MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its individual award winners Thursday, as voted by conference coaches, naming Morrisville State College freshman forward, Kevin Dennis (Bronx, N.Y. / Harry S. Truman HS) the 2016-17 Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year.
Dennis is the second Mustang to receive the accolade, joining fellow teammate Trent Ward (Auburn, N.Y.) who earned the recognition in 2014-15.
The rookie was a force for the Mustangs in the post position, starting 22 of 25 games at forward and powering his way to a regular season total of 490 points and 274 rebounds.
His efforts in the post have led Morrisville State back to the NEAC tournament as he averaged 19.6 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game. Dennis posted a single game high 31 points twice on the season, once against Utica College and a second time against Wells College. He also registered a single game best 19 rebounds against SUNY Polytechnic.
The freshman has recorded 16 double-doubles on the year, ranking 10th in all of Division III. He holds several top five rankings within the NEAC, including third in field goals (185), second in field goal percentage (61.3), fourth in free throws (120), first in offensive rebounds (128), third in defensive rebounds (146), first in overall rebounds (274), first in rebounds per game (11.0), and fourth in points (490).
He also ranks sixth in blocks (28) and points per game (19.6). Dennis also holds several rankings within the NCAA, including 26th in field goal percentage, is third in offensive rebounds per game, 21st in rebounds per game and 23rd in rebounds.
His efforts have led to two ECAC Rookie of the Week selections and a NEAC Player of the Week honor.
The freshman is a graduate of Harry S. Truman High and is majoring in criminal justice at Morrisville State. He is the son of Monique Dennis of the Bronx.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.