McDowell captures CAA leadership award

  • A leader among menJunior forward Quinn McDowell was honored with the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award at Thursday's Colonial Athletic Association basketball banquet.

    Bob Keroack

    A leader among men

William & Mary athletes continue to lead the leaders.

For the second year in a row, a member of the Tribe’s men’s basketball team took home the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award, awarded at Thursday’s Colonial Athletic Association basketball banquet.

Junior forward Quinn McDowell earned the distinction, named after former James Madison University Athletic Director Dean Ehlers, who was a founding member of the conference, served as its first President, and was a recognized leader through his membership on numerous NCAA Committees.

The award, which was won by David Schneider last year, is given to the student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his academic athletic achievement.”

McDowell is a member of both the W&M Student-Athlete Advisory Council and the President's Council for the entire Williamsburg campus. A third-team All-CAA choice, he is heavily involved with the Williamsburg Community Chapel and organizes a Bible study for W&M students and athletes. McDowell is also a leader in W&M's Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

In addition to McDowell, freshman guard Brandon Britt was an All-Rookie Team selection, while McDowell, senior Marcus Kitts and sophomores Andrew Pavloff and Doug Howard garnered All-Academic Team honors.

McDowell became the sixth Tribe player to earn multiple All-CAA honors during his career after earning third-team distinction as a sophomore last season. He led the Tribe and ranks seventh in the CAA in scoring at 15.2 points per game. Rated one of the top shooters in the country by FoxSports.com, McDowell ranks second in the CAA in free throw percentage (86.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (43.8).

McDowell scored a career-high 30 points earlier this season at Longwood and has scored 20 or more points in seven contests this season, which ranks seventh in the CAA.

Britt became the 18th Tribe player and the sixth under head coach Tony Shaver to be named to the All-Rookie team. He ranked second among CAA rookies in scoring at 11 points per game, which was 24th in the CAA overall.

For the second straight season, Kitts was an All-Academic Second Team honoree. He and McDowell are the sixth and seventh Tribe players to earn multiple CAA All-Academic Team honors during their careers. Both student-athletes maintain stellar grade point averages as McDowell majors in religious studies at W&M, while Kitts is pursuing a degree in finance.

Howard and Pavloff were named to the CAA All-Academic honorable mention. Howard is double majoring in English and business, while Pavloff is majoring in business. The four CAA All-Academic Team choices led the league and were the most ever for the Tribe in a singles season.

During head coach Tony Shaver’s eight seasons leading the Tribe, his players have received 18 CAA All-Academic team honors.