-for-40) from the free throw line.

Willie Galick (6-8, 225, RS Junior, Forward, Nanaimo, British Columbia), who was among the team leaders in scoring (9.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.5 rpg) this year, captured the Scholar-Athlete Award. Galick, a senior academically but a junior athletically, is majoring in Kinesiology.

The senior class of Rob Haynes (6-4, 185, Senior, F/G, Cerritos, Ca), Josh Jenkins (5-10, 185, Senior, Guard, Albuquerque, NM), Rodrigue Mels (6-3, 180, Senior, Guard, French Caribbean, Guadeloupe), Tremaine Townsend (6-9, 225, Senior, Center, Phoenix, Az) and Deon Tresvant (6-0, 170, Senior, Guard, Long Beach, Ca) was also given special recognition for their outstanding contributions during their careers at Cal State Northridge.

Footnote Facts
During the 2008-09 season, Cal State Northridge captured the Big West Conference regular season title for a second straight year, won their first Big West Tournament title, and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for a second time in school history ... CSUN led the Big West Conference in several team categories including scoring (73.6 ppg), rebounding (37.1 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.419), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.327), rebound margin (+3.4) and field steals (8.94 spg) ... Head coach Bobby Braswell captured Big West Coach of the Year honors for a second straight season ... Cal State Northridge was on television a school record nine times this year ... In the past two seasons, Matador Basketball has been on television 17 times.