It’s that time of year, when players are awarded for years of hard work that have culminated in outstanding seasons, and media outlets use the opportunity to provide some low hanging fruit fodder to the fanbases for great discussion. It’s end of season awards time! Scott and Dan independently submitted their non-existant votes here, and below are the results:
Justin Wright-Foreman, HOFSTRA (Player of the Year)
Nathan Knight,WILLIAM AND MARY
Grant Riller, CHARLESTON
Devontae Cacok, UNCW
Jarrell Brantley, CHARLESTON
Vasa Pusica, NORTHEASTERN
Jordan Roland, NORTHEASTERN
Desure Buie, HOFSTRA
Camren Wynter, DREXEL
Eric Carter, DELAWARE
Stuckey Mosley, JAMES MADISON
Brian Fobbs, TOWSON
Tyler Seibring, ELON
Matt Lewis, JAMES MADISON
Eli Pemberton, HOFSTRA
All Rookie Team
Camren Wynter, DREXEL (Rookie of the Year)
Ithiel Horton, DELAWARE
Kai Toews, UNCW
Chase Audige, WILLIAM AND MARY
Deshon Parker, JAMES MADISON
Defensive Player of the Year:
Desure Buie, HOFSTRA/ Nathan Knight, WILLIAM AND MARY
Coach of the Year:
Joe Mihalich, HOFSTRA
* Others receiving consideration were a split ballot of Drexel players, Troy Harper and Alihan Demir, and Steven Santa Ana.
* The only debate here at AAD on the first team was Pusica vs Brantley. Scott’s argument for Brantley held up, as Pusica lost time due to injury and quite frankly, we don’t see voters not putting Brantley on the first team.
* The top four all rookie players were unanimous, with Deshon Parker being placed on the team over Matt Veretto. If Veretto wanted to win awards on this website, he may have considered playing for a different institution than Delaware.
* Defensive player of the year was a split vote tie
Dan’s Take: JWF should be a unanimous pick for Player of the Year this year, but if he wasn’t in the Association, my pick would have gone to Nathan Knight. Not only did Knight end up third in scoring and first in field goal percentage despite being the guy on that team that every coach planned for, but William and Mary was second in the conference defensively this year. Coach Shaver has never had a plus defense but Knight in the middle almost single handedly at times ended drives. Knight was also sixth in the league in assists, while playing center. His production was just astounding in all facets of the game and he will enter next season as the frontrunner for the award.
On the second team, the high end of Pusica, Roland and Buie almost have to be there. The other two spots led to some debate, with Scott pushing Eric Carter onto the team and me putting Cam Wynter there, over Stuckey Mosley and Brian Fobbs. Cases can certainly be made for all four, but the level of game planning we saw coaches do for Eric Carter, and Cam’s FOY vote pushed their arguments over the other two here.
For the third team, Stuckey and Fobbs were joined by unanimous selections Lewis and Siebring. The final four of Pemberton, Harper, Demir and Santa Ana were very tough choices. Scott makes a great argument for Harper, but I pushed hard for one of the top players on the top team here in Pemberton. He didn’t just free up things for JWF… He was almost as efficient as JWF himself.