Iorio and Nelson Garner All-Patriot League Honors

All-PL Teams

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — American University men's basketball standouts sophomore Sa'eed Nelson and freshman Sam Iorio garnered All-Patriot League Team recognition, the league office announced on Monday.

Nelson was tabbed to the All-Patriot League Second Team after finishing the regular season second in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game. Nelson has scored in double figures 26 times with 16 in league-only games. He set a career-best with 31 points at Loyola on Feb. 7. He led all PL players in minutes played at 37.0 per contest. Nationally, Nelson is 21st in the NCAA in minutes per game and his 972 total minutes is 82nd among all NCAA players. Nelson was also a top passer and finished second with 4.9 assists per game. 

Iorio was placed on the All-PL Rookie Team and was a viable candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. In his first season at American, Iorio averaged 14.8 points per game, good enough for second on the squad. A solid post defender, Iorio led the team in rebounds per game (6.6), second in blocks (23) and third in steals (38). Iorio led the Eagles in rebounds 18 times this season and had seven with 10 or more boards. The forward had six double-doubles with a season-best 30 points against Lehigh on Feb. 10. 

American visits Lafayette in the Patriot League First Round on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

2017-18 Men's Basketball All-Patriot League Team and Major Awards
Player of the Year: Zach Thomas, Bucknell (Sr., C)
Defensive Player of the Year: Jehyve Floyd, Holy Cross (Jr., F)
Rookie of the Year: Alex Petrie, Lafayette (Fr., G)
Coach of the Year: Matt Langel, Colgate
First-Team All-Patriot League
Nana Foulland, Bucknell (Sr., C)
Zach Thomas, Bucknell (Sr, F)
Stephen Brown, Bucknell (Sr., G)
Andre Walker, Loyola Maryland (Sr., G)
Shawn Anderson, Navy (Sr., G) 

Second-Team All-Patriot League
Sa'eed Nelson, American (So., G)
Will Rayman, Colgate (So., F)
Matt Klinewski, Lafayette (Sr., F)
Kahron Ross, Lehigh, Sr., G)
Lance Tejada, Lehigh (Jr., G) 

Third-Team All-Patriot League

Max Mahoney, Boston University (So., F)
Sean O'Brien, Colgate (Sr., G)
Jehyve Floyd, Holy Cross (Jr., F)
Jordan Swopshire, Colgate (Sr., F)
Alex Petrie, Lafayette (Fr., G) 

All-Defensive Team
Nana Foulland, Bucknell (Sr, C)
Stephen Brown, Bucknell (Sr., G),
Jehyve Floyd, Holy Cross (Jr., F)
Andrew Kostecka, Loyola Maryland (So., G)
Bryce Dulin, Navy (Sr., G)

All-Rookie Team
Sam Iorio, American (Fr., F)
Walter Whyte, Boston University (Fr., F)
Jordan Burns, Colgate (Fr., G)
Austin Butler, Holy Cross (Fr., G)
Alex Petrie, Lafayette (Fr., G)