Garcia, Dollar Earn Major Independent End-of-Year Honors
Courtesy: Seattle University
Seattle University junior forward Charles Garcia (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been named Independent Player of the Year, while head coach Cameron Dollar picked up Independent Coach of the Year honors in voting done by the coaches and sports information directors of the seven Division I independent schools.

Garcia, also voted first team All-Independent, led Seattle University with 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, finishing the regular season with 580 total points, tied for the 15th-highest single-season point total in school history. He attempted 304 free throws during the season, most in Division I and fourth-most in school history behind only SeattleU Athletic Hall of Famers Johnny O'Brien, Dick Stricklin, and Elgin Baylor.

In his first season as head coach, Dollar led SeattleU to a 17-14 regular season record, the best among all independent schools and the fifth consecutive winning season for the program. Playing all Division I schools, including 18 road games, Dollar's squad picked up road victories over Utah, Oregon State, UC Davis, Portland State, San Jose State, and Utah Valley as well as home wins over Fresno State and Weber State.

Cervante Burrell (Sacramento, Calif.) was voted second team All-Independent after averaging 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game in his first season as the Redhawk point guard. Burrell scored in double figures in 20 games this season, including back-to-back 18-point performances in the final two games of the regular season against Portland State and Utah Valley.

The All-Independent honors were voted on by the head coaches and sports information directors of the seven Division I independent schools: Cal State Bakersfield, Longwood, North Carolina Central, Savannah State, Seattle University, SIU Edwardsville, and Winston-Salem State. Joining Garcia on the All-Independent first team were: Antwan Carter (Longwood), Dana Smith (Longwood), C.J. Wilkerson (North Carolina Central - Independent Newcomer of the Year), and Mark Yelovich (SIU Edwardsville).

The Seattle University men's basketball team concluded its regular season by winning eight of its last nine games, including a 74-64 victory at Utah Valley University last Saturday. The team is hoping to earn a berth in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), or the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). SeattleU will learn its postseason fate Sunday, March 14, when the tournament committees release their selections.