GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2014-15 men's basketball all-conference awards and Gallaudet University junior forward Trey Gordon (Talladega, Ala.) was named to the first team, sophomore guard Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) was selected to the third team and Coach Brendan Stern was picked as NEAC Coach of the Year by his peers.
Gordon is one of the top three-point shooters in Division III as he is ranked 14th in the country for three-point field goal percentage (45.8), 15th in three-point field goals made (78) and 21st in three-point field goals per game (3.18). He was recently named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America third team, the first GU men's basketball player to be named to this team since 1991.
Nelson was the second leading scorer for Gallaudet with a 14.0 points per game average behind Gordon's 18.3 average. In his first season as a Bison the sophomore scored 336 points, second on the team with 74 assists, grabbed 66 rebounds, led the team with 46 steals and was third on the team with 10 blocks. Nelson played in 24 of the 25 games and made 21 starts.
Stern, in his third season, guided the Bison to their most successful season in school history as the team set a new school record for wins (18), conference wins (14) and broke a 98-year-old record for consecutive wins in a season with 10. Stern guided the team to their first NEAC playoff appearance since the 2011-12 season as the No. 2 seed in the South Division. GU went 8-1 on the road and was one of the top defenses in Division III. GU had a 12-win improvement from last year's 6-19 record.
Lancaster Bible College junior CJ Dunston was named NEAC Player of the Year and Morrisville State College freshman Trent Ward was tabbed NEAC Rookie of the Year. Lancaster Bible had the most all-conference honorees with four.
This is Gallaudet's fifth straight year of having at least two players on one of the three all-conference teams, which consist of five players each. The two honors this year gives the program 11 all-conference honorees in the five years GU has been a member of the NEAC.
Below is a brief paragraph on each Gallaudet honoree (stats and rankings as of 2/22/2015).
2014-15 Gallaudet University Men's Basketball All-NEAC Honorees
ALL-NEAC FIRST TEAM
|Trey Gordon, Jr., Forward
2014-15 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team….NEAC Player of the Week (Nov. 24)…ranked 14th in Division III for three-point field goal percentage (45.8)… 15th in three-point field goals made (78)…21st in three-point field goals per game (3.18)…75th in three-point goal attempts (170)…77th in minutes played (2,056.4)…82nd in points per game (17.8)…leads the NEAC in three-point field goal percentage (45.9)…second in three-pointers (78)…fourth in points per game (17.8)…fifth in points (427), free throw percentage (81.8)…seventh in points per 40 minutes (21.0), field goals (143)…eighth in minutes (812), minutes per game (33.8)…ninth in defensive rebounds (110)…11th in rebounds (153), rebounds per game (6.4)…six double-doubles…scored 20 or more points six times…netted a career-high 29 points vs. Penn St.-Abington (Jan. 6)…played in 24 games (started 23).
ALL-NEAC THIRD TEAM
|Raymond Nelson, So., Guard
Ranked 52nd in Division III in field goal percentage (55.9)…ranked third in the NEAC for field goal percentage (55.1)…sixth in steals (43)…14th in points per game (14.0)…15th in points (321), points per 40 minutes (19.5)…played in 23 games (started 20).
NEAC COACH OF THE YEAR
Stern, in his third season, guided the Bison to their most successful season in school history as the team set a new school record for wins (18), conference wins (14) and broke a 98-year-old record for consecutive wins in a season with 10…the team went 8-1 on the road, the lone loss came in its second to last road game of the season…GU earned the No. 2 seed in the NEAC South Division as it entered the NEAC tournament for the first time under Coach Stern…the 18 wins, 14 NEAC wins surpass Coach Stern's totals from the previous two seasons combined…the Bison are the top-ranked team in Division III for field goal percentage defense (36.5), second in fewest fouls (299), ninth in three-point field goal defense…Gallaudet is the top three-point shooting team in the NEAC (38.3 percent)…top defensive team in the conference giving up 61.6 points per game…second in field goal percentage (48.2), assists (13.7 per game)…third in rebounds (37.8 per game), steals (8.5 per game)…fifth in field goals (616), blocks (3.1 per game).