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Idaho's Hadley named CBA Defensive Player of the Year

March 8, 2004 - Continental Basketball Association 1 (CBA 1) News Release

Boise, ID (March 8, 2004) — The Continental Basketball Association League Office announced today that Idaho Stampede guard DeSean Hadley was honored as the 2003-04 CBA Defensive Player of the Year, as voted by the League’s Head Coaches. Hadley headlines the 2003-04 All-Defensive Team which includes Gary Steelheads guard Jemeil Rich, Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Leonard White, Gary swingman Immanuel McElroy, and Great Lakes Storm center Leon Smith.

“He is the epitome of a guy that comes with the same energy and effort during every single practice and every single game,” stated Stampede Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak. “He puts a big importance on stopping people and we always put him on the toughest challenge that the other team presents.

“He has done a fantastic job for us on the defensive end, and still has enough energy to be an important role on offense too.”

Hadley, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound Eastern Michigan alum, averaged 1.4 steals, 6.1 rebounds, and 17.7 points per game in 47 games played. He led the Stampede with 38.8 minutes played per game (1,824 total minutes), and was second on the team in both scoring and rebounding. He also added 4.2 assists per game, and blocked 14 shots.

Joining Hadley in the backcourt, and receiving his second-straight CBA All-Defensive Team selection, is Steelheads point guard Jemeil Rich, who averaged 2.7 steals per game (2nd in the league) and 15.5 points per contest in 47 games played. He also led the league in assists with 10.6 per game. Rich’s teammate McElroy, who was the 2002-03 Rookie of the Year, earned his Defensive Team selection as a guard/forward with 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocked shots, 5.2 rebounds and 16.6 points per game in 48 games played.

Leon Smith was the leading vote getter at the center position after he led the league in rebounding (12.2 per game) and blocked shots (1.8 per game), and finished 13th in scoring at 16.6 points per game for the Storm. Skyforce forward Leonard White filled the other forward position with 10.2 rebounds (2nd in the league), 2.1 steals (3rd in the league), and 0.9 blocked shots per game.

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