Dec. 28, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - With their Big West opener rapidly approaching, six UC Davis players find themselves amongst the top players in the nation, and the Big West Conference, in a slew of statistical categories.
For the fourth consecutive week, Ryan Sypkens leads all players in the nation with 4.27 three-point field goals made per game. The junior guard is also ranked No. 6 in the country with his .522 three-point field goal percentage, a mark that is also the top three-point shooting percentage in the Big West.
Sypkens also enters UC Davis' conference-opener ranked No. 7 in the Big West with a .517 field goal percentage, and No. 8 in scoring at 16.2 points per game.
In addition to Sypkens, two other Aggies rank alongside the nation's elite as senior guard Ryan Howley and sophomore guard Corey Hawkins currently sport averages of 10.5 rebounds per game (No. 15 nationally) and a .912 free-throw percentage (No. 17 nationally) respectively.
Hawkins is No. 77 in the country in scoring at 17.5 ppg, an average that doubles as the Big West's fourth-highest figure. Hawkins also occupies top-10 Big West rankings with his free-throw percentage (.912/No. 2), steals (1.5 per game/No. 7), and assists (3.7 apg/No. 10).
Howley, the conference's leading rebounder, is the only player in the Big West to sport a double-digit rebound average entering league play. Not only does he possess the highest rebound figure in the conference, Howley also leads all players by averaging 8.3 defensive rebounds per game.
Sophomore forward J.T. Adenrele is another Aggie that sits atop a statistical category; entering this weekend's game against the UC Irvine Anteaters, Adenrele leads all Big West players with a .618 field goal percentage, and is No. 4 in blocks averaging 1.5 per game.
Tyler Les is another UC Davis sharpshooter that is dangerous from behind the arc as the junior guard's .441 three-point field goal percentage is the seventh-highest mark in the conference.
Ranked No. 5 in assists (4.2 apg) and No. 6 with his 1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio amongst all Big West players, senior guard Paolo Mancasola completes the list of Aggies who are turning in top-10 performances on a consistent basis for head coach Jim Les.
Victorious in three of its last four games played, UC Davis will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29, at UC Irvine. The Aggies' inaugural conference game of the season will tip at 7 p.m., Bill Herenda will call the action from the Bren Events Center on a simulcast that can be heard on KSAC (105.5 FM) and ucdavisaggies.com.