Cavanaugh, Watanabe, Steeves Earn All-Conference Honors
Cavanaugh named to the All-Conference Second Team
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- Three members of the George Washington men’s basketball team earned accolades for their performances on and off the court as the Atlantic 10 released its All-Conference teams on Tuesday.
For the second consecutive year, Tyler Cavanaugh was named to the All-Conference Second Team along with earning a spot on the All-Academic Team. Junior Yuta Watanabe landed on the All-Defensive Team and graduate student Patrick Steeves joined his classmate Cavanaugh on the All-Academic Team. The Colonials joined Fordham with multiple selections on the five-man All-Academic Team.
Cavanaugh has enjoyed a season worthy of a Player of the Year award, averaging career bests in scoring (17.9 ppg) rebounds (8.1 rpg) and assists (2.0 apg) while leading GW to a sixth-place conference finish after the Colonials were picked eighth in the preseason. In league play he elevated his game to another level, averaging 21.3 points and 9.1 rebounds over the final 12 games, with eight 20-point efforts and two 30-point outings in that span. In A-10 play, the Syracuse native is the only player to rank in the top 5 of the league in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (8.6 rpg), three-point field goal percentage (.440) and free throw percentage (.865).
For the season, Cavanaugh has scored 20-plus points 14 times and recorded 11 double-doubles, making him one of just three players in the conference with at least 10 of each (also T.J. Cline of Richmond and Marquise Moore of George Mason). In the classroom, he owns a 3.71 GPA as he's pursuing his master’s degree in Sport Management.
Meanwhile, Watanabe earned his All-Defensive Team nod by leading the team in both blocks (29) and steals (27) while being consistently tasked with guarding the opponent’s best perimeter player. Watanabe had a number of memorable defensive performances, shutting down several of the league’s top scorers.
Steeves, who is working towards his master’s in business analytics, owns a 3.97 GPA. On the court, he has started six games and played in 23, averaging 6.0 points and 2.7 rebounds. In the last 12 games, he has reached double figures six times.
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