|Head Coach Greg Kamansky|
Senior forward Larry Gordon, who led the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos to only their third California Collegiate Athletic Association regular-season championship in school history, was named the conference's Most Valuable Player, the conference office announced last week.
Gordon was the only player in the CCAA to finish in the top 10 in points, rebounds, steals and minutes played in overall games. He averaged 14 points (fifth), 10.3 rebounds (first), 1.6 steals (seventh) and 34.2 minutes (second). He is the only player in Cal Poly Pomona history to have at least 1,300 points, 800 rebounds, 450 field goals, 300 free throws, 100 steals and 40 blocks in his career.
“It's a great honor for Larry,'' Broncos head coach Greg Kamansky said. “Larry is only the third Bronco in school history to be named the CCAA MVP. He's been our emotional leader for four years and it has culminated in this great honor. There are a lot of great players in the CCAA and to be recognized by the other coaches as the MVP says a great deal about his ability. But, he would be the first to say that his teammates share in this honor.''
Gordon (Pomona) is joined on the first team with teammate Austin Swift. The Santa Cruz junior ranked among the top players in the league in eight separate categories and earned the award after redshirting last season due to injury. He averaged 11 points, 5.2 rebounds with 2.8 assists in 31 minutes of play.
“To become an all-league first team after an injury last year says a great deal about Austin's determination,'' Kamansky said. “I'm really proud of him coming back. He's a guy who makes are whole team better. Austin may not look great on the stat sheet, but he does so many things well and the other coaches in our conference recognize what he means to our team.''
Earning second-team honors is sophomore Tobias Jahn. The Babenhausen, Germany, native finished the regular season with the best field goal percentage at 58.2 percent. He finished 10th in rebounds at 5.4 a contest.
“Tobias has come a long way for us this year,'' Kamansky said. “He has really matured and is a big reason why we have been so successful this late in the year. “The exciting part is that his future looks even brighter.''
Kamansky also was honored as the CCAA Coach of the Year. The nine-year head coach guided the Broncos to a tri-championship along with Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State San Bernardino. The Broncos currently are on an 11-game winning streak and earned the CCAA Tournament's top seed. Their 57-44 CCAA Tourney firstround victory over San Francisco State on Tuesday was CPP's 20th victory against just six defeats.
It marks Kamansky's fifth 20-win season and just the eighth in school history. It marks the second time he has been named CCAA Coach of the Year, having won in 2004-05.
“It's a great honor, especially because it's voted upon by my peers,'' Kamansky said. “This conference has so many great coaches and to be recognized by them is an honor. None of it would be possible without a great staff. (Associate Head Coach) Bill Bannon, (assistant coach) Damion Hill and (graduate assistant) Jonathan Boyd all work together to make this work. It's a team and staff award more than anything else.''
The Broncos are in contention for an NCAA postseason berth and next play in the CCAA semifinals against Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday night at Cal State San Bernardino's Coussoulis Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.