America East's Fans' Choice Player of the Year and Player of the Game awards were announced Tuesday.
America East's Fans' Choice Player of the Year and Player of the Game awards were announced Tuesday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Men's & Women's Basketball Fans' Choice Player of Years, Player of Games Honored

Release: 03/05/2013

The 2012-13 America East Fans' Choice Players of the Year and Players of the Game were unveiled on Tuesday and five standouts, two men and three women, have been recognized for their respective accomplishments this season.

Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton and Hartford's Amber Bepko earned  Fans' Choice Player of the Year award with Brenton taking the men's award and Bepko earning the women's trophy. Binghamton's Jordan Reed was named the Men's Player of the Game for earning the most single game honors during the season. Boston U.'s  Chantell Alford and Hartford's Nikkia Smith shared the honor on the women's side.

One of the most unique and versatile players in all of college basketball, Brenton earned 41 percent of over 3,200 total votes to edge out Vermont's Brian Voelkel for honor. The senior forward ranks third among America East leaders in rebounding (8.7 rpg), second in assists (4.9 apg), fourth in steals (1.6 spg) and first in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3-to-1), while averaging a career-high 8.9 points per game. A two-time America East Player of the Week this season, Brenton is up to fourth on the league's all-time rebound list with 1,089 and also has over 950 points, nearly 400 assists and over 200 steals.

Bepko, a sophomore guard, received 1,145 of the 3,022 total votes to edge out Stony Brook’s Gerda Gatlin by a mere 20 votes. The sophomore leads the Hawks in scoring and ranks ninth in the conference, averaging 10.7 points per game. She also ranks sixth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage, making 35.4 percent of her attempts on the season. Bepko missed seven games midway through the year, but has been a big boost to the offense since returning. In her absence, Hartford was 3-4 and averaged 47.4 points per game. With Bepko in the lineup, the Hawks are averaging 58.4 points per game and have gone 9-4. Hartford is the No. 2 seed in the America East Championship.

Nine nominees (one from each school) were named to each ballot on Feb. 26. Over 6,000 fans voted for the awards on the league's FaceBook page through noon on March 5.

Reed totaled nine Player of the Game honors during the regular season to be crowned the league's Player of the Game recipient for the season. A seven-time America East Rookie of the Week, Reed leads the conference in rebounding (9.6 rpg) while ranking second in scoring (16.7 ppg), just percentage points behind the league leader. No first-year player has ever paced the conference in scoring and only five have led in rebounding, the last being Brian Voelkel in 2010. Reed, who has led Binghamton in scoring in 21 of the 27 games he's played in this season, has racked up 13 double-doubles, the most in the league and among the most in the nation (15th).

Both Alford and Smith received the women's Player of the Game award nine times during conference play.

Alford, a senior guard, leads the America East in scoring at 16.6 points per game. She has hit 76 3-pointers this season, putting her one away from fifth on the America East single-season list. In her career, Alford has hit 279 3-pointers, good for fourth most in conference history.

Smith, a senior forward, led the Hawks in scoring nine times during the conference season.  She ranks 10th in the conference in scoring at 10.6 points per game, while also ranking 12th in rebounding at 5.4 boards per game.

The Player of the Game award was determined by tabulating award winners from the regular season. At the conclusion of each America East home game, a player from each team was named the Player of the Game.

The league's annual awards, including the all-conference teams, as well as Player, Rookie and Coach of the Year, will be announced later this week. The women's honors will be unveiled at the women's awards reception on Thursday, March 7 at 5 p.m. while the men's will be given out on Friday, March 8 at 5 p.m. Both receptions will be held at University at Albany, site of the 2013 of the America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU.

All-Time Fans' Choice Player of the Year Winners

2012-13 - Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
2011-12 - Brian Dougher, Stony Brook
2010-11 - Evan Fjeld, Vermont
2009-10 - Marqus Blakely, Vermont
2008-09 - D.J. Rivera, Binghamton
2007-08 - Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 - Mike Trimboli, Vermont
2012-13 - Amber Bepko, Hartford
2011-12 - Dani Klupenger, Stony Brook
2010-11 - Kerry Cashman, Boston U.
2009-10 - May Kotsopoulos, Vermont
2008-09 - Christine Kinneary, Boston U.
2007-08 - Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 - Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.

All-Time America East Player of the Game Winners

2012-13 - Jordan Reed, Binghamton
2011-12 - Darryl Partin, Boston U.
2010-11 - Chris De La Rosa, UMBC
2009-10 - Alvin Abreu, New Hampshire
2008-09 - John Holland, Boston U.
2007-08 - Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 - Jamar Wilson, Albany
2012-13 - Chantell Alford, Boston U./Nikkia Smith, Hartford
2001-12 - Erin Brown, UMBC; Denise Beliveau, New Hampshire
2010-11 - Denise Beliveau, New Hampshire
2009-10 - Kirsten Jeter, Stony Brook
2008-09 - Candace Williams, New Hampshire
2007-08 - Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 - Danielle Clark, New Hampshire