HAMDEN, Conn. – For the first time in program history, a student-athlete on the Quinnipiac University men's basketball team - senior forward Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) – was named to the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District Team, announced on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
"I'd like to congratulate Ike Azotam on being named to the USBWA All-District Team," said head coach Tom Moore. "He becomes the first Quinnipiac University player to ever receive this distinguished honor. Ike has been a model of consistency both on and off the court this year and throughout his career. He has had an outstanding senior year and is truly deserving of this special recognition."
Arguably the best front court player to ever play at Quinnipiac, Azotam averaged 16.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game through the 2013-14 regular season and the MAAC Tournament. Quinnipiac entered the conference tournament as the No. 3 seed, and Azotam again carried the load offensively. He had 18 points and six rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Niagara, and then had 18 points for a second straight night against Manhattan in the semifinals. He added 10 rebounds to complete his 44th career double-double against the Jaspers.
Azotam's 44 double-doubles serve as the program's highest total since joining Division I. Furthermore, Azotam became Quinnipiac's Division I leader in rebounding, surpassing Justin Rutty's total in the team's last game. He has 1,597 career points and 1,033 career rebounds, ranking him 13th all-time in scoring and third in rebounding. Azotam trails Carl Miazga '87 (1,601) in points and Dave Tuthill '65 (1,082) in rebounds. Azotam also has 97 blocked shots, three away from becoming the fourth Division I player to obtain 100 career blocks.
For each of the nine geographic districts, a player and coach of the year is selected. UConn's Shabazz Napier was named the District I Player of the Year, while UMass' Derek Kellogg was tabbed Coach of the Year.
Three schools – Arizona (Guard Nick Johnson and Coach Sean Miller), Michigan (Guard Nik Stauskas and Coach John Beilein) and New Mexico (Forward Cameron Bairstow and Coach Craig Neal) – can boast the honor of having the district player and coach of the year. Connecticut's Shabazz Napier (District I) and Creighton's Doug McDermott (District VI) have earned back-to-back District Player of the Year honors.
For Quinnipiac (20-11), its 20-win season was the third in the last five years, as they will look to add to the total in a national postseason tournament. The Bobcats will wait and see how the rest of the season shapes out, and should get a bid in the following week.
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About The US Basketball Writers Association
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. For more information on the USBWA and its All-District teams, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.