Southern Vermont College junior DeShawn Hamlet earned Player of the Year honors, and teammate Daemond Carter took Rookie of the Year in voting by the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's basketball coaches. Dan Engelstad, who led Southern Vermont College to an undefeated NECC regular season record was named Coach of the Year.
Hamlet, a forward from Hartford, Conn., was a two-time NECC Player of the Week selection in 2014-15 and was the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III Player of the Week and the U.S. Basketball Writers' Association National Player of the Week for the week ending February 8. He is third in the NECC in scoring (19.4) and fourth in rebounding (7.6).
Carter, a native of Forestville, Md., was the NECC Rookie of the Week four times in 2014-15. The guard gave the Mountaineers valuable minutes off the bench, contributing key points and rebounds throughout the season.
Engelstad takes home his first NECC Coach of the Year honor in just his second season with the Mountaineers. Southern Vermont was undefeated in the NECC regular season and advanced to the NECC Championship before dropping a two-point decision to Regis College. The Mountaineers were 23-4 overall and Engelstad's two-season record is 39-13.
The NECC Special Awards and All-Conference Teams:
2015 Men's Player of the Year – DeShawn Hamlet, Southern Vermont College
2015 Men's Rookie of the Year – Daemond Carter, Southern Vermont College
2015 Men's Coach of the Year – Dan Engelstadt, Southern Vermont College
2015 Men's Basketball Team Sportsmanship Award – Wheelock College
2015 Men's Basketball All-Conference teams:
- Jerry Buchanon, Jr., G, Windsor, Conn., Elms College
- Joshua Ford, Sr., F, Jersey City, N.J., Mitchell College
- DeShawn Hamlet, Jr., F., Hartford, Conn., Southern Vermont College
- Parris Hill, Sr., F, Stockton, Calif., Mitchell College
- Sam Jean-Gilles, So., F, Melrose, Mass., Regis College
- Scott Dulaire, Jr., F, Bloomfield, Conn., Becker College
- Nicholas Fenton, So., G, East Hartford, Conn., Wheelock College
- Kenny Lockett, Sr., F, Atlanta, Ga., Elms College
- Jeff Tagger, Jr., G, Brockton, Mass., Regis College
- Anthony Williams, So., F, White Plains, N.Y., Wheelock College
- Ray Farmer, So., C, Nashua, N.H., Daniel Webster College
- Ryan Gauthier, Jr., G, Nashua, N.H., Daniel Webster College
- Donovan McClean, Jr., F, Jersey City, N.J., Mitchell College
- Dolapo Olugbile, Sr., F, Laurel, Md., Southern Vermont College
- Kwame Thompson, Sr., G, Brockton, Mass., Newbury College