ATTLEBORO – Elms College freshman Greg Metelus (Palm Beach, Fla.) was voted the New England Collegiate Conference Rookie of the Year by the conference’s head coaches, the league announced on Monday.
The freshman made an immediate impact for a Blazers team that made its return to the NECC Conference Tournament after a one-year hiatus. Playing in 13 of the 14 conference games, Metelus led Elms with 15.1 points per game, tops among NECC rookies. He led Elms in steals at 1.1 per game, and chipped in 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He earned NECC Rookie of the Week honors once (week ending 2/19/18).
Tyler Sterling represented Elms on the All-NECC Sportsmanship Team, which features one player from each of the eight NECC teams.
Southern Vermont senior guard Mike Pierre (Melrose, N.Y.) was voted the 2018 NECC Player of the Year, while his teammate Daemond Carter (Forestville, Md.) was named Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Dan Engelstad was voted Coach of the Year by his peers.
Pierre is joined on the first team by Jordan Booker (Waterbury, Conn.) of Dean College, and Domenico Santiago (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) of Mitchell. Becker College places two on the first-team, as forward Samuel Durodola (Rosedale, N.Y.) and guard Kareem Davis (Lowell, Mass.) round out the first team selections.
The second team features two Mitchell Mariners, guard Alan Morgan (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and forward Hasani Williams (Miramar, Fla.). Lesley University forward Joey Martin (Melbourne, Fla.) also earned second-team accolades, as did Newbury College’s Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.) and Wheelock College’s Dejuan Rodriguez (New London, Conn.).
First Team All-NECC
Kareem Davis, Becker (Jr., G, Lowell, Mass.)
Samuel Durodola, Becker (Sr., F, Rosedale, N.Y.)
Jordan Booker, Dean (So., G, Waterbury, Conn.)
Domenico Santiago, Mitchell (Jr., C, Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Mike Pierre, Southern Vermont (Sr., G, Melrose, N.Y.)
Second Team All-NECC
Joey Martin, Lesley (Jr., F, Melbourne, Fla.)
Alan Morgan, Mitchell (Sr., G, Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Hasani Williams, Mitchell (So., F, Miramar, Fla.)
Jeduan Langston, Newbury (Sr., G, Roxbury, Mass.)
Dejuan Rodriguez, Wheelock (Jr., F, New London, Conn.)
All-NECC Sportsmanship Team
Bernard Broaster, Becker (Jr., F, Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Noah Cesar, Dean (Fr., G, Miami, Fla.)
Tyler Sterling, Elms (Fr., G, Laurel, Md.)
William Cuffee, Lesley (Jr., F, Amherst, Mass.)
Colizel Lewis, Mitchell (Sr., G, Stockton, Calif.)
Tim Deng, Newbury (Fr., F, Portland, Maine)
Rohan Piple, Southern Vermont (Jr., G/F, Germantown, Md.)
Brendan Miller, Wheelock (Fr., F, Tampa, Fla.)