KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Reed Buck of the United States Merchant Marine Academy men's basketball team has been named the 2011-2012 Landmark Conference Player of the Year as well as being named to the All-Landmark Conference Men's Basketball First Team. Buck averaged a team leading 20.6 points per game in 24 games for the Mariners this season, shooting for 51.1% from the field and a team high 82.9% from the free-throw line. Of the six players named to the All-Conference First Team, Buck was the youngest to make the list. The voting for the All-Conference Teams was decided by the eight coaches of each institution in the Landmark Conference and took place after the conclusion of the regular season. Postseason statistics did not factor into the voting process.
Following a conference season in which six teams finished within four game of first place 12 student-athletes have been chosen to the 2011-12 All-Landmark Conference Men's Basketball Team as selected by the conference's eight head coaches. The team consists of a first and second team, with six players on each team, and the selections made by position.
The balance in the conference was evident in the selections as seven teams claimed at least one selection, and all four postseason qualifiers earned at least two spots. Susquehanna University captured three selections while the individual honors were split among three teams. United States Merchant Marine Academy sophomore Reed Buck was voted Landmark Player of the Year, while The University of Scranton, which finished atop the regular season standings, had junior Travis Farrell and freshman Ross Danzig earn Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors respectively. Juniata College Head Coach Greg Curley and his staff were voted the Coaching Staff of the Year.
Of the 12 selections, only three were carryovers from the previous year, with four players on the team had been All-Conference selections in the past. Farell and Luke Hawk of Scranton were both repeat selections, while Drew's Asmar Capers also was chosen for the second time. Susquehanna senior Spenser Spencer was also a multi-time All-Conference pick. The junior class was well represented with six All-Conference honorees while five seniors were chosen in their final year of competition.
2011-12 All-Landmark Conference Men's Basketball First Team
Sr. G-Asmar Capers, Drew - Bridgewater, N.J. (Bridgewater-Raritan)
Jr. G-Travis Farrell, Scranton - Middletown, N.J. (Christian Brothers Academy)
Sr. G-Spenser Spencer, Susquehanna - Seattle, Wash. (Lakeside)
So. F-Reed Buck, USMMA- Lawrenceville, Ga. (Collins Hill)
Jr. G-D.J. Strayhorn, Moravian- Swiftwater, Pa. (Pocono Mountain East)
Sr. F-Luke Hawk, Scranton - Audubon, Pa. (Methacton)
2011-2012 All-Conference Men's Basketball Second Team
Jr. F-Garrett Johnson, Moravian - Allentown, Pa. (William Allen)
So. F-Harley Sellinger, Susquehanna - Mill Hall, Pa. (Central Mountain)
Jr. F-J.T. Wilson, Susquehanna - Sparta, N.J. (Pope John XXIII Regional)
Jr. G-Shawn Holmes, Catholic - Baltimore, Md. (Calvert Hall)
Sr. G-Dan Sekulski, Juniata - Douglassville, Pa. (Daniel Boone Area)
Jr. G-Alex Raymond, Juniata - Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Altoona)
Player of the Year: Reed Buck, USMMA
Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Farrell, Scranton
Rookie of the Year: Ross Danzig, Scranton
Coaching Staff of the Year (Head Coach): Juniata College (Greg Curley)