TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Conference men's basketball coaches voted and named Scranton's Ross Danzig the Landmark Conference Player of the Year. Danzig's teammate Tommy Morgan was voted Defensive Player of the Year and Catholic's Corey Stanford was chosen as the Rookie of the Year.
Danzig was the unanimous choice as the top player in the Landmark this season. He led the conference averaging 20.2 points per game and currently ranks in the top 10 in nine of 13 statistical categories. He has scored in double figures in every game but one in which he sat out the second half. He has three 30-or-more point performances including a season-high 34 points against Muhlenberg. Danzig is a two-time First Team All-Landmark selection after earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2012.
Morgan teamed up with Danzig for the Landmark Champion Royals. Morgan has started every game this season and averages 12.6 points per game. He leads the team in steals with 39 and ranks third in the Landmark at 1.4 per game. Morgan has tallied at least one steal in 20 games and notched a season-high five steals in Scranton's 82-72 win at Drew. He has also made an impact on the boards, averaging nearly six per game to rank sixth in the conference.
Stanford played in every game for Catholic this season with 22 starts, including the last 18 consecutive games. He averaged 13.1 points per game, but was even better in conference play at 16.9 points per game. Stanford pulled down 7.0 rebounds per game including 2.3 offensive boards each game. He led all freshmen in conference scoring and rebounds.
Scranton sophomore Brendan Boken joins his teammate Danzig on the First Team All-Landmark. He has averaged 16.9 points per game and he helped lead the Royals to the Landmark Championship on Saturday. Boken was awarded Most Valuable Player honors for his efforts. He finished the regular season with three double-doubles including a career-high 37 points with 14 rebounds to close out 2013 against Keystone.
Catholic's Bryson Fonville is another talented sophomore who was awarded First Team honors. He leads the Landmark in assists with 5.7 per game and ranks fourth in assist to turnover ratio at 2.3. The Cardinals lead NCAA Division III in fewest turnovers per game at 8.8 and their success has been attributed in large part due to Fonville at the point guard position.
The other half of the First Team features three seniors. Juniata's Jeremy Hays was a Second Team selection a year ago, but came back and led the Eagles this season as a gifted playmaker. He scored 15.6 points per game and led the conference in steals with 2.1 per game. Hays ranked second in assists just behind Fonville with 5.3 per game.
Nick Sergio from Merchant Marine dominated the paint for the Mariners. He averaged 13.5 points per game and ranked second in the Landmark in rebounds with 9.1 per game. Sergio was the focal point of many opponents' scouting reports all season, but still finished with 10 double-doubles.
Harley Sellinger was the only Landmark player to average a double-double this season. He helped Susquehanna reach the Landmark Championship game for just the second time and finished the season averaging 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Scranton head coach Carl Danzig joined his son as a top award winner when the Landmark coaches voted him and his staff the Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year. The Royals enter the NCAA tournament riding a 14-game winning streak with a 24-3 record. This marks the first time Danzig has been honored by the conference.
Of the 12 players represented on the All-Landmark teams, seven institutions are represented. Scranton led the league with three selections.
|Player of the Year||Defensive
Player of the Year
|Rookie of the Year||Coach of the Year
The 2013-14 Landmark Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams:
|First Team||Second Team|
||So.||F||South Pasadena, Calif.
||So.||G||Silver Spring, Md.
||Scranton||Jr.||G||Clarks Green, Pa.
||Mike Klinger||Drew||So.||G||Franklin Park, N.J.
||Mill Hall, Pa.
* 2012-13 First Team All-Landmark