CINCINNATI - Xavier University's Semaj Christon has been named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.
As a freshman, Christon leads XU in scoring at 15.4 points per game (first among freshman in the A-10), 4.7 assists per game (second among freshman in the A-10) and steals at 1.4 per game (second among freshman in the A-10). Christon was a seven time A-10 Rookie of the Week award winner throughout the season.
Christon was also named as a member of the A-10 All-Rookie Team, the first XU player in Xavier's 18 seasons in the A-10 to win both awards.
Xavier senior forward Travis Taylor was also honored with A-10 regular season accolades, being named the A-10 Most Improved Player and given a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 Third team. Taylor is XU's first-ever selection for the Most Improved Player Award.
Taylor is the Atlantic 10's rebound leader at 9.0 rebounds per game, including an A-10 best 10.2 rpg. in conference games. Taylor is also Xavier's second-leading scorer at 11.8 ppg.
The awards serve as the lead off to the 2013 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship, which tips off Thursday from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The single-elimination tournament features 12 teams battling for the A-10 title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Xavier opens Atlantic 10 Championship play against Saint Joseph's on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Other award winners in the A-10 include Temple senior Khalif Wyatt named as Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Player of the Year, Saint Louis coach Jim Crews chosen as the Coach of the Year, VCU's Briante Weber earned Defensive Player of the Year and Cody Ellis of Saint Louis was named the A-10's Sixth Man of the Year.