Menlo's dynamic duo of Tim Tatum and ChaRunn Jones highlight the 2011-12 Men's Basketball California Pacific Conference postseason awards list. Both were recognized as All-Conference first teamers, while Tatum earned the Cal Pac Player of the Year award and Jones took home the Conference Newcomer of the Year honor. Senior forward Andrew Young was also tabbed with a Cal Pac honorable mention distinction.
Tatum, the senior from Vacaville, makes it the second consecutive season the Oaks have hoisted the Cal Pac Player of the Year honor, after Julian Harris earned the accolade last year. Tatum has dominated the 2011-12 campaign, putting together a season for the ages. The 6'6" forward averaged a team high 15.6 points per game while leading the conference with 10.3 rebounds per contest in the regular season. Tatum has also recorded eleven double-doubles this year and his 10.3 boards per game are good enough for 8th in the nation.
"Tim has had an outstanding season so far. He has been our go to guy and has carried us through a number of tough situations," commented Menlo second year Head Coach Jon Surface on Tatum's incredible year. "He is well deserving of this award and we are honored to have him on our team."
As far as ChaRunn Jones is concerned, the junior from Fresno made a huge splash in his first season in Menlo blue, averaging 15.5 points per game during the regular season. Jones also established himself as one of the best three point shooters in the conference, nailing an impressive 85 triples this season, while shooting at a remarkable 41 percent clip.
"CJ has been an outstanding addition to the program, and is clearly a foundation to our offense," remarked Coach Surface. "He is very deserving of this honor and we are looking forward to what the future has to offer for him."
The Oaks get set to host Simpson University, on Wednesday, February 22nd in the quarterfinals of the California Pacific Conference playoff tournament. Tipoff is slated for 5:30pm.