Long Beach State (LBSU) men’s basketball player Casper Ware was named the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Most Valuable Player.
The senior point guard 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 U.S. 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 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 and two teammates—Larry Anderson and T.J. Robinson—took part in the 59th annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament from April 11-14, in Portsmouth, Va.
The tournament featured the top 64 senior men’s basketball players in the country participating in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of representatives from every National Basketball Association team. In addition, scouts from numerous international leagues were also in attendance to evaluate the players.
Robinson finished his career as both the Big West Conference’s and LBSU’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,208 boards. He also ranks fourth all-time at LBSU in field goals made (652), field goal percentage (52.8 percent) and free throws made (405) while finishing his career fifth all-time in scoring (1,718 points).
Anderson wrapped up his career as the 49ers’ all-time leader in steals with 206. He also ranks third in free throws made (406), sixth in scoring (1,538 points), seventh in assists (362), eighth in rebounding (591), and ninth in field goals made (522) and field goal percentage (49.6 percent).
At the tournament, Ware played for Team Sales System Ltd., Robinson played for team Mike Duman and Anderson played with Team Cherry, Bekaert and Holland.