Hawaii men’s basketball: Eddie Stansberry named Big West first-teamer

Eddie Stansberry became Hawaii's first All-Big West first-teamer since Noah Allen in 2016-17. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser

Eddie Stansberry headed up Hawaii men’s basketball’s postseason honors by being named to All-Big West first team on Monday morning.

The senior shooting guard, who ranks No. 4 on the UH career 3-point list and leads the team with 15.9 points per game, became UH’s first first-teamer since Noah Allen in 2016-17. His 90 3s this year is third in a UH single season.

Senior forward/center Zigmars Raimo (9.3 points, 6.8 rebounds per game, 50 steals) was named an All-BWC honorable mention as well as the league’s Co-Hustle Player of the Year with UC Irvine’s Tommy Rutherford. Junior point guard Drew Buggs (9.4 points, 5.4 assists per game), the program’s career assist leader, was named an honorable mention for the second straight year.

UC Irvine’s Russell Turner received Big West Coach of the Year for the third time in four years in leading the Anteaters to another regular-season title. Cal State Northridge forward Lamine Diane repeated as Big West Player of the Year. UC Davis guard Ezra Manjon was the Freshman of the Year, while Cal State Fullerton’s Brandon Kamga got Newcomer of the Year. Long Beach State shot blocker Joshua Morgan received Defensive Player of the Year. Irvine’s Collin Welp got Best Sixth Player.

UH is the 4 seed in this week’s Big West tournament in Anaheim, Calif. It will face fifth-seeded UC Davis in the first round at the Honda Center on Thursday.

Some notes:
>> Stansberry is the seventh UH player to make a Big West first team, but the first shooting guard to do it
>> Raimo is the second Hustle Player from UH, after Sheriff Drammeh in 2017-18
>> Buggs is the first UH player to receive multiple Big West honorable mentions in a career

The first team:
Collin Welp, UC Irvine
Eddie Stansberry, Hawaii
Evan Leonard, UC Irvine
Lamine Diane, CSUN
Terrell Gomez, CSUN
Max Heidegger, UC Santa Barbara

The second team:
Eyassu Worku, UC Irvine
Amadou Sow, UC Santa Barbara
Jackson Rowe, Cal State Fullerton
Ezra Manjon, UC Davis
Brandon Kamga, Cal State Fullerton

Career assist leader Drew Buggs picked up honorable mention honors for the second straight year. / Photo by Andrew Lee, Special to the Star-Advertiser
Zigmars Raimo became UH’s second Hustle Player of the Big West. / Photo by Jamm Aquino, Star-Advertiser