The American University men's basketball team had one of its best conference seasons in program history and was rewarded on Monday morning by the Patriot League with two major awards and four all-conference selections.
First-year head coach Mike Brennan earned the Patriot League Coach of the Year honor, as selected by the conference's head coaches. Senior center Tony Wroblicky was picked as the Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-League selection. Junior point guard Darius "Pee Wee" Gardner and sophomore guard Jesse Reed were named to the All-Patriot Second Team, while junior guard John Schoof earned Third Team honors, giving the Eagles a conference-best, four selections.
Brennan led a team picked ninth in the preseason poll to a second-place finish in the conference, tying a program record with 13 conference wins and starting the league slate a perfect 10-0, one win shy of the all-time AU record set by legendary coach Gary Williams in 1980-81. American led all teams in scoring defense (59.2 points per game), scoring margin (+6.7), field-goal percentage (50.5 percent), field-goal percentage defense (41.5 percent), three-point field-goal percentage (40.5 percent) and assists (15.9). American became one of only five teams to open the conference slate with 10-straight victories.
Wroblicky, who entered the AU record books as one of 19 Eagles to reach 600 rebounds while becoming American's all-time leading shot-blocker, is the first AU student-athlete to be named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. Wroblicky manned the middle for an American team that led the Patriot League in scoring defense both overall (60.1 ppg) and in league games (59.2 ppg). The Eagles also led the Patriot League in field-goal percentage defense both overall and in League play.
Wroblicky was also honored as a first-team All-Patriot League selection, leading the Eagles and finishing second in the league with 7.3 rebounds per game and 2.0 blocks per game. He led all players in league games with 8.6 rebounds per contest. The Harbor City, Calif., native had a career year with 12.2 ppg, 2.2 assists per game, a .594 field goal percentage and .708 free throw percentage.
Gardner keyed an American offense that is seventh in the nation in field goal percentage and 41st nationally with 15.2 apg. Gardner was AU's "iron man," playing 36.8 minutes per game, a league high, ranking 17th nationally, while scoring 11.3 ppg and pacing American with 4.4 apg -- all in his first season in Washington, D.C.
Reed is one of the most improved players in the Patriot League, finishing the regular season as AU's leading scoring with 14.2 ppg after scoring only 3.7 last season. The second-year swingman ranked fifth in the conference during the regular season in scoring, upping his average to 15.1 in league games; good for third overall. Reed was also locked in from 3-point range, knocking down nearly half of his long-range attempts, 56-of-114, ranking 12th nationally (.491).
Schoof was one of four AU players to average double-digit points this season, scoring 11.8 ppg, good for 18th in the league. American's co-captain with Wroblicky; Schoof dedicated work ethic on and off the court was a driving force for the Eagles this season, while the third-year guard also transformed his own game. Schoof went from a 3-point specialist last season, to all-around force in Coach Brennan's new offense in 2013-14. Schoof still finished third in the Patriot League with 64 3-pointers made and 2.2 3pg.
Patriot League Men's
Basketball Major Awards
Player of the Year: Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Sr., G)
Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Wroblicky, American (Sr., C)
Rookie of the Year: Tim Kempton, Lehigh (Fr., F/C)
Coach of the Year: Mike Brennan, American
First-Team All-Patriot League
Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Sr., G)
Dave Dudzinski, Holy Cross (Sr., F/C)
Maurice Watson Jr., Boston University (So., G)
Kyle Wilson, Army (So., G/F)
Tony Wroblicky, American (Sr., C)
Second-Team All-Patriot League
Murphy Burnatowski, Colgate (Sr., F)
Darius Gardner, American (Jr., G)
D.J. Irving, Boston University (Sr., G)
Mackey McKnight, Lehigh (Sr., G)
Jesse Reed, American (So., G)
Third-Team All-Patriot League
Dylon Cormier, Loyola (Sr., G)
Chris Hass, Bucknell (So., G)
Seth Hinrichs, Lafayette (Jr., G)
Malcolm Miller, Holy Cross (Jr., F)
John Schoof, American (Jr., G)
Cedric Hankerson, Boston University (Fr., G)
Tim Kempton, Lehigh (Fr., F/C)
Nick Lindner, Lafayette (Fr., G)
Tanner Omlid, Army (Fr., F)
Austin Price, Lehigh (Fr., G)
Anthony Thompson, Holy Cross (Fr., G)
*Six players due to tie in voting
Both the men's and women's basketball teams have secured
home-court advantage in the Patriot League Quarterfinals and will
host playoff games inside Bender Arena this Wednesday March 5th and
Thursday March 6th.
Tickets for both of these games are ON SALE NOW, and can be purchased in one of the following ways:
--Online 24/7 via AUeagles.com/Tickets
--By calling (202) 885-TIXX
--Visiting the Bender Arena Ticket Office M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Bender Arena
Coach Mike Brennan's men's team has earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming 2014 Patriot League Championship Tournament, finishing the regular season with an impressive 13-5 record in Patriot League play. The Eagles will host a quarterfinal round playoff game in Bender Arena on Wednesday at 7:30pm vs. the winner of the No. 7 Colgate vs. No. 10 Navy matchup this Monday.
Tickets for this game are on sale now and are priced at $14 for adults, and $7 for seniors and youth.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Thursday, March 6th at 7 p.m. in Bender Arena
Coach Megan Gebbia's women's team has earned the No. 3 seed in the upcoming 2014 Patriot League Championship Tournament, finishing the regular season with a 14-4 record in Patriot League play. The Eagles will host a quarterfinal round playoff game in Bender Arena on Thursday at 7pm vs. the No. 6 seeded Lafayette Leopards.
Tickets for this game are on sale now and are priced at $8 for adults, and $4 for seniors and youth.