The Men’s and Women’s Basketball players at Farmingdale State have received many awards this semester for their exceptional performances on the court. As the fall semester comes to an end, the women’s team is 6-2 overall, 4-0 Skyline while the men’s team stands at 5-3, 2-0 Skyline. For the week of December 20th, four of our student-athletes picked up Player and Rookie of the Week honors in our respective conferences and were also named to the Honor Roll for the Met Basketball Writer’s Association.
Brandon Nieves (Harlem, NY/All Hallows) and I’shawna West (Hempstead, NY/Hempstead) were named the Skyline Rookie’s of the Week. Brandon averaged 11.3 points in three games for the Rams last week. He was named to the all-tournament team at the Keystone College Holiday Tournament, averaging 14.0 points in helping the Rams to the championship game. Nieves scored a team-leading 16 points against Keystone in the final.
West continues her torrid scoring pace. She has been named Rookie of the Week three times in the Skyline Conference and four times in the Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) during the first four weeks of the season. West, who ranks second in the conference in scoring, finished with a game-high 22 points in only 19 minutes in the Rams’ 78-33 win over CCNY. For the season, West is currently averaging 18.8 points and 2.13 3-pointers per game. Farmingdale State has won six straight games to climb atop the Skyline Conference standings.
Sharon Billips (Brooklyn, NY/John Jay), who leads the Skyline Conference in scoring, was named to the Skyline and Met Basketball Honor Roll and was named Player of the Week in the WIAC for the fourth consecutive time. In the Rams only game this week, Billips continued her outstanding play against CCNY. With only three assists shy of a triple-double, Billips posted 18 points, 14 boards and 3 blocks. Sharon has shown her consistency this season as she is averaging 23.3 points and 8.6 rebounds.
Junior Kenny McMillan (Bronx, NY/All Hallows) was also on the Skyline and Met Basketball Honor Roll. Kenny averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 steals in three games for the Rams. He was named to the all-tournament team, along with Nieves, at the Keystone Holiday Tournament.
The Rams have finished the first half of the 2004-2005 schedule and will resume play after break. The women will tip-off in 2005 at Montclair State on January 6th at 7:00 p.m. The men will travel to St. Joseph’s College for a conference game on January 10th at 7:00 p.m.