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Second-Straight Player of the Year Honor for Guers.
MANSFIELD, Mass. - For the second-straight year, Saint Anselm senior guard Tim Guers has won Northeast 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year honors for his sensational play – becoming the seventh all-time NE10 player to earn the award on multiple occasions - as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
All 15 NE10 member institutions had at least one player earn All-Conference recognition, with Northeast Division champion Saint Anselm, Southwest Division champion Le Moyne and No. 2 seed in the Southwest Division New Haven leading the way with three selections each. Eight different schools had multiple selections, as chosen by a vote of the league’s head coaches.
Guers, now a three-time First Team All-Conference selection, was the leader for No. 18 Saint Anselm this season as an all-around threat – averaging 21.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The Hawks clinched the No. 1 seed in the Northeast Division in the NE10 Championship behind Guers, who scored 20 or more points in 18 games this season. He was a unanimous selection as the league’s Player of the Year.
Joining Guers on the All-Conference First team is Bentley’s Ryan Richmond, Merrimack’s Juvaris Hayes, New Haven’s Elijah Bailey, Southern Connecticut’s Isaiah McLeod and Southern New Hampshire’s Daquaise Andrews.
Hayes, who is coming off a sensational 46-point performance in the NE10 quarterfinals on Sunday, has been named Defensive Player of the Year. The quick-handed guard has a 4.1 steals per game average, which is more than double the amount of the next closest player in the NE10, and first in all of Division II in the category. He also ranks in the top 10 of the NE10 in points (19.4) and field goal percentage (53.4).
Adelphi’s Ronnie Silva, a six-time NE10 Rookie of the Week, ran away with the league’s Rookie of the Year award after leading the Panthers with 15.1 points per game. Silva shot 47-percent from the field in his first collegiate season, while scoring in double-figures on 23 occasions and with 20 or more points eight different times. He was also selected for the All-Rookie Team.
Saint Anselm head coach Keith Dickson, in his 33rd season at the helm for the Hawks, was voted as the NE10 Coach of the Year – the fifth time he has won the honor and first time since the 2012-13 season. Dickson led the Hawks to another Northeast Division crown, while staying in the NABC Top 25 Poll all season long. The Hawks finished the regular season with a 22-4 record, including an 18-3 mark in league play.
Three of Dickson’s players were honored in Tuesday’s selections – including Guers as Player of the Year and on the First Team, Cody Ball on the Second Team and Chris Paul on the Honorable Mentions list.
For a full list of honorees, please see the list below.
Player of the Year: Tim Guers, Saint Anselm
Defensive Player of the Year: Juvaris Hayes, Merrimack
Rookie of the Year: Ronnie Silva, Adelphi
Coach of the Year: Keith Dickson, Saint Anselm
All-Conference – First Team
Ryan Richmond, Bentley
Juvaris Hayes, Merrimack
Elijah Bailey, New Haven
Tim Guers, Saint Anselm
Isaiah McLeod, So. Connecticut
Daquaise Andrews, So. New Hampshire
All-Conference – Second Team
Doyin Fadojutimi, Franklin Pierce
Kobi Nwandu, Le Moyne
Cody Ball, Saint Anselm
Levi Holmes III, Saint Michael’s
Will Moreton, Stonehill
All-Conference – Third Team
Conor Mcguinness, Adelphi
Chris Hudson, Bentley
Ryan Boulter, Merrimack
Peyton Wejnert, Pace
Kealan Ives, So. Connecticut
Ronnie Silva, Adelphi
Matthew Kelly, Assumption
C.J. Asuncion-Byrd, Le Moyne
Tom Brown, Le Moyne
Derrick Rowland, New Haven
Chris Paul, Saint Anselm
Ronnie Silva, Adelphi
Isaiah Salter, American Int’l
Isaiah Moore, Franklin Pierce
Quashawn Lane, New Haven
Sekou Sylla, Saint Rose
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