HARRISONBURG, Va., April 4, 2012 - Senior guard Humpty Hitchens (Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe) received an honorable mention All-State accolade as the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) revealed their 2012 University Division All-State men's basketball awards.
Hitchens was one of 15 state players honored among the 2012 award winners. Virginia forward Mike Scott was named VaSID Player of the Year. Anthony Evans of Norfolk State was named the VaSID Coach of the Year after directing the Spartans to their first-ever NCAA Tournament win. Richmond freshman guard Kendall Anthony was tabbed Rookie of the Year.
Also a Third Team All-Conference selection in the Colonial Athletic Association, Hitchens averaged 14,9 points per game overall and 14.2 in the CAA in JMU's 12-20 season. He shot 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from the arc, which ranked 44th nationally. Hitchens led the CAA and ranked 30th nationally with 2.73 made three-pointers per game. Additionally, he ranked seventh in the league in scoring, 13th in field-goal percentage, sixth with 3.7 assists per game and first in minutes per game with 36.5.
The 447 points scored as a senior represented the best year of Hitchen's career. He finished with 740 points in two seasons at JMU after transferring from Akron, where he dropped 586 points in two seasons for a career total of 1,326. He also had 346 assists in his four-year collegiate career with a high of 111 as a senior. He teamed with junior guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) to form just the fifth set of teammates in JMU history to each post 100 assists in a season.
The VaSID University Division is composed of all of the Commonwealth's institutions that compete at the NCAA Division I level. Voting was conducted by the SIDs at each of the organization's member schools. For the full list of honorees, please see the attached VaSID release.