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BERKELEY COLLEGE STUDENT-ATHLETES RECOGNIZED DURING
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Student-athletes from the Berkeley College Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams were among those honored during the 2018 United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Basketball National Tournament Banquet on February 27, 2018. Held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, PA, four players from the Berkeley Knights – Michael Taylor, Johnnie Green, Ricardo Ayuso, all of Brooklyn, NY, and Ayana Ratliff of Richmond Hill in Queens, NY – received recognition.
“The ultimate reward was hearing the names of the student-athletes be announced and seeing their gratification,” said Jonathan Pena, Head Coach, Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team. “They’re all pivotal pieces of our team, and their tireless efforts have culminated in them garnering well-deserved USCAA recognition.”
Player of the Year and First Team All-American honors went to Michael Taylor. Mr. Taylor led the team in scoring, averaging 18 points per game. His record included 68 three-point baskets and his 3.8 assists per game were a team-high. At the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) title game, he scored 31 points in the victory and was named Most Valuable Player of the Tournament. He also was named an HVIAC All-Conference player.
Johnnie Green also earned the distinction as a USCAA First Team All-American. He played in all 26 of the Knights’ games this season and started in 25 of them. Mr. Green averaged 13.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The HVIAC twice selected him as Player of the Week. In winning the HVIAC title game he scored 22 points, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. As of today he is two points shy of earning 1,000 points in his career. He also was named an HVIAC All-Conference player.
Ricardo Ayuso earned USCAA Second Team All-American status. Mr. Ayuso played in 23 of the season’s 26 games and started in 22 of them, averaging 14.1 points per game. He also led the Knights in steals with two per game. He scored 45 three-point baskets, the second most for the team, and scored in the double figures in 18 games. In less than two seasons as a Berkeley College Knight he has scored 620 points. The HVIAC also named him an All-Conference player.
Ayana Ratliff is a USCAA First Team All-American, HVIAC Player of the Year, and four-time HVIAC Player of the Week. She scored in double digits in all 21 of the Knights’ games this season. Ms. Ratliff led the conference in scoring, netting 27.4 points a game. In three games she scored 30 points or more. She also was second in the HVIAC in total steals with 83. Ratliff also led the nation in scoring in the USCAA. She placed fifth on the USCAA total steals list. To read more about Ms. Ratliff’s basketball achievements, click here.
“Words cannot express how impressed I am by not only Ayana’s statistics, but also the all-around impact she had on our program this past season,” said Alex Kuchar, Head Coach, Berkeley College Women’s Basketball team. “It is very fitting that she was recognized by the USCAA. In addition to dominating on both sides of the court this season, she made all of the players around her better.”
Ms. Ratliff also was named to the HVIAC All-Conference team, along with teammate Ashley Duplan of Hollis, in Queens, NY. Also on the Berkeley College Women’s Basketball team, Jaiyamoira Myers of Harlem, NY, was cited as an HVIAC All-Academic player.
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Photo Caption: (Left to right) Student-athletes on the Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team Richard Ayuso, Michael Taylor and Johnnie Green, all of Brooklyn, NY, earned honors at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association Basketball National Tournament on February 27, 2018, in Farmington, PA. Not pictured is Ayana Ratliff of Richmond Hill, in Queens, NY, a member of the Berkeley College Women’s Basketball team.
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