The Daily Star
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Hartwick College senior men’s basketball player Jared Suderley added a second Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year award to his resume Thursday.
Suderley, first honored as the conference’s top player in 2012, becomes the third player in E8 history to earn the twice. Rochester Institute of Technology’s Brandon Redmond (2001, 2002) and Ithaca College’s Sean Burton (2008, 2009) are the other two-time recipients.
Suderley’s teammate, freshman guard Joey Lufkin, was named the Rookie of the Year. Suderley and Lufkin became the first teammates to earn and player and rookie of the year honors in the same season.
Additionally, Hartwick senior Kyle Bradley was selected as a Second Team all-conference player.
Suderley was a Second Team honoree by the E8 last year and also was named the Rookie of the Year in 2011. This season, Suderley ranked first in the conference in scoring average (20.2) and rebounds (10.8). He also shot a conference-best 87.7 percent from the free throw line. Nationally, he ranks 26th in total points, 18th in rebounds and 26th in free throw percentage.
Suderley started every game this season and scored in double figures every game. He had 14 double-doubles, which ranks 18th in Division III.
He had season highs of 36 points and 17 rebounds in Hartwick’s 96-82 victory over Houghton on Jan. 18.
On Feb. 1 against St. John Fisher, Suderley became the all-time leading rebounder in Hartwick history, passing Les Miller’s record of 827. Less than a week later, he passed Tim McGraw’s scoring mark of 1,878 points to become the all-time scorer in Hawks’ history.
“This is a great accomplishment for Jared,” Hartwick coach Todd McGuinness said in a media release sent by the school. “He has had a great season this year and his best in a Hartwick uniform. Jared has been a winner since Day 1 and has had these great accomplishments while leading Hartwick to three Empire 8 titles and two NCAA tournament appearances.”
Lufkin is Hartwick’s fifth E8 Rookie of the Year. He joins David Orr (2001), Jan Cocozziello (2006), Mark Blazek (2009) and Suderley (2011). He is second on the Hawks in scoring with an average of 16.1 points, which is sixth overall and first among freshmen in the Empire 8.
Lufkin had his college high of of 28 points in a 77-65 Hartwick win over the Cardinals. His 41.1 three-point shooting percentage is tied for third in the E8. He hit season highs of five three-point shots made on two occasions (Nov. 16 vs. Messiah and Feb. 1 vs. Fisher).
“Joey has really developed as the year has gone along and has been a factor for the team since day one,” McGuinness said in the media release.
Bradley is averaging 14.1 points. His 60 percent field goal percentage is tops in the conference and is 23rd overall in the country. He leads Hartwick in assists (81) and steals (41) and ranks eighth and sixth in both categories, respectively, in the Empire 8. Bradley is sixth in total rebounds in the E8 with an 8.1 average. He eclipsed the 1,000 point mark Feb. 8 against Alfred.
“Kyle has had a great senior season and his numbers show that he is not only a good scorer but a great passer,” McGuinness said.
Senior guard Christian Laputka was selected as Hartwick’s representative on the Sportsman of the Year team.
The top-seeded Hawks (16-9, 10-4) will host the Empire 8 Tournament this weekend. They’ll play fourth-seeded Alfred at 8 p.m. tonight in a semifinal. Second-seeded Stevens and No. 3 Nazareth will play in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. The championship game will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday.