ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Jerry Buchanon of Elms College was named NECC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Buchanon averaged 26.4 points per game as he led the Blazers to the semifinals of the NECC Tournament. Throughout the 2015-2016 Season the senior guard collected 40 steals and 423 points in conference games to top the NECC in both categories.
Domenico Santiago started his collegiate career with some remarkable numbers, earning NECC Rookie of the Year honors. The freshman from Mitchell led the NECC in field goal percentage (63.8) from the field in conference games. He also ranked second in rebounds per game (9.5) for the season.
In just his third season with the Mountaineers Dan Engelstad takes home his second straight NECC Coach of the Year. Southern Vermont won the NECC Championship after they completed an unblemished NECC regular season. The Mountaineers finished the season with a record of 24-3 and will travel to Tufts for the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament.
Mitchell's Parris Hill was named to the NECC First Team as he ranks among the league leaders finishing second in points per game (24.8), third in field goal percentage (58.8), sixth in minutes per game (35.6), and ninth in rebounding with 7.4 per game.
The reigning NECC Player of the Year, DeShawn Hamlet, earned a spot on the NECC first team as he led the Southern Vermont Mountaineers to an NECC Championship. Hamlet averaged 15.2 points per game and 9.1 rebounds in just 23 minutes per game. The senior forward ranks fifth in the NECC in FG% (58.2), which is good for 46th in NCAA DIII.
Rondell Best was the leader on the Daniel Webster Eagles and landed a spot on the NECC First team after an impressive junior campaign. Best finished the season ranking fourth in points per game (19.7) and first in rebounds per game (9.8). In conference action, Best shot 57% from the field in the 15 games he played in.
Rounding out the NECC First Team was Samuel Durodola from Becker College. The Sophomore helped lead the Hawks to the NECC Title game as he averaged 18.3 points per game and 8.6 rebounds in conference matchups.Men's Basketball Awards: Player of the Year - Jerry Buchanon, Elms Rookie of the Year - Domenico Santiago, Mitchell Coach of the Year - Dan Engelstad, Southern Vermont
Second Team Kyle Credle, Jr., G, Queens, N.Y., Becker College Devon Mayo, Jr., G, Newport News, Va., Lesley University Donavan McClean, Sr., G/F, Jersey City, N.J., Mitchell College Casey Hall, Sr., F, Albany, N.Y., Southern Vermont College Anthony Williams, Jr., F, White Plains, N.Y., Wheelock College
Third Team Ray Farmer, Jr., F, Nashua, N.H., Daniel Webster College Conny Ihearahu, Jr., G/F, Largo, Md., Elms College Symon Smith, Jr., G, Oklahoma City, Okla., Elms College Jeff Tagger Jr., Sr., G, Brockton, Mass., Regis College Nicholas Fenton, Jr., G, East Hartford, Conn., Wheelock College All Sportsmanship Rashaun Liggon, Sr., F, Elizabeth, N.J., Becker College Khial Watson, Sr., G, Ann Arbor, Mich., Daniel Webster College Dimitri Tessier, Jr., G, Brockton, Mass., Elms College Fabrice Louissaint, Jr., F, Everett, Mass., Lesley University Brayvon Young, So., G, Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mitchell College Dallas Serrano, Sr., G, Valley Stream, N.Y., Newbury College Jordan Monts, Sr., G, Springfield, Mass., Regis College
Jackson Amankrah, Fr., G, New York, N.Y., Southern Vermont College
Joe Reedy, Sr., F, Orlando, Fla., Wheelock College