Hamilton Named Patriot League Defensive Player Of The Year

March 1, 2006

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) has been named the 2005-2006 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year in men's basketball. Hamilton was also selected first team All-Patriot League, along with junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.). In addition, junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) was named second team All-Patriot League, and freshman forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) was chosen to the Patriot League All-Rookie team.

Hamilton led the Patriot League in scoring with an average of 17.5 points per game this season, in addition to posting league-bests of 6.2 rebounds per contest and 3.3 steals per game. He also placed second on the team and fifth in the conference in assists, with an average of 3.4 per game. Hamilton has tied the school single season record with 92 total steals this year, the most of any player in Division I, and stands just two steals away from the Patriot League single season record of 94 steals. He has also scored in double figures 27 times in 28 games this season, while leading the Crusaders in scoring 12 times and reaching the 20-point mark on nine occasions.

Simmons ranked second on the team and fifth in the league in scoring with an average of 13.7 points per game. He led the team in both field goal percentage (51.7 percent, 138 of 267) and three-point field goal percentage (47.0 percent, 54 of 115), while placing second and fourth in the conference, respectively. Simmons, who also ranked among the team's leaders in rebounds (5.0 per game) and steals (1.2 per game), led the Crusaders in scoring 10 times this year, while scoring in double figures on 22 occasions. He was particularly effective against Patriot League foes, averaging 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in conference games.

Thomas averaged 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.5 steals on the year for the Crusaders, while shooting 37.8 percent from three-point range (34 of 90). He led the Patriot League in assists, while ranking second in steals, third in rebounds and 12th in scoring. Thomas was even more effective in conference games, averaging 11.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.0 steals against Patriot League foes. The team's leading scorer on five occasions this year, Thomas also reached double figures in scoring 19 times, and posted a team-best three double-doubles.

Vander Baan was a four-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week selection this season, while starting 27 out of 29 games for the Crusaders. He averaged 6.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest, while making 40.1 percent (62 of 154) of his field goal attempts. Vander Baan led all Patriot League freshmen in rebounds this season, while ranking seventh in the conference in rebounds overall. He also started more games than any other freshman in the conference, and stood fourth among league rookies in scoring.

Holy Cross (18-11, 11-3 Patriot League), which finished second in the conference regular season standings, returns to action on Friday, March 3, when it plays host to Navy in a quarterfinal round game of the Patriot League Tournament. The contest between the Crusaders and the Midshipmen is scheduled to tip-off at 8:00 p.m. at the Hart Center.

A complete list of the 2005-2006 All-Patriot League teams follows.

All-Patriot League First Team
Kevin Hamilton, Holy Cross, Sr., G
Charles Lee, Bucknell, Sr., G
Chris McNaughton, Bucknell, Jr., C
Jose Olivero, Lehigh, Jr., G
Keith Simmons, Holy Cross, Jr., G

All-Patriot League Second Team
Kevin Bettencourt, Bucknell, Sr., G
Andrei Capusan, American, Sr., F
Andre Ingram, American, Jr., G
Joe Knight, Lehigh, Sr., G
Torey Thomas, Holy Cross, Jr., G

Patriot League All-Rookie Team
Andrew Brown, Lafayette, Fr., G
Kaleo Kina, Navy, Fr., G
Derrick Mercer, American, Fr., G
Alex Vander Baan, Holy Cross, Fr., F
Jason Vegotsky, Bucknell, Fr., G

Player of the Year: Charles Lee, Bucknell, Sr., G
Defensive Player of the Year: Kevin Hamilton, Holy Cross, Jr., G
Rookie of the Year: Derrick Mercer, American, Fr., G
Coach of the Year: Pat Flannery, Bucknell