RICHMOND, Va., March 8, 2013 - Senior point guard Devon Moore (Columbus, Ohio/Northland) and fellow senior forward Rayshawn Goins (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) along with freshman guard Andre Nation (Plant City, Fla./Faith Baptist Christian) were each recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association held its annual men's basketball awards banquet at the Richmond Marriott on the eve of the league's championship tournament.
Moore and Goins were each selected Third Team All-CAA. They are just the second set of JMU teammates to receive All-Conference honors in the same season since 2001 (Denzel Bowles, Julius Wells 2010). Nation was selected to the league's All-Rookie squad, the first JMU player on the team since 2010.
JMU's floor leader on both ends, Moore set a new program standard for career assists with 473 and anchored a defense that led the league in defensive scoring in league play at 60.8 points per game. A CAA All-Rookie selection in 2009, he led the league with 4.8 assists per game and ranked second in assist-to-turnover ratio. Moore also placed 22nd in the league with 11.3 points per game, ninth with 1.4 steals per game and 12th with a free throw percentage of .754. His 12 assists on Feb. 6 vs. William and Mary were the league's highest total this season. In addition to his assists record, Moore ranks third in career games (119), second starts (117), fourth free throws (367), second in minutes (3,996), fourth in minutes per game (33.6/game), 10th in 10-point games (69) and needs one steal to reach the top 10 (113). His 143 assists this year ranks fourth on the school season chart.
Goins picked up his first All-CAA honor after being JMU's most consistent post presence for most of the season. He led the Dukes averaging 12.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, ranking 16th and seventh in the CAA, respectively. Goins was JMU's leading scorer in 14 games this season, including a midseason stretch of nine consecutive games. He was also the leading rebounder in 18 contests. He ranked fifth in the CAA with seven double-doubles, which also ranks eighth in school history. His 13 career double-doubles are fifth-most at JMU all-time. Goins currently ranks eighth in program history averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. He led JMU with 30 games started, missing just one game due to an injury.
A versatile and athletic guard, Nation has made contributions evenly on both ends of the floor. He ranked seventh in the CAA in steals with 1.6 per game and ninth in blocks with 1.1 per game, which was the best mark among all guards in the league. Nation's 8.6 points per game ranked third among league rookies and just outside the top 30 overall. He was the only player at any position in the CAA to compile at least 30 steals (48), 30 blocks (33) and 30 assists (48). His 48 steals established a JMU freshman class record and helped JMU as a team set a program record with 244 this year.
JMU earned the league's No. 3 seed, its highest since the 1999-2000 season, and will open tournament play at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 against No. 6 William and Mary.