Mychal Kearse Named NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Mychal Kearse Named NEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year

Mount St. Mary's senior Mychal Kearse (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) has been named the Northeast Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman Jeremy Goode (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) was named to the NEC All-Rookie team. Central Connecticut State senior guard Javier Mojica was selected as the 2006-07 Northeast Conference Player of the Year in a vote conducted by league head coaches.

Monmouth freshman guard Jhamar Youngblood was named NEC Rookie of the Year, while Central Connecticut State junior guard Tristan Blackwood shared Defensive Player of the Year honors with Kearse. The Jim Phelan Coach of the Year honor was awarded to Central Connecticut State's Howie Dickenman for the second straight season.

Kearse becomes the first two-time winner of the league's Defensive Player of the Year award, which is all the more remarkable considering his long road to recovery from offseason knee surgery. The senior 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, NC product, he ranks 15th in the conference with 1.4 steals per contest. Kearse ranks 11th all-time at the Mount in steals.

A point guard, Goode made a seamless transition to the Mount starting lineup early on and finished the regular season with a school freshman record 144 assists. A three-time Choice Hotels/NEC Rookie of the Week award winner, the super-quick Goode is third on the team with 10.2 ppg, and ranks third in the NEC in steals (1.9 spg) and fourth in assists (5.0 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58:1).

2006-07 NEC Men's Basketball Award Winners

Player of the Year
Javier Mojica CCSU G 6-3 180 Sr Auburn, MA/Auburn

Rookie of the Year
Jhamar Youngblood Monmouth G 6-1 190 Fr Newark, NJ/St. Patrick's

Co-Defensive Players of the Year
Tristan Blackwood CCSU G 6-0 170 Jr Toronto, Ontario/Eastern Commerce
Mychal Kearse Mount St. Mary's G 6-4 205 Sr Charlotte, NC/Providence Day

Jim Phelan Coach of the Year
Howie Dickenman CCSU


2006-07 NEC Men's Basketball First Team All-Conference
Name School Pos Ht Wt Yr Hometown/High School
Tristan Blackwood CCSU G 6-0 170 Jr Toronto, Ontario/Eastern Commerce
Jarrid Frye Sacred Heart G 6-3 190 Sr Maspeth, NY/Mt. Luther
Andre Harris FDU F 6-8 233 Sr Detroit, MI/Robichaud
Javier Mojica CCSU G 6-3 180 Sr Auburn, MA/Auburn
Obie Nwadike CCSU F 6-4 224 Sr Jersey City, NJ/St. Anthony's

2006-07 NEC Men's Basketball Second Team All-Conference
Name School Pos Ht Wt Yr Hometown/High School
DeMario Anderson Quinnipiac G 6-2 205 Jr Oxon Hill, MD/Oxon Hill (Globe Institute, CCSU)
Robert Hines St. Francis (NY) F 6-5 250 Jr Trenton, NJ/St. Patrick's (Arizona Western CC)
A.J. Jackson Robert Morris F 6-6 230 Sr Monessen, PA/Monessen (E. Tennessee St.)
Tony Lee Robert Morris G 6-0 205 Jr Boston, MA/Charlestown
James Williams Long Island G 5-10 180 Sr DeSoto, TX/DeSoto

2006-07 NEC Men's Basketball All-Rookie Team
Name School Pos Ht Wt Yr Hometown/High School
Jeremy Goode Mount St. Mary's G 5-9 172 Fr Charlotte, NC/Providence Day
Chauncey Hardy Sacred Heart G 6-0 170 Fr Middletown, CT/Xavier
Devin Sweetney Saint Francis (PA) G/F 6-6 180 Fr Washington, D.C./Riverdale Baptist
Jaytornah Wisseh Long Island G 6-1 180 Fr Brooklyn, NY/Banneker Academy
Jhamar Youngblood Monmouth G 6-1 190 Fr Newark, NJ/St. Patrick's
Lafayette Edges Mount, 58-56
December 22, 2006 Lafayette Edges Mount, 58-56
Loyola Tops the Mount, 83-66
December 2, 2006 Loyola Tops the Mount, 83-66
Mount Edged by Maine, 68-65
November 29, 2006 Mount Edged by Maine, 68-65
Men's Basketball Signs Recruit
November 22, 2006 Men's Basketball Signs Recruit