HAMDEN, Conn. – Sophomore Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) and senior James Johnson (Queens, N.Y.) were named to the Madness 2012 Northeast All-Conference Team, announced on Wednesday, February 29 by representatives of CollegeSportsMadness.com. Azotam was tabbed as one of the top five players in the conference with a selection to the First Team, while fellow teammate Johnson nabbed a slot on the Second Team.
Azotam averaged 15.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, a rebounding figure that has him ranked second in the NEC and 29th in the nation. He has been an absolute force underneath and obtains the ability to take over a game on both ends of the floor. Earlier in the season against Niagara, Azotam netted a career-high 32 points to go along with nine rebounds in a four-point victory over the Purple Eagles. Azotam also went on to lead the NEC in double-doubles his second year with the Bobcats. He had 13 of them, four behind the QU single-season record, which also ranks him top-25 in the nation.
Johnson averaged 16.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists throughout the 2011-12 regular season. He led the team in points per game, minutes played per game (36.2), steals (38) and three-point field goals made (61), while finishing second in three-point field goal percentage (.361) and assists (96). Johnson carried much of the load on the offensive end, including two games where he scored a season-high 28 points. He first hit the mark at St. Francis (N.Y.) and most recently accomplished the feat on Senior Day against Robert Morris. Johnson scored double-figures in 23 games for the Bobcats and reached the 20-point plateau in eight contests.
The Bobcats are back in action on Thursday, March 1 at St. Francis (N.Y) with the Northeast Conference Quarterfinals. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Pope Physical Education Center in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. For all information regarding QU men's basketball, please visit www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu