Men's Basketball Awards Announced for 2017-18

Men's Basketball Awards Announced for 2017-18

TOWSON, Md. – Catholic University senior Jay Howard was selected the 2017-18 Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in voting conducted by the league's head coaches. Juniata senior Seth Brewer was named Landmark Defensive Player of the Year and Goucher College freshman Jacob Smith earned Rookie of the Year. Eagles head coach Greg Curley and his staff were named the Coach of the Year.

Catholic University senior forward Jay Howard is the third Cardinal to win Landmark Player of the Year accolades, joining Chris Kearney (2013) and Bryson Fonville (2015). The 6-4 Howard made the most of his senior year, leading the Cardinals to their ninth Landmark tournament appearance. Howard led the Landmark Conference in scoring (23.8 points per game) and averaged 2.2 assists per game. He became just the third player in program history to score more than 2,000 points and since the Cardinals began fielding a team in 1910, only two other players, Bob Adrion (2,289 points) and Glenn Kolonics (2,190), have scored more points.

Juniata College guard Seth Brewer makes his first appearance on the all-conference team. He was second on the team in scoring at 13.2 points per game, third in the conference in field goal percentage (56.7%), third in the Landmark in three-point percentage (47.4%) and a conference-best 86.9% from the foul line. His 118 assists ranked third in the conference and his 3.19 assist to turnover ratio is 13th best in the nation. He was also tasked with guarding the other team's best guard most of the time.

Goucher College guard Jacob Smith becomes the first Goucher men's basketball player to win an individual Landmark Conference postseason award in program history. The program's first conference Rookie of the Year ever, Smith is also the first Gopher to win an individual conference award since Garrett Smith was named the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Player of the Year after the 2004-05 season. In 2017-18, Smith finished the year averaging an even 10 points a game, while pulling down 6.3 rebounds a contest. He also dished out 49 total assists, had 10 steals and eight blocks, as well.

Juniata College head coach Greg Curley earns his third Coach of the Year honor and second in the Landmark. He led the Eagles to the best season in program history. The Eagles had the best start ever as they won three regular season tournaments on their way to a 12-0 start. The team earned its first ever national ranking, appearing at #23 in the D3hoops.com national rankings. The team finished the regular season tied atop the conference and a tiebreaker gave them the one seed in the Landmark Conference Championships. Their 21 regular season wins were the most ever in program history. The team had one of the best scoring defenses in the country, currently ranks atop the country in field goal percentage and has the 15th best scoring margin in nation.

 

Player of the Year Defensive
Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year Coach of the Year
Jay Howard
Catholic
Seth Brewer
Juniata
Jacob Smith
Goucher
Greg Curley
Juniata

 

The 2017-18 Landmark Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams:

First Team           Second Team        
Jay Howard $*^ Catholic Sr. F Pennsauken, N.J.   Andre Mitchell Catholic Jr. G Conshohocken, Pa.
Riley Collins Drew So. G Lacey, N.J.   Jimmy Golaszewski Catholic Jr. G/F Massapequa Park, N.Y.  
Seth Brewer Juniata Sr. G Lancaster, Pa.   Yonathan Napoleon Drew Sr. G Los Angeles, Calif.
Marcus Lee $*^ Juniata Sr. F Carrolltown, Pa.   Bryce Greene Elizabethtown So. G Westampton, N.J.
Jimmy Murray Moravian Jr. G Plymouth Meeting, Pa.   Drew Schankweiler Scranton Sr. F Mechanicsburg, Pa. 
Oneil Holder Moravian Jr. F East Stroudsburg, Pa.   Ethan Danzig Scranton Sr. G Clarks Green, Pa.

$ 2016-17 First Team All-Landmark
* 2015-16 First Team All-Landmark
^ 2014-15 First Team All-Landmark