Monmouth Sweeps MAAC Top Awards

It was a clean sweep for the top-seeded Monmouth Hawks at the MAAC Postseason Awards.

Head coach King Rice took home Coach of the Year honors while Justin Robinson and Micah Seaborn walked away with Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards.

The Hawks took the conference by storm this season, compiling a 17-3 record, the best in their three seasons since joining from the Northeast Conference.

Robinson ranked third in the MAAC in scoring (20.2 ppg) and third in the conference in free throw percentage (85.3%). The 5’8” junior became the second player in conference history to win the Advocare Invitational’s Most Outstanding Player. He joins Marist’s Jared Jordan, who also won MAAC Player of the Year in that season.

Micah Seaborn ranked 20th in the conference in scoring (13.0 ppg) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage. The 6’5” redshirt freshman also was named to the third-team All-MAAC.

Rice claimed the Coach of the Year award, his first as a head coach as the Hawks claimed their first regular season championship since 2005.

The MAAC gave out their awards at 5pm ET on Friday, two hours before the Hawks’ quarterfinal against eighth seeded Rider.

The only award the Hawks did not claim went to Siena’s Nico Clareth who took the conference’s sixth man of the year award, ranking 19th in the conference with 13.1 ppg, and Siena junior Javion Ogunyemi whose lead in blocks helped in claim defensive player of the year.

Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.

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