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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
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BERKELEY COLLEGE BASKETBALL STANDOUTS RECOGNIZED
AT USCAA NATIONAL BANQUET
Eight Berkeley College scholar-athletes were named to the Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-American and Academic All-American lists during the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Basketball National Tournament Banquet, held this month at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA.
The following athletes were recognized:
New York Women’s Basketball
- Aiyesha Brown of Jamaica in Queens, NY, Second Team All-American
- Milan Germany of the Bronx, NY, Second Team All-American
New York Men’s Basketball
- Jovan Bovell of Jamaica in Queens, NY, Honorable Mention All-American
- Elijah Craig of Brooklyn, NY, Second Team All-American
- Keenan Langston of Brooklyn, NY, Second Team All-American
- Alexander Loniakan of Gothenburg, Sweden, Academic All-American
New Jersey Men’s Basketball
- Dukens Germain of Maplewood, NJ, Second Team All-American
- Darryl Robinson of Somerset, NJ, Academic All-American
Senior guard Aiyesha Brown and junior forward Milan Germany represented the Lady Knights as Second Team All-American selections. Ms. Brown’s 16.5 points per game ties her for the team lead in that category, and she averaged five rebounds per contest. The 5’7” native of Jamaica, Queens, also collected 24 steals on the season, an average of two per game. Ms. Germany – like Ms. Brown –averaged 16.5 points per game, and boasts a team-high nine rebounds per game.
“Aiyesha and Milan have done a fantastic job of leading by example this season, and they are extremely deserving of the recognition that they’ve garnered from the USCAA,” said Sharod Tomlinson, Berkeley College Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, New York. “Seeing their diligent efforts pay off in this fashion is something that I am very proud of, and it’s something that they’ll take with them forever.”
The USCAA honored four players from the Men’s Basketball team in New York. Alexander Loniakan was named to the Academic All-American team and senior guard Jovan Bovell – who has played in all 22 games for the Knights this season – received All-American Honorable Mention. The Jamaica High School alumnus has put forth a versatile 2013-2014 campaign for his group, averaging 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. Senior center Elijah Craig and sophomore guard Keenan Langston both earned status as Second Team All-Americans. Mr. Craig currently averages nine points and a team-high 10.1 caroms for the Knights, and his 50 blocks lead the team and the USCAA. Mr. Langston has dazzled all season, as he leads the Knights with a 16.4 points per game average. His shooting percentages are especially impressive, as he shot 76.3 percent from the line and 45.5 percent from the floor.
“The ultimate reward was hearing the names of these student-athletes announced and seeing the smiles on their faces,” said Chris Christiansen, Berkeley College Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, New York. “Alex is an ace student in the classroom, and serves as a great teammate and influence. Jovan, Elijah and Keenan have been pivotal for the team on the court this season, and their tireless efforts have culminated in this All-American recognition.”
From the Men’s Basketball team in New Jersey, junior guard Darryl Robinson was named to the Academic All-American team and sophomore guard Dukens Germain was tabbed as a Second Team All-American. In 20 games played this season, Mr. Germain has paced the Knights offensively, averaging 15.3 points per game. He also snatched 7.1 rebounds per contest and has knocked-down 72.6 percent of his free throw attempts while connecting on 43.8 percent of his shots from the field.
“Darryl Robinson is an individual who has a tremendous future ahead of him,” said Anthony Calabrese, Berkeley College Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, New Jersey. “He is very dedicated to his studies, and it’s a wonderful thing to see. Dukens has been a great leader this year. His versatility is a huge asset for our team, as he can score, grab rebounds, and play defense. He can do it all.”
A leader in providing career-focused education for more than 80 years, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students — including more than 900 international students — in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations — Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations — Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® also offers full degree programs. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.
Photo Caption: Eight Berkeley College scholar-athletes were named to the Division II Men’s and Women’s Basketball All-American and Academic All-American lists by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. Left to right (back row) are Dukens Germain of Maplewood, NJ; Sharod Tomlinson, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball, New York; Milan Germany of the Bronx, NY; Keenan Langston and Elijah Craig, both of Brooklyn, NY; Chris Christiansen, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, New York; Alexander Loniakan of Gothenburg, Sweden; Jovan Bovell of Jamaica in Queens, NY; and Anthony Calabrese, Head Coach, Men’s Basketball, New Jersey. Front row is Darryl Robinson of Somerset, NJ. Not pictured is Aiyesha Brown of Jamaica in Queens, NY.
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