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Postseason honors for WJU basketball players

By: Staff Report
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California Pacific Conference champion William Jessup University placed two players on the all-conference team as announced by commissioner Don Ott. Senior guard Jason Washington and junior guard Kadeem Kirsten were honored by the Cal Pac for their stellar play this season. The duo helped lead the Warriors (17-14) to their first ever Cal Pac championship and first ever berth in the NAIA National Tournament. Washington, a native of Antioch was named first team all-conference and was the clear favorite among the coaches for defensive player of the year. Playing in his second and final season for the Warriors, Washington led the conference in assists and steals. He averaged 14 points, more than six assists and more than two steals. As the only senior for the Warriors, Washington finished the year ranked 10th and 12th in the country for NAIA DII men’s basketball in the categories of total assists and assists per a game. “We’ve been blessed to have the talents of Jason over the last two years,” said head coach Aaron Muhic. “His leadership, work ethic and competitive fire helped us reach new heights this season. Jason took on all challenges both offensively and defensively. There were games were he would put us on his back. He has been a great leader both on and off the court for us. He deserves the honors he has received.” Kirsten, a native of Tualatin, Ore., also earned first team all-conference honors. Playing in his second season for the Warriors, Kirsten led the team in scoring and free throw percentage. He averaged 15 point and three rebounds, while shooting 85 percent from the free throw line. His percentage ranked him eighth in the nation for NAIA DII men’s basketball. Kirsten led the Warriors with 21 points (7-for-8 shooting) in the conference tournament championship game. “Kadeem really stepped up his game this season,” Muhic said. “All the hard work that he puts in to his game, really paid off. He made some big shots in the championship game. Kadeem was the quiet leader of our team. We look forward to his senior year and seeing how he continues to grow both on and off the court.” For the Warriors, who fell to Bellevue University in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament, the future continues to look bright as they will return fifteen players to the team next season.