Shaw Snares All-NWC Men's BB Honors

News Release Date:
Thursday, February 25, 2010

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College sophomore Brandon Shaw, who led the Northwest Conference in steals and was sixth in scoring, has earned post-season honors in a vote of men's basketball coaches.

Shaw, a 6-foot-2 guard, is one of six players in the nine-school conference who received All-NWC Honorable Mention recognition.

                       Brandon Shaw

Of the 11 players voted to the All-NWC First- and Second-Teams, all but two played for the teams who finished in the top spots in the final NWC standings.

The lone exceptions are Cameron Mitchell, a senior at seventh-place Willamette who led the NWC in both scoring and rebounding, and Ross Bartlett, a graduate student at ninth-place Pacific who was No. 2 in scoring and No. 3 in rebounding.

Whitman, under second-year coach Eric Bridgeland, rose to sixth place in the confererence this season, finishing just one game out of fifth.

Shaw, one of only two sophomores to earn all-conference honors (there were no freshmen), averaged 15.9 points and 3.7 rebounds during the NWC season.

He topped the 20-point mark in five games this season and led the Missionaries in scoring eight times. Making 14 of 16 free throws, he tallied a season-high 25 points -- missing his career high by one -- in a victory over Willamette.

With 14 points and nine rebounds, Shaw just missed a double-double in a 12-point, late-season victory over Pacific Lutheran.  

Shaw also paced a ball-hawking Whitman defense, averaging an NWC-best 2.38 steals over the entire season.

He started the season with six steals, along with 24 points and four assists, in a game against NCAA Div. I Eastern Washington. That was the most steals in a single game by any player in the NWC this season.

As a team, Whitman led the conference in steals (10.88 pg), forced turnovers (23.3 pg) and turnover marging (+7.0 pg). Junior Justin Artis and freshman LuQuam Thompson also ranked in the top 10 in steals this season, averaging 1.79 and 1.44 per game, respectively.

While Shaw averaged 14.9 points over the entire season, Artis (12.6 ppg), Thompson (12.3 ppg) and freshman Peter Clark (10.1 ppg) also scored in double figures. Clark led the NWC in total 3-point baskets with 66 in 25 games.

In his first two seasons, Shaw has racked up 771 points, 183 rebounds, 103 assists and 98 steals.

Shaw came to Whitman from Colleyville Heritage High School near Dallas, Tex.

2009-10 All-NWC
Men's Basketball Team

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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