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Little East Conference Announces 2015-16 Men's Basketball Major Awards

Little East Conference Announces 2015-16 Men's Basketball Major Awards

UMass Dartmouth Senior Jordan Rezendes (Onset, Mass.) repeats as Player of the Year in the Little East Conference as the 2016 Men’s Basketball Major Awards are announced by the LEC on Tuesday. Rezendes received seven first place votes from the head coaches around the LEC en route to receiving the honor. 

 

Joining Jordan in honors is teammate and Rookie of the Year Nick Portelance (Fairhaven, Mass.) who also received seven first place votes, Defensive Player of the Year Hugh Lindo (Enfield, Conn.) a junior from Eastern Connecticut, and Coach of the Year from Southern Maine Coach Karl Henrikson.

 

There were 11 players total named to the All-Conference team, five players to the All-Defensive Team, and five new players to the All-Rookie Team.

 

Joining Rezendes on the First Team All-Conference are Eastern Connecticut teammates Tarchee Brown and Lindo, senior Jose Nouchanthavong from Southern Maine, Uche Nwokeji of Plymouth State and Matt Ozzella from LEC Tournament Champions Keene State.

 

Second Team All-Conference winners are teammates Luis Bridtter and Phil Starks from Western Connecticut, Nate Howard from Keene State, and Atencio Martin from Southern Maine, and Trachone Preston from Eastern Connecticut.

 

The All-Defensive Team selections were Lindo, Nwokeji, Howard, Nate Stitchell from Keene State and Kevin Leumene from Eastern Connecticut.

 

The All-Rookie Team included Portelance, Ty Nichols from Keene State, Jauch Green of Western Connecticut, Maurice Magras from UMass Boston and Jimmy Fritzson of Rhode Island College.

 

Rezendes, in only his second year with The Corsairs, reached 1,000 points on January 13th against eventual regular season champion Eastern Connecticut.  He ended his career at UMass Dartmouth with an impressive 1,434 career points (scoring 789 this year alone), averaging 82% from the free-throw line and 26.6 points per game.

 

In these two quick years, Rezendes has pulled down 321 rebounds, doled out 278 assists, and grabbed 91 steals. He had three games where he scored over 40 points this season, including a school-record high of 58 points against Plymouth State, when he broke his own single-game scoring record. He was a pre-season All-American and was named Player of the Week by the LEC four times this season.

 

Teammate Nick Portelance was voted as the 2016 Rookie of the Year.  The freshman averaged 29 minutes and 14.3 points per game in his initial campaign within the LEC.  A dominant force on the boards, he collected 91 offensive and 182 defensive rebounds (a total of 273) on the year, while dishing out 33 assists, grabbing ten steals and serving up 17 blocked shots.  Portelance was named as LEC Rookie of the Week three times this season en route to a LEC Tournament Final appearance with the Corsairs.

 

Defensive Player of the Year junior Hugh Lindo is honored yet again for his accomplishments with the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut.  Last season he was recognized as First Team All-Conference, and in his freshman campaign he was given nods on the All-Rookie and All-Defensive teams.  He started and played in every game this season with the Warriors, averaging 34.1 minutes and 12 points on the year (13.6 in conference).  Lindo grabbed 302 rebounds on the season, dished out 65 assists, collected 59 blocked shots, and 24 steals, while amassing 323 points for the year.  Lindo repeated as LEC Player of the Week three times in his junior campaign.

 

Rounding out the award winners is Head Coach Karl Henrikson of The Huskies at Southern Maine.  Henrikson, in his 13th year at USM, led the Huskies to a 15-11 overall record, going 9-5 in conference action. Henrikson has collected     in his career at USM.  He graduated from USM in 1979 and has enjoyed a long career in coaching basketball at the high school, prep school, small college, NAIA and professional levels.

 

2016 Men's Basketball

Major Awards and All-Conference Teams

Player of the Year

Jordan Rezendes

Sr.

UMass Dartmouth

Onset, Mass.

Defensive Player of the Year

Hugh Lindo

Jr.

Eastern Connecticut

Enfield, Conn.

Rookie of the Year

Nick Portelance

Fr.

UMass Dartmouth

Fairhaven, Mass.

Coach of the Year

Karl Henrikson

 

Southern Maine

 

First Team 

Jordan Rezendes

Sr.

UMass Dartmouth

Onset, Mass.

Tarchee Brown

Fr.

Eastern Connecticut

Rockville, Conn.

Hugh Lindo

Jr.

Eastern Connecticut

Enfield, Mass.

Uche Nwokeji

Sr.

Plymouth State

Lynn, Mass.

Jose Nouchanthavong

Sr.

Southern Maine

Westbrook, Maine

Matt Ozzella

Jr.

Keene State

Medway, Mass.

Second Team

Trachone Preston

Sr.

Eastern Connecticut

Enfield, Conn.

Atencio Martin

Jr.

Southern Maine

Kittery, Maine

Luis Bridtter

Sr.

Western Connecticut

Stamford, Conn.

Nate Howard

Sr.

Keene State

Cheshire, Conn.

Phil Starks

Sr.

Western Connecticut

Hartford, Conn.

All-Defensive Team

Hugh Lindo

Jr.

Eastern Connecticut

Enfield, Conn.

Nate Stitchell

Sr.

Keene State

Coventry, RI

Nate Howard

Sr.

Keene State

Cheshire, Conn.

Uche Nwokeji

Sr.

Plymouth State

Lynn, Mass.

Kevin Leumene

Sr.

Eastern Connecticut

Stamford, Conn.

All-Rookie Team

Nick Portelance

Fr.

UMass Dartmouth

Fairhaven, Mass.

Ty Nichols

Fr.

Keene State

Springfield, Mass.

Jauch Green

Fr.

Western Connecticut

Hartford, Conn.

Maurice Magras

So.

UMass Boston

Medford, Mass.

Jimmy Fritzson

Fr.

Rhode Island

Sharon, Mass.