Esonwune Named D3hoops.com and ECAC Regional Player of the Year

York College junior center, Marcel Esonwune has capped off an outstanding season by being named the D3hoops.com 2009-10 Atlantic Region Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Esonwune had a breakout year during the 2009-10 campaign.  He finished the season as the nation’s leading shot blocker, averaging 4.2 blocks per game.  Esonwune also ranked second in the country in rebounding, averaging 14.8 boards per game, and was fifth in the CUNYAC in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game.  In addition, he recorded double-doubles in 26 games and triple-doubles in three games.     

He led the Cardinals to the finals of both the CUNYAC Championship and the ECAC Championship.  The Cardinals came up short in both title games but they finished with a school record of 23 wins.  Esonwune was also named the CUNYAC Player of the Year.  

“Marcel is one of the most exciting players I have ever coached,” said York head coach Ronald St. John.  “His work ethic has allowed him to reach great heights.  To have him achieve such honors and still have him back for another season is a coach’s dream.”

The complete All-Atlantic Regional Team can be viewed here.

D3hoops.com is the leading source for Division III men’s basketball information. Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools, who were contacted multiple times as the season wound down to remind them to make their players eligible. There were 676 players nominated nationwide, a new high. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for 10 players in their region. SID’s voted for six frontcourt players and four backcourt players, to ensure balance.

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