A trio of Central Connecticut men's basketball players were honored with Northeast Conference post-season awards on Tuesday morning. Sophomore Kyle Vinales was named to the First Team, junior Matt Hunter was named to the Third Team and freshman Brandon Peel was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Central is the #7 seed in the NEC Tournament and will play at #2 Wagner tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Vinales, the 2011-12 NEC Rookie of the Year, is the definition of a pure scorer. Every shot is a good one for the Detroit native, whose range has no limits. Just ask Quinnipiac, which fell victim to a Vinales 28-footer in the waning seconds last week that clinched a 15th straight NEC playoff appearance for CCSU.
Or ask Wagner, which saw him light up the scoreboard for 42 points and eight three-pointers in a mid-February game. Vinales is currently tied for the NEC scoring lead at 21.6 ppg, and has recorded a conference-high five games of 30+ points on the year. His 2.6 three-pointers per game is the fourth-best mark on the circuit. Vinales became the quickest NEC player to hit the 1,000-point milestone in nearly a decade when he reached the plateau in just 52 games last month.
Hunter's arrival at CCSU has led to a formidable one-two combination with fellow Detroit native Vinales. One of the NEC's most versatile talents, Hunter's career took a memorable turn in December when he matched an Assembly Hall record with 40 points against top-ranked Indiana.
He would go on to finish the regular season as the NEC leader in steals with 2.7 per game, a figure that ranks him ninth nationally. Hunter is also sixth in the league in scoring (17.1) and seventh in rebounding (7.7).
The 6'7" Peel provided the Blue Devils with a strong interior presence, and finished the year ranked second on CCSU with 5.6 rebounds per game and 52.3 percent shooting from the field. The two-time Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week averaged 4.6 points and posted a pair of double-doubles on the year.
June 5, 2013 Four Blue Devils to be Inducted Into NEBHOF
May 24, 2013 Vinales Will Remain at CCSU
March 6, 2013 Men's Season Ends in NEC Quarters
March 5, 2013 Trio of Blue Devils Honored by NEC
March 2, 2013 Men Finish Regular Season with Loss
February 28, 2013 Blue Devils Win in 2OT Over SFU
February 26, 2013 Saturday Hoop Game Times Moved
February 25, 2013 Men's Hoop Tops Quinnipiac, 67-65
February 23, 2013 Efese Paces Blue Devils to Big Road Win
February 21, 2013 Men Fall at Bryant on Thursday
February 18, 2013 Peel Earns Second Weekly NEC Honor
February 16, 2013 Men Drop Third Straight
February 14, 2013 Vinales Has Big Night, Not Enough in Loss at Wagner
February 13, 2013 Men vs. Quinnipiac on Feb. 25
February 7, 2013 MONDAY UPDATE: GAMES OFF
February 7, 2013 Blue Devils Drop 81-75 Home Decision to LIU Brooklyn
February 4, 2013 Burbage Named Co-Player of the Week
February 2, 2013 Men Win Third Straight
January 31, 2013 Men Win Second Straight, Top Monmouth
January 31, 2013 Men Travel to Monmouth Tonight
January 26, 2013 Balanced Scoring Leads to Men's Victory
January 24, 2013 Blue Devils Drop Second Straight at Quinnipiac
January 19, 2013 Men Fall at Home to Mount St. Mary's
January 17, 2013 Vinales Pours in 30, Blue Devils Top Wagner
January 14, 2013 Peel Named Co-Rookie of the Week
January 12, 2013 Bryant Tops Central with Late Run
January 10, 2013 Men's Hoop Back Home Tonight
January 10, 2013 Men Win Second Straight, Top SHU 84-78
January 5, 2013 Men Win 77-70 at Robert Morris
January 3, 2013 Men Drop Conference Opener
January 3, 2013 Conference Play Begins Tonight
December 31, 2012 Central Comes Up Short at #7/7 Syracuse
December 31, 2012 Men Face #9 Syracuse on ESPNU
December 29, 2012 Men Drop Third Straight
December 29, 2012 Men Host St. Peter's at 1 p.m.
December 21, 2012 Men Drop Home Decision to Northeastern
December 21, 2012 Men Play Game Two of Doubleheader
December 10, 2012 Hunter Named NEC Player of the Week
December 8, 2012 Hunter Scores 40, Blue Devils Fall at #1 Indiana
December 5, 2012 Men Used Balanced Attack to Top UNH
November 24, 2012 Men's Hoop Win Streak Stopped at Hartford
November 20, 2012 Men Win Third Straight at UMBC
November 19, 2012 Vinales Named Player of the Week
November 18, 2012 Men Win Second Straight, 81-74
November 15, 2012 Dickenman Wins 250, CCSU Tops Brown
November 13, 2012 CCSU and Pack Network to Provide Enhanced Online Broadcasts
November 12, 2012 Blue Devils Drop Road Game at St. Peter's
November 10, 2012 Men's Hoop Drops Heartbreaker in CT6
October 22, 2012 Blue Devils Picked 8th in Coaches Poll
October 17, 2012 Basketball Tip-Off Dinner Set for Nov. 1
October 12, 2012 Ready, Set....
October 10, 2012 Matt Hunter Wins Annual Blue Devil Run
October 9, 2012 Howie Dickenman Signs Through 2015-16