Awards — America East men’s basketball All-Conference Second Team

(Credit: Travis Watcher/UMBC Athletics)
(Credit: Travis Watcher/UMBC Athletics)
(Credit: Travis Watcher/UMBC Athletics)

This was one of the toughest years we’ve had distinguishing between our Second Team All-Conference and our First Team, with 10 truly quality selections. With that being said, here’s a look at the OBW America East men’s basketball Second Team All-Conference

OBW America East Second Team All-Conference
Cody Joyce, Jr., F, UMBC

Despite playing with no reinforcements – and we mean none – in the low post, and facing relentless defensive pressure, Joyce established himself as one of the best front court players in the league, ranking fifth in the league in scoring (13.5 ppg), second in scoring in league play (16.1 ppg), sixth in overall rebounding (5.7 rpg) and fifth in rebounding in conference games (6.4 tpg).

Tanner Leissner, Fr., F, UMass Lowell
Leissner emerged as the Wildcats best player, go to scorer and complete game-changer, ranking sixth in scoring in conference games (13.1 ppg), third in rebounding in conference play (8.5 rpg), sixth in overall scoring (12.8 ppg) and fourth in total rebounds (7.4 rpg), while serving as the focal point of the Wildcats offense.

Ethan O’Day, Jr., F, Vermont
If not for ongoing foul issues, O’Day would likely have been on our First Teamer, as whenever he stayed on the floor he was a complete game changer, ranking Eighth in the league in both overall scoring and scoring in conference games (11.9 and 12.7 ppg, respectively), finishing second in field goal percentage (56.7 percent) second in blocked shots (2.2 bpg) and tied for first in blocks per game (2.3 bpg).

Carson Puriefoy, Jr., G, Stony Brook
Puriefoy had an up and down season overall, but when he was playing well, he was electric, pushing the Seawolves offense, getting to the rim and knocking down tough shots. He ranked fourth in overall scoring (13.9 ppg), fifth in scoring in league play (13.4 ppg), second in assists (3.4 apg), and fourth in assists in AE play (3.4 apg).

Peter Hooley, R-Jr., G, Albany
Hooley missed nine games to be by his mother, Sue’s side during her final days as she fought against colon cancer, but he was a game changer whenever he was on the court, averaging 13.7 points per game and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting a robust 44.1 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from downtown. He also continues to have the immeasurable “clutch” factor, hitting big shots at big moments.