Courtesy of Drew, Moravian, and Scranton Athletic Communications
TOWSON, Md. - Four Landmark men's basketball players were honored on the D3hoops.com Middle Atlantic Region Second Team, while University of Scranton sophomore Logan Bailey earned Middle Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year.
2019 Region Honorees: Riley Collins (Drew), Nate Aldrich (Drew), Oneil Holder (Moravian), Matthew Mancuso (Scranton)
Collins made team history last month when he became the program's first-ever Landmark Conference Player of the Year. He was also tabbed All-Landmark First Team after leading the conference in assists (5.5) and steals (2.2) while finishing second in scoring (16.7 ppg). Early in the season, Collins pumped in a career-high 35 points versus Washington and Lee University in the championship game of Drew's Rose City Classic, earning MVP honors and leading the Rangers to their first title in 17 years. Later in the team's regular-season finale, he scored 34 points and hit the game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds left in 92-90 win over Catholic University, clinching the team's first-ever 20-win season. Collins broke the Drew single-season record for assists (165), and he nearly posted a triple-double in a victory at King's College with 13 pts, 12 assists, and nine rebounds. He also dropped 10 dimes in a win over Stockton University and in a victory over Neumann University in the first round of the ECAC Division III Tournament.
For his career, Collins ranks eighth on Drew's all-time scoring list with 1,397 points, and he is also third in assists (339), sixth in 3-pointers made (201), and sixth in steals (151).
Like Collins, Aldrich also captured a major award from the Landmark Conference when he was chosen as its Defensive Player of the Year – also a first in team history. In addition, Aldrich was selected to the All-Landmark Conference First Team. He led the conference with 9.8 rebounds per game, and he also finished third in both field-goal percentage (57.1%) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg). A two-time Landmark Conference Player of the Week, he nearly averaged a double-double for the season with 14.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He notched 13 double-doubles for the year, including a 21-point, 11-rebound performance in a win over the University of Scranton in the Landmark Conference semifinals. He also registered 17 points and 15 boards in Landmark Conference final versus Moravian College. During the regular season, he tied a career-high with 20 rebounds in win over Elizabethtown College, and he scored a season-high 24 points in a victory over Juniata College.
For his career, Aldrich hauled in a Landmark Conference-record 903 rebounds, which ranks third in Ranger history. He also finished as the 12th-time all-time leading scorer at Drew with 1,186 points, and his 126 blocks rank fourth in school history.
Holder helped the Hounds finish the year with a 20-9 overall record as Moravian won its second straight Landmark Conference title to earn an automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. Holder and his teammates then won the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament game as Moravian tied the school record of 20 wins set a year ago. Holder, who was named to the Landmark All-Conference First Team for a second consecutive winter, lead the Greyhounds in scoring at 18.5 points per game and rebounds 6.5 rebounds per contest while also contributing 78 assists, 48 steals, 31 blocked shots and 28 three-pointers. He was also selected to the 2019 Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Team of the Year and named the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year in 2016.
Holder finished his career third all-time at Moravian with 1,660 points, which he scored in a school record 110 games played, and he was also sixth all-time with 714 rebounds and third in program history with 113 blocked shots. Holder made a school record 139 free throws this winter, and he attempted a school mark of 604 free throws in his career.
A First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree, Mancuso averaged 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game this season while posting 11 double-doubles on the year. He also led the Landmark Conference with 1.7 blocked shots per game, totaling 40 blocks on the year, to go along with 53 assists and 30 steals. For the season, Mancuso shot 55.1 percent from the field while making 71.7 percent of his free throw attempts. He scored 20 or more points in nine games on the year and finished in double-figures in 19 of the 23 games in which he played.
Mancuso, who was named a co-recipient of the John "Les" Dickman Awards as the Royals most valuable player, earned Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week honors four times this past season and was named the National Jesuit Player of the Week on December 11. He was also named the Hilton Scranton Invitational Most Valuable Player after leading Scranton to the tournament championship in November.
Bailey, who was previously honored as the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and was a First Team All-Landmark Conference honoree, enjoyed an outstanding rookie season after missing his entire freshman year with an injury. Bailey led the Royals in scoring with 16.3 points per game while adding 5.1 rebounds per contest. He also posted a conference-leading 58.1 field goal percentage while adding 59 assists, a team-high 41 steals, and 19 block shots.
Bailey scored 20 points or more in seven games this past season with a pair of 30-plus point efforts. He reached double-figures in 23 of Scranton's 26 games during his rookie campaign.
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