February 26, 2012; Denver CO, USA; Denver Pioneers forward Chris Udofia (34) shoots a three as North Texas Mean Green forward Tony Mitchell (13) runs out to defend in the second half at Magness Arena. Denver defeat North Texas, 64-52. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE
Chris Udofia captured the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Award and was named first-team All-Sun Belt on Wednesday.
The Denver Pioneers (21-8) made a good showing on the 2011-12 Sun Belt All-Conference teams. Sophomore forward Chris Udofia made the first team and won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Senior guard Brian Stafford found a spot on the second team.
Udofia averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 29 games this season, first in all those categories except for freshman Royce O'Neale's 5.6 rebounds. Udofia turned in one of his best performance of the season when the Pioneers appeared on an ESPN broadcast in early February. In the win over the Middle Tenn. St. Blue Raiders, Udofia scored a season-high 27 points, pulled down nine rebounds, blocked four shots and stole the ball twice. He had three games with five blocks and two with six blocks.
Stafford was second on the team with 14.3 points and 2.0 assists per game. For more on Stafford and Udofia, head over to DenverPioneers.com.
The full teams are below:
|First Team All-Sun Belt Conference||Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference||Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference|
|D’(UALR, Sr., G)||Will Neighbour (UALR, So., F)||Malcoln Kirkland (Arkansas State, Sr., F)|
|Chris Udofia (Denver, So., F)||Brian Stafford (Denver, Sr., G)||Jeremy Allen (FIU, Sr., G)|
|LaRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)||DeJuan Wright (FIU, Sr., G)||Phil Taylor (FIU, So., G)|
|Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)||Josh Brown (Louisiana-Lafayette, Sr., G)||JT Sulton (Middle Tennessee, Jr., F)|
|Augustine Rubit (South Alabama, So., F)||Marcos Knight (Middle Tennessee, Jr., G)||Derrick Gordon (WKU, Fr., G)|
|Player of the Year||Defensive Player of the Year|
|LaRon Dendy (Middle Tennessee, Sr., F)||Chris Udofia (Denver, So., F)|
|Freshman of the Year||Joe Gottfried Coach of the Year|
|Tony Mitchell (North Texas, Fr., F)||Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee|