Husson senior guard Raheem Anderson (Miramar, Fla.) has been selected as the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year, while the Eagles' sophomore forward Justin Martin (Winslow, Maine) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year and Colby-Sawyer freshman center Dana Bean (Franklin, N.H.) earned Rookie of the Year honors. Johnson State senior guard Benjamin Holl (Philadelphia, Pa.) was voted the Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, University of Maine at Farmington head coach Dick Meader was chosen as the Coach of the Year and ten men's basketball student-athletes were named to the Sportsmanship Team to headline the 2017 All-Conference announcement.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
Martin has been a high impact player for the Husson Eagles, who earned the top-seed in the NAC Tournament. The forward finished the NAC regular season as the league leader in defensive rebounds (138) and defensive rebounds per game (7.7), while ranking second in rebounds (196; 10.9/game), offensive rebounds (58; 3.2/game), and blocks (42; 2.3/game). He also tallied 142 points (7.9/game), 25 assists, and 17 steals, while starting in all 18 of his team's conference matchups. The sophomore recorded five double-doubles (points/rebounds) and pulled down 10 or more rebounds in 12 NAC games, including an impressive 14-point, 22-rebound, six-block performance this season (his six block's tied a Husson single-game record). Martin's overall statistics rank him in the top-41 among all NCAA Division III men's basketball players in five different categories. His 57 total blocks currently rank him 23rd, while his 2.28 blocks per game rank him 25th, 260 total rebounds rank him 30th, 10.4 rebounds per game rank him 35th and 7.24 defensive rebounds per game rank him 41st in the country.
Bean has made an immediate impact for Colby-Sawyer, earning a starting spot in the Chargers lineup from day one. The center finished the NAC regular season ranked fourth in several statistical categories including rebounds (165; 9.2/game), defensive rebounds (110; 6.1/game), offensive rebounds (55; 3.1/game), and field goal percentage (56.6%). In conference play, he also tallied 301 points (16.7/game), 19 blocks and shot 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The talented newcomer finished the season second on his team in scoring with 14 points per game, while leading Colby-Sawyer with 9.1 rebounds per game. He recorded an impressive eight double-doubles in his rookie campaign. Bean has been a force near the rim on both ends of the court with an impressive 54 percent field goal percentage on the offensive side and a team best 28 blocks on the defensive end. The freshman has earned four NAC Rookie of the Week awards, one NAC Player of the Week honor and was selected ECAC Player of the Week once this season.
Holl is being recognized for excelling academically and athletically throughout his undergraduate experience. He has proven himself as a leader on the court as well as in the classroom. The Business major was named to the Dean's List every semester at Johnson State and has spent time as a shooting instructor, while working with young athletes to help them learn the game and improve on their skills. On the court this season, the senior netted 321 points (12.8/game), gathered 91 rebounds (67 defensive; 24 offensive), dished 61 assists, earned 48 steals, and claimed eight blocks. Holl started in all 25 of the Badgers' games this season, while recording double-digit scoring in 18 games.
Joining Husson's Anderson on the All-NAC First Team were Colby-Sawyer sophomore guard Jourdain Bell (Manchester, N.H.), Green Mountain senior guard Thomas Brown (Charlottesville, Va.), Castleton senior forward Chad Copeland (Plainfield, Vt.), and Thomas senior guard Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y.).
Second team selections include Colby-Sawyer's Bean, Husson's Martin, Lyndon junior guard Charles Correa Jr. (Prospect Heights, R.I.), Thomas junior center Carlos Gonzalez (Kennebunk, Maine), Green Mountain senior guard Patrick Rittmon (Los Angeles, Calif.), and New England College freshman guard Izaiah Winston-Brooks (Roxbury, Mass.).
The NAC Men's Basketball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the basketball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette. The following ten individuals have been selected to the 2017 Sportsmanship Team, Castleton junior Pavin Parrish (Rochester, Vt.), Colby-Sawyer junior Evyn Nolette (Sanford, Maine), UMaine-Farmington senior Jimmie Chaisson (Sanford, Maine), Green Mountain junior Diante Warner (Albany, N.Y.), Husson senior Eli Itkin (Pawtucket, R.I.), Johnson State senior Wyatt Larose (Enosburg Falls, Vt.), Lyndon senior Ife Jimmy (Modesto, Calif.), Maine Maritime sophomore Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine), New England College sophomore Jack Hostetler (Somers, Conn.), and Thomas senior Ian King (Westbrook, Maine).
2017 Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams
G - Raheem Anderson, Senior, Husson
G - Jourdain Bell, Sophomore, Colby-Sawyer
G - Thomas Brown, Senior, Green Mountain
F - Chad Copeland, Senior, Castleton
G - Tyheem Simon, Senior, Thomas
C - Dana Bean, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
G - Charles Correa Jr., Junior, Lyndon
C - Carlos Gonzalez, Junior, Thomas
F - Justin Martin, Sophomore, Husson
G - Patrick Rittmon, Senior, Green Mountain
G - Izaiah Winston-Brooks, Freshman, New England College
Player of the Year
Raheem Anderson, Senior, Husson
Defensive Player of the Year
Justin Martin, Sophomore, Husson
Rookie of the Year
Dana Bean, Freshman, Colby-Sawyer
Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year
Benjamin Holl, Senior, Johnson State
Coach of the Year
Dick Meader, 24th Season, UMaine-Farmington
Jimmie Chaisson, Senior, UMaine-Farmington
Jack Hostetler, Sophomore, New England College
Eli Itkin, Senior, Husson
Ife Jimmy, Senior, Lyndon*
Ian King, Senior, Thomas
Wyatt Larose, Senior, Johnson State
Evyn Nolette, Junior, Colby-Sawyer
Pavin Parrish, Junior, Castleton
Adam Richardson, Sophomore, Maine Maritime
Diante Warner, Junior, Green Mountain
*Award vacated by Lyndon State and the NCAA Committee on Infractions.