CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy's Adam Richardson (Bradley, Maine) has been named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Year and Senior Scholar Athlete, while landing a spot on the NAC First Team. Head Coach Dan McNeely has earned NAC Coach of the Year honors, Nicholas DePatsy (Waldoboro, Maine) has been named to the NAC Second Team and Andrew Liebert (Plano, Texas) landed a spot on the NAC Sportsmanship Team.
Richardson led the conference in field goal percentage (64.8 NAC, 64.2 overall) this season, averaging 20.1 points per game against conference opponents and 18.6 points per game overall. The forward net 465 points this season, leading the Mariners and all of the conference players, while shooting over 70 percent from the floor in six conference games this season, and over 80 percent in two games. An offensive threat and leader on the court, the forward averaged 7.5 baskets for every 11.6 attempts and stayed on the court for over 36 minutes a game, playing wire to wire in four NAC matchups. Richardson also hit 66 percent of his free throw attempts in conference games (71.1 percent overall) and handed out a league-leading 71 assists (5.1 per game). Over the entire season, he dished out 114 assists (4.6 per game), also leading the NAC. The three-time NAC Player of the Week, grabbed 6.0 rebounds per game, including 5.2 defensive rebounds per game. Richardson tallied three double-doubles this season, including two against conference opponents. Richardson is the first NAC Player of the Year and All-NAC First Team selection for the Maine Maritime men's basketball program since Matt Clement earned both honors in 2003-2004.
Aside from his success on the court, Richardson has excelled in the classroom, carrying a 3.43 GPA as a Power Engineering Technology major. He logged 600 hours during a 2018 summer engineering co-op in the Utilities and Recovery area of the SAPPI Somerset Paper Mill (Somerset, Maine) where he worked on a major project to revamp the training curriculum for operations employees. Richardson was selected to the 2017-18 NABC Honors Court, 2016-17 NAC All-Academic Team, and the 2016-17 Men's Basketball Sportsmanship Team. The team captain, volunteers annually for the MMA Special Olympics Bocce Tournament and has volunteered his time coaching youth basketball teams.
McNeely has been named the North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honor in his second season at the helm for the Mariners. Last year, he led the Mariners to their first back-to-back conference victories since the 2012-13 season and the first weekend sweep since the 2007-08 season. McNeely led his team to 11 wins this year, more than double the wins from last season, and the most for the Mariners in 13 seasons. The Mariners went 7-7 in the NAC, an improvement from 4-14 one year ago and made their first NAC Tournament appearance since 2010-2011. McNeely's players were recognized as NAC Rookie of the Week three times and Player of the Week three times as well.
DePatsy, a junior International Business & Logistics major and team captain, led the conference and Mariners in overall three-point percentage (44.4), three-pointers made (91 total, 51 against NAC opponents), and minutes per game (36.8 overall and 37.1 in conference games). DePatsy started all 25 games for the Mariners this season, and played all 40 minutes in seven games. DePatsy tallied double-figures in 22 games this season, while shooting over 50 percent from the floor in 11 games and over 50 percent from three-point land in 10 games. The forward tallied a career-high 33 points, the most by a MMA player since 2005, in a conference matchup against Thomas College on February 9, when he also broke the single-game record for three-pointers in a game (9) and three-pointers in a single season (91).
Liebert, a junior Power Engineering Technology major, appeared in all 25 games for the Mariners this season, earning the start in 12 games. Liebert averaged 7.3 points per game while shooting 53.7 percent from the floor and 77.8 percent from the line. Liebert also pulled down 3.5 rebounds per game and dished out 1.3 assists per game. The forward scored in double-figures in six games this season, including a career-high 21 points against NVU-Lyndon on February 1 when he went a perfect 8-for-8 from the floor. The NAC Men's Basketball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. Honorees have positively affected the NAC basketball culture and environment, and regularly demonstrate sportsmanship and integrity that goes beyond the playing rules.
2018-2019 Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams
F- Justin Martin, Senior - Husson
F- Adam Richardson, Senior - Maine Maritime
F- Milani Hicks, Senior - UMaine-Farmington
G- Amir Moss, Junior - UMaine-Farmington
G- Shyquinn Dix, Sophomore, UMaine-Presque Isle
G- Robert Holliday Jr., Junior - SUNY Canton
G- Justin Thompson, Sophomore - Husson
F- Riley Robinson, Junior - UMaine-Farmington
F- Andrew Fitch, Sophomore - SUNY Canton
F- Nicholas DePatsy, Junior - Maine Maritime
Player of the Year of the Year
Adam Richardson, Senior - Maine Maritime
Defensive Player of the Year
Andrew Fitch, Sophomore - SUNY Canton
Rookie of the Year
Griffin Guerrette, Freshman - UMaine-Presque Isle
Senior Scholar Athlete
Adam Richardson, Senior - Maine Maritime
Coach of the Year
Dan McNeely - Maine Maritime
Andrew Fitch, Sophomore (Melbourne, Australia) - SUNY Canton
Isaac Witham, Junior (Smithfield, Maine) - UMaine-Farmington
DJ Bussey, Sophomore (Peoria, Arizona) - Husson
Andrew Liebert, Junior (Plano, Texas) - Maine Maritime
Donell Shaw, Senior (Washington, D.C.) - Northern Vermont-Johnson
Colby Bucknam, Freshman (Bowdoin, Maine) - Northern Vermont-Lyndon
Eric Anthony, Junior (Baltimore, Maryland) - UMaine-Presque Isle
Tyler Nixon, Sophomore (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) - Thomas