Guilford's Pittman, Akinsola Honored at ODAC Basketball Banquet

Guilford's Pittman, Akinsola Honored at ODAC Basketball Banquet

SALEM, Va. (2/25/11) -- Guilford College's Josh Pittman earned First Team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) basketball honors Thursday night at the league's annual banquet in the Salem Civic Center. Teammate Tobi Akinsola received honorable mention according to voting conducted by the league's 11 head coaches.

Eastern Mennonite University senior Todd Phillips captured the ODAC's Kurt Axe Player of the Year Award and Randolph College's Clay Nunley won the Bob Johnson ODAC Coach of the Year honor. Virginia Wesleyan College guard D.J. Woodmore was named the league's Freshman of the Year. Randolph's Colton Hunt garnered the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year as chosen by conference sports information directors.

Pittman, a 6-1, 160-pound guard, is the first Guilford sophomore since Ben Strong '08 to earn First Team All-ODAC basketball honors. Pittman averages 17.8 points per game, which ranks third in the league, along with 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing. He leads the ODAC and ranks 28th nationally with 3.0 three-pointers per contest. His .837 free-throw percentage is the league's fourth-best figure. Pittman led Guilford's scorers 16 times this season and has 10 20-point games. His 34-point showings at Washington and Lee University and Manchester College this season represent his career high. Pittman averaged 18.3 points per game in 16 ODAC contests and claimed the league's Player of the Week Jan. 10.

Akinsola, a 6-2, 190-pound junior center, averages 10.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He leads Guilford's rebounders and ranks second on the team in scoring. Akinsola, who shoots 47.7 percent from the floor, stands among the ODAC's best in rebounding (8th) and scoring (23rd). He has a team-high three double-doubles and has led the Quakers' rebounders 11 times. Akinsola hit for a career-high 26 points, one of his 13 games in double-figure scoring, in Guilford's Jan. 22 upset of previously unbeaten and second-ranked Virginia Wesleyan.

Coach Tom Palombo's Quakers recorded a 16-9 overall record and earned the ODAC Tournament's number-four seed with a 10-6 league mark. Guilford begins defense of its 2010 ODAC Tournament title Friday (2/25) with a 3:00 p.m. quarterfinal contest against Randolph. The tourney concludes Sunday (2/27) and all games are played in the Salem Civic Center.

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