Long Beach State's Mike Caffey named Big West Men's Basketball Player of the Week

January 12, 2015

Long Beach State senior guard Mike Caffey was named the Big West Player of the Week for his outstanding all-around play in Long Beach State’s first two conference games.  It is Caffey's second such honor in his career.

Caffey averaged 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3.5 steals over the first two games of league action, as the 49ers beat preseason favorite UC Irvine, 88-82, on the road before falling in overtime at UC Davis, 73-67.

Against the Anteaters, Caffey made five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, including 19 in the first-half.

Two nights later at UCD, he tied a career-high with 29 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

For the week, Caffey shot over 50% from the field and from beyond the arc, making 20-of-35 from the field (57.1%) and 8-for-15 from three-point land (53.3%).

Caffey is the first 49er to win Big West Player of the Week this season, and the first since Tyler Lamb was honored on December 23 last season.

Forward Gabe Levin enrolls at Long Beach State and will redshirt

In other 49ers' news, former Loyola Marymount forward Gabe Levin has enrolled at Long Beach State and will join the Beach men’s basketball roster as a redshirt during the 2014-15 campaign.

“Gabe has an extremely high character, and is a hard-working, big time athlete,” said assistant coach Myke Scholl. “He’s a talented rebounder, and his numbers show his versatility both scoring and on the glass. He gives us another hybrid forward who can play inside-out at a high level.”

Eligible to practice immediately, Levin will join fellow Division I transfers Roschon Prince (USC) and Nick Faust (Maryland) on the LBSU practice squad in advance of their playing eligibility in 2015-16.

Levin started all 29 games he suited up for as a freshman at LMU, averaging 11.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds while setting a Lion freshman record for double-doubles with six. He led the Lions in rebounding last season, and was third on the team in scoring.

Levin set a career high with 20 points at South Dakota State last season, and had double-doubles against Northern Arizona, Northern Iowa, Pitt, UC Riverside, Pacific and in the WCC Championship game against BYU, where he scored 18 points with 10 rebounds.

Levin is part of a recruiting class that includes three freshman as well as Prince and Faust. The three transfers will join guard Noah Blackwell and forwards LaRond Williams and Mason Riggins in their first season playing at the Beach in 2015-16.

By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services

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