First Team All-CAA
Guard Daniel Dixon: 19.5 ppg (.490 FG PCT, .394 3-FG PCT, .867 FT PCT), 4.8 Rebounds/Game, 2.4 Assists/Game.
Analysis: Daniel Dixon is the heart of this year’s William & Mary team. Some Tribe fans may not remember this, but Daniel struggled in the beginning of the season. Coach Shaver removed him from the starting lineup for a couple games, and Daniel had to earn his way back into the starting lineup. Boy did he do just that (and much more). After being inserted back into the starting lineup, Dixon went on a tear. He ended the season second in the CAA in scoring, averaging 19.5 ppg (up 7 ppg from last year) , and scoring 30 points an insane five times during the season.
Whenever the Tribe needed a basket, Dixon was there. Lets not forget, he did sink a game winner against Hofstra at the buzzer to give W&M a big road victory. Relive that moment here:
Dixon also thrived on the defense end, drawing charges, getting steals, and taking on opponent’s top players. We cannot say enough about how Dixon has progressed over the years, and we are excited to see what he does in the CAA Tournament. We all remember his game winning shot against Hofstra a couple years back, still one of the best shots in W&M Basketball History. Congrats, Daniel!!
Second Team All-CAA
Forward Omar Prewitt: 15.2 ppg (.459 FG PCT, .339 3-FG PCT) , 6.1 Rebounds/Game, 3.2 Assists/Game.
Omar came into this season with a lot of pressure after being named Preseason First Team All-CAA and being in talks for CAA POTY. While he may have put up less points this year (15.5 ppg) than previous, he was still ranked 9th in the CAA in ppg. Beyond just scoring, Prewitt upped his game in other facets. He was 1st on the team and 11th in the CAA in rebounding, averaging 6.1 a game. He was also second on the team and 9th in the CAA in assists per game (3.2). Omar had some memorable games this year, including his 28 point effort in a win against UNCW, and a 30 point effort in a win against Charleston. He has the capability of going off any night, and opposing teams must know where Omar is at all times.
After being here for the past three seasons, and especially after the two championship losses to Delaware his freshman year and Northeastern his sophomore year, we think Omar will be fired up and ready to go come the tournament. If he and Daniel can average 20 points a game throughout the tournament, W&M will have a good shot at ending their NCAA Tournament drought. Regardless, Omar Prewitt had a great senior season and will be greatly missed come season’s end. Congrats, Omar!
All-CAA Rookie Team
Nathan Knight: 8.2 ppg (.566 FG PCT), 4.4 Rebounds/G, 1.4 Blocks/G (led CAA).
Nathan Knight finished his freshman season ranked fourth on the team in scoring and rebounds, and 1st in the CAA in blocked shots per game. We knew Knight had the raw potential coming into the season, and he has proven that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the CAA for years to come.
Knight has progressed very well from the beginning of the season. He has been especially hot as of late, and scored a career high 20 points in the final game of the season against Towson. He has scored in double digits in 5 of the final 8 games of the season, and is continuing to grow confidence as each game passes by. He may be one of the most athletic players on the team, with the ability to body people inside, dribble, shoot 3’s (yes, he occasionally shoots 3’s), and play defense.
We are very excited that he was selected to this year’s All-CAA Rookie Team. It is a sign of things to come for Nathan Knight, who has a very bright future in the Green and Gold. Congrats, Nathan!
CAA All-Academic Team
Forward Paul Rowley
This 2016/17 squad is talented, and is led by one of the best senior duo’s in W&M Basketball History in Dixon and Prewitt. The unit is also experienced, having made the championship 2 of the last 3 years, and the semi-finals last season. If Dixon and Prewitt are hot, and the team doesn’t let the pressure of the NCAA Tournament drought loom over them, then perhaps this is the year. We hope so. See you in Charleston. ROLL TRIBE!!!