Santana Named ECAC Metro Player of the Year

Damien Santana Named ECAC Metro Player of the Year


CAPE COD, Mass. – Damien Santana of Farmingdale State College has been chosen as the 2007-08 ECAC Division III Metro Men's Basketball Player of the Year, in a vote by the coaches at ECAC member institutions. Santana, the Skyline Conference Player of the Year, averaged 21.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on the year. The junior guard helped Farmingdale to a 22-6 record, claiming the conference title and earning the Rams a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Yeshiva University's freshman forward, Zachary Gordon, has been chosen as the 2007-08 ECAC Division III Metro Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year, in addition to being
named to the ECAC second team. Gordon garnered the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year honor, after averaging 20.2 points and 7.5 rebounds this season.

Junior guard Dana John from New Jersey City University leads the other top performers joining Santana on the first team. Also receiving first team recognition is Richard
Jean-Baptiste from Brooklyn College, Matt Byrnes of Rowan University, and David Acree from St. Joseph's College (NY).

John makes his second appearance on the ECAC first team, making the team in 2007 during his sophomore season. The guard put up numbers of 17.8 points and 4.4 rebounds this year.

Jean-Baptiste ranked 14th in Division III in points with 22.8 per contest, and led Brooklyn to the ECAC Metro semifinals. The sophomore forward also pulled down an average of 7.2 rebounds, and was named City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Player of the Year for his efforts. Byrnes, a senior forward, earned the distinction of New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Offensive Player of the Year by scoring at a 21.6 point-per-game clip throughout the season. A junior guard, Acree paced the Eagles of St. Joseph's with averages of 18.7 points and 3.2 assists.

Four players besides Yeshiva's Gordon were also selected to an ECAC second team: Abdoulaye Ouedraogo from William Paterson University, Lamar Wright of Kean University, and Richard Stockton College seniors Jon Greene and Mario Lancioni.

2007-08 ECAC Division III Metro Men's Basketball All-Stars

Player of the Year
Damien Santana Jr. G Farmingdale State

Rookie of the Year
Zachary Gordon Fr. F Yeshiva

First Team
Dana John Jr. G NJCU
Richard Jean-Baptiste So. F Brooklyn
Matt Byrnes Sr. F Rowan
Damien Santana Jr. G Farmingdale
David Acree Jr. G St. Joseph's

Second Team
Jon Greene Sr. F Richard Stockton
Abdoulaye Ouedraogo So. F William Paterson
Mario Lancioni Sr. G Richard Stockton
Lamar Wright Sr. G Kean
Zachary Gordon Fr. F Yeshiva


About the ECAC
The Eastern College Athletic Conference is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 321 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. The ECAC publicizes the achievements of over 1,100 student-athletes annually through the postseason all-stars. In men's basketball, the ECAC awards one Division II all-star team and four regional Division III all-star teams (New England, Upstate, Metro, and South).

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