Davis, Lane, Major Earn WCC Postseason Basketball Awards
March 3, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. - Stacy Davis became the first Pepperdine men's basketball player to earn All-West Coast Conference first team honors since 2005, while Brendan Lane is the first Wave to be named Defensive Player of the Year since 2002, highlighting the league's postseason honors that were announced today.
Additionally, Jeremy Major was named to the WCC All-Freshman team, while Lane also received a spot on the All-WCC honorable mention squad.
The last Waves to earn All-WCC first team notice were Alex Acker and Glen McGowan in 2005. Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS), a sophomore forward, had a tremendous regular season. He leads the Waves in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (7.7). In conference play only, he ranked 11th in the league in scoring (14.6) and second in rebounding (8.2). Davis scored a career-high 28 points in a win at San Diego and had 27 in a victory at Loyola Marymount.
Last season, Davis was named the WCC's Newcomer of the Year and he was an All-WCC honorable mention pick.
Lane (Rocklin, Calif./Rocklin HS/UCLA), a senior forward, is the conference's top shot-blocker, averaging 2.4 overall and 2.5 in league play. He blocked at least one shot in all 17 WCC games in which he played, and his current streak of 18 consecutive games with a block is the second-longest run in school history. During WCC play, he also had seven consecutive games with multiple blocks, the fourth-longest streak of its kind in program history. For the season, Lane is averaging 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds. He was also named to the WCC All-Academic first team last week.
He's the third Wave to earn WCC Defensive Player of the Year honors, joining Tommie Prince (1999) and Cedric Suitt (2002).
Major (Pasadena, Calif./Maranatha HS), the starting point guard, has set a Pepperdine freshman record with 136 assists (which is also the most by any Wave since Tezale Archie had 208 in 1999-00). Overall, he's averaging 9.1 points and leads all conference freshmen with 4.5 assists.
Davis, Lane and Major have helped the Waves to their best season in a decade. Pepperdine (15-15, 8-10 in the WCC for fifth place) earned its first top-half finish in the WCC since 2004 and has recorded its most overall wins since 2005.
Fifth-seeded Pepperdine earned a bye to the quarterfinals at this week's WCC Championships, and the Waves will battle fourth-seeded Saint Mary's on Saturday (March 8) sometime after 8 p.m. (30 minutes after the end of the 6 p.m. game). The contest will be shown on ESPN2. The long-time voice of the Waves, Al Epstein, will host audio-only broadcasts at PepperdineSports.com for all of Pepperdine's men's and women's games at the tournament.
Following is the full list of WCC postseason awards:
Player of the Year: Tyler Haws (BYU); Defender of the Year: Brendan Lane (Pepperdine); Newcomer of the Year: Jared Brownridge (Santa Clara); Coach of the Year: Rex Walters (USF).
All-WCC first team: Kyle Collinsworth (BYU), Stacy Davis (Pepperdine), Johnny Dee (San Diego), Cole Dickerson (San Francisco), Sam Dower (Gonzaga), Tyler Haws (BYU), Stephen Holt (Saint Mary's), Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Brad Waldow (Saint Mary's).
All-WCC honorable mention: Jared Brownridge (Santa Clara), Matt Carlino (BYU), Brandon Clark (Santa Clara), Tony Gill (Pacific), Avry Holmes (San Francisco), Przemak Karnowski (Gonzaga), Brendan Lane (Pepperdine), Ryan Nicholas (Portland), Kruize Pinkins (San Francisco), Thomas van der Mars (Portland).
WCC All-Freshman team: Jared Brownridge (Santa Clara), Gabe Levin (Loyola Marymount), Jeremy Major (Pepperdine), Eric Mika (BYU), Evan Payne (Loyola Marymount).