Kunkel’s NEC Awards

NEC Awards:

Lee’s first team:

Cane Broome, Sacred Heart
Rodney Pryor, Robert Morris
Martin Hermannsson, LIU Brooklyn
Jerome Frink, LIU Brooklyn
Ronnie Drinnon, St Francis PA

Lee’s second team:

Michael Carey, Wagner
Junior Robinson, Mount St. Mary’s
Earl Potts, Fairleigh Dickinson
BK Ashe, Mount St. Mary’s
Tyreek Jewell, St. Francis Brooklyn

Lee’s third team:

Corey Henson, Wagner
Chris Hooper, St. Francis Brooklyn
Brandon Peel, Central Connecticut
Darian Anderson, Fairleigh Dickinson
Ben Millaud Meunier, St Francis PA

Coach of the Year: Greg Herenda, Fairleigh Dickinson

Player of the Year: Cane Broome, Sacred Heart

Defensive player of the Year: Amdy Fall, St. Francis Brooklyn

Rookie of the Year: Marcel Pettway, Bryant

Most Improved: Ben Millaud-Meunier, St Francis PA

Thoughts: It was a crazy season in the NEC. Naming the top 15 wasn’t nearly as crazy, but taking those players and breaking them down into first, second, and third team was quite a headache.

Broome should run away with POY
(p/c BBHJ)


Let’s start with the awards. Cane Broome was a pretty easy choice for PoY. He was dominate in his second season in the league and led SHU to their first top four finish in years. They will be a tough out in the tournament with the best player in the league on their side. Ryan Peters of Big Apple Buckets tells you why he’s so good.

CoY was the first tough tough call. Bashir Mason did some amazing things this season, but I can’t get over the job Herenda has done at FDU. That program was left with nothing when he took over, he’s lost some key players to transfer and graduation, yet here the Knights are, second in the NEC. Mason was just as good, but he’s got more talent and has had plenty of time to fill the cabinet, and took over a very good situation when he got the job.

DPoY was another very tough choice. I thought of Tyreek Jewell because I believe he’s the best on ball defender in the NEC. Dwayne Anderson might be the more versatile defender in the league with his freak athleticism. But at the end of the day, there isn’t a player in the league that can affect a game more than Amdy Fall on that end. He is such a great shot blocker and can rebound with the best of them. I think he deserves to go back-to-back in this category.

As for my team’s…I could type all day. On the first team, the only tough call was Drinnon/Carey. I went Drinnon because I believe he is the key to the SFPA attack and has a bit more value than Carey. Both has fantastic season’s.
Second/third team’s were tight too. Millaud-Meunier was my last selection. His shooting numbers were too good to ignore. he also got MiP going from a rarely used piece off the bench, to the leagues best long range marksman. Thoughts? Who did I miss?

Cappella will have his picks up some time soon.

–Lee Kunkel
Header p/c Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

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