UC Davis senior guard Corey Hawkins and coach Jim Les were named Big West Conference player and coach of the year Monday.
Hawkins, the conference scoring leader (20.6 points), is the first UC Davis player to win the award.
Hawkins also was selected to the six-player Big West first team for the second time. Also on the first team are former Sacramento area standouts Michael Bryson of UC Santa Barbara (Foothill High) and Will Davis II of UC Irvine (Sacramento High).
UC Davis senior forward Josh Ritchart is on the second team and junior forward Josh Fox is honorable mention. Ritchart, who played at Forest Lake Christian High, averaged 11.9 points and 4.3 rebounds. Fox, who averaged 9.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, also was honored as best sixth man.
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Hawkins is the national leader in three-point field-goal percentage (49.3) and is No. 2 on the Aggies career scoring list with 1,623 points in three seasons.
Les, in his fourth season at UCD, orchestrated one of the most successful turnarounds in conference history. After going 9-22 and missing the conference tournament last year, the Aggies are 24-5 and won the regular season Big West title with a 14-2 record.
The 15-win turnaround is the second-best in conference history, just one short of the record. UC Davis also became the first school in the Big West’s 46-year history to finish last one season and win the championship the next. If the Aggies win the conference tournament they would advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
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