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Hostos Basketball Players, Coach Earn CUNYAC Awards

Friday, February 15, 2013 (The Bronx, NY) – On Wednesday, February 13, seven Hostos Community College student-athletes and the head coach of the men’s basketball team were recognized by The City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) at its annual basketball press luncheon in Lower Manhattan.

With the 48th Annual CUNYAC Basketball Championship about to tip off, it was a huge testament to the college’s Athletic Department. Currently ranked ninth in the nation by the NJCAA Division III, the Caimans men’s basketball team earned a total of five awards, including:

* Tyree White was named CUNYAC Rookie of the Year. Tyree ranks ninth in the conference in scoring with 12.1 points per game, and third in rebounds with 10.4 rebounds per game, and 5 offensive rebounds per game.

* Jeremiah Brown and Chad Coachman were named to the All-Star team for their performances throughout the regular season, averaging 10.5 and 15.7 points per game respectively.

* Maverick Hodge received the prestigious Burt Beagle Sportsmanship Award for his positive attitude and leadership. Also selected as Student-Athlete of the Month by the college, Hodge exemplifies all the best qualities of sportsmanship, not for the Caimans but also for CUNY overall.

* Leading the Caimans to a 21-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 CUNYAC record, Head Coach Dr. Jody King was named CUNYAC Coach of the Year for his stewardship of the Caiman squad. In his comments, Coach King congratulated his players for their hard work throughout the season: “Their performance on the court and in the classroom speaks volumes about what we are trying to achieve with our student-athletes."

Three Lady Caimans were named CUNYAC All-Stars for the Community College women's division. Sophomore Kristina Shcherban, freshman Mecca Norfleet, and freshman Melsha Messam all ranked in the top 15 for scoring in the conference, with Melsha leading the charge with 12.6 points per game. Mecca ranks sixth in the conference for steals, averaging two per game, and Kristina leads the conference in free throw percentage with an impressive 81.9 percent.

About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to more than 7,000 students in 2012. The college also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu

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