Davis Earns WCC Newcomer of the Year Award

Stacy Davis

March 5, 2013

MALIBU, Calif. - Pepperdine freshman forward Stacy Davis captured the West Coast Conference's Newcomer of the Year award as the league office announced its men's basketball honors on Tuesday. Davis, Lorne Jackson and Jordan Baker garnered All-WCC honorable mention status.

Davis (Laveen, Ariz./Fairfax HS) is the eighth Wave to earn the Newcomer of the Year award and the first since Alex Acker in 2003. He's also the first Wave to make the All-Freshman team since 2009, and the program's first freshman to earn an All-WCC placement since 2008. Davis is averaging 11.0 points and 7.1 rebounds overall and he posted 10.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in league play. He's the only freshman ranked in the league's top 30 in scoring and top 20 in rebounding both in the overall and conference-only stats. His rebounding numbers rank sixth overall and tied for sixth in league games. Davis has posted a team-high five double-doubles this season, four of them coming against WCC opposition.

Jackson (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS), a senior guard, earned All-WCC honorable mention for the second time in his career. His first came as a 2010-11 junior, but he had to redshirt last season after a knee injury. He came back successfully for his fifth year, as he's averaging a team-best 13.7 points overall (11th in the WCC). In league play, he averaged 12.8 points. This season, Jackson has moved into the top 20 on Pepperdine's all-time scoring list (1,287) and into the top 10 in steals (4th, 157), games played (T-4th, 124), free throw percentage (6th, .775) and three-pointers (T-7th, 142). He's scored 20 or more points five times this season, four of them in league play.

Baker (Tempe, Ariz./Tempe HS), a sophomore guard, was awarded his first WCC postseason honor after averaging a team-high 12.9 points in league games (ranking 13th). He scored in double-figures in 13 of 16 WCC games, including three of them with at least 20 points. For the second straight year, he elevated his game greatly in conference play. As a 2012 freshman, he went from 6.2 ppg in non-conference games to 11.3 in league games (9.0 overall). This year, he went from 9.8 to 12.9 (11.5 overall).



It's the first time since 2004 that as many as three Waves have been honored with either first team or honorable mention status by the WCC.

Pepperdine (12-17 overall, 4-12 WCC) is seeded seventh at the upcoming WCC Championships and will face sixth-seeded San Diego in the second round on Thursday (March 7) at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Pepperdine's games at the WCC Championships can be heard via WaveCasts at www.pepperdinesports.com and fans can also join an interactive live game blog/chat on the website. First and second-round games will be televised by BYUtv, and the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship will be on the ESPN family of networks.

Following is the full list of WCC awards:

Player of the Year:, Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga); Defensive Player of the Year: Mike Hart (Gonzaga); Newcomer of the Year: Stacy Davis (Pepperdine); Coach of the Year: Mark Few (Gonzaga).

All-WCC first team: Brandon Davies (BYU), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's), Cole Dickerson (San Francisco), Kevin Foster (Santa Clara), Elias Harris (Gonzaga), Tyler Haws (BYU), Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount), Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga), Kevin Pangos (Gonzaga), Marc Trasolini (Santa Clara).

All-WCC honorable mention: Christopher Anderson (San Diego), Jordan Baker (Pepperdine), Gary Bell Jr. (Gonzaga), Stacy Davis (Pepperdine), Johnny Dee (San Diego), Cody Doolin (San Francisco), Stephen Holt (Saint Mary's), Lorne Jackson (Pepperdine), Ryan Nicholas (Portland).

WCC All-Freshman team: Stacy Davis (Pepperdine), Tim Derksen (San Francisco), Avry Holmes (San Francisco), Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga), Jito Kok (San Diego).

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