Men’s Basketball Racks Up Awards
By Kelly Thompson, Director of Athletic Communications
Men's Basketball Takes Rookie, Defensive Player and Coach of the Year
Marquardt, Morris Named All-Conference First Team
Following an incredibly successful regular season, the Molloy men's basketball team received a number of awards at the East Coast Conference Awards Dinner on Friday (Mar. 3). Freshman Nick Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) was dubbed Rookie of the Year, sophomore Curtis Jenkins (Farmingdale, N.Y.) earned Co-Defensive Player of the Year, while Head Men's Basketball Coach Charlie Marquardt was awarded Coach of the Year. Seniors Charlie Marquardt (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.) and Jaylen Morris (Amherst, N.Y.) each received All-Conference First Team recognition.
Corbett had a breakout freshman campaign, starting all 27 regular season contests for Molloy. The point guard totaled 14 double-digit point performances, including two of 20 or more points. The rookie ranked in the top-five on the team in minutes per game (33.2), field goal percentage (45.0), free throw percentage (79.1), assists (94), assists per game (3.5), and steals (40). His 3.5 assists per game also placed fifth in the ECC. Corbett was awarded ECC Rookie of the Week five times throughout the regular season.
Jenkins proved to be a constant threat to the opposition all season long, helping him earn his Co-Defensive Player of the Year recognition. His 2.38 steals per game ranks 11th in all of Division II, while his 62 steals on the season is best on the team, third in the conference, and 18th in the division. With the ability to shoot from all over the court, Jenkins, shooting 45.5 percent from the field, was a huge factor in Molloy's 16.6 points off turnovers per game this season. The sophomore posted 16 double-digit point performances, including two of over 20 while also averaging 5.1 boards per game.
Marquardt is named All-Conference for the first time in his career. The guard has scored 1,547 points in a Molloy uniform, ranking fifth all-time. This season, Marquardt totaled 530 points, 68 in Division II, including six straight games of at least 23 points. His career-high 34 points in the regular season finale helped Molloy clinch the two-seed in the ECC tournament. The senior's 20.4 points per game is tied for the top on the team and in the conference and is 45th in Division II. Marquardt ranks in the top 50 in free throw percentage (89.7) and steals per game (2.04) as well.
Morris is named to the First Team in a season where he led the team and conference in points per game (20.4), scoring 551 total points this season. In his career, the guard has posted 1,592 points, third in program-history. He also etched his name into the Molloy record books as the single-game scoring leader, scoring 42 points against Mercy College on Feb. 4. In addition to scoring, Morris led the team under the glass, pulling down 7.2 boards per game. He totaled four double-doubles on the year, featuring 13 games of over 20 points. He ranks in the top 50 in Division II in minutes per game (36:37), field goal percentage (56.2), and field goals made (226).
Coach Marquardt, in his 23 season with the program, was awarded his second Coach of the Year title after guiding his team back to the ECC postseason for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons. His team ranked in the top 50 in Division II in fewest turnovers (36), free throw percentage (47), steals per game (18), total steals (30), and turnover margin (39). The Lions have scored 2,196 points this season, averaging over 80 per game. A win in tomorrow's ECC Semifinal against Bridgeport would tie the program-record for wins in a season, 18.