Guilford’s Josh Pittman(Trinity HS) and Toby Akinsola(Word of God) earn ODAC honors..

Posted by Andy Durham on February 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm under College | Comments are off for this article

SALEM, Va. (2/25/11) — Guilford College’s Josh Pittman (Archdale,
N.C./Trinity) 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 (Cary, N.C./Word of God Christian
(Bethany) 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
28thnationally 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.

Dave Walters
Guilford College Athletics


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