HAMDEN, Conn. – Senior Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) was selected to the National Basketball Association of Coaches (NABC) All-District I First Team on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, a laurel that recognizes the nation's best collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and votes on by coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 252 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams.
Azotam averaged 16.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game through the 2013-14 regular season and the MAAC Tournament. In the conference championships, he had 18 points and six rebounds in the quarterfinal win over Niagara, and then had 18 points for a second straight night against Manhattan in the semifinals. He added 10 rebounds to complete his 44th career double-double against the Jaspers. Azotam's 44 double-doubles serve as the program's highest total since joining Division I. Furthermore, Azotam became Quinnipiac's Division I leader in rebounding, surpassing Justin Rutty's total in the team's last game. He has 1,597 career points and 1,033 career rebounds, ranking him 13th all-time in scoring and third in rebounding. Azotam trails Carl Miazga '87 (1,601) in points and Dave Tuthill '65 (1,082) in rebounds.
The District I Team, which is comprised of teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic, America East and the Northeast conferences, featured eight players from the MAAC. Joining Azotam on the first team was Billy Baron (Canisius), George Beamon (Manhattan), Jameel Warney (Stony Brook) and Sean Armand (Iona). AJ English (Iona), Antoine Mason (Niagara), David Laury (Iona), Brian Voekel (Vermont) and Rhamel Brown (Manhattan) were named second team.
For Quinnipiac (20-11), its 20-win season was the third in the last five years, as they will look to add to the total in a national postseason tournament. The Bobcats will wait and see how the rest of the season shapes out, and should get a bid next week.
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About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.