GW Men's Hoops Earns League-High Eight A-10 All-Conference Awards
Six Colonials Combine for Eight All-League Honors, Most Since 2006
March 11, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - GW men's basketball, which tied for third in the A-10 after being picked 10th in the preseason poll, had six players combine to collect a league-high eight Atlantic 10 All-Conference awards on Tuesday.
The eight A-10 All-Conference honors are the second-most ever for the Colonials behind only the nine captured during the banner 2005-06 season. All the awards come during the program's 100th season in which GW has defied expectations and posted a 10-win turnaround from the previous season.
GW is the No. 3 seed in the 2014 A-10 Championship and will open the tournament in the quarterfinals this Friday, March 14 at 9 p.m., at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. For the most up-to-date information regarding schedule, tickets and receptions, please visit GWsports.com/MBBPostseason.
Senior forward Isaiah Armwood earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors, and graduate student guard Maurice Creek and sophomore guard/forward Patricio Garino garnered Third Team All-Conference accolades. As they did in the preseason, Armwood and Garino both earned recognition on the All-Defensive Team.
Sophomore forward Kevin Larsen received the Chris Daniels Award as the league's Most Improved Player, the second GW player to ever receive the award along with Pops Mensah-Bonsu in 2004.
Senior Nemanja Mikic and junior John Kopriva were both selected to the All-Academic Team to make GW the most decorated academic program in league history with 15 selections since the award debuted in 1991. Mikic becomes the 13th A-10 student-athlete to earn All-Academic Team honors three times in a career, joining a group that includes fellow Colonials international alumni Yegor Mescheriakov and Alexander Koul.
Armwood averaged 12.3 points, ranked second in the league with 8.7 rebounds, tied for third with 10 double-doubles, and sixth with 1.6 blocks over 30 games. In conference play, his numbers jumped to 13.3 points and a league-best 9.8 rebounds per game, including eight double-doubles.
Creek led GW and ranked 13th in the A-10 in scoring at 14.6 points per game. He finished fourth in the league with 74 three pointers, tied as the fourth-highest single-season total in GW program history. He also tied for ninth in the league with eight 20-point efforts, including 22.0 points and 14-of-24 shooting behind the arc in three wins over the final three games of the regular season.
Garino paced the Colonials with 14.8 points per game in league play, including double-digit scoring in 12 straight and 15-of-16 A-10 games, and finished fourth with 58.2 percent shooting and 1.6 steals. He also cracked the overall A-10 stat rankings at fourth with 1.6 steals and sixth at 57.5 percent shooting.
Larsen combined with Armwood to provide the Colonials one of the most productive frontcourts in the A-10. He averaged 11.3 points and finished 10th in the conference in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and field goal percentage (.541) on the season, and improved to 12.3 points and league fourth-best 8.3 rebounds per game in 16 league contests, with a seventh-best .556 shooting percentage.
Mikic is on track for a master's degree in accountancy after graduating magna cum laude in finance in just three years last May. He's second on the team this season with 33 three pointers and ranks fifth all-time at GW with 182 career triples. Mikic was a member of GW's Athletic Academic Dean's List all seven semesters to date and A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll six semesters.
A chemistry major with a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average, Kopriva has spent all five semesters on the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean's List, including two perfect 4.0 GPA semesters. Earlier this season, he was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 2 First Team.