HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University senior men's basketball guard James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 18 Second Team, announced on Wednesday by the coaches of the association. Johnson takes the honor for the second straight year, while the award is the first for Azotam. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Tuesday, March 20.
James Johnson, who has now earned three separate postseason accolades, fared very well in his final season with the Bobcats. The 6-foot guard averaged 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists throughout the 2011-12 season. He led the team in points per game, minutes played per game (36.1), steals (39) and three-point field goals made (66), while finishing second in three-point field goal percentage (.363) and assists (104). Johnson carried much of the load on the offensive end, including two games where he poured in a season-high 28 points. He first hit the mark at St. Francis (N.Y.) and most recently accomplished the feat on Senior Day against Robert Morris. Johnson scored double-figures in 25 games for the Bobcats and reached the 20-point plateau in eight contests.
Ike Azotam, who also collected three postseason honors this year, blossomed into one of the top forwards in the Northeast Conference. The 6-foot-7 forward had a tremendous season that put him on track to surpass Justin Rutty in several statistical categories. Azotam averaged 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, a rebounding figure that has him ranked first in the conference and 30th in the nation. He has been an absolute force on the block and obtains the ability to take over any game on both ends of the floor. On December 22 against Niagara, Azotam poured in a career-high 32 points to go along with nine rebounds in an 85-81 victory over the Purple Eagles. Furthermore, Azotam led the NEC in double-doubles on the season. He had 14 of them, three behind the QU single-season record, which also ranks him top-25 in the nation.
The Bobcats return to the hardwood tonight with the First Round of the College Basketball Invitational. QU takes on Penn at The Palestra in Philly.
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