GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2011-12 men's basketball all-conference awards Tuesday and Gallaudet University had two players earn honors. This is Gallaudet's second season in the NEAC and marks consecutive years in which it has had multiple members of the men's basketball team selected to one of three all-conference teams.
Senior guard Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) was named to the All-NEAC first team while fellow senior Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) received his second consecutive nod to the All-NEAC third team. Conference coaches selected 15 players to be honored (five for each team – first, second, third).
McMillan started 20 of 21 games he appeared in this season and averaged 16.0 points and 4.7 rebounds. He led the team in scoring with 17 double-figure performances, including the final 13 straight, and was recognized as the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week twice this past season (weeks of Nov. 28 and Feb. 12). The senior was also named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Player of the Week (Feb. 14) on the heels of a 46-point scoring performance against Penn St.-Abington on Feb. 12 that set a new NEAC single-game scoring record and came within one point of tying Gallaudet's school record. In the NEAC, McMillan was second in three-point field goal percentage (45.5 percent), third in free throw shooting (73.8 percent), fourth in scoring and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) and sixth in field goal percentage (54.9 percent). McMillan scored 864 career points, 307 rebounds, 143 assists and 65 steals.
Tatum once again started every game for the buff and blue (24) and averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds with 16 double-figure scoring games in the process. The play-making guard was also named the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week for Jan. 23 and the January Bison of the Month. This past season he led Gallaudet in rebounds (136) and steals (42), was second with 80 assists and fourth in scoring. In the NEAC, the senior workhorse was fifth in minutes played (32.6/game) and finished ranked No. 12 in assists (3.3 average), No. 16 in rebounding (5.7), and No. 22 in scoring average. Tatum, a four-year starter, finishes his career with 1,260 points, 517 rebounds, 275 assists and 171 steals in 100 games (99 starts) played.
Morrisville State University swept the top awards, with sophomore Mickey Davis receiving the NEAC Player of the Year and head coach Joseph Davis being named Coach of the Year. Penn St.-Abington's freshman Mike Marvin was name the NEAC Rookie of the Year.
Last season, the Gallaudet University men's and women's basketball programs received seven NEAC awards shared amongst six honorees – the most for any school in the conference.
The Bison men's basketball finished the season 11-13 overall and 8-6 in the NEAC South Division. GU advanced to the quarterfinals of the NEAC tournament.
2011-12 Gallaudet University Men's Basketball All-NEAC Honorees