Esonwune Wins CUNYAC Player of the Year; Holley and Rice Named to Second Team

York College senior men's basketball standout Marcel Esonwune has been named the 2010-11 CUNY Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year, while junior William Holley has been selected to the All-CUNYAC Second Team. Women’s basketball player Shadae Rice earned a second-team selection. The awards were announced at the CUNYAC Awards Luncheon at The Water Club in New York City Thursday afternoon

Esonwune has now won back-to-back CUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Year Awards. This season, the senior center from Nigeria and reigning First-Team All-American leads the conference in rebounds per game (13.8), blocked shots per game (4.5) and is second in points per game (19.8).  On the national stage, Esonwune ranks second in NCAA Division III in rebounds, blocked shots and double-doubles (21).

A five-time CUNYAC Player of the Week this season, Esonwune has put up some outstanding numbers in his four-year career at York.  As of February 17th, 2011 Esonwune has recorded 1,790 points, 1,307 rebounds, and 358 blocks.  His 1,790 points are second on the school’s all-time scoring list.  Walter Murray (1973-77) is the school’s all-time leader with 1,977.

Holley, who transferred from Kingsborough CC last season, immediately became a key part of the team.  The junior forward is fifth in the conference in scoring (16.8 ppg), sixth in assists (3.6 apg) and seventh in rebounding (7.7 rpg).  Holley missed six games this season, mostly because of injury, and York struggled in his absence, going 0-6 in those contests.

In her first year at York, Rice has quickly become a vital member of the team. This season, the point guard from Brooklyn leads the team in scoring average (14.3 points per game), while ranking seventh in the conference.  Rice also ranks among the top-ten in the CUNYAC in assists per game (2.8) and steals per game (2.2).

York’s next game will be in the quarterfinals of the CUNY/ Con Edison  Basketball Championships.  The men will take on Brooklyn College in a rematch of last year’s title game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in Brooklyn, while the women will visit John Jay College on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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