GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2017-18 men's basketball all-conference awards Thursday and two players from Gallaudet University's men's basketball team were honored for the second straight year.
This is Cruz's second all-conference honor as he was named to the second team last year. He ended his four-year career with the most wins by any Bison men's basketball player in four years with 65 wins. In four years, he accumulated 1,204 career points and ranks 17th all-time in school history.
Valencia was second in the NEAC for three-pointers and ranked 20th in Division III for three-point field goal attempts. The sophomore guard was also fifth in the conference for points as he started every game for the Bison (9-17).
SUNY Poly senior forward Kevin Williams was honored as NEAC Player of the Year as he led the conference in points (512) and recorded 12 double-doubles. Penn St.-Abington freshman guard Devin Hill was named NEAC Rookie of the Year as he was the leading scorer for the Nittany Lions with 362 points. Lancaster Bible College coach Zach Filzen was named the NEAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year by his peers for the second time in his career.
The Bison have 20 All-NEAC honors (9 first team, 2 second team, 9 third team) since joining the conference in 2010-11.
2017-18: Andy Cruz (First Team)
2017-18: Noah Valencia (Third Team)
2016-17: Joshua McGriff (First Team)
2016-17: Raymond Nelson (First Team)
2016-17: Andy Cruz (Second Team)
2016-17: Noah Valencia (Third Team)
2015-16: Trey Gordon (First Team)
2015-16: Joshua McGriff (First Team)
2015-16: Raymond Nelson (Third Team)
2014-15: Trey Gordon (First Team)
2014-15: Raymond Nelson (Third Team)
2013-14: Orion Palmer (Second Team)
2013-14: Joshua McGriff (Third Team)
2012-13: Layton Seeber (First Team)
2012-13: Danny Kelly (Third Team)
2011-12: Brandon McMillan (First Team)
2011-12: Tony Tatum (Third Team)
2010-11: Layton Seeber (First Team)
2010-11: Danny Kelly (Third Team)
2010-11: Tony Tatum (Third Team)
Below is a brief paragraph on Gallaudet's honorees (stats and rankings as of 2/18/2018)
2017-18 Gallaudet University Men's Basketball All-NEAC Honorees
ALL-NEAC FIRST TEAM
Andy Cruz, Sr., Forward
ALL-NEAC THIRD TEAM
Noah Valencia, So., Guard