Bonnies Clean-Up On A10 Awards Day


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The Atlantic 10 announced their end of season awards today and much like the regular season, it was a banner day for the Bonnies who stole the show so to speak.

Mark Schmidt won his first Coach of the Year honor in his 9th season, Denzel Gregg won 6th Man of the Year and Jay Adams (1st Team) and Marcus Posley (2nd Team) were rewarder for their excellent play this season by the league’s coaches.

Senior forward Dion Wright was left off the all-conference list but after seeing the overall haul of hardware it’s hard to say the Bonnies got snubbed due to Wright’s omission.

Schmidt fully deserved this honor, though I was a bit worried VCU’s Will Wade may sneak in and steal it from Mark. What Schmidt has been able to do with this roster, playing eight guys, for a team picked to finish 8th in the league is truly incredible. He continues to do more with less than any coach in the league, if not America, and should receive a nice bonus for this award. Gregg was a surprising winner to me as 6th Man of the Year, as many thought VCU’s Justin Tillman would get the nod. No one can doubt Gregg, the team’s X-factor all season, has been spectacular off the bench most nights and elevated this team from good to really, really good. Adams and Posley being named to first and second team all league’s was expected as it would have been criminal for either to not the cut in those teams.

Here is the full release from 


ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Following their most successful Atlantic 10 Conference season ever, three St. Bonaventure players received All-Conference honors, and Mark Schmidt was named the 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, the A-10 announced today. Sophomore point guard Jaylen Adams was named to the all-conference first team and senior guard Marcus Posley was selected to the second team. Junior forward Denzel Gregg was chosen the co-winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award.

Now in his ninth season, Schmidt earned his first A-10 Coach of the Year honors after he guided the Bonnies to a share of the regular season conference championship. St. Bonaventure set a school record with 14 A-10 wins, finishing 14-4 in conference play and 22-7 overall. The Bonnies were predicted to finish eighth in the preseason A-10 poll. St. Bonaventure’s 22 wins overall are tied for the most ever in a regular season in the program’s 96-year history. The Bonnies are seeded third in this week’s Atlantic 10 Championship tournament – their highest seed in the tournament during Schmidt’s tenure.

Schmidt’s team ended the regular season with 10 wins in its last 11 games and a RPI ranking of 27. Schmidt stands third on St. Bonaventure’s all-time coaching wins list with 146.

Adams earns his first all-conference honors after an eye-opening sophomore season. He is fifth in the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 18.2 points per game, thanks largely to his development as one of the A-10’s premier shooters. The Baltimore, Md., native is second in the A-10 in three-point field goal percentage (.448) and leads the A-10 in free throw percentage (.878). He is sixth among A-10 players in three-pointers made per game (77 total, 2.8 per game) and second in assists (5.0 per game). In addition to being consistent all year with 25 games scoring in double figures, Adams made clutch plays and performed well in key games. He scored a career high 31 points in a road win at Saint Joseph’s, then matched that in a win at Dayton. Adams also hit a game-winning three-pointer against Saint Louis.

Posley joined Adams to form one of the most dynamic and productive backcourts in the game. The second-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 at 19.3 points per game, Posley has 17 games of 17 or more points including four 30-point games and his 47-point outburst in the March 2 win over Saint Joseph’s. He has made 74 three-pointers and is shooting .363 from long range. The Rockford, Ill., product also averages 3.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Posley, who has scored 1,076 points in his two seasons at St. Bonaventure, earned third team All-Conference honors last year.

Gregg, a 6-7 forward from Syracuse, shares the Sixth Man of the Year award with UMass guard Jabarie Hinds. Gregg is averaging 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He has set career bests in every statistical category. Gregg, who has started twice and come off the bench in the Bonnies’ other 27 games, plays 23.5 minutes per game. Fifteen of his 16 career games scoring in double figures have been this season.

This is the second straight year that multiple St. Bonaventure players have earned All-Conference accolades. Last season, Posley and Youssou Ndoye were both third team all-conference.

The Bonnies have a bye into the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Their first game will be Friday at 9:00 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., against either Davidson, Duquesne or,La Salle. The game will air on NBC Sports Network.

The 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Basketball All-Conference Awards:
Jaylen Adams St. Bonaventure
DeAndre’ Bembry Saint Joseph’s
Charles Cooke Dayton
Jack Gibbs Davidson
Melvin Johnson VCU

Tyler Cavanaugh George Washington
Patricio Garino George Washington
Isaiah Miles Saint Joseph’s
Dyshawn Pierre Dayton
Marcus Posley St. Bonaventure

Mo Alie-Cox VCU
Terry Allen Richmond
T.J. Cline Richmond
Micah Mason Duquesne
Ryan Rhoomes Fordham

Tyler Cavanaugh George Washington
Mike Crawford Saint Louis
Patricio Garino George Washington
Mo Alie-Cox VCU
Alex Mitola George Washington
Christian Sengfelder Fordham

Mo Alie-Cox VCU
DeAndre’ Bembry Saint Joseph’s
Charles Cooke Dayton
Patricio Garino George Washington
Hassan Martin Rhode Island

Joseph Chartouny Fordham
Lamarr Kimble Saint Joseph’s
Oris Livingston George Mason
Jermaine Bishop Saint Louis
Khwane Fore Richmond

DeAndre’ Bembry Saint Joseph’s

Hassan Martin Rhode Island

Joseph Chartouny Fordham

Mark Schmidt St. Bonaventure

Isaiah Miles Saint Joseph’s
Denzel Gregg St. Bonaventure
Jabarie Hinds Massachusetts

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