Jeff Griffith (@Jeff_Griffith21)
With the college basketball offseason well underway, it’s time to look back to the season that was among the area’s Division II and III programs. Throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, both levels of small-college ball produced a number of successful programs, several impressive individual seasons from upperclassmen and newcomers alike, and multiple NCAA Tournament appearances.
Here are our selections for the 2021-22 CoBL men’s small-college awards and honorees at the Division III level:
Jalen Vaughns (above) nearly averaged a double-double in his sophomore season. (Photo courtesy Hunter Martin Photography/Neumann Athletics)
Jalen Vaughns, G/So., Neumann
To be frank, this season, Vaughns was simply dominant. As just a sophomore at Neumann, Vaughns posted just shy of a 20-point/10-rebound season, officially averaging 22.1 points and 9.7 boards while connecting on 63.7 percent of his field goal attempts. The Pocono Mountain West product was the head-and-shoulders top scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker on a Knights team that won Atlantic East regular season and tournament titles and reached its first NCAA Tournament since 2016-17.
Vaughns’ highlights was undoubtedly his Dec. 13, 35-point outing against Hood, a contest in which he missed just five of his 22 field goal attempts, while adding a stunning 17 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 forward had five 30-point games, three 15-rebound games, 14 double-doubles, and never scored fewer than 12 points in his 29 starts.
Donyae Baylor-Carroll (G/Sr., Penn State Harrisburg)
Baylor-Carroll’s senior season at Penn State Harrisburg was one for the books; he logged averages of 17.9 points and 4.0 assists while shooting 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. He earned United East First Team All-Conference honors and was named conference Player of the Week twice, and ranked among the top 25 players nationally in made 3-pointers, with 85, and total steals, with 65. After just 60 career games, Baylor-Carroll became the fastest player in Lions history to earn 1,000 points, and rounded out his season on a high note with 15.5 ppg in Penn State Harrisburg’s pair of NCAA Tournament contests.
Ryan Hughes (G/Sr., Ursinus)
A productive and efficient leading scorer for the Bears, Hughes shot just shy of 50 percent from the field and averaged just shy of 19 points in his senior season, while adding 6.5 rpg and 2.7 apg to boot. Hughes was as consistent a scorer as they come, tallying fewer than 10 points in just one contest — he scored nine in a loss at Gettysburg — and fewer than 15 points on just four occasions. Hughes logged three double-doubles this season, including an impressive 18-and-11 output against nationally-ranked Swarthmore in early February. Hughes was named to the D3hoops.com’s All-Region Second Team and the All-Centennial Conference First Team.
Jordan Shewbridge (G/Sr., Lancaster Bible)
The United East Conference’s Player of the Year and leading scorer on the league’s regular season championship-winning squad, Shewbridge was red-hot from beyond the arc this season, shooting 42.9 percent from deep en route to an average scoring output of 19.8 points; he also averaged 2.3 assists. Shewbridge had his fair share of memorable outings during his senior year, including an output of eight made 3-pointers — and 26 total points — in a 15-point win over Penn State Harrisburg, and a stunning 39 points on 22 shot attempts in a Dec. 3 win over Morrisville State.
Collin Jones (F/Jr., Lebanon Valley)
A 6-4 small forward, Jones filled up the stat sheet during his junior season at Lebanon Valley, to the tune of 21.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg, the latter of which led all MAC Commonwealth competitors. He was efficient as a scorer as well, shooting 52.8 percent from the field, and earned First Team All-Conference honors. Jones racked up 11 double-doubles — including a 32-point, 15-rebound showing against Mulhenberg, and 27-point, 17-board output against Alvernia — and scored fewer than 15 points just once all season.
Dyson Harward (C/Jr., Lycoming)
One of just a small handful of area players to average a double-double, Harward earned his second consecutive All-Conference First Team honor and led all MAC Freedom players with 11.6 rpg to go with his 13.1 ppg, which were among the league’s top 10. Harward picked up an impressive 17 double-doubles on the year, a program record; he finished the season with back-to-back double-doubles in conference tournament play, putting up 21 points and 10 boards in a win over DeSales, followed by 16 points and 12 rebounds in a championship game loss to Stevens.
Malik Green (above) led the Golden Wolves in scoring and rebounding his senior year. (Photo courtesy Dion Thorpe/ Alvernia Athletics)
Vinny DeAngelo (G/So., Swarthmore)
A member of the All-Centennial Conference First Team, DeAngelo led the Garnet with 16.4 ppg en route to an NCAA Tournament berth. DeAngelo was lights out both from 3-point range (42.6 percent) and the free throw line (83.5 percent), and tacked on 2.9 apg, also a team-high. DeAngelo was productive in key moments — albeit, losing efforts — for the Garnet as a sophomore, contributing 20 and 17 points respectively in Swarthmore’s conference championship game and NCAA Tournament first-round losses.
Jamal Canady Jr. (G/Fr., Bryn Athyn)
CoBL’s all-area men’s D-II Rookie of the Year winner was a prolific scorer in his first season at Bryn Athyn, leading the Lions with 18.4 ppg on 42 percent shooting from the field while tacking on 4.4 rpg and 3.7 apg. Canady was electric down the stretch, with more than 15 points in all but one game after Jan. 1, including six games with 20-plus and a back-to-back set of contests with 65 total points in late January.
Marlon Sharpton (G/Sr., Rosemont)
On top of being one of Rosemont’s top scorers at 14.7 ppg and shooting solid percentages both from the field (45.7) and three-point range (31.3 percent), Sharpton put up staggering assists numbers, with an average of 5.4 on the season. He added an average of 5.0 rebounds to boot, and earned one of two first team All-CSAC nods for the Ravens.
Lukas Yurasits (G/Sr., Susquehanna)
Yurasits, a First Team Landmark Conference selection, was the leading scorer on a Susquehanna team that reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, averaging 15.7 ppg with efficient percentages in all major scoring categories — 51.6 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from distance, and 80.6 percent from the free throw line. Yurasits was an essential piece in many key victories for Susquehanna, including its first-round NCAA Tournament win over Rowan, in which Yurasits dropped 29 points with four made 3-pointers.
Malik Green (F/Sr., Alvernia)
Green, named to the MAC Freedom All-Conference First Team as a senior, was the top scorer and rebounder for the Golden Wolves with 17.5 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Green was also a capable 3-point shooter, hitting 34 percent from deep range, and logged four double-doubles while scoring in single digits on just one occasion all season. While Alvernia fell in the first round of ECAC postseason play against William Paterson, Green contributed one of his best stat lines of the season, tallying 19 points and 16 rebounds in the season finale.
Kameron Clark (C/Sr., Cairn)
Clark was many things for the Highlanders during his senior season, but paramount among them was undoubtedly his rebounding ability; a double-double machine, Clark averaged 13.2 points and 13.7 rebounds, while amassing 15 or more boards in 13 contests, and 20 or more in three. In Clark’s second-to-last game, he broke 20 in both points and rebounds in two different contests — wins over Moravian and Rosemont — and in one three-game stretch, Clark averaged 21.3 points and 19.3 rebounds.
Brandon McCullough (above) shined from deep, making over 40 percent of his 3s. (Photo courtesy Hunter Martin Photography)
Brandon McCullough (G/Sr., Immaculata)
The Avon Grove product only appeared in 16 games this season, missing most of February, but he made the most of the time he had on the floor, averaging 16.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and earning First Team All-Atlantic East honors. McCullough shined from 3-point range, shooting at a clip of 42.2 percent.
Danny Frauenheim (G/Sr., Susquehanna)
An effective scorer and very talented distributor, Frauenheim earned Landmark Conference player of the year and tournament MVP honors as a senior at Susquehanna. The point guard averaged 10.1 points to go with a conference-best 5.3 assists and conference-third-best 1.7 steals.
Matt Kachelries (G/Sr., DeSales)
The MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year, Kachleries did a little bit of everything for DeSales, averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists, the last of which led the conference. Kachleries’ multifaceted game was instrumental in leading the Bulldogs to an NCAA Tournament berth.
Dominic Dunn (F/Jr., Susquehanna)
Dunn averaged 14.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, while adding a 39.3 percent clip from 3-point range. The junior was a first-team All-Landmark Conference selection, and scored a team-high 22 points in the RiverHawks’ NCAA Tournament loss to Christopher Newport.
Zaire Mitchell (F/Sr., Rosemont)
Mitchel, a first-team all-CSAC selection, was the leading scorer and rebounder for Rosemont, averaging 15 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 62 percent from the field. Mitchell closed his senior season on an extraordinary note, averaging 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in the Ravens back-to-back wins to close the regular season.
Dylan Daniels (F/Sr., Penn State Harrisburg)
Daniels was selected to the United East’s All-Conference First Team, and ranked second in the entire country in blocks per game with an impressive 3.9, to go with his 11.9 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Daniels logged nine double-doubles, including in his last two full contests before sustaining an injury and missing the Lions’ final four games.
Jalen Watkins (F/Jr., Arcadia)
The First Team all-MAC Freedom selection excelled on the glass, averaging a team-high and league-second-best 10.7 boards to go with his 13.4 points. He logged 10 double-doubles this season, including an impressive 25-point, 19-board outing against Delaware Valley on Feb. 2.
Jamal Cannady (above) set two single-season records in his first full season of college ball. (Photo courtesy Fredrik Bryntesson/Bryn Athyn Athletics)
Jamal Cannady Jr., G/Fr., Bryn Athyn
In his first true season at the collegiate level, Cannady put up stunning numbers, especially in the back half of the 2021-22 season. A 6-1 guard from Baltimore, Cannady averaged 18.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists on the season for the Lions, but was good for 21.2 ppg in his last nine contests. Bryn Athyn struggled to a 7-18 season, but Cannady’s final stretch was a major bright spot; those productive last nine games also featured five of the Lions’ seven total wins.
Cannady’s standout freshman campaign earned him the program’s single-season scoring and made-free-throw records, as well as freshman records in points, assists and steals. Among all CSAC competitors, Cannady finished second in scoring, while also landing among the league’s top five in assists and steals per game.
John Seidman, G, Franklin & Marshall
A starter in each of Franklin & Marshall’s 25 games, Seidman did a little bit of everything, averaging 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.2 steals. The freshman tallied double-digit points in 13 contests for the Diplomats, including a season-high 22 against Dickinson, and shot an efficient 48.3 percent from the field.
Carl Schaller, G, Gettysburg
Schaller, a 6-foot guard, sprinkled a lit bit of everything across his freshman-year stat sheet, including 11.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.7 apg. An effective shooter, Schaller shot 45.4 percent from the field overall, with a 39.7 percent 3-point clip, good for seventh in the Centennial Conference. Schaller was named the league’s Rookie of the Year, the first Gettysburg player to earn said honors since 2014.
Steven Hamilton, G/So., Lycoming
Hamilton finished among the top ten scorers in MAC Freedom in scoring with 12.8 ppg, as well as the top five in assist with 3.5 apg, en route to conference Rookie of the Year honors. A sophore seeing his first collegiate action, he also averaged the league’s third-most minutes with 32.5 per game. Hamilton showed flashes of elite scoring ability, including a 27-point showing in a win over Arcadia.
Arkese Claiborne, G/So., Messiah
Officially a sophomore but playing in his first collegiate season, the MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year was a consistent double-digit scorer for Messiah, averaging 14.0 points to go with 5.1 rebounds. Claiborne shot an impressive 43.3 percent from beyond the arc, good for top five in the conference. The 6-3 guard scored 10 or more points in 19 contests for the Eagles.
Harry Johnson, F, Haverford
Johnson finished as one of the Centennial Conference’s top 15 scorers, averaging 11 points on his freshman season. The forward was also nearly a 50 percent shooter from the field; his official percentage of 49.3 was good for top 10 in the conference. Johnson was also a 40.8-percent 3-point shooter, and hauled in 4.0 rebounds per game.
Evan Timochenko, C, Lebanon Valley
The 6-6 forward averaged nearly a double-double in his freshman season, finishing with 12.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg, the latter of which was third among all Centennial Conference players. He also finished among the league’s top three in field goal percentage with a 55.6 percent clip. Timochenko had some of his best performances down the stretch, including a 22-point, 11-rebound line against Alvernia, Feb. 9.
Frank Marcinek (above) and his Hakws lost only one regular season game after a 4-3 start. (Photo courtesy Susquehanna Athletics)
Frank Marcinek, Susquehanna
The Landmark Conference’s Coach of the Year is CoBL’s Division III area Coach of the Year as well, and deservingly so. Marcinek’s Susquehanna team was one of two area schools to reach the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament, and added a Landmark Conference title to boot. The NCAA Tournament has become familiar territory for Marcinek; his Hawks have reached three of the last six NCAA Tournaments.
One of the bigger successes in Susquehanna’s season, though, was its quick turnaround after a lackluster beginning. The Hawks’ start was by no means bad, but to go from 4-3 to a 24-4 regular season finish is no small task. Following the Dec. 8 blowout home loss to Swarthmore, by 28 points, Susquehanna ripped off five quick wins before its next — and only other — regular season loss. The Hawks entered the NCAA Tournament on a 13-game win streak and added a first round win over Rowan to boot before falling to 27-3 Christopher Newport in the following round.