February 19, 2013

NEAC Announces 2012-13 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Selections

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its 2012-13 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team selections, with first, second and third team honors being awarded to the top 15 players as selected by the conference coaches.

The NEAC has also selected its regular season award winners, as voted on by the coaches.  Penn State Abington sophomore Mike Marvin (Horsham, Pa.) made the leap to NEAC Player of the Year after being last year’s Rookie of the Year selection.  The 6-foot-5 forward had a tremendous season for the Nittany Lions, as he led the conference in both points (18.9) and rebounds (12.6) per game, while being third across all of NCAA Division III in the latter category and fifth nationally in double-doubles (16).  On top of his two NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week selections this season, Marvin also earned an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week honor and a Philadelphia Area Small College Basketball Association Sam Cozen Player of the Week Award.

Marvin also helped Abington to a four-game improvement in conference play from last year’s 6-8 mark, as the Nittany Lions finished 10-4 in the NEAC and earned a playoff berth in this year’s conference championship tournament.

Penn State Berks freshman Dameon Nixon (Coatesville, Pa.) was selected as the NEAC Rookie of the Year after making an immediate impact for the Nittany Lions.  The 5-foot-11 point guard started in all 24 Nittany Lion contests this season and led the team in minutes per game (31.5) while running the offense.  He reached double figures in scoring 14 different times this season, including in six of his last seven games, and currently ranks second on the team in scoring at 10.7 points per game.  Nixon is also second on the team in both steals (50) and assists (75), where he ranks fifth and ninth, respectively, in the conference.

Penn State Berks head coach Scott Yarnell was voted by his peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year.  Yarnell guided the Nittany Lions to the program’s first-ever NEAC South Division regular season championship, as they finished 11-3 in conference play and secured their second straight playoff berth.  Berks, 13-11 overall, will take on Wells College in the semifinals of this weekend’s conference championship tournament.  

The complete list of 2012-13 NEAC All-Conference Selections is as follows:

All-Conference Team Selections

#

Name

College

Year

Position

Hometown

First Team

30

Mike Marvin

Penn State Abington

So.

Forward

Horsham, Pa.

01

Layton Seeber

Gallaudet University

Sr.

Guard

Champaign, Ill.

50

Tom Smith

Penn State Berks

Jr.

Center

Norristown, Pa.

03

Jordan Gatchell

Penn State Harrisburg

Sr.

Guard

Manhiem, Pa.

30

Rhamel Williams

Morrisville State College

Jr.

Forward

Bronx, N.Y.

Second Team

01

EJ Taylor

Wells College

Jr.

Guard

Tampa, Fla.

24

T'Andre Richardson

SUNY Institute of Technology

So.

Forward

Utica, N.Y.

03

Teddy Tuggles

Keuka College

Sr.

Guard

Rochester, N.Y.

22

Jeff Schmidt

Penn State Berks

Sr.

Forward

Orefield, Pa.

23

Avery Barnes

Penn State Abington

So.

Forward

Middlesex, N.J.

Third Team

33

Trevor Healey

Keuka College

So.

Forward

Wethersfield, Conn.

12

Brandon Hanks

Morrisville State College

Jr.

Guard

Syracuse, N.Y.

33

Kucjok Ater

Morrisville State College

Jr.

Forward

Syracuse, N.Y.

13

Dan Karl

Lancaster Bible College

Sr.

Guard

Lee, Mass.

02

Danny Kelly

Gallaudet University

Sr.

Center

Strongsville, Ohio



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The North Eastern Athletic Conference has thirteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania State University - Abington, Pennsylvania State University - Berks, Pennsylvania State University -Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Institute of Technology, SUNY Morrisville State College, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Hilbert College (M Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse) and Rutgers University - Camden (M Golf & M Tennis).  The North Eastern Athletic Conference has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of men’s and women’s tennis.