George Mason's Ryan Pearson Named CAA Player Of The Year

Feb 25, 2012; Richmond, VA, USA; George Mason Patriots forward Ryan Pearson (24) drives to the basket against Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard/forward Bradford Burgess (20) during the second half at Stuart C. Siegel Center. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

After dominant season for the Patriots, Ryan Pearson was awarded conference Player of the Year.

The George Mason Patriots will enter this weekend's Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year on the roster, as forward Ryan Pearson awarded that honor on Thursday night. Pearson is the first Patriot to be named conference player of the year since 2001, when George Evans earned it.

Via @GMUHoops:

Pearson had the third-highest scoring average in the conference, averaging 17.8 points per game for Mason. He consistently came through in the biggest situations, proving to be a crucial leader in coach Paul Hewitt's first season in Fairfax. In addition to the scoring he provided, Pearson was also a top five rebounder in the conference at 8.5 boards a game.

GMU will start the postseason on Saturday night as the three seed in Richmond. They will face the winner of the Hofstra vs. Georgia State game on Friday.

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