2013-14 CoBL Division I Awards

Saint Joseph's senior Langston Galloway is the 2013-14 CoBL Division I Player of the Year. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

Saint Joseph’s senior Langston Galloway is the 2013-14 CoBL Division I Player of the Year. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

What. A. Season.

Of the 10 teams that make up CoBL’s primary Division I coverage (Delaware, Drexel, La Salle, Lafayette, Lehigh, Penn, Penn State, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Villanova), two won their league tournament titles. A third set the school record for regular-season wins, while another program set a less-distinctive record in its first season in a brand-new conference.

And throughout the year, a number of players stood out for their contributions on the court. Here are the CoBL Division I Awards for the 2013-14 season:

Player of the Year
Langston Galloway, Sr., Saint Joseph’s

After capping his underrated career on Hawk Hill by cutting down the nets in Brooklyn in Saint Joseph’s first Atlantic 10 title since 1997, Langston Galloway etched his place as the 2013-14 CoBL Player of the Year.

Galloway averaged a career high in points this season with 17.7 ppg and bounced back nicely from his slump in shooting during his junior season. After shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc in his third season as a Hawk, the sharpshooter from Baton Rouge shot 44.3 percent from three as a senior, good for second in the Atlantic 10.

“I have nothing to do with him,” Hawks head coach Phil Martelli said after Galloway’s game winner against Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Tournament. “He’s a product of how he was raised, and you want good things for good people, and he’s certainly brought it.”

Galloway knocked down two game-clinching shots against Elite 8 Cinderella Dayton this season, and propelled the Hawks to three victories over the Flyers this season. He scored a career high 33 points and knocked down a school-record 10 3-pointers against Fordham.

More than just a 3-point shooter, Galloway became a complete basketball player by his senior season, leading Saint Joseph’s to a 24-10 record and 11 wins in the A-10. Most importantly, he helped get the Hawks back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008, and can end his SJU career knowing that he played a big part in getting the program back on its feet.

Massenat was a four-year starter at point for the Dragons. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

Massenat was a four-year starter at point for the Dragons. (Photo: Mark Jordan)

All-CoBL First Team
James Bell, Sr., Villanova
–The 6-6 wing posted career highs in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg) to lead his team in both categories, helping lead the Wildcats to its first outright Big East regular-season title since 1982.
Langston Galloway, Sr., Saint Joseph’s
–The CoBL MVP finished his SJU career as the second-leading scorer in school history. Played more than 36 mpg, averaging 17.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg and shooting 44.3 percent from 3-point range.
Halil Kanacevic, Sr., Saint Joseph’s
–Swiss Army Knife forward led Hawks in rebounding (8.8/game) and assists (4.4/game), scored 10.8 ppg as well. Unique skill set for someone who’s 6-8, and he played the game his way.
Frantz Massenat, Sr., Drexel
–Dragons’ point guard led them through an injury-filled season, averaging 17.5 ppg, 4.7 apg and 3.8 rpg. Finished sixth in the school’s history in scoring (1,646 pts) and third in assists (548)
Davon Usher, Sr., Delaware
–Usher was a force that held the Blue Hens together despite it being his only year at the school. He played in all 35 games for the CAA champions, scoring 19.4 ppg and adding in 6.1 rpg and 1.8 spg as well. 

All-CoBL Second Team
Tyreek Duren, Sr., La Salle
–Four-year starter at PG ended his career leading his team with 15.2 ppg, 3.5 apg and 1.6 spg
Tim Frazier, Sr., Penn State
–Playing much bigger than his 6-1 frame, averaging 14.9 ppg, 5.4 apg, 4.4 rpg and 1.6 spg
Darrun Hilliard, Jr., Villanova
–Sharpshooting wing averaged 14.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg while making 41.1 percent of his treys
Devon Saddler, Sr., Delaware
–School’s leading scorer averaged 19.7 ppg but missed seven games due to suspension 
Dalton Pepper, Sr., Temple
–Finally broke through as a senior, Pennsbury grad averaged 17.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg

Jay Wright (above) guided VIllanova to its first outright Big East title since 1982. (Photo: Tug Haines)

Jay Wright (above) guided VIllanova to its first outright Big East title since 1982. (Photo: Tug Haines)

Coach of the Year
Jay Wright, Villanova

Really, this award could have gone to any of the three coaches that took their teams to the NCAA Tournament: Wright, Saint Joseph’s Phil Martelli or Delaware’s Monté Ross.

But in the end it goes to the coach who led his team to arguably its greatest regular-season ever, taking a team that was two seasons removed from going 13-19 and winning 28 games even with five underclassmen in his rotation.

Look up and down the Wildcats’ roster, and it’s tough to argue that Wright didn’t get the most out of every player in his rotation. Freshmen Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins had solid first seasons, sophomores Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu both took a step forward, and upperclassmen like Hilliard, Bell and Pinkston all became the leaders that successful Wildcat teams of the past 10 years have all had.

Thanks to recruiting the type of players his program needed and getting back to focusing on defense, Wright should have Villanova primed to make a deep tournament run in each of the next few years.

Rookie of the Year
DeAndre Bembry, Saint Joseph’s

There were a number of freshman on the CoBL scene who never played like first-year collegiate players, but Bembry stood out for his consistent play and big-time scoring ability.

The 6-foot-6 wing from The Patrick School (formerly St. Patrick’s) in Elizabeth, N.J. averaged 12.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg, shooting 45.8 percent overall and 34.6 percent from 3-point range. A high-level athlete, Bembry’s combination of skill and size as a freshman has some thinking he could be the first Hawk to make it to the NBA since Ahmad Nivins was drafted in the second round in 2009.

“[He’s] the missing piece we needed,” Kanacevic said of Bembry during the Hawks’ run to the Atlantic 10 championship. “We needed that extra guy that attacks the basket. He is a little different than all of us. He likes going to the basket and attacking the rim.”

Saint Joseph’s graduates three seniors in Kanacevic, Galloway and Roberts, so Bembry’s going to be a huge part of the Hawks’ plans going forward. Look for him to be on one of the all-CoBL teams as soon as next year.

Honorable mention: Josh Hart (Villanova), Tim Kempton (Lehigh), Nick Lindner (Lafayette), Rodney Williams (Drexel)

Defensive Player of the Year
Davon Usher, Sr., Delaware

No player meant more to the Blue Hens this year than Davon Usher. After transferring to Delaware from Mississippi Valley State for his senior season, Usher brought a whole new dynamic to Monté Ross’ team.

When Devon Saddler and Jarvis Threatt each spent periods of time out of the lineup due to suspensions, Usher was the constant force in the backcourt. While his scoring proficiency is well documented, his ability to defend and create turnovers is what carried Delaware on many occasions.

At 6-foot-6, Usher is an outstanding rebounding guard and pulled in 6.1rpg – which included a game-high 10 boards in Delaware’s CAA title win over William & Mary, when his shot was clearly off all night. Three times this season, the rangy All-CAA defensive team honoree collected at least 10 rebounds.

What was most impressive about his defensive campaign, however, was his ability to swipe the basketball from opponents. Usher ranked first in the CAA and 69th in the nation with 1.79 steals per contest. In Delaware’s miraculous come from behind victory against The College of Charleston on Feb. 5–a game the ‘Hens trailed by 20 with 8:48 left–Usher tallied a career-high seven steals.

All-CoBL Defensive Team
Tim Frazier, Sr., Penn State
Was tasked with guarding many a great guard in the Big Ten and still averaged 1.6 spg; added in 4.4 rpg at 6-1 as well.
Daniel Ochefu, Soph., Villanova
Despite playing just 21.7 mpg, averaged 6.1 rpg and 1.5 bpg for Villanova. He’s only getting more and more confident.
Ronald Roberts, Sr., Saint Joseph’s
–An athletic freak at 6-8, Roberts averaged 7.4 ppg and 1.3 bpg and served as the rim protector for the Hawks with his leaping ability and reach.
Davon Usher, Sr., Delaware
At 6-6, Usher was a great rebounding guard (6.1/game), and came away with 1.8 steals per contest as well.
Steve Zack, Jr., La Salle
Became a double-double machine as a junior with 14 on the season, leading the A-10 in rebounding (9.5/game); 6-11 center was fifth in blocks (1.9/game).

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One Response to 2013-14 CoBL Division I Awards

  1. Billy says:

    Love this site , never thought to send you a message but what the heck -a day does not go by without me taking a peak to see what you have going on !
    Just seen your local 1st and 2nd teams and was wondering if you overlooked DJ Newbill ? I thought he had a vg year imo -just wondering your thoughts ?

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