As the regular season is all wrapped up and Patriot League postseason match-ups are set, the conference awarded it’s annual awards. And despite finishing in the bottom half of the standings, AU had two notable names come up with big honors.
First, senior, Jesse Reed was honored with a selection to the All-Patriot League Second Team. Reed led the Eagles in scoring for the third consecutive season (12.8 PPG), as well as in rebounds (4.3 RPG) and assists (2.1 APG). This is Reed’s third straight all-league honor as he was named to the third team last year and the second team in 2014. Reed now has 1375 points in his career at AU currently good for 16th in program history and #2 among active players in the conference.
AU’s second big honor came when freshman Delante Jones was named to the conference’s All-Rookie team as well as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. In his first season of D1 basketball, Jones averaged 12 points per game while adding 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28 games and 23 starts. Jones quickly impressed coach Mike Brennan to become one of two freshmen in the 2015-2016 starting lineup along with James Washington. Washington and Jones should play important roles both this postseason and moving forward to the long term for American.
Jones was selected by the 10 coaches in the conference and likely saw a boost in votes after reaching double figures in points in 12 of the Eagles’ last 13 games. He is the first Eagle to win Rookie of the Year honors since Derrick Mercer in 2006.
The sixth seeded Eagles will look to continue their season when they travel to face #3 Boston University on Thursday in the Patriot League Quarterfinals.