Entering what should be the most exciting week in Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball season, there will be at least one conference game every night this week but Friday. It’s still not too late to look back on a great week that was in the conference.
One of the biggest storylines of the last week in the Association was the Northeastern Huskies’ success on the road even without having their only two big men off the bench, Dinko Marshavelski and Zach Stahl. The main reason why Northeastern was able to still be successful was senior co-captain Joel Smith.
After averaging 23.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the Huskies’ two road wins over the Hofstra Pride and Old Dominion Monarchs, Smith was awarded his second CAA Player of the Week award in the last three weeks. The 1,000 point scorer also looks like a serious candidate for a selection to the All-CAA 1st Team as well.
Immediately following the Huskies, the Towson Tigers are second in the CAA standings. It’s a shame that this new-look program is ineligible for the CAA Tournament this March, because the Tigers are seriously building a CAA juggernaut. Their success has largely been due to the coaching and recruiting of Pat Skerry and dynamic play from Jerrelle Benimon.
But, the Tigers have also been receiving great contributions from freshman point guard Jerome Hairston. This past week, Hairston averaged 17.3 points as he helped lead his team to a 3-0 week, including a much-needed 17 points against Georgia State on Saturday when Benimon only managed 7 points of his own. For his impressive efforts, Hairston earned CAA Rookie of the Week award this week.
CAA hoops action picks up tonight when Northeastern visits William & Mary and Delaware will host Old Dominion.