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Hofstra Men’s Basketball Estrada Captures CAA Player Of The Year Award; Ray And Cooks Honored As Well

For the fourth time in the last seven years and the seventh time since Hofstra joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 2001-02, a Hofstra men’s basketball student-athlete captured the CAA Player of the Year Award as junior Aaron Estrada is the latest member of the Pride to etch his name in history. 

Estrada joins the special list of Hofstra players, which includes Loren Stokes (2006-07), Charles Jenkins (2009-10 and 2010-11), Juan’ya Green (2015-16), and Justin Wright-Foreman (2017-18 and 2018-19). 

Estrada is the first junior to win the award since Wright-Foreman in 2017-18. 

Estrada also picked up All-CAA First Team honors, while graduate student Jalen Ray earned All-CAA Third Team accolades and graduate student Zach Cooks garnered the CAA Sixth Man of the Year Award. 

A five-time CAA Player of the Week Award recipient this season, Estrada is having a tremendous first season in a Hofstra uniform. He is averaging 18.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per outing. He ranks first on the team in points and assists, and second in rebounding and steals (1.5 per game). He was even better in conference play, pouring in 22.2 points per outing, while also adding in 5.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per contest. Estrada has scored in double figures 26 times this season and also has 16 games with at least 20 points and four games of 30+ points this year. 

Ray ranks second on the team with 13.1 points per game and leads the squad with 84 three-pointers. He is also averaging 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per outing, while starting 23 of 29 games he has played in. Ray has scored in double figures 19 times this season and crossed the 20-point plateau seven times. Ray enters the postseason with 1,715 career points and 305 career three-pointers. He ranks 11th all-time in program history in points and second in three-pointers. His 305 three-pointers rank seventh all-time in CAA history. 

Cooks was a dynamic scorer for the Pride during the regular season as he ranks third on the team with 12.4 points per outing, while also averaging 3.1 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per contest. He leads Hofstra in steals and ranks second on the team in assists, while coming off the bench in 12 of the 14 CAA games he played in. Cooks scored in double figures 16 times during the regular season and tallied 20 or more points three times. He is one of the nation’s top active scorers as his career total of 2,097 points ranks 10th nationally among NCAA Division I players. 

In the CAA rankings, Estrada ranks first in scoring, assists, free throw percentage, and minutes played (35.0 per game). He is also 10th in rebounding, seventh in steals, 10th in three-pointers made per game (1.9), third in assist/turnover ratio (1.9), and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.3). Ray ranks first in three-pointers made per game (2.9), 11th in scoring, and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (.402). Cooks is 16th in scoring, seventh in assists, fifth in steals, and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.9). 

Hofstra opens play in the CAA Championship on Sunday evening when it takes on Charleston at 8:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The game will air on FloHoops. 

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