ALBANY — Regular-season champion Vermont secured four of the America East Conference’s five major men’s basketball awards, while UAlbany senior Ahmad Clark earned a second-team all-conference selection when the league announced its regular-season honors Friday morning.
Vermont senior Anthony Lamb was named the league’s player of the year for the second year in a row. Meanwhile, Vermont’s John Becker was recognized as the league’s coach of the year, Vermont junior Ben Shungu was named the conference’s top defender and Vermont sophomore Ryan Davis took the sixth-man award.
Binghamton freshman George Tinsley was named the league’s top rookie.
Joining Lamb on the first team were Vermont junior Stef Smith, Hartford fifth-year senior Malik Ellison, UMass Lowell junior Obadiah Noel and Stony Brook junior Elijah Olaniyi. Along with Clark on the second team were Stony Brook junior Andrew Garcia, UMBC senior K.J. Jackson, UMass Lowell fifth-year senior Christian Lutete and Binghamton sophomore Sam Sessoms. Third-team selections included Hartford fifth-year senior Traci Carter, Maine seniors Sergio El-Darwich and Andrew Fleming, and New Hampshire sophomore Nick Guadarrama and junior Sean Sutherlin.
UAlbany’s Clark averaged 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists during the regular season. Besides Clark, earning honors from UAlbany were freshman Trey Hutcheson who was selected to the league’s all-rookie team and redshirt sophomore Adam Lulka who garnered a spot on the all-academic team.
The league’s all-defensive team included Vermont’s Shungu, Hartford’s Carter, UMBC’s Jackson, New Hampshire fifth-year senior Chris Lester and Stony Brook junior Jeff Otchere, while the conference’s all-rookie squad besides UAlbany’s Hutcheson and Binghamton’s Tinsley included Hartford freshman Moses Flowers, Binghamton freshman Brenton Mills and UMass Lowell’s Connor Withers.
The America East playoffs start Saturday. No. 7 UAlbany will play 7 p.m. that night at No. 2 Stony Brook.