Sept. 16, 2008
Birmingham, Al - Lindy's College Basketball Magazine is the first pre-season publication to hit the newsstands, and Cal State Northridge is the publications choice to win the Big West Conference title and advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09.
"Bobby Braswell dipped into the community college recruiting well, and it paid off for the Matadors with a 20-victory season and a share of the Big West title (last year)," said the pre-season publication. "Josh Jenkins' knack for pushing the ball quickly and getting it where it needed to be made the Matadors one of the best transition teams in the west (last year). Another of those transfers, Tremaine Townsend, was as good a post player as there was in the conference, leading the Big West in rebounds and blocked shots while shooting .525 from the field. And four more transfers Braswell recruited could be good enough to give the Matadors another 20-plus wins and their second-ever (2001) NCAA Tournament bid. ... (Deon) Tresvant was one of the most productive substitutes in the country last season, and his long-range jump shooting ability opens a lot of driving lanes."
Cal State Northridge is favored to win the conference followed by UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Cal State Fullerton, Pacific, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, Cal Poly and UC Davis.
Jenkins and Townsend are listed as pre-season first team All-Big West selections while Deon Tresvant is listed as a second team selection. The Honor Roll listing included Best Rebounder: Tremaine Townsend; and Best Playmaker: Josh Jenkins.
Townsend, a second team all-conference selection last year, ranked first in the Big West in rebounding (9.8 rpg), blocked shots (1.2 bpg) and second in field goal percentage (.525) last season. Townsend became the first CSUN player to win the conference rebound and blocked shot titles. For the season, Townsend averaged 10.1 ppg, and also set a school record with 37 blocked shots.
Jenkins was an honorable mention All-Big West selection as he led the conference in assists (191, 6.4 apg, #3 for a single season in school history). Jenkins became the first Matador since Markus Carr (2001-02, 5.3 apg) to win the conference assist title. Jenkins collected a team-leading 49 steals (third-best in the league), and was second in the Big West in assist/turnover ratio (1.62). Jenkins averaged 10.5 ppg, fourth-best on the team.
Tresvant became the first player in school history to lead the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) as a reserve. Tresvant hit a team-leading 83 3-pointers, second-best in the conference and second all-time for a single season at CSUN. Tresvant also attempted 201 three-pointers, #2 all-time for a single season at CSUN. For his efforts, Tresvant gained second team All-Big West honors.
Townsend, Jenkins and Tresvant lead a cast of nine returning lettermen, along with four redshirts, and four incoming players who will comprise the 2008-09 active roster.
Lindy's College Basketball Pre-Season Magazine Projections
1. Cal State Northridge
2. UC Santa Barbara
3. Long Beach State
4. Cal State Fullerton
6. UC Riverside
7. UC Irvine
8. Cal Poly
9. UC Davis
Josh Jenkins - Cal State Northridge
Tremaine Townsend - Cal State Northridge
Josh Akognon - Cal State Fullerton
Donovan Morris - Long Beach State
Chris Devine - UC Santa Barbara
Deon Tresvant - Cal State Northridge
Trae Clark - Cal Poly
James Powell - UC Santa Barbara
Mark Payne - UC Davis
Anthony Brown - Pacific
Player of the Year
Donovan Morris - Long Beach State
Newcomer of the Year
Gerard Anderson - Cal State Fullerton
Best Rebounder: Tremaine Townsend - Cal State Northridge
Best Playmaker: Josh Jenkins - Cal State Northridge
Best Shooter: Josh Akognon - Cal State Fullerton
Best Defender: Titus Shelton - Cal Poly
Most Versatile: Donovan Morris - Long Beach State
Best NBA Prospect: Josh Akognon - Cal State Fullerton