AZUSA, Calif. -- For the second consecutive season, Azusa Pacific junior guard Troy Leaf was named to the All-PacWest first team, which was announced Thursday morning.
Leaf was the PacWest’s third-leading scorer, averaging 17.7 points through the end of the regular season, and he was tied with teammate Robert Sandoval for fifth in the league in total assists with 107 (4.1 average). For two straight years, Leaf has led ranked in the conference top-five in both scoring and assists, and he added top-five conference rankings in field goals made (150), free throws made (120) and free throw percentage(.851) this season.
“Troy was a focal point for other teams all year long,” head coach Justin Leslie said. “He was put in a lot of tough situations and consistently delivered. It’s a great honor for him to be one of the first team members considering the quality players and teams in this league. Being on the first team two years in a row is a huge accomplishment, and it’s indicative of him leading our team to a successful season.”
Leaf had nine 20-point games, including six games with at least 25 points and a season-high 30 points to go with seven assists and a season-high six rebounds in a victory over Eastern New Mexico. Six of his 20-point games came against PacWest foes, including 25 points in games against Fresno Pacific, Hawai‘i Pacific, and Point Loma. He was a perfect five-for-five on three-pointers when he scored 21 points to lead Azusa Pacific to an upset of eventual PacWest champion California Baptist, which was the Lancers’ only defeat until the final game of the regular season.
California Baptist freshman Ryan Berg was named the PacWest Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, while Chris Brown from California Baptist picked up the Defender of the Year award. Point Loma’s Hayden Lescault was named PacWest Newcomer of the Year.