April 10, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Casper Ware has been named the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Most Valuable Player.
Ware has received a number of postseason honors since leading the 49ers to the Big West Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, while being selected as both the Big West Conference and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District IX Player of the Year. Ware was also named first-team All-Big West Conference, first-team USBWA District IX, first-team District 9 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), while earning a spot on the 2012 Lou Henson (Mid-Major) All-America Team.
Ware led Long Beach State in scoring (17.4 ppg), assists (114) and 3-point field goals made (94). He finished third in the Big West Conference in scoring (17.4 ppg), while also ranking first in 3-point field goals made (2.8 per game), fifth in steals (1.4 per game), assists (3.4 per game) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), and eighth in free throw percentage.
Ware is the all-time leader in assists at LBSU with 545, while ranking seventh all-time in the Big West Conference. He also ranks second in LBSU history in steals (205) and free throws made (456), third in 3-point field goals made (213), and sixth in field goals made (587).
Ware was one of 11 finalists for the Bob Cousy award honoring the nation's best point guard, and he claimed Big West Conference Player of the Week honors four times, one shy of the single-season league record.
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