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March 6, 2012 > Whitfield and Samuels earn All-CCAA honors

Whitfield and Samuels earn All-CCAA honors

Submitted By Marty Valdez
Photos By Kelley Cox/KLC Fotos

Cal State University, East Bay men's basketball team landed two players, including Freshman of the Year Jacari Whitfield, on the 2012 All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) team announced on February 29, 2012.

Whitfield, who prepped at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, was fifth in the conference in assists (3.1), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and tenth in 3-point baskets made (1.7).

Junior Mark Samuels was named to the second team. He was the fourth leading scorer in the CCAA averaging 15.1 points per game. Also in the CCAA, Samuels was fourth in assists (3.2), fourteenth in field goal percentage (47.3) and seventeenth in rebounds (5.3).

The Pioneer men's basketball team showed improvement during the 2011-12 campaign finishing ninth in the CCAA with an 8-14 record. The previous two years, the Pioneers compiled a 5-39 record in the CCAA. The Pioneers were 10-16 overall in 2011-12.

Regular-season champion Chico State placed two players, including Most Valuable Player Jay Flores, on the 2012 CCAA first team.

Along with Whitfield, Sonoma State sophomore forward Justin Herold was selected Newcomer of the Year and Chico State head coach Greg Clink was named Coach of the Year.

Sonoma State had a league-high three players earn all-conference honors. Humboldt State also had two players named to the first team.

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