Senior Ken Horton earned Northeast Conference First Team honors for the second straight season, and freshman Kyle Vinales became the second Blue Devil to win Rookie of the Year honors when the league announced its postseason awards on Monday.
Horton, last season's NEC Player of the Year, was named to the First Team for the second straight season. He has now earned All-League honors three times in his four seasons. As a freshman he was named to the All-Rookie squad.
Possessing a versatility in his game that ranks among the best to ever play in the conference, Horton has positioned himself in the top-15 of seven different NEC statistical categories. The two-time Choice Hotels NEC Player of the Week currently leads the NEC with 2.1 steals per game, and ranks second in scoring (18.7), third in rebounding (8.9) and blocks (1.4), eighth in free throw percentage (.812), 12th in field goal percentage (.493) and 15th in made three-pointers (1.6/game).
The Ossining, NY product has boosted his career scoring total to 1,941 points, which ranks seventh on the NEC's all-time list, and he sits 14th on the conference rebounding chart with 833 boards. He joins NEC Hall of Famer Rik Smits (Marist) as the only two players in league history with 1,900+ points and 800+ rebounds in their careers. Horton is the NEC's active career leader with 45 career games of 20+ points and nine 30+ point games. When the 6'6" forward finished with 39 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and five assists against Mount St. Mary's on Thursday, it marked the first 30-10-5-5 game for an NEC player since at least the 1997-98 season.
Vinales, who was also named to the All-Rookie Team, bypassed the typical adjustment period of an incoming freshman as he literally exploded onto the scene for the Blue Devils last November. He scored 24 points in his first collegiate game and followed with a 39-point performance three days later against Niagara, which remains the highest single-game scoring output by a freshman in the nation this season.
What followed for Vinales was a star-studded year in which he matched the league record with eight Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week awards, joining fellow NEC Rookie of the Year award winners Alex Blackwell (Monmouth, 1989-90), Charles Smith (Rider, 1993-94) and Darshan Luckey (Saint Francis (PA), 2002-03).
Hailing from Detroit, the 6'1" combo guard showcased his super-quick release and unlimited shooting range all year long to the tune of 18.0 ppg. He finished the regular season as the nation's leading freshman point producer and sits third overall on the NEC scoring chart. Vinales also proved to be an adept distributor with 3.6 apg, and ranks in the NEC top-10 in free throw shooting (.837, fourth), made three-pointers (2.5/game, fourth) and three-point percentage (.390, seventh).
With 504 points on the year, Vinales is the first CCSU freshman to score 500 points in a season. Shemik Thompson (2006-07) is the only other CCSU player to win NEC Rookie of the Year plaudits.
July 31, 2012 Men's Hoop Releases Non-Conference Slate
April 14, 2012 Horton's Club Wins Portsmouth Invitational Championship
April 13, 2012 Horton Has Solid Outing at Portsmouth
April 6, 2012 Horton to Attend Portsmouth Invitational
March 1, 2012 Devils Fall in NEC Tourney at Wagner
February 28, 2012 Horton and Vinales Earn Postseason NEC Honors
February 27, 2012 Horton, Vinales Earn NEC Weekly Honors
February 25, 2012 Blue Devils Win Over Wagner; Teams Will Play Again on Thursday
February 23, 2012 Horton's Career Night Leads Blue Devils to Home Win
February 20, 2012 Vinales Earns Seventh Rookie Honor
February 18, 2012 Vinales Goes for 32 in Loss at Robert Morris
February 16, 2012 Men Snap Slide With 65-60 Win at St. Francis (PA)
February 12, 2012 Men's Hoop Falls at Home, 67-59, to Quinnipiac
February 8, 2012 Men's Hoops Drops Third Straight
February 4, 2012 Men Slip to 7-5 in NEC Play with Loss at LIU
February 2, 2012 Blue Devils Fall at SFNY on Thursday
January 28, 2012 Men Top FDU 69-62 on Saturday
January 26, 2012 Men Fall in OT at Home vs. Monmouth
January 21, 2012 Central Falls 62-61 at Sacred Heart
January 19, 2012 Blue Devils Move to 7-1 at Home
January 14, 2012 Men Suffer First Conference Loss
January 12, 2012 Blue Devils 5-0 in NEC After Road Win at Mount
January 9, 2012 Vinales Wins Sixth NEC Rookie Honor
January 7, 2012 Men Now 4-0 in NEC, Top RMU by 15
January 5, 2012 Men's Hoop 3-0 in NEC Play After Home Win
January 5, 2012 Men Look to Move to 3-0 in League Play
January 3, 2012 CCSU and CPTV Sports Announce TV Deal
December 30, 2011 Men Drop Fifth Straight, Lose at UMass
December 30, 2011 Men Back in Action at UMass
December 22, 2011 Blue Devils Lose at Home for First Time
December 22, 2011 MBB Hosts LaSalle at 7 p.m.
December 19, 2011 Vinales Named Rookie of the Week
December 17, 2011 Wildcats Hold Off CCSU, 70-64
December 17, 2011 Blue Devils Take On Northwestern
December 12, 2011 Vinales Makes it Four Out of Five
December 10, 2011 Blue Devils Fall 90-80 at Brown
December 7, 2011 Men Play Tough in Loss at Michigan State
December 5, 2011 Horton Named Player of the Week
December 3, 2011 Men Win Overtime Thriller Over SHU
December 1, 2011 Central Opens Big at Bryant
December 1, 2011 Men Open NEC Play at Bryant on TV Tonight
November 28, 2011 Ptacek, Vinales Earn NEC Honors
November 26, 2011 Blue Devils Fly Past Hawks, 92-58
November 25, 2011 Blue Devils and Hawks at Detrick Gym
November 22, 2011 Two Straight for Men's Basketball
November 21, 2011 Vinales Earns Second NEC Rookie Honor
November 19, 2011 Ptacek Shoots CCSU to Home Win
November 17, 2011 Men's Game at UMass Moved to Dec. 30
November 14, 2011 Niagara Falls and a Rookie of the Week
November 14, 2011 Blue Devils Drop Overtime Thriller
November 11, 2011 Men's Hoop Drops Opener
November 2, 2011 CCSU Third, Horton Named All-Conference
October 31, 2011 CT6 Breakfast Postponed to Nov. 8
October 17, 2011 Men's Hoop Begins Practice
October 12, 2011 Speech Captures 16th Blue Devil Run
October 4, 2011 Hoops Season Tickets Now On Sale
October 3, 2011 2011-12 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner
September 13, 2011 Men's Hoop Releases 2011-12 Schedule
August 29, 2011 Horton Among Nation's Most Valuable