Game after game during Hofstra’s stretch drive to earn the No. 1 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, senior guard Juan’ya Green came up big in the clutch, prompting Pride coach Joe Mihalich to call the conference player of the year award a “one-man race.” That judgment was confirmed when Green won in a landslide, receiving 35 of a possible 40 votes, the league announced Thursday.
Green is Hofstra’s third POY winner, following Charles Jenkins, who won in 2010 and 2011, and 2007 winner Loren Stokes. UNC Wilmington’s Chris Flemmings and James Madison’s Ron Curry tied for second with two votes each.
“I’m honored to be selected as the CAA player of the year,” Green said. “The CAA has many incredible players, and to be chosen for this award is truly a reflection of our entire team.”
Speaking of Green’s role in Hofstra’s six-game winning streak, Mihalich said, “Juan’ya has been coming up at crunch time all year long. That hasn’t changed over these six games.”
Joining Green on the all-CAA first team was Hofstra sophomore center Rokas Gustys, who tied for fifth on the six-man unit. Senior forward Ameen Tanksley earned second-team honors.
Green averaged 17.7 points and ranks seventh in the nation with 7.2 assists per game. He became the fourth player in Division I history to score 1,000 points at two schools, including Niagara, where he and Tanksley (15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds) previously played under Mihalich.
Gustys, who averaged 13.6 points and 12.7 rebounds (fourth nationally) and shot .650 (ninth nationally), also was named to the CAA all-defensive team and made the all-academic team. He and Curry tied for second in the defensive player of the year voting with five votes each behind William & Mary’s Terry Tarpey (22 votes). Gustys’ season total of 382 rebounds was third-highest in CAA history.
Voting was conducted by the league’s coaches and sports information directors and by media members.