GNAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams Announced
Feb 26, 2010
STANDISH, ME - The Great Northeast Athletic Conference has
released the 2010 Men's Basketball All-Conference teams and three
Saint Joseph's players have been honored.
RayEatmon '10 (Huntington,
NY), TylerKelley '11 (Saco, ME)
and ZachO'Brien '12
(Schenectady, NY) have all been selected, by a vote of GNAC head
coaches, as members of the All-GNAC Second Team. Also,
ChrisPetzy '12 (Kensington, NH)
has been named to the GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team.
Eatmon, a three-time All-Conference selection,
averaged 10.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.6 blocks per
game as a senior co-captain for the 19-7 Monks. He shot a team-high
56.9% (107-188) from the floor and became the 32nd player in
program-history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau during his final
collegiate season. In his career, he notched 21 double-doubles with
1,008 points, 788 rebounds, 243 assists and 103 rejections.
Eatmon is the only player in the 39-year history
of Monks basketball to accumulate 1,000 points, 750 caroms, 200
assists and 100 blocks in their career.
Kelley enjoyed another fine season as one of
the Monks top perimeter threats, as the junior guard averaged 14.3
points per game and shot 41.1% (51-124) from three-point range
during the 2009-10 campaign. The Thornton Academy graduate ranks as
the current career leader in three-point efficiency, with a 43.4%
(115-265) success rate from downtown, and captured the Monks'
single-season three-point mark last season when he shot 49.8%
(51-124) from beyond the arc. For Kelley, the
All-Conference honor is the first of his career.
O'Brien nets his first All-GNAC honor after
averaging team-highs of 14.5 points and 4.1 assists per game. The
sophomore swingman also corralled 5.0 rebounds per game and shot
44.3% (141-318) from the field, 38.2% (26-68) from three-point
range and 75.3% (70-93) from the charity stripe for the Monks.
O'Brien led the Royal Blue in scoring in eight
different games and netted at least 20 points on six occasions as a
Petzy, who has been selected as the SJC player
who best displays the tenets of sportsmanship, emerged as a top
scoring threat for St. Joe's as a sophomore. The second-year guard
averaged 13.7 points per game and shot a team-high 43.6% (44-101)
from three-point distance this year.
The Monks' season, and quest to win back-to-back GNAC
Championships, ended when #6 Lasell College defeated the Royal
Blue, who earned the #3 seed, 75-70, in a conference quarterfinal
contest on February 23rd. Saint Joseph's closed out the 2009-10
campaign with a 19-7 overall record and went 14-4 in GNAC play.
Albertus' 6'6'' sophomore forward, Ray Askew, has been named to
the GNAC's first team all conference and has been selected as the
2009-2010 Player of the Year. Askew leads the league in rebounds
with a total of 303 (12.1), tops the offensive (4.4) and defensive
(7.7) rebounds. Additionally the sophomore is ranked 2nd in the
league for scoring with 558 points, with an average of 22.3 points
per game. Askew makes the boards with 6th in field goal pct (.512),
8th in steals (1.4), 8th in blocked shots (1.2),
Defensive Player of the Year
Emerson's sophomore Jeremy Shannon was named to the first-team
all-conference and also named Defensive Player of the Year. Topping
the charts in assists, with an average of 5.2 per game, Shannon is
currently ranked 7th in scoring with 332 points, averaging 15.1
points per game. The forward is ranked 7th in rebounds (7.3), 11th
in field goal pct (.489), 4th in steals (2.0), 6th in assists
turnover ratio (1.2), 3rd in defensive rebounds (6.7) and 3rd in
minutes played (35.1).
Emerson's dynamic duo includes senior Bryan Rouse who was also
named to first team all-conference. Rouse is ranked 4th in scoring
with 495 points, averaging 19.8 points per game. Rouse is ranked
15th in field goal pct (.480), 6th in free throw pct (.770),
and 10th in total minutes played 785. Rouse also was honored as
GNAC Player of the Week for two consecutive weeks.
Johnson & Wales' sophomore LaMonte Thomas was selected to
this year's all conference first team after leading the league in
scoring with 605 points, averaging 24.2 per game. Thomas is ranked
17th in rebounds (5.4), 9th in assists (3.1), 5th in free throw pct
(.789), 14th in steals (1.4), 10th for three point fg pct (.375),
5th in three point fg made (2.5), 10th in assists turnover ratio
(.7), 10th in defensive rebounds (4.6), and leads the league in
minutes played with 35.9.
Lasell's Javon Williams was named to the first-team
all-conference with a rank of 3rd in scoring by tallying 536 points
and averaging 20.6 points per game. Williams is ranked 3rd in
rebounds (8.8), 5th in field goal pct (.538), 12th in free throw
pct (.711), 3rd in steals (2.1), 10th in blocked shots (1.1), 3rd
in offensive rebounds (3.7), 7th in defensive rebounds (5.1), and
2nd in minutes played (35.8).
Rookie of the Year
Suffolk's Matt Pepdjonovic has been selected as the 2009-2010
Rookie of the Year and also named to the third team all-conference.
The freshman is ranked 17th in scoring with 326 points, averaging
13.0 points per game. Pepdjonovic is ranked 2nd in rebounds (11.6),
14th in field goal pct (.485), 6th in steals (1.5), 7th in blocked
shots (1.3), 2nd in offensive rebounds (4.0), and 2nd in defensive
Coach of the Year
Albertus head coach Mitch Oliver was named the 2009-2010 GNAC
Men's Basketball Coach of the Year. When he arrived at Albertus in
2007, he turned the basketball team into a winning program. Last
season, he led the Falcons to their first winning season in seven
years and led them to a GNAC Semi-Final appearance. The Falcons
earned the titled of 2009-2010 regular season champs and are
currently seeded 1st place in the GNAC Tournament.