RICHMOND, VA March 8, 2013 – UNCW’s Keith Rendleman likes to do things in pairs – like scoring points and grabbing rebounds – so it’s only natural that the double-double machine has earned First-Team All-CAA honors for the second straight year.
Rendleman joined an elite list of former UNCW players to collect First-Team All-Conference honors in the Colonial Athletic Association in back-to-back seasons and added All-Defensive Team to his growing list of accolades when the soft-spoken senior forward was honored Friday night on the eve of the 2013 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
Rendleman, UNCW’s 13th First-Team All-CAA selection, was one of three Seahawks recognized at the CAA’s postseason banquet. Juniors Shane Reybold (First-Team) and Tanner Milson (Second-Team) were honored on the All-Academic list.
Rendleman is only the third Seahawk to earn back-to-back All-CAA First-Team honors and the first since all-time great Brett Blizzard was a four-time selection from 2000-03. All-time leading scorer Brian Rowsom is the third player with back-to-back First-Team laurels.
A 6-8, 220-pound bundle of energy, Rendleman averaged a double-double for the second straight season – the only player in UNCW history to accomplish the feat – with 17.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. He tied with CAA Player-of-the-Year Jerrelle Benimon in the NCAA Division I ranks with 20 double-doubles during the regular season.
A dominating force in the paint, he also ranked third in the CAA in steals (1.8 spg) and fifth in blocks (1.6 bpg), landing him All-Defensive Team honors. John Goldsberry was the last Seahawk to make the All-Defensive Team, claiming the honor three times from 2004-06.
“Keith had an outstanding year and is truly deserving of this recognition,” said Buzz Peterson, UNCW’s third-year coach. “He came to practice and worked hard every day. He was consistent every game and every coach in the league had to prepare for him. We’re going to miss him a lot.”
Rendleman was the only player to start all 30 games for the Seahawks and ended the season with nine consecutive double-doubles, averaging 20.3 ppg and 11.1 during that span. He leaves the program as the school’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,055 boards and ranks fourth in scoring (1,516 points), second in blocked shots (142), fourth in field goals made (594), fourth in free throws made (318) and fifth in steals (140).
Rendleman also departs as one of the conference’s all-time greats. He’s just one of eight CAA players with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and ranks fifth all-time in rebounds in the league behind some of the best the conference has seen.
Reybold, meanwhile, made the team as a walk-on three years ago and was given a scholarship this past year. The 6-8, 238-pound forward from Laurel, Md., is majoring in Exercise Science.
Milson earned All-Academic Second-Team recognition from the CAA for the second straight year. The 6-2, 190-pound junior guard, the team’s fifth leading scorer at 6.4 points per game and second leading assist maker with 1.9 assists per game, is a Business major.