Carlin and Blau Earn Post Season Honors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 27th, 2015

 

all gsacBy Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Upon the conclusion of the NAIA National Championship, the 2014-15 Division I Men’s Basketball All-American teams were officially released. The selections are made by the All-America Committee and comprise a first, second, third team, as well as honorable mention candidates. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.

Westmont senior captain Daniel Carlin caps off his collegiate career with the official title of a Second Team All-American. While Carlin was sidelined on Tuesday’s championship game due to severe sickness, the senior has so much to be proud of. The circumstances of Tuesday night do not overpower the success that Carlin has had this year. Not even close.

In his final season as a Warrior, the Aussie started every single one of their 36 games. He averaged 25 minutes per game and 13.6 points per matchup. Offensively, he led the squad with a team high 61.4 percent field goal percentage. Overall this season, Daniel made 197 of his 321 shots from the field totaling 489 points on the year. Defensively, the 6-9 Center was the top rebounder for the Warriors. Carlin pulled down a total of 252 boards this year (63 offensive, 189 defensive), averaging seven per game. He also added 78 assists, 40 blocks and 13 steals to his career stats.

In his three years as a Warrior, Carlin has made 353 of 600 total field goals, leaving him with a 58.8 field goal percentage, which ranks as the third best shooting percentage in Warrior men’s basketball history.

Cory Blau earned a spot on the 2014-15 Honorable Mention list. The sophomore guard has grown leaps and bounds in his two years as a Warrior. While Cory saw playing time in 29 games as a freshman (no starts), he has played in all 36 games this year, starting all but one of them. He averaged a team high of 16.4 points in his 30 minutes of court time each game, leaving him with a total of 591 total points this season. When the game is on the line, you want the ball in Cory Blau’s hands. He has proved that time and time again this year, the most recent being in the semi-final game of the National Tournament. With seven seconds to go in the battle against number one seeded Hope International, Cory dribbled to the top of the key and made a pull up jumper to put Westmont up by one – solidify the Warrior victory and sending them to the title game the next day.

Blau will close out his second season with a 44.1 three-point field goal percentage, 177 rebounds, 62 assists and 19 steals. There is little doubt that he will be a key part of the Westmont squad in the years to come.

All American Honors tell a lot about a player’s statistical performance, but what stands out about these two men this season is their ability to lead people well. From day one, Carlin and Blau have been the core of this team. They have both demonstrated true sacrifice and leadership. More than just being good athletes, they are truly Warrior men.