CSN's college hoops awards: Player, coach, moment of the year

CSN's college hoops awards: Player, coach, moment of the year
March 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Now we've come to Part two of the CSN college basketball awards reveal. Previously we announced our 1st and 2nd team All-DMV teams as voted on by our three-member panel -- Comcast SportsNet's Rob Carlin, Terps beat writer Dan Martin and yours truly. We were tasked with looking at all the D1 programs in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to come up with the best of the best. That includes Player, Coach and moment of the year. That's what this post is all about. Whether you concur or have serious beef, share your opinion below or hit us up on Twitter. The ball is tipped and there you are...

* Ben Standig's awards - @benstandig *

PLAYER OF THE YEARIsaiah Armwood, George Washington

This one kept me up. Benimon's stats are staggering. Brogdon rocked for the Cavs all year. Starks kept the shorthanded Hoyas in the NCAA Tourney mix and Creek's presence pushed GW into the Field of 68. Ultimately, I took the Player of the Year award down a most valuable path. Armwood is the Colonials' game in, game out rock, not to mention leading rebounder and shot blocker. Also, he held Doug McDermott to seven points. Look up McDermott's game log to realize the insanity of seven.

COACH OF THE YEARMike Lonergan, George Washington

Not sure how American's Mike Brennan doesn't win this after taking the Eagles to the NCAA Tourney in his first season. Virginia's Tony Bennett is in the mix for national coaching honors. Both worthy indeed, but the nod here goes to Lonergan. The Colonials were predicted to finish 10th in the Atlantic 10. Instead, they finished third in a league that might get six bids on Selection Sunday. NCAA Tourney sleeper if good health is on their side.

MOMENT OF THE YEARGW's buzzer-beater victory over Maryland in the BB&T Classic

Entering the Dec. 8 matchup at the Verizon Center, many assumed the ACC squad was the better one despite the 7-1 Colonials already owning a win over No. 20 Creighton. GW dominated early, then committed miscue after miscue late. It appeared the assumptions would come true. Then Maurice Creek drained a step-back, game-winner jumper at the buzzer, sending the Foggy Bottom faithful wild and officially signaling there was a new day dawning in the DMV.

* Dan Martin's awards - @DMartinCSN *

PLAYER OF THE YEARMaurice Creek, George Washington 

After injuries stalled a promising career at Indiana, Creek got one more opportunity at George Washington and he seized it. The Colonials are not NCAA tournament-bound if not for Creek and his 14.6 points per game. He scored 20 or more points in each of the team’s final three regular-season games to help secure a berth that should be announced Sunday. 

COACH OF THE YEARTony Bennett, Virginia 

He’s not only the regional Coach of the Year, but he could very well win a national award for it. Virginia was picked to finish fourth in the conference and the Cavaliers reached as high as No. 5 nationally. 

MOMENT OF THE YEARMaryland beats Virginia, March 9

In Maryland’s final regular-season ACC game ever, the Terrapins beat the No. 5 team in the country in overtime, then stormed the floor at Comcast Center. As far as goodbyes go, it doesn’t get much better than that.

* Rob Carlin's awards - @robcarlincsn *

PLAYER OF THE YEARJerrelle Benimon, Towson

Easy choice. He led the nation in double doubles with 21. He led Towson to a program record 21 wins, just 2 years after the Tigers won just 1 game all season. He was 4th in the CAA in scoring (18.9), 1st in rebounding (11.5) and 3rd in assists (3.6). He's a complete player that will play at the next level.

COACH OF THE YEARMike Lonergan, George Washington

This was a much tougher choice. Tony Bennett did a remarkable job at Virginia, turning out the program's best season since Ralph Sampson ruled college basketball. Pat Skerry could have easily won for his turnaround job at Towson. Same with Mike Brennan at American. But GW was picked to finish 10th in the A10. They finished 3rd. Plus, the Colonials beat Miami, Creighton, Maryland & Georgia out of conference. He's worked hard to put GW back on the map. And they'll hear their name on Selection Sunday. 

MOMENT OF THE YEARMaryland upsetting UVA

Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The Terps will be lucky to make the NIT & the Cavs seeding won't be affected. But as for memorable moments - it's hard to top. Jam packed crowd, Gary Williams sitting courtside, a premature court storm lineup, UVA hitting a perfect play to force OT & then a big win to end their 61 year run in the ACC and a full on storming the court. Oh, plus Stevie Franchise!! 

Part 1: CSN's All-College Hoops Team