YORK, Pa. - The Capital Athletic Conference announced its postseason men's basketball awards and for the first time since the 1998-99 season, a Salisbury University men's basketball player has been named Rookie of the Year, the league announced Monday. Salisbury also placed two student-athletes on the All-CAC teams.
Freshman Gordon Jeter is only the second player in program history to be named the best freshman in the conference. The forward averaged 7.8 points per game and pulled down a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per contest, more than three boards per game more than anyone else on the team.
Jeter put in a career-high 18 points against Frostburg State University on Jan. 18, a game that started a season-ending 10-3 run for the Sea Gulls. That winning streak propelled the Sea Gulls from outside the conference playoff bracket to hosting a first-round matchup. Jeter also pulled down 11 rebounds in the game, good for his second double-double of the season.
The Easton, Md., native pulled down a season-best 16 rebounds, and added 11 points, in an 81-71 win over then-No. 12 University of Mary Washington on Feb. 8 for his third and final double-double of the season. He collected his first career double-double on Jan. 4 against Penn State-Harrisburg, as he netted 14 points and had 10 rebounds.
Following the 1998-99 season, Victor Jackson (1998-01) was named the program's first Rookie of the Year.
Harwood caps his record-setting career with another All-CAC selection, as he was named to the second team after last season. The guard led the Sea Gulls in scoring this season with 14.2 points per game.
The Rockville, Md., native shot 47.5 percent from three-point range this season and hit 88.1 percent of his free throws. Those numbers are a mirror image of his career, as he hit 45.8 percent from long distance and 88.1 percent from the charity stripe; both totals put him atop the all-time leaderboard in school history. He finished his career tied for the sixth-most three-pointers made with 152.
Milburn came on strong in the second half of the season, coinciding with the Sea Gulls' run to the playoffs. Starting with the Frostburg contest on Jan. 18, Milburn was the team's leading scorer with 15.1 points per game. For the season, the Silver Spring, Md., native finished behind Harwood with 10.4 points per game.
The forward netted a career-high 27 points against Mary Washington on Feb. 8. Milburn finished the season scoring in double digits 13-straight contests.
Both Harwood and Milburn finished the season tied with freshman Charles Porter to average 2.9 rebounds per game, good for second most on the team.
With this year's selections, the Sea Gulls have placed 25 student-athletes on the All-CAC teams. Harwood makes the 10th player all-time to be placed on the first team, and the fourth Sea Gull in five years to be named among the top group of players in the conference.
To see the entire list of All-CAC selections, click here.