Stand Up and Be Seen!
Western earned three of the five major awards when the 2010-11 All-Little East Men’s Basketball teams were announced by the conference office. Junior guard DaQuan Brooks (Atlanta, Ga.) repeated as the Player of the Year, while freshman guard Jengodi Gates (New Haven) was chosen as the Rookie of the Year. Bob Campbell was selected as the Coach of the Year by his peers to complete the Colonials’ major honorees.
Brooks is just the seventh student-athlete in the history of Little East men’s basketball to defend his top overall player award in back-to-back seasons and first since Plymouth State’s Adam DeChristopher (1998-99). The junior from Atlanta, Ga. piloted Western Connecticut’s offensive attack to a Little East-best 85.8 points per game. He became the 26th player in Colonial history to reach the 1,000-career point mark in the victory over Southern Maine on Dec. 4, 2010. The two-time All-Little East, first-team pick ranked among the conference leaders in 3-pointers made (3.1 pg) and scoring (22.0 ppg), while ranking second in assists (4.3 apg), free throw percentage (.824), and steals (2.0 spg). Brooks reached double figures in the scoring column in each of his 25 starts and eclipsed the 20-point barrier 14 times. He netted a season-high 35 points to lift Western past Cobleskill State on Nov. 15, 2010. Brooks nearly produced a double-double against Plymouth State, scoring 24 points and handing out a season-high nine assists. He was consistently selected as the conference’s player of the week, earning the award seven of the 12 times it was presented. Brooks also received the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Player of the Week award twice.