MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Southern Vermont College senior Andre Hodo (Silver Spring, Md.) was selected to the 2019 All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Men's Basketball First Team, the league announced on Tuesday, while another pair of Mountaineers received honors.
Hodo had an excellent season in which he led the Mountaineers in points (15.5), rebounds (9.4), and steals (2.2) per game. He posted a double-double in 10 regular season contests while reaching double figures in the points column in all but three games. The senior posted a career-best 27 points in a big January 12 win over New England College after notching a career-best 16 boards at Newbury College on January 8. This is the first time Hodo is being recognized by the NECC, and he extends SVC's streak of landing a player on the First Team to five-straight years.
"Congratulations to Andre," said SVC first-year head coach Brian J. Johnson. "He's been a catalyst to our success all year. He has played at a high level, and he's shown that he's one of the best players in this conference."
Borders stepped up in the 2018-19 season and had the best scoring campaign of his career. He started in 23 of the Mountaineers' 24 games and posted 14.5 points per contest. The senior led SVC in field goal percentage (49.8) while ranking 10th in the NECC during league play (51.4). Borders was outstanding from the free throw line as he went 96-106 (90.6 percent) overall and 72-77 (93.5 percent) against the NECC—the latter helping him lead the league. He concluded the regular season just four points shy of 1,000 for his career, and he will graduate as Southern Vermont's all-time leader in free throw percentage—sitting at 88.1 percent prior to Tuesday's first-round playoff game.
"Josh has been steady for us all year," Johnson said, "and I'm excited for him to receive the recognition he deserves. Point guards can be under appreciated at times, but he has always shown up in big moments for us."
Piple's selection to the Sportsmanship Team marks the second-straight year that he has received the decoration. He saw action in 13 games for SVC this year and was always a threat to connect from downtown while on the floor. More than that, he continued to support his fellow Mountaineers and played a pivotal role in sustaining the team's chemistry.
"Nobody deserves this award more than Rohan," Johnson said. "He's a wonderful person and teammate. He is the ultimate competitor who displays class and sportsmanship to the highest degree."
NECC coaches voted for the all-conference teams and major award winners after the end of the regular season and prior to the start of the playoffs.
2019 NECC Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams & Major Award Winners
NECC Player of the Year – Domenico Santiago, Mitchell (Sr., C, Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
NECC Defensive Player of the Year – Calvin Cheek, New England Col. (So., G, Mattapan, Mass.)
NECC Rookie of the Year – Jamal Allen, New England Col. (Fr., G., Dorchester, Mass.)
Coach of the Year – Charlie Mason, New England Col.
All-NECC First Team
Kareem Davis, Becker (Sr., G, Lowell, Mass.)
Jordan Booker, Dean (Jr., G, Waterbury, Conn.)
Domenico Santiago, Mitchell (Sr., C, Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Ricky Leonard, New England Col. (Sr., G, Windsor, Conn.)
Andre Hodo, Southern Vermont (Sr., G/F, Silver Spring, Md.)
All-NECC Second Team
Garrett Crandell, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., G, Bristol, Tenn.)
Josh Rice, Eastern Nazarene (Jr., G, Hanson, Mass.)
Steffen Brunson, Mitchell (Sr., G, West Haven, Conn.)
Izaiah Winston-Brooks, New England Col. (Jr., G, Roxbury, Mass.)
Calvin Cheek, New England Col. (So., G, Mattapan, Mass.)
All-NECC Third Team
Dayvon Russell, Dean (Sr., G, Naugatuck, Conn.)
Joey Martin, Lesley (Sr., F, Melbourne, Fla.)
Jason Jones, New England Col. (Sr., F, Roxbury, Mass.)
Omar Williams, Newbury (Sr., G, Queens, N.Y.)
Josh Borders, Southern Vermont (Sr., G, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Del Malloy Sportsmanship Team
Mateus Ribeiro, Becker (So., F, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Armani Baker, Dean (Sr., F, Pawtucket, R.I.)
Nathan Vazquez, Eastern Nazarene (Sr., F, Weymouth, Mass.)
Nikolas Brown, Elms (So., G/F, Wellington, Fla.)
Chase Howard, Lesley (So., F, San Diego, Calif.)
Matt Finke, Mitchell (Jr., G, Wolcott, Conn.)
Justin Eck, New England Col. (Jr., G, Centereach, N.Y.)
Francisco Santiago, Newbury (Fr., G, New Britain, Conn.)
Rohan Piple, Southern Vermont (Sr., G/F, Germantown, Md.)
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