Following a 19-win regular season, the Hofstra Men’s Basketball team earned a pair of All-Colonial Athletic Association honors this evening as junior guard Juan’ya Green garnered first team accolades and junior forward Ameen Tanksley was selected to the second team.
The awards were voted on by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and members of the media.
Graduate guard Dion Nesmith was also recognized as he was named to the CAA All-Academic Team. It marks Nesmith’s second consecutive season earning all-academic honors.
Green is the first Pride player to earn All-CAA first team honors since Charles Jenkins was a first team selection from 2009 to 2011.
Tanksley’s selection marks the second year in a row that the Pride has had a second team honoree after Zeke Upshaw earned the honor a year ago.
Green’s first season in a Hofstra uniform after transferring from Niagara was strong in every facet of the game. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native leads Hofstra in scoring, assists and steals, while ranking third on the squad in rebounding. His 17 points per game ranks third in the CAA and he leads the conference with his 6.5 assists per game.
The nation’s leader in free throws made with 192, Green remarkably scored in double figures in all 31 games during the regular season including a season-high 26 points at Charleston. His assists per game average ranks ninth nationally and he was the CAA Player of the Week on December 29, Green was named to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List as well. Green leads Hofstra with eight double-doubles and also had the program’s first-ever triple-double this season with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against LIU Brooklyn on December 28, 2014, at the Barclays Center. It was the first-ever triple-double, NBA or NCAA, at the home of the Brooklyn Nets.
The 192 free throws made ranks as the fifth-most made in a season in Hofstra history and his 200 assists are the most since Craig “Speedy” Claxton dished out 224 during the 1997-98 campaign. The 200 assists are the fourth highest single season total in program history.
Joining Green on the All-CAA teams is Tanksley, who also joined the Pride from
Niagara this season. The Pride’s second-leading scorer, he is averaging 16.7 points per outing and his influence can be felt in other areas as well.
Tanksley has had an outstanding season from beyond the arc as he leads the Pride in three-point field goal percentage at 43%, while ranking second on the team with 71 made three-pointers. He also leads Hofstra in rebounding with 5.6 caroms per outing and is second on the squad with 1.4 steals per contest.
Tanksley’s 71 three-pointers this season ranks 11th in program history and his ability to shoot the ball allowed him to pour in at least 30 points on a pair of occasions, including a career-best 32 versus LIU Brooklyn. Tanksley ranks second on the team with three double-doubles this season.
Nesmith, who earned his undergraduate degree in finance from Monmouth, has a 3.47 grade point average as he pursues an MBA in business analytics.
Major award winners from the CAA included: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary (player of the year), Kevin Keatts, UNCW (coach of the year), Elijah Bryant, Elon (rookie of the year), Terry Tarpey, William & Mary (defensive player of the year) and Caleb Donnelly, Northeastern and Tom Schalk, William & Mary (Dean Ehlers Leadership Award).
Green, Tanksley, Nesmith and the rest of the Pride will open up play at the CAA Championship on Saturday when fifth-seeded Hofstra faces fourth-seeded James Madison at 2:30 p.m. from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. That game will air in the New York area on SNY. Check your local listings for broadcast information in your area.
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