Mount St. Mary's senior guard Mychal Kearse has been named to the collegeinsider.com Defensive All-America team. The team consists of 21 players throughout the country, including National Defensive Player of the Year Darren Collison of UCLA.
Kearse became the first two-time winner of the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year award when he earned NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors with Tristan Blackwood of Central Connecticut State. The senior, who made a remarkable recovery from a torn ACL in the offseason, maintained his reputation as a defensive stopper on a Mount team that finished the regular season third in the NEC in scoring defense at 68.4 ppg. A Charlotte, N.C. product, he finished 15th in the conference with 1.4 steals per contest.
Kearse finished his Mount career 11th all-time in steals and became the first player in school history to lead the team in rebounding four consecutive seasons.
Defensive All-America Team
|Rather then assembling first, second, third and fourth team squads, the collegeinsider.com Defensive All-America team is one team consisting of 21 players. Division I coaches and NBA scouts are part of the selection process, but final decision rests with the collegeinsider.com staff.|
|Marcus Dove||G/F||6-9||Jr.||Oklahoma State|
|Zabian Dowdell||G||6-3||Sr.||Virginia Tech|
|Randal Falker||F||6-7||Jr.||Southern Illinois|
|Jamon Gordon||G||6-3||Sr.||Virginia Tech|
|Mychal Kearse||G||6-4||Sr.||Mount St. Mary's|
|Dominique Kirk||G||6-3||Jr.||Texas A&M|
|Acie Law||G||6-3||Sr.||Texas A&M|
|Greg Oden||C||7-1||Fr.||Ohio State|
|Travis Walton||G||6-2||So.||Michigan State|
|Akeem Wright||G||6-6||Sr.||Kansas State|
|Tony Young||G||6-0||Sr.||Southern Illinois|
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Darren Collison
MID-MAJOR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chaz Crawford (Drexel)