Mustang Men’s Basketball Program Announces 2011-12 Team Awards
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's basketball team placed an official exclamation point on its historic 2011-12 season Friday evening with the unveiling inside the university's Performing Arts Center of the program's annual slate of awards and honors.
Senior forward David Hanson (Plymouth, Minn.), who earned All-Big West Conference second team praise for the second-successive season after leading Cal Poly with 11.8 points per game, garnered team Most Valuable Player honors.
"David showed his skill and commitment this year with a true iron man approach to the season," said third-year Mustang head coach Joe Callero of Hanson, who started all 63 games for Cal Poly during his final two years. "He was excellent for us the entire season."
Hanson, who departs Cal Poly ranked first all-time in appearances (122), seventh in rebounds (628) and eighth in points scored (1,267), joined senior point guard Amaurys Fermin (Bronx, N.Y.) in accepting the program's Captains Award. Fermin, who missed the 2009-10 season after transferring from Hagerstown (Md.) College and the 2010-11 campaign after suffering an ACL injury, started all 33 games for Cal Poly this past year, led the Big West with 119 assists and finished second among conference players with 3.61 assists per game.
Fermin, whose presence allowed Cal Poly to finish 12th among NCAA Division I teams in turnovers committed per game (10.6), also earned the program's Most Inspirational Player honor.
"Amaurys has an east coast passion for the game and he wanted everyone to be as excited as he was to be a Mustang," Callero said. "The determination that Amaurys showed in recovering from a very serious injury to lead our team to an historic season will allow him to enjoy a long career in basketball."
Cal Poly's annual Hustle Award was presented to senior forward Will Taylor (Williamsport, Md.), who started all 33 games, led the Big West with a 53.3 percent field goal mark and finished fourth among conference rebounders with 6.7 boards per contest. With Taylor in the lineup, the Mustangs finished sixth among Division I programs in opponent rebounds per game (29.1), 24th in opponent points per game (60.5) and 28th in rebounding margin (plus-5.5).
"Will left his heart on the floor during every game this season," Callero said. "He will be quite successful in life because he is always willing to compete."
After entering Cal Poly as a walk-on player five years ago, senior forward Jordan Lewis (San Rafael, Calif.) earned a full scholarship for his final season. A 45 percent career shooter and two-year starter, Lewis was presented with Cal Poly's Coaches Award for his overall contributions to the program.
"Jordan never lost faith in himself, his team or his coaches," Callero said. "Loyalty is a very special quality that Jordan possesses."
A 13-time Dean's List selection and Cal Poly's 2011-12 Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year honoree, senior guard Matt Titchenal (Sonoma, Calif.) was a runaway winner of the Mustang program's Academic Award.
"Matt has been a prime example of what a Cal Poly student-athlete is all about," Callero said. "He's smart, tough and a great teammate."
The 2011-12 Mustang squad finished 18-15 overall to register the program's second-highest victory total in 18 Division I seasons. The Mustangs allowed just 58.4 points per home game and recorded a 10-4 mark that featured the program's highest win total inside Mott Gym in five years.
Cal Poly also finished the year with a five-game winning streak in Mott Gym to secure the No. 4 seed for the Big West Tournament and clinch a second-successive top-half finish in the conference standings for the first time in five years.