Berkeley College of New York Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams Earn Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Praise

The Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference selections on Monday morning, and the Berkeley College of New York basketball teams were well represented. On the women’s side, Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson was tabbed  
co-Coach of the Year, and three of his players – senior guard Aiyesha Brown, junior forward Milan Germany, and junior guard Janay Thomas – were named to the All-Conference team. For the Berkeley men’s team, senior guard Jovan Bovell, senior center Elijah Craig, and sophomore guard Keenan Langston received All-Conference praise.

Berkeley College’s Women’s Basketball team just completed its third consecutive winning season under the guidance of Head Coach Sharod Tomlinson, who has done a phenomenal job of leading the squad in its short four year existence. The progression of Berkeley’s Women’s Basketball program with Tomlinson at the helm has been encouraging. After putting together just a 2-17 record in their inaugural campaign back in 2010-2011, the Lady Knights have put together three consecutive winning seasons (15-12 in 2011-2012, 14-10 in 2012-2013, and 13-6 thus far this year). Berkeley College has received two USCAA National Tournament bids the past two seasons, and staked its claim as National runners-up during the 2012-2013 season. Berkeley’s Director of Athletics – Andy DeStephano – was proud of the honor that was bestowed upon Tomlinson.

“Sharod did an excellent job with our women’s team this season, and I’m glad to see him be recognized for his continued efforts,” DeStephano said. “This is the third consecutive winning season, and I believe the program has a bright future.”

The Lady Knights were defeated in the semifinal round of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this past Saturday. Berkeley College is hopeful that it will receive a bid to the 2014 USCAA Women’s Basketball National Tournament, as selections will be announced on Wednesday, February 26.

Aiyesha Brown earned her second HVIAC All-Conference selection (she also received praise following the 2012-2013 season). Thus far this season, she shares a team lead in points-per-game for the Knights by averaging 16.5 points per contest. The Jamaica, NY native has scored in double figures 10 times this year, and has scored 17 points or more seven times.

After being tabbed as a 2012-2013 All-Conference selection, Milan Germany was recognized by the conference again she was named to the All-Conference team for the 2013-2014 campaign. Germany displayed excellent versatility on the court this past season, averaging team-highs in points-per-game with 16.5 and rebounds per contest with nine. She also posted eight double-doubles for the year, as well.

Finally, speedy guard Janay Thomas earned All-Conference praise after also being named to the HVIAC All-Conference crew during the 2011-2012 season. This past year, Thomas averaged 13 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per contest. She scored in double digits on 10 different occasions for the Knights, and played at least 37 minutes or more in seven of Berkeley’s games this year.

On the men’s side for Berkeley College, senior center Elijah Craig was named to the HVIAC All-Conference team for the third time (he also was tabbed during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons). This past year, the big man averaged nine points and team-high 10.1 rebounds per game. He also posted seven double-doubles for the year as well.

Senior guard Jovan Bovell was named to the 2013-2014 All-Conference team after earning the same distinction a season ago. The senior guard was second on the Knights with his 11.5 points-per-game average. He also snatched 4.7 rebounds-per-contest and dished 3.9 assists-per-game.

Sophomore guard Keenan Langston earned his first All-Conference selection by putting forth a phenomenal campaign for his team. The  Brooklyn, NY native paced the Knights by scoring a team-high 16.4 points per contest and shooting 45.5 percent from the floor. He also 4.3 rebounds per game, as well.

The Berkeley College Men’s Basketball team fell in the semifinal round of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this past Saturday. Team selections for the 2013-2014 USCAA Men’s Basketball National Tournament will be announced on Wednesday, February 26, as the Knights will hope for an invitation to the tournament for the fourth straight season.