Hofstra might have finished only seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association, but the Pride's Charles Jenkins was named conference player of the year tonight on the eve of the league tournament. The 6-3 junior swing man led the CAA in scoring with an average of 20.4 points per game, almost two points ahead of second-place Jawan Carter of Delaware (18.6).
There was no dominant player on any of the league's top teams, and Jenkins' value to Hofstra was evident from the results. When he struggled to play in the middle of the season with a deep thigh bruise, the Pride slumped. But when Jenkins regained his health, they came on strong to win nine of the last 10 games to finish 18-13 overall and 10-8 in conference play.
Jenkins added 4.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game, and he shot 44.7 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from three-point range and 80.3 percent from the foul line. Three other Hofstra players also were honored at the league's awards banquet tonight in Richmond.
Point guard Chaz Williams (9.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists) and forward Halil Kanacevic (8.6 points, 7.6 rebounds) were named to the all-freshman team, and junior forward Greg Washington (6.4 rebounds, 2.8 blocks) was named to the all-defensive team. The seventh-seeded Pride meets 10th-seeded Georgia State (12-19, 5-13) at 6 p.m. Friday in a first-round tournament game for the right to play second-seeded Northeastern (19-11-14-4) Saturday night.