CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Binghamton University's D.J. Rivera and Boston University's John Holland were each were honored by America East on Wednesday for their respective accomplishments this season. Rivera was tabbed this season's selection as the 2009 America East Men's Basketball Fans' Choice Player of the Year while Holland was named 2009 America East Player of the Game.
Rivera (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann-Goretti/St. Joseph's), who led America East in scoring (20.2 ppg) and also ranked among league leaders with 6.4 rebounds per game. received top player honors as determined in a fan vote conducted through the conference website. The junior transfer from St. Joseph's got nearly 25 percent of (2,486 votes) out of almost 7,000 cast. University at Albany's Tim Ambrose (1,110 votes) and University of Vermont's Mike Trimboli (984) were the runners up.
Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.), the conference's third-leading scorer (18.0 ppg), received the most Player of the Game honors during the season to garner the end-of-year award. The Player of the Game award was determined by tabulating award winners from the regular season. At the conclusion of each home game, a player was named the Player of the Game. Just one player was tabbed in non-conference games, while a player from each team was recognized during conference games. Rivera, UMBC's Darryl Proctor and University of New Hampshire's Tyrece Gibbs were the other top recipients.
The league's annual awards, including the all-conference teams, as well as Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year, will be announced at the championship awards banquet on Friday, March 6 at 10 a.m. in Albany, site of the 2009 America East Men's Basketball Championship.