May 2, 2010
By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Northridge, Calif. - Whether Kenny Daniels started (24 of CSUN's 32 games) or came off the bench, the senior forward from St. Louis, Mo., simply got the job done.
In 2009-10, Daniels led Cal State Northridge in scoring (15.6 ppg, #7 in the Big West Conference), field goal percentage (.506, 163-for-322, #4 in the BWC and free throw shooting (.800, 144-for-180, #4 in the BWC), and was third in rebounding (4.2 rpg). For his efforts, Daniels was voted the 2009-10 winner of the Andre Chevalier Most Valuable Player during a BBQ ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the home of Matador head coach Bobby Braswell.
"We're very proud of Kenny and all the things he accomplished during his two seasons at Cal State Northridge," said Braswell. "Whenever we needed a big shot, Kenny got the job done. We'll miss him, but I know he has a bright future in professional basketball. He is also on course to graduate."
Offensively, Daniels' name will be etched into the CSUN record book. In a game against Idaho (12/3/09), Daniels scored a career-high 39 points, the most by a Big West player in 2009-10. The 39 points is third-best scoring game in school history. The 13 free throws against Idaho were seventh-best for a single game in Matador history. Daniels also collected a career-high ten rebounds against the Vandals.
Daniels scored 498 points during the 2009-10 campaign, tenth-best for a single season at Cal State Northridge. Daniels led the team in scoring in 24 of the team's 32 games, tallied eight games in which he scored 20 or more points, and the 32 games in which he played were second-best for a single season in school history.
Daniels' 144 free throws tied for fifth-best for a single season in CSUN history. The 180 free throw attempts are eight-best in the school record book.
In gaining Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference honors, Daniels finished the last ten games of the year by averaging 20 points per game. His scoring efforts included a 26-point effort against UC Davis (3/4/10), a 25-point effort against Cal State Fullerton (2/13/10) and 24 points against Cal State Bakersfield (2/10/10).
Daniels, who will graduate in June with a degree in Pan African Studies, plans on continuing to play basketball on the professional level.
The senior class of Vincent Cordell, Kenny Daniels, Willie Galick, Mark Hill, Tony Osunsanmi and Therin Taylor were honored for their dedication and inspiration to Matador Basketball. The six seniors combined to score 2,191 points, grab 1,157 rebounds, dish out 344 assists, collect 255 steals and tally 69 blocked shots.
Other award winners included the following ...
Pete Cassidy Coach's Award - Tony Osunsanmi
The senior forward from Ontario, Ca. was nicknamed "Dennis Rodman" for the defensive intensity and his rebounding strength under the boards. This season, Osunsanmi started 17 of the last 21 games, and played a total of 32 games, second-best for a single season in school history. In eleven games in 2009-10, Osunsanmi grabbed five or more rebounds including a season-high eight rebounds at UC Davis (1/04/10) and against Seattle (1/11/10).
Defensive Player of the Year - Willie Galick
The senior forward from Nanaimo, British Columbia, was second on the Matadors in rebounding at 4.9 boards per game. In a league game against UC Davis (3/4/10), Galick grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds. Galick also grabbed ten rebounds against Coastal Carolina (11/24/09). Galick was also one of three CSUN players to average in double-figures. Galick averaged 10.1 ppg. Against Coastal Carolina (11/24/09), Galick scored a career-high 26 points (11-of-13 from the floor). Galick played in 32 games, second-best for a single season in school history.
Scholar-Athlete Award - Bryce Smith
This year, Smith redshirted after playing at San Diego State last year. During the Fall semester, Smith chalked up a perfect 4.0 gpa as a Kinesiology major.
Chairman of the Boards - Lenny Daniel
The junior forward from Richmond, Va. was a rebound sweeper on the boards. In gaining Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference status, Daniel was CSUN's top rebounder (7.8 rpg) that was third-best in the Big West Conference. Daniel, who was the team's leading rebounder in 20 games, grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds against UC Davis (3/4/01). Daniel tallied eight double-doubles, second-best in the league. Three of those double-doubles came in the final seven games. Daniel set a new school record with 44 blocks, easily breaking Tremaine Townsend's mark of 37 set during the 2007-08 campaign. In three games, Daniel had five blocks, only one short of the school record. The 44 blocks were tops in the Big West Conference. In addition to his rebounding and block shots, Daniel also averaged 11.7 ppg, second-best on the Matadors. Daniel scored in double-digits in 20 games, and had 20 or more points in five games. His season-best was a 24-point effort at then tenth-ranked Washington (12/6/09).
Big West Conference Awards - Lenny Daniel, Kenny Daniels
Kenny Daniels and Lenny Daniel both received Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference accolades. On Jan 18, 2010, Daniel was named Big West Player of the Week. Daniel posted averages of 13.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game to lift the Matadors to victories over Seattle (1/11/10), UC Riverside (1/14/10) and Cal State Fullerton (1/16/10).
Most Improved Player - Michael Lizarraga
The junior forward from Dixon, Ca was the only deaf player competing in NCAA Division I major college basketball during the 2009-10 season. His best game of the year was an eight-point, six rebound, three block and two steal performance at then tenth-ranked Washington (12/6/09). Lizarraga had a career-high seven rebounds in games at Western Kentucky (11/23/09) and at Colorado (12/22/09). Lizarraga shot .529 (27-for-51) from the floor).
Most Inspirational Award - Rashaun McLemore
The junior guard/forward from Richmond, Va. was hampered by a painful back injury throughout the 2009-10 season. Nevertheless, McLemore played in 17 games, six as a starter. McLemore scored a season-high 14 points against Seattle (1/11/10) along with six rebounds, and another 14 points and five rebounds against UC Santa Barbara (1/30/10).
Newt Meyers Memorial Sportsmanship Award - Vinnie McGhee
The redshirt sophomore guard from Oakland, Ca. was a double-digit scorer in 12 games. That included a 22-point effort (9-of-10 free throws) against Seattle (11/11/10). McGhee's team-leading 53 three-pointers (1.7 per game) were ninth-best in the Big West Conference. McGhee played in 32 games, second-best for a single season in school history.
Dr. Dish Award - Mark Hill
The senior point-guard was the team leader in assists (68, 2.8 apg). Hill ranked fifth in the Big West Conference in steals (41, 1.4 spg). Hill had at least one steal in 24 of 30 games he played. Hill scored a career-high 24 points (9-for-13 from the floor) at Cal Poly (1/23/10).