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James McCann took home CCAA Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists as UCSD's starting point guard this season.
UCSD Places Two on All-CCAA Second Team; McCann Named Freshman of the Year
Release: Wednesday 03/02/2011 
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's basketball team had three players honored when the California Collegiate Athletic Association's annual postseason awards were announced on Wednesday.

Christian Hatch and Casey Ryan were both named to the All-CCAA Second Team, while James McCann was voted the conference Freshman of the Year.

Hatch earned his first career all-conference selection after leading the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game and shooting a team-high 50% from the field in 2010-11. He was UCSD's second-leading rebounder at 6.7 per night and also ranked second in blocked shots with 13. The Henderson, Nev. native posted a team-high nine double-doubles on the year and scored in double figures 22 times. Hatch ranked seventh in the CCAA in scoring, sixth in rebounding and 13th in field goal percentage.

Ryan also earned an All-CCAA nod for the first time after putting together a tremendous senior campaign this season. He averaged career-highs of 12.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, while shooting 44% from the field. The Jackson, Calif. native was the CCAA's leading rebounder and ranked 17th in scoring and eighth in minutes per game. UCSD's second-leading scorer, he tallied a total of eight double-doubles and scored 10 points or more 18 times on the year.

McCann took home top freshman honors after earning the starting nod at the point in his first season as a Triton. A native of nearby Carlsbad, he started all but one game in 2010-11, averaging 9.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per night. He was UCSD's third-leading scorer and led the squad with a total of 80 assists, a figure that ranked sixth in the CCAA.

The Tritons concluded the season with an overall record of 11-17 and finished 11th in the CCAA standings at 6-16. UCSD won five of its first six games to post the program's best start at the Division II level, but lost 11 of its last 13 in conference play to fall out of postseason contention.

Despite their record, there were several bright spots for the Tritons this season, including a pair of thrilling double overtime victories over Cal State L.A. and San Francisco State at RIMAC Arena, as well as a huge road win over then-ranked No. 13 Cal State Dominguez Hills on February 18.

Click here for the complete All-CCAA Teams.

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