ALBANY, N.Y. — University of Maine freshman guard Gerald McLemore and junior guard Junior Bernal were honored at the America East postseason banquet and awards ceremony Friday.
The guards were Maine’s lone representatives on the conference’s postseason honors teams as McLemore was named to the all-rookie team and Bernal — for the second straight year — was an all-academic team member.
“I wasn’t expecting it. I just wanted to help the team by scoring, playing defense,” McLemore said. “It’s definitely a privilege.”
McLemore averaged 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game this season while playing in all 29 games and starting 28.
“I’m very grateful,” McLemore added. “I wouldn’t be there [the team] without the coaches and parents and my teammates pushing me in practice.
“I’m just grateful for being on the team.”
Bernal was equally grateful for his honor.
“It’s a great honor to be named to the All-Academic Team. I work hard in the classroom because I know I’m not going to play sports my whole life,” Bernal said. “I’d like to thank my family and friends for all of their support.”
Vermont forward Marqus Blakely was the AE’s player of the year and defensive player of the year for a second straight year while Jake O’Brien of Boston University was named the league’s rookie of the year.
Kevin Broadus, coach of the No. 1-seeded Binghamton University Bearcats, was named the AE’s coach of the year.
The All-America East first team consists of Boston University guards John Holland and Corey Lowe, University of Maryland Baltimore County forward Darryl Proctor, and Vermont’s Blakely and guard Mike Trimboli.