Three Colonials pick up men’s basketball A-10 postseason honors

Three men’s basketball players earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference postseason honors, the league announced Tuesday.

Graduate student forward Tyler Cavanaugh was named to the All-Conference Second Team, and, along with graduate student forward Patrick Steeves, received an All-Academic Team nod.

Junior guard Yuta Watanabe earned a spot on the All-Defensive team.

Richmond’s T.J. Cline was named A-10 Player of the Year, and Dayton’s Archie Miller was named A-10 Coach of the Year.

Cavanaugh landed on the Second Team for the second straight year after a standout final season in Foggy Bottom.

The Syracuse, N.Y. native who transferred from Wake Forest in 2014, led the Colonials in 2016-2017 with 17.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game – all career-high averages. He also posted 14 20-point performances and was one of three A-10 players to record 10 or more double-doubles with 11 on the season. 

The 6-foot-9-inch forward also took home the conference’s final Player of the Week award Monday, after averaging 25 points and nine rebounds on .593 shooting from the field in GW’s wins over Fordham and Dayton last week. 

Cavanaugh, who is pursuing his master’s degree in Sport Management, boasts a 3.71 GPA.

Harvard transfer Steeves, studying for a master’s in business analytics, owns a 3.97 GPA and is averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. In 23 games and six starts this season, he holds the second-best field goal percentage (49.0) on the team.

Watanabe, who frequently guarded opponents’ top offensive performer, led GW with 29 blocks and 27 steals this season. His 1.2 blocks per game is eight-best in the A-10.

The Colonials (18-13, 10-8 A-10) hope to keep their season alive this weekend in Pittsburgh, Pa. where they enter the Atlantic 10 Championship at the No. 6 seed. GW awaits the winner of No. 11 Saint Louis (11-20, 6-12 A-10) vs. No. 14 Duquesne (10-21, 3-15 A-10).

Tip-off for the second-round matchup is set for Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

 

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