Rams' senior to compete in prestigious event, April 8-11
Senior forward captures another postseason honor
CSU, South Dakota State tip at 8 p.m. MT Wednesday on ESPNU
Daniel Bejarano scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds
CSU looks to advance to first MW Championshp game since 2003
CSU men's basketball vs. South Dakota State - NIT - 3-18-15 (Dan Byers)
CSU men's basketball vs. South Dakota State - NIT - 3-18-15 (Don Reichert)
CSU Basketball vs. Fresno State - Quarterfinal Round of the MW tournament
NCAA Basketball: Colorado State at Nevada (USATSI)
Photos from CSU's Senior Night win over San José State on Feb. 25. The Rams improved to 23-5. Photos by Don Reichert.
Earned Mountain West third-team all-conference accolades...Played and started in all 32 contests...Led the team in overall scoring at 16.6 points per game, while ranking second in MW games at 14.9 points per game...Among the top-10 in the Mountain West in eight categories: scoring (16.6 ppg; fourth), assists (3.4 apg; fifth), offensive rebounding per game (2.6; seventh), field-goal percentage (.454; seventh), free-throw percentage (.795; eighth), assist-to-turnover ratio (+1.4; ninth), rebounding (7.4 rpg; 10th) and steals per game (1.1 spg; tied for 10th)...Tied for the team lead with 27 double-figures scoring games, and posted a team-most 12 games with 20+ points including two 30-point contests...Posted double-digit rebounds in seven contests and ranked second on the team with four double-doubles on the year...Dished out five or more assists nine times, which ranked second on the team, and posted three games with three or more steals, good for third on the squad...Recorded team-leading totals with 13 games as the Rams' top scorer and 17 games as the squad's top assist man, while ranking second with 10 games as the top rebounder on the team...Posted the top four scoring outputs of the season for the Rams including his 33 points vs. Lamar (Dec. 28) which ranked as the season's top single-game scoring performance for the Rams...His four steals vs. San José (March 5), were also a team single-game high...Played a full 40 minutes on two occasions, vs. Colorado (Dec. 3) and at Utah State (Jan. 15)... Against Fresno State (Jan. 11), eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for his collegiate career, posting his second consecutive double-double with 13 points, and a personal-best 17 rebounds, plus a career-high-tying six assists in the Rams' win...Closed the season with 1,223 career points at the Division I level including 691 in two seasons at Navy and 532 in his first season at CSU...Hit 186-of-410 field goals (.454), ranking 11th and ninth all-time in the Rams' single-season record book in each category...Just missed the Rams' top-10 single-season free-throw list, knocking down 136 on the season, second on the team...Knocked down at least one three-pointer in 14 contests including eight games with multiple treys.
Attended South Texas College in his hometown of McAllen, Texas, but did not compete, instead using the season away as a redshirt year.
Played in 21 games as a sophomore at Navy...Missed the final eight games of the season after voluntarily resigning from the academy on Jan. 20, 2012...Tallied team-leading averages of 15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest...Shot 48.6 percent from the field, and 27.6 percent from three-point range...Recorded double-figures scoring in 19 of 21 games, including 16 straight from Nov. 22 vs. Tulane to Jan. 28 vs. Bucknell...Eclipsed the 20-point mark in five contests, including three straight contests at Holy Cross (22 points on Jan. 11), vs. Army (21 points on Jan. 14) and vs. American (24 points on Jan. 18)...Scored a season-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting in a road loss at Missouri (Dec. 10)...Pulled down double-digit rebounds in three games, going for 11 at Maryland Eastern Shore (Nov. 11), 14 vs. Army (Jan. 14) and 12 at Colgate (Jan. 21)...Dished out at least three assists in 12 contests, including a career-most six helpers in the MIds season-opening win vs. Longwood...Also posted 11 points and nine rebounds in the game against Longwood...Recorded eight games with a shooting percentage of .500 or better.
Avila had one of the top statistical seasons by a freshman in Navy history, ranking second on the team in scoring (11.5), rebounding (5.3), assists (74) and free throw percentage (.829), was first in steals (54) and third in three-pointers made (53) and blocks (18)...Led all Patriot League freshmen in scoring, rebounds, three-pointers made, steals and blocks...His 357 points were the third most by a freshman in school history, and he became just one of four freshmen, and the first since Vernon Butler in 1983, to average 10.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg...The only freshman in Navy history to average 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.0 apg...One of four freshmen nationally to average 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.0 apg...On the Navy freshmen list, Avila ranks in the top 10 in points (3rd), points per game (5th), field goals made (3rd), field goal attempts (1st), three-pointers made (2nd), three-point attempts (1st), free throws made (9th), free throw percentage (4th), rebounds (6th), rebounds per game (7th), assists (7th), assists per game (10th), blocked shots (7th), steals (2nd), games played (5th), minutes played (3rd) and double-figure scoring games (3rd)...Won eight Patriot League Rookie of the Week awards (the fourth most in league history), while winning five straight awards...Recorded two double-doubles, including a 21-point, 11-rebound, five-assist performance against NCAA Tournament qualifier Long Island...Added 13 points and 12 rebounds against Lehigh for his second double-double...Had a big game in Navy's first win of the season, coming against Neumann, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals...Broke out with a 31-point, six-rebound, five-steal performance against Towson, the second-best scoring output by a Navy freshman in program history...Tallied 24 points with five rebounds in a 72-53 win over American, including a school freshman record six three-pointers...Scored over 20 points in games against Bucknell (20) and Lehigh (22)...Averaged 12.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 4.5 apg in Navy's two wins over Army...In the Patriot League Tournament loss to Lehigh, scored nine points with nine rebounds, six assists and three steals...Netted 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a win over Longwood and had a stretch of nine games from Dec. 30 to Jan. 26, where he averaged 16.6 ppg and 5.2 rpg while shooting 54-of-115 (.470) from the field...Made 17 straight free throws to start his career, including a 9-of-9 effort against Towson...In the Patriot League ranks, Avila was 17th in scoring, 14th in rebounding, 14th in assists, second in steals, 11th in three-pointers made and 11th in blocked shots.
A 2010 graduate of McAllen High School...Ranked as the 34th-best player in Texas, according to TexasHoops.com...Named to the Class 5A Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state team, one of 20 players named to the squad...Averaged 21.6 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.1 blocks and 1.6 steals as a senior...A four-year varsity starter for McAllen, Avila departed as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,865 career points...In addition to all-state honors, also earned all-district accolades and team MVP honors...Named Class 5A District 30's MVP...Also recruited by the University of Texas-San Antonio, Wright State, Davidson, The Citadel, Colgate and Army among others...Recorded close to a 4.0 GPA during high school.
Born Oct. 11, 1991...Son of J.J. Avila and Vicki Simpson...Majoring in communication studies at Colorado State.
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