Freshman forward Chris Gaston (Palisades Park, N.J./St. Anthony) was named the 2010 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in a vote by conference coaches.
He becomes the third Ram to be named Rookie of the Year, joining Bevon Robin (1998) and Bryant Dunston (2005).
In addition to the individual honor, Gaston was named to the 2010 Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team. It is the second consecutive season in which Fordham has placed a player on the A-10 All-Rookie squad.
Gaston just wrapped up the most successful freshman campaign in Fordham men’s basketball history, leading the Rams in scoring—averaging 18 points per game—and rebounding—averaging 11.4 rebounds per game. He also recorded a team-high 50 blocks, 26 steals—tying for the team lead—and 43 assists.
Gaston’s 504 points this season is a record for a Fordham freshman, surpassing Robin’s former mark of 495 points in 1997-1998. Gaston’s 319 rebounds are the second best for a Fordham rookie, four shy of Ed Conlin’s record of 323 set in 1951-1952.
Gaston’s point total is the most for a Ram since Ken Charles netted 607 in 28 games in 1972-1973, while his rebound total is the best for a Fordham player since Damon Lopez pulled down 328 in 32 games in 1989-1990.
On the season, Gaston recorded 19 doubles-doubles, the most for a Fordham player over the past 40 years.