SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Earlier in March four Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men’s basketball players were awarded postseason honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3hoops.com.
Nichols junior, and two-time CCC Player of the Year, Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.) was the only player recognized by both organizations as he was selected as NABC First Team All-District selection in the Northeast and a D3hoops.com First Team All-Northeast Region choice.
The other CCC players named as D3hoops.com All-Region honorees were Keith Brown (Pelham, N.H.) from Endicott, Austin Coene (Tyngsborough, Mass.) from Roger Williams, and Garrisson Duvivier (Brockton, Mass.) from Gordon. Brown and Coene were both All-Northeast Third Teamers, while Duvivier earned a spot on the Fourth Team.
MARCOS ECHEVARRIA, NICHOLS | NABC FIRST TEAM ALL-DISTRICT, D3HOOPS.COM FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION
Echevarria helped lead the Bison to a 25-4 mark this season including the program's second-straight CCC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. On the court, Echevarria averaged 22.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 2.0 steals in 36.2 minutes per game. The junior shot 42.4 percent from the field, 41 percent from beyond the arc, 83.3 percent at the charity stripe on the season, and led the league in three-pointers made (119), while ranking second in total points (641) and third in free throws made. Echevarria scored 20+ points in 23-of-29 games this season, including a pair of 30-point games.
Over his three years with the Bison, Echevarria has scored 1,889 points and is currently the all-time leader in three-pointers made (355). The junior is just 111 points away from becoming the third player in program history with 2,000 career points, and he sits only 217 points from the all-time scoring record at the College held by Ryan Sheehan '14.
KEITH BROWN, ENDICOTT | D3HOOPS.COM THIRD TEAM ALL-REGION
In 27 games played this past season, Brown averaged 24.2 points per game (653 total) to go along with a 44.5 field goal percentage (222-499), a 41.0 three-point field goal percentage (105-206), and a 76.5 free throw percentage (104-136). Brown also hauled in 5.4 rebounds per game (40 OFF, 107 DEF, 147 TOT), dished out 51 assists, recorded 26 steals, and had six blocks.
Brown led the CCC in field goals made, points, points per game, and points per 40 minutes (31.0), while also placing second in three-point field goals made, fifth in free throws made, No. 12 in total rebounds (13th per game).
Among all NCAA Division III student-athletes, Brown finished No. 11 in points per game, No. 10 in total points, No. 8 in three-point field goals made per game (3.89) and total three-point field goals made, and No. 19 in total field goals made.
Meanwhile, Brown's 653 points scored this season surpassed Jon D'Orlando's 22-year school record of 639 points set back in the 1996-97 season. Brown also established single season program records this year for three-point field goals made (105) and three-point field goals attempted (256).
AUSTIN COENE, ROGER WILLIAMS | D3HOOPS.COM THIRD TEAM ALL-REGION
Coene enjoyed a stellar season for the Hawks, where he averaged a career-high 22.7 points per game, placing him tied for 20th among all NCAA Division III players. In addition, he ranks fourth in rebounding average (6.7 rpg) in the CCC, as well as second in the conference in steals (51) and first in free throws made (144).
He scored in double figures in all 27 games including 17 games with 20+ points including a career-high 41 points against Salve Regina on Jan. 30. Coene was also honored as an All-CCC First Team selection, a CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 First Team member, and a CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree.
GARRISSON DUVIVIER, GORDON | D3HOOPS.COM FOURTH TEAM ALL-REGION
Duvivier received his third straight All-CCC honor and his second straight First Team honor this year as he averaged 17.1 points, 13.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 1.9 steals per game. He led the CCC in rebounding and was ranked fourth in NCAA Division III. He also led the CCC in blocks with 60, second in made free throws with 127, and second in steals with 51.
Portions of this release are courtesy of the Endicott, Gordon, Nichols, and Roger Williams Sports Information Departments.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.