Osprey Trio Earns Postseason ASUN Honors


ATLANTA — The ASUN Conference office announced Wednesday its list of postseason awards for Men’s Basketball and a trio of North Florida players were included as Carter Hendricksen and Jose Placer garnered All-Conference honors and Jonathan Aybar was named to the All-Freshman squad.

Hendricksen picked up All-ASUN (first team) recognition after earning second-team All-Conference a season ago. The Osprey’s leading scorer this season at 15.1 points per game, Hendricksen ranked 5th in the ASUN for scoring and was 19th in rebounding (4.8 RPG). Despite missing seven games due to injury early in the year, Hendricksen managed to rank 3rd in the league for three-pointers made per game and was fourth in free throw percentage. In addition to his strong play on the court, Hendricksen excelled in the classroom becoming the third Osprey to earn the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor for men’s basketball.

Coach Matthew Driscoll says:

Carter Hendricksen has so many high level qualities both on and off the court that it doesn’t surprise anyone associated with our program that he is not only first Team All-ASUN but also the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Carter has a unique ability to balance all three of the day-to-day phases in the life of a student-athlete:  Academics, Athletics and Social. He has constantly demonstrated an understanding for his upgraded and expected role on the basketball court as the leading returning player off a championship team and he didn’t get overwhelmed or allow it to hold him back from guiding this team to continued success. Success that not only resulted in a fourth place finish in the regular season but also for a future full of potential waiting to ascend. Carter has high aspirations for himself in everything he does and wants to always give his best effort and make a difference in someone’s life.”

A newcomer for the Ospreys this season, Placer took a lead role for the team on the court and was recognized for his hard work with a pair of Newcomer of the Week honors during the regular season. He finished the year as the team’s second leading scorer at 14.5 points per game while also dishing out 3.4 assist per contest. Placer was the squad’s leading scorer in ASUN competition averaging 15.9 points per game. For the season, Placer ranked seventh in ASUN in scoring, 12th in FG%, sixth in assists and 8th in three-pointers made.

Coach Matthew Driscoll says:

Jose Placer demonstrated throughout the year that he wasn’t afraid to attack his position on the floor while understanding the significance of the lead guard position in our system. He not only shot a high percentage from the 3-point line but also had a special statistic that very few players of his size accomplish, scoring at a 63% rate from 2-point range. Jose has great desire and determination to become as good as he can be and that focus allows us to continue growing our championship culture.”

Aybar made an immediate impact for the Ospreys in his freshman campaign, finishing the season ranked second in the league for blocked shots at 1.2 blocks per game. He was one of just three players to appear in every game this season for UNF and earned 15 starts. He boasted an average of 7.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as the team’s top performing freshman. Aybar ranked 9th in the ASUN for offensive rebounds and 18th in overall rebounding.

Coach Matthew Driscoll says:

Jonathan Aybar had an incredible freshmen campaign filled with so many ups and downs due to a variety of uncertainties that became part of our daily grind. He stayed steadfast and never lost his smile or passion for wanting to be the best basketball player he can be. He committed to all aspects of our program allowing us to quickly reload and push towards another championship run. Jonathan has really found his way in our system and continues to develop his many talents and treasures knowing that his best is yet to come.”

 

2021 ASUN Men’s Basketball Postseason Awards

Player of the Year: Darius McGhee, Liberty
Defensive Player of the Year: Elijah Cuffee, Liberty
Newcomer of the Year: Romeao Ferguson, Lipscomb
Freshman of the Year: Chase Johnston, Stetson
Coach of the Year: Ritchie McKay, Liberty

ASUN All-Conference First Team

*Darius McGhee, Liberty, Jr., G

*Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb, Jr., C

*Pedro Bradshaw, Bellarmine, Jr., G

Dylan Penn, Bellarmine, Jr., G
Carter Hendricksen, North Florida, Jr., F

ASUN All-Conference Second Team

Dontarius James, Jacksonville, Jr., F

Elijah Cuffee, Liberty, Sr., G

Romeao Ferguson, Lipscomb, Gr., G

Mervin James, North Alabama, So., F
Jose Placer, North Florida, Jr., G

ASUN All-Freshmen Team

*Chase Johnston, Stetson, Fr., G

*Chris Youngblood, Kennesaw State, Fr., G

Detalian Brown, North Alabama, Fr., G
Jonathan Aybar, North Florida, Fr., F

Josh Smith, Stetson, Fr., F

* – Denotes unanimous selection

ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

ATLANTA  – North Florida’s Carter Hendricksen was tabbed the ASUN Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday by the league office. Hendricksen is joined by seven other Men’s Basketball student-athletes on the All-Academic Team.

Hendricksen, a two-time All-Academic selection, owns a 3.76 cumulative GPA as he pursues a Sport Management degree in his third season with the Ospreys. He becomes the third Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year from North Florida joining JT Escobar (2019) and Trent Mackey (2016). The Lexington, Ky., native ranks fifth in the ASUN for scoring this season at 15.1 PPG and third in the ASUN for three’s made per contest (2.87). He helped North Florida to the number four seed in the upcoming ASUN Championship while posting five 20-point games this season.

The All-Academic Team recognizes student-athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom and exemplify the ASUN’s mission of Building Winners for Life. All the members of the team boast a 3.30 cumulative grade point average or better and participated in at least half of their team’s games.

 

MEN’S BASKETBALL All-ACADEMIC TEAM

Carter Hendricksen, North Florida# (Junior | 3.76 | Sport Management)

*Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb# (Junior | 3.55 | Finance)

Juston Betz, Bellarmine (Junior | 3.97 | Accounting & Finance)

Ethan Claycomb, Bellarmine (Senior | 3.48 | Accounting)

Caleb Catto, FGCU (Junior | 3.65 | Integrated Studies)

Blake Preston, Liberty (Sophomore | 3.60 | Finance)

Romeao Ferguson, Lipscomb (Graduate | 3.42 | MBA)

Payton Youngblood, North Alabama (Senior | 4.00 | MBA)

* – Denotes unanimous selection to the All-Academic Team | # – Denotes a two-time selection to the All-Academic Team

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