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Williams Named Rookie of the Year

Jaylen Williams is the men's basketball program's first ODAC Rookie of the Year.
Jaylen Williams is the men's basketball program's first ODAC Rookie of the Year.

FOREST, Va. - Jaylen Williams has been named ODAC Rookie of the Year for men's basketball in selections announced Wednesday afternoon by the league office.

Williams, from Woodbridge and a cybersecurity major, started 16 of 25 games this past season and averaged 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

He scored in double figures in 17 contests, including the final five of the season, and had a season-high 24 points in an 86-75 ODAC loss to Virginia Wesleyan on February 13.

Williams' scoring total led all freshmen in the ODAC.

Williams is the first major award winner for men's basketball program in seven seasons of ODAC play, the first Rookie of the Year ever and the first men's basketball player to win a major award from a conference since Jeremiah Lawrence '08 was selected as the USA South Conference Player of the Year in 2008.

"We are really proud of Jaylen," head coach Adam Walsh said. "He has distinguished himself amongst very stiff competition in the ODAC this season. Individual recognition is a team reward as well as a testament to the individual's level of work and commitment to his craft.

"What's best about this award is that it is being received by not just a solid basketball player, but a very well rounded individual that represents our program, our university, and his family to the highest degree.

"This award is a building block for our program and signifies a step in the right direction for where we see ourselves going."

Williams is the second SU athlete to be named ODAC Rookie of the Year this season. Kelsey Jones, a member of the field hockey and women's basketball teams, was selected in field hockey this past fall.

The complete team:

OLD DOMINION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

2019 Men's Basketball All-ODAC Awards 

Kurt Axe Memorial Player of the Year: Buzz Anthony, Randolph-Macon

Defensive Player of the Year: Curtis Mitchell, Washington and Lee

Bob Johnson Coach of the Year: Josh Merkel, Randolph-Macon

ODAC Rookie of the Year: Jaylen Williams, Shenandoah

ODAC/Va. Farm Bureau Scholar-Athlete: Jon Nowell, Randolph-Macon

 

ALL-ODAC FIRST TEAM

Buzz Anthony

So.

G

Randolph-Macon

Marcus Curry

Sr.

F

Guilford 

Josh Freund

Sr.

F

Roanoke

Roy McMillan

Sr.

F

Washington and Lee

Daniel Spencer

Jr.

G

Emory and Henry

Austin Wrighten

Sr.

G/F

Lynchburg

 

 

 

 

ALL-ODAC SECOND TEAM

Kyler Gregory

Jr.

F

Guilford 

Devin Kearns

Sr.

G

Washington and Lee 

Grayson Midulla

Sr.

G

Randolph-Macon 

Connor Schroeder

Sr.

F

Lynchburg

Lamont Steward

Jr.

G/F

Virginia Wesleyan

Tharon Suggs

So.

G

Emory and Henry

 

 

 

 

ALL-ODAC THIRD TEAM

Dimetri Chambers

So.

G

Bridgewater

Tim Fisher

So.

F

Virginia Wesleyan

Sammy Hooper

Sr.

G

Randolph College

Marcus Huff

Sr.

G

Ferrum

Carson Long

Sr.

F

Guilford

Alic Wynn

Sr.

F

Emory and Henry

 

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