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Fauquier grad Benimon named CAA Player of the Year as Towson junior

Friday, Mar. 8 | By Jeff Malmgren
Jerrelle Benimon won the CAA Player of the Year award Friday. --Courtesy of Towson University
Jerrelle Benimon, a 2009 Fauquier High graduate, became the first player in the history of Towson University men’s basketball to be named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year.

Benimon, who is also one of 25 finalists for the Lou Henson Award, given to the Mid-Major player of the year, made the all-CAA first team Friday, too, and the CAA all-defense team. He led the CAA with 11.2 rebounds per game, which also ranked third in NCAA Division I, and he scored 17.1 points per game to finish fourth in the conference. Benimon’s 20 double-doubles ranks first (a tie) in NCAA Division I.

The junior set a Towson single-season record with 346 rebounds and his 1.9 blocks per game were the third most in the CAA, while his 53.3 field goal percentage ranked fourth. He transfered from Georgetown following the 2010-11 season.

Benimon’s coach, Pat Skerry, was named CAA Coach of the Year, and his teammate, Jerome Hairston, made the CAA all-Rookie team. They helped the Tigers complete the best season-to-season turnaround in NCAA Division I history. After finishing last season with a 1-31 record – and extending an NCAA-record 41-game losing streak over two seasons – the Tigers went 18-13 this season, giving them their most wins since 1993-94.

Towson placed second in the CAA standings with a 13-5 record – its best ever finish in the conference – after being projected to place 10th in the preseason poll.

The CAA awards were announced at a pre-tournament banquet in Richmond. Despite claiming the conference’s top honors, the Tigers will not play in the CAA tournament or the NCAA tournament after being ruled ineligible due to a low Academic Progress Rate score three seasons ago.

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