Oct. 24, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. – Junior guard Corey Hawkins was one of six players to earn a spot in the 2013-14 Big West Preseason Media All-Conference Team as released by the conference office Thursday.
Comprised of two seniors and four juniors from six different institutions, Hawkins, UC Davis’ inaugural, and defending conference scoring champion, is joined by Mike Caffey (Long Beach State), Will Davis II (UC Irvine), Chris Eversley (Cal Poly), Christian Stanhardinger (Hawai’i) and Alan Williams (UC Santa Barbara). Every player, with the exception of Davis II, earned All-Big West first team honors last season.
By finishing his first season at UC Davis with 569 points, Hawkins set a new program record for the highest scoring total recorded by a sophomore, and added his name to a list of Aggies who possess the potential to become the newest members of the program’s 1,000-point club.
Senior guard Ryan Sypkens will start his senior season just 77 points shy of this milestone, one that senior guard/forward Josh Ritchart will also reach if he is able to score another 189 before the end of the season.
If all three are successful, Hawkins will reach this exclusive group quicker than any of the 20 players in the school's history who preceded him.
Besides being named the Big West’s Newcomer of the Year, Hawkins ended the 2012-13 campaign ranked No. 12 among all Division I players in scoring at 20.3 ppg, No. 57 with an .842 free throw percentage and received Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American recognition.
The junior guard will start this season with a slew of preseason awards to his credit from national media outlets; heralded as one of the top mid-major players in the country by ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com’s Garry Parrish also listed Hawkins as one of the top 100 college basketball players in the nation.
A week after CollegeInsider.com added Hawkins’ name to its list of Lute Olson Preseason All-American recipients, an elite group that includes the nation’s top Division I players, NBC Sports also recognized the Goodyear, Ariz., native as one of its mid-major All-Americans.
Thursday’s announcement by the conference also contained the results of this year’s Preseason Media Poll, one that saw the Aggies earn their highest ranking since joining the Big West Conference.
In addition to hosting its first-ever nationally televised game on ESPN2, setting numerous school records and posting one of the top win differentials in the nation last season, UC Davis’ stature within the conference continues to grow as the team was slated to finish fifth according to media from across the state who were polled.
Under the tutelage of third-year head coach Jim Les, seven returning letterwinners, four talented newcomers–including All-CIF first team and Postseason Player of the Year Brynton Lemar, and Georgi Funtarov, member of Bulgaria’s national team–and three redshirt players comprise a roster that will host Menlo College in its lone exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 4.
UC Davis will officially open the season, at Portland, on Friday, Nov. 8.
Preseason Media All-Conference Team
Corey Hawkins, Jr., G, UC Davis
Mike Caffey, Jr., G, Long Beach State
Will Davis II, Jr., F, UC Irvine
Chris Eversley, Sr., F, Cal Poly
Christian Standhardinger, Sr., F, Hawai'i
Alan Williams, Jr., F, UCSB
2013-14 Big West Preseason Media Poll
1. UC Irvine (9) – 183 points
2. UC Santa Barbara (6) – 167
3. Cal Poly (3) – 165
4. Long Beach State (5) – 164
5. UC Davis – 114
6. Hawai'i – 110
7. Cal State Northridge (1) – 89
8. Cal State Fullerton (6) – 57
9. UC Riverside – 31
First-place votes in parenthesis
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