KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday that Oswego State senior men’s basketball player Chad Burridge was selected as the 2011-12 NABC Division III East District Player of the Year, while junior Hayden Ward was named to the NABC All-East Second Team.
Head coach Jason Leone was also tabbed the 2012 NABC Division III East District Coach of the Year.
The All-District teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC.
Burridge and Leone are now eligible for Division III National Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Burridge averaged 16.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game en route to being named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after Oswego State posted the program’s first undefeated conference record at 18-0. The Hannibal, N.Y. native was named the SUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after guiding the Lakers to their first league championship since 1965. Burridge was the NABC Division III East District Player of the Year in 2011.
Ward, a First Team All-SUNYAC selection, averaged 15.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, while posting 13 double-doubles to help give Oswego State a deadly 1-2 punch in the paint.
The Montauk, N.Y. native paced the SUNYAC in rebounding and the team in steals with 35. Ward’s 272 rebounds during the season marked the ninth highest single-season total in school history. For his career, he has scored 901 points and grabbed 632 rebounds, which ranks ninth on the all-time list.
Head coach Jason Leone was also named SUNYAC Coach of the Year earlier this season.
In his first season at the helm, he guided the Lakers to a program-best 26-4 overall record after entering a season of high expectations with four returning starters that went 24-5 in 2010-11.
Leone’s team posted a 17-game win streak during the year, which included claiming the school’s first SUNYAC title since 1965.
Oswego State earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament to give the Lakers back-to-back NCAA appearances before advancing to the second round.
Leone is the second Oswego State men’s basketball coach to receive NABC All-East District Coach of the Year recognition joining Adam Stockwell, who won the award last year.