Chaz Crawford Named CAA Defensive Player of the Year, Elegar and Mason Earn All-CAA Honors
Drexel University forward Chaz Crawford (Philadelphia, Pa./Hargrave Military Academy) has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Drexel junior Frank Elegar (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond's) was named to the All-CAA Second Team and senior Bashir Mason (Jersey City, N.J./St. Benedict's) was named All-CAA Third Team and to the league's All-Defensive team for a record fourth time.
Crawford leads the CAA in both rebounding and blocks. The 6-foot-10 Crawford is ninth in the nation with 3.3 blocks per game and 15th in the country with 9.7 rebounds per game. He is second all-time in Drexel history with 316 blocks and is sixth in rebounding with 801.
Elegar is among the CAA leaders in a number of categories. He is seventh in the CAA in both scoring (15.5) and rebounding (6.8) and is also fourth in field-goal percentage at .508. Mason, who averages 11.5 points per game, leads the CAA in steals and is ranked 25th in the nation in that category. The point guard is the first player in CAA history to be named to the All-Defensive team for four years. Crawford is a three-time member of the CAA's All-Defensive team.
Scott Rodgers (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) was named to the CAA's All-Academic Second Team. Rodgers is a sophomore who majors in communications.
Drexel finished the regular season with a 22-7 record. The Dragons were 13-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Bruiser Flint Named NABC District 3 Coach of the Year
Drexel Men's Basketball Head Coach James "Bruiser" Flint has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 3 Coach of the Year. The announcement was made today by the NABC in Kansas City, Mo.
Flint led the Dragons to a 23-8 record this season, the most wins for a Drexel team since 1996. His team won 13 road games, which tied for the most in Division I, including wins at Villanova, No. 23 Syracuse and at Missouri Valley Champion Creighton. Drexel defeated three Philadelphia Big 5 schools (Villanova, Temple and Saint Joseph's) for the first time in school history. All three of those wins were on the road.
This is the second time in Flint's career he has been named a District Coach of the Year. He also won the award in 1998 when he led UMass to an NCAA appearance. The 23 wins this season is a career-high for Flint, whose previous high for wins came during the 1998 season when the Minutemen won 21 games.
Drexel is looking forward to its fourth postseason in six years under Flint's guidance. He led the Dragons to three-straight National Invitation Tournament appearances from 2003-05.
The other winners of the District awards were Ben Howland (UCLA), John Thompson III (Georgetown), Dave Leitao (Virginia), Billy Donovan (Florida), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt), Orland Early (Louisiana-Monroe), Billy Gillispie (Texas A&M). Brad Brownell (Wright State), Chris Lowery (Southern Illinois), Bill Self (Kansas), Mike Lonergan (Vermont), Matt Brady (Marist), Mark Fox (Nevada-Reno) and Tony Bennett (Washington State).