Seahawk Trio Earns CAA Hoops Honors
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
RICHMOND, Virginia - Junior forward Keith Rendleman was named First-Team All-Conference at the Colonial Athletic Association's post-season banquet Thursday, highlighting a night that also saw freshman Adam Smith and sophomore Tanner Milson collect special honors for the 2011-12 season.
Rendleman, a 6-8, 213-pound warrior for the Seahawks inside this year, emerged into one of the CAA's most versatile players in the paint. He became only the third player in school history to average a double double with 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds each game.
"Keith is very deserving of this honor," said Buzz Peterson, UNCW's second-year coach. "He got off to a great start and maintained that level throughout the year, even when opponents were keying on him. It's a tribute to his hard work in practice every day and the respect that other coaches in this league have for him."
Rendleman was a Second-Team preseason All-CAA pick before the season started, but moved up a notch when he turned into a double double machine for the Seahawks. The Iron Station, N.C., product racked up 16 double doubles, tying with ODU's Chris Cooper for the most in the conference.
The talented player ranks fifth in the CAA in scoring (15.6 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.539), second in rebounding (10.5 rpg) and 10th in blocks (1.1 bpg).
With 981 points and 443 rebounds in 91 career appearances, Rendleman needs just 19 points to become UNCW's 21st 1,000-point scorer. He is UNCW's 13th First-Team All-CAA pick and is the first top tier selection since T.J. Carter was voted to the elite squad in 2008.
Rendleman was joined in the All-CAA First-Team by Ryan Pearson (George Mason), Frantz Massenat (Drexel), Kent Bazemore (Old Dominion) and Bradford Burgess (VCU).
Smith, meanwhile, made a big splash in his first season with the Seahawks, ranking second on the team in scoring at 14.0 ppg. A native of Jonesboro, Ga., was the top freshman scorer in the CAA and reached double figures in 20 games, including a 32-point outburst just before Christmas at Wake Forest.
Smith, who scored 20 or more points six times, becomes UNCW's ninth selection to the All-Rookie squad and the first since Chad Tomko made the unit in 2008.
Milson was selected to the CAA's All-Academic Second-Team for his work in the classroom. The Business major played in all 29 games, making eight starts, and averaged 5.1 points and 1.3 rebounds.