Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pointer wins Haggerty Award as MBWA honors locals

Sir'Dominic Pointer bids farewell to St. John's with Haggerty Award in tow, putting exclamation point on a senior season for the ages. (Photo courtesy of Newsday)

His former coach once described him as a "WD-40" player, one whose skill set encompassed a little bit of everything. Today, the most versatile recruit Steve Lavin brought to St. John's can now be described as the best player in the metropolitan area.

Sir'Dominic Pointer, the Red Storm's swingman whose tendency to explode for a near-triple-double on any given night helped return St. John's to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011, was named the Haggerty Award winner this morning, the 22nd player in program history to receive the honor, and second in a row after D'Angelo Harrison captured it a year ago.

"I am humbled and honored to receive the Haggerty Award," Pointer said in a statement issued by St. John's, who placed two of his teammates among the All-Met teams as well, with D'Angelo Harrison landing a spot on the first team while Phil Greene secured third team honors. "This is a special award with great tradition and history that has a strong connection to St. John's. Some of the great players who came through our program have won the Haggerty Award, so it is very special to now be among such a prestigious group."

The Big East picked up a share of another award, as Seton Hall's Angel Delgado split Rookie of the Year honors with Eric Paschall of Fordham. Both Delgado and Paschall received similar distinctions in the Big East and Atlantic 10, respectively. The Coach of the Year award was jointly distributed as well, between St. Francis Brooklyn head coach Glenn Braica and Jim Engles of NJIT, whose dream season reached the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

In addition to Pointer and Harrison, Iona placed a pair on the first team, as MAAC Player of the Year David Laury and A.J. English were named to the list. St. Francis Brooklyn's Jalen Cannon and Stony Brook forward Jameel Warney completed the field. Manhattan's Emmy Andujar, a first team selection in the MAAC, was left off the first team, settling instead for a second team recognition. His Jasper teammate, Ashton Pankey, the Most Valuable Player in the MAAC Tournament, was voted to the third team. Chavaughn Lewis of Marist was the fifth and final MAAC honoree, as his place on the third team is the first MBWA honor the Red Foxes have received since 2009.

Below is a complete listing of the awards, as voted upon by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Association:

FIRST TEAM

Sir’Dominic Pointer, St. John’s6-6, sr, G/FDetroit, MI

D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s6-4, sr, GMissouri City, TX

David Laury, Iona6-9, sr, FE. Orange, NJ

A.J. English, Iona6-4, jr, GWilmington, DE

Jalen Cannon, St. Francis6-6, sr, FAllentown, PA

Jameel Warney, Stony Brook6-8, jr, FPlainfield, NJ

 

SECOND TEAM

Emmy Andujar, Manhattan6-6, sr, FBronx, NY

Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall6-2, jr, GScotch Plains, NJ

Juan’ya Green, Hofstra6-2, jr, GPhiladelphia, PA

Maodo Lo, Columbia6-3, jr, GBerlin, Germany

Myles Mack, Rutgers5-10, sr, GPaterson, NJ

Damon Lynn, NJIT5-11, so, GHillside, NJ

 

THIRD TEAM

Chavaughn Lewis, Marist6-5, sr, G/FQueens, NY

Ashton Pankey, Manhattan6-10, jr, FBronx, NY

Brent Jones, St. Francis5-10, sr, GBrooklyn, NY

Marcus Burton, Wagner6-0, sr, GCharlotte, NC

Phil Greene IV, St. John’s6-2, sr, GChicago, IL

Kadeem Jack, Rutgers6-9, sr, FQueens, NY

 

Player of the Year: Sir’Dominic Pointer, St. John’s

Co-Rookie of the Year: Eric Paschall, Fordham

Co-Rookie of the Year: Angel Delgado, Seton Hall

Peter A. Carlesimo Co-Coach of the Year: Glenn Braica, St. Francis

Peter A. Carlesimo Co-Coach of the Year: Jim Engles, NJIT

 


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